State health leaders say there's reason for “cautious optimism” that new cases of coronavirus appear to be declining.
The test positivity rate has plateaued. New cases have been dropping for two weeks. The number of deaths is still rising, but not as quickly as before.
Those are the reasons for optimism.
“The challenge here is making sure that people are wearing masks, maintaining their social distancing, so that we don’t see a second surge,” says Sarah Lyon-Callo, director of the state’s Bureau of Epidemiology.