Our local hospitals continue to treat COVID-19 patients, but they are not overwhelmed.

They have room in their facilities and they are hopeful we have seen the worst.

They agree with state officials who say we are flattening the curve.

"I think we have some cause for optimism that currently the situation seems to be under control and is actually improving," said Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, infectious disease specialist at St. Luke's University Health Network.

Dr. Jahre says the coronavirus curve is flattening, and even starting to bend.

"Even as late as a week or week and a half ago, we were seeing increases on a daily basis of 20 to 30 percent. Now it is in the low single digits," said Dr. Jahre.

Our region's largest healthcare providers, St. Luke's and Lehigh Valley Health Network, both are reporting improvements on the COVID-19 front.

"Our local number of COVID-19 patients do match that description, flattening of the curve. But we're still pretty busy, not overwhelmed," said Dr. Luther Rhodes, infectious disease specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Networtk.

Doctors are also seeing less patients going on ventilators.

"And we're having a lot of success that we didn't have early on getting patients off ventilators," said Dr. Jahre.

They're signs that hospitals have become more efficient in treating COVID-19.

"When patients come to the hospital we're able to get them through their illness and home sooner," said Dr. Rhodes.

Both networks say right now they have plenty of bed capacity, and room to expand if there is a secondary surge.

"If there were a surge beyond where we are now there is every reason to think, and I know, that hospitals all over can expand services," said Dr. Rhodes.

"Victory is not at hand. Right now it certainly appears that we're heading in the right direction and I believe that's because of all the strong efforts that have been put in place," said Dr. Jahre.

Doctors warn maintaining physical distancing efforts will be key in preventing that second surge.