ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) New York is seeing signs of hope despite an increase in deaths and the number of coronavirus cases.
New York state has tallied 4,758 deaths from COVID-19, with 599 reported in the last 24 hours. It remains the most impacted state with more than 130,000 laboratory-confirmed cases and close to 17,000 people hospitalized.
But Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that total hospitalizations are down, ICU admissions are down and daily intubations are down-- all signs that suggest a possible flattening of the curve.
The question now is "what's next?"
"And the projection models have a number of alternatives. Some suggest curve goes up and then drops precipitously. Some suggest a slight pause at the top, some suggest there's a longer pause at the top which is effectively a plateau effect. Or again, the straight up and straight down which is the peak effect. No one can tell you which will occur," said Cuomo, D-New York.
The governor also said social distancing must continue in order to maintain the state's progress fighting coronavirus.
He announced on Monday he's doubling the maximum fine from $500 to $1,000 for violating the state's social distancing protocols.