With cautious optimism, I'm thrilled to pass along the good news about the slow down of coronavirus patients.

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The Republican American has recently reported that Waterbury Hospital has hit the magic number of zero new Covid-19 patients as of this past Monday since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Many of Connecticut's hospitals are seeing a downward turn of Covid-19 patients, including St. Mary's in Waterbury, where cases have dropped 90%. Connecticut hit its peak on April 21, with 20,000 cases and over 1,400 deaths due to Covid-19.

Many Connecticut residents have been asking, "Could this be it?" Yale-New Haven Health's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Balcezak told the Republican American,

It's not a time to loosen up significantly. A second wave now or within a few months is still a real possibility that is in the public's hands.

In New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, the last known infected person has recovered. It's been 17 days since the recent new case has been reported. One of the reasons New Zealand is in the clear for now is that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took early steps to lock down the country in late March.

According to theguardian.com, since the beginning of June, the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah have experienced their highest seven-day average of new coronavirus cases.

Because my wife Mindy and I are in our late 60s, we've decided not to frequent dining-in restaurants when they open, and we still limit our social get-togethers to not more than 4 to 6 people. We're doing our best to stay safe, so we're able to cuddle with our grandchildren again hopefully sooner than later.