Stay home rules extended in NY amid glimmer of hope

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.