After two days with fewer deaths, the region hopes for a third.
Still, the authorities have asked citizens to stay vigilant. Thousands more will die before the outbreak comes to an end and the spread could begin again if restrictions on social distancing are not observed.
All three states reported death tolls on Sunday and Monday that were lower than the ones they reported Saturday, the first time that has happened since the outbreak began.
In New Jersey, the drop was considerable — after three days in a row with triple-digit death tolls as high as 200, the state reported that 71 people had died of the virus on Sunday and 86 on Monday.
In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday the data suggested that virus in New York at least was nearing its apex, but that the state remained in a dire, unsustainable state of emergency.
“If we are plateauing, we are plateauing at a very high level,” he said. “And there is tremendous stress on the health care system.”