Deaths are still high around here in the general NYC-vicinity but that's because there are so many people still hospitalized and clinging to life. Infections seem to be down even though testing has gone up. Virtually anyone can get a test here now, depending on your health status. If you've got none or mild symptoms, they will do the quick test, if you've got severe symptoms or if are positive on the quick test, they will still do the full DNA test. The main problem with testing is that the full-blown test being done that is most accurate is still on the DNA/RNA level. There are few tests that are marker-based that involve less time and effort to complete. This is very much like the beginning of the AIDS crisis in that regard. There are tests but they take a while to come back and still people are questioning the accuracy. Obviously this virus is likely in the millions of times more infectious than HIV/AIDS, so ramping up quickly is super important.
The PPE problem seems to be largely averted around here since the Army/National Guard has gotten involved. They land black hawk helicopters all over my city to drop PPE and about 100 medical personnel per hospital shift. Usually about 10 doctors, 40 med techs and 40 nurses. The army nurses are all full RNs as well, so this really relieves the hospitals and allows them some shift normalcy. Prior to this many were working triple 12-hour shifts before going home for 24 hours. How can you be effective when you've been up that long?
As for us here in the suburbs, supply chain issues for food/groceries/PPE are the biggest issues we face. Essential workers face the most risk of course. Many are making hazard pay, even bonuses, but that doesn't really help. My wife who is "essential" given her company is a government contractor actually has cut pay because they are feeling the hardship of this new normal.