Palm Beach County leaders delivered some of their most optimistic news yet this passed Tuesday about the spread of the deadly coronavirus, suggesting that social distancing within the community seems to be working.
"In the next, maybe 30 days or so, we could actually see some hope at the end of the tunnel," said Dr. Alina Alonso, the health director for the county. "At least a glimmer of a light, perhaps."
Speaking at a new coronavirus testing site at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach, Alonso said the latest data shows that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County has started to slowly come down.
"That is very encouraging," said Dr. Alonso. "If we can keep that up, we can keep this curve flat so that we do not overwhelm our hospitals, our ICUs, our law enforcement, our firefighters, and everybody else that's so involved in this heroic effort."
"What we're trying to do seems to be working to a certain degree, that's flattening this curve," said Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner.
In medical terms, "flattening the curve" refers to spreading out the number of new cases of an illness over a longer period of time, so that health care workers aren't overwhelmed by a sudden surge of patients.