Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are feeling their way tentatively towards loosening restrictions and it is feasible to start thinking about what the endgame looks like for this dreadful pandemic in Ireland.
Both parts of the island have seen welcome reductions in deaths and this particular phase of the crisis seems to be drawing to a close.
The strategy announced by the Assembly Executive last week contained both a welcome commitment to reintroduce the 'find - test - trace - isolate' (FTTI) approach that was disastrously abandoned at Whitehall's behest on March 12 and also an acknowledgement of the World Health Organization criteria for easing restrictions.
The Executive, wisely, did not attach dates to the steps that they aspire to take.
Much work is needed before any substantial relaxation will be safe and putting the community-based testing scheme in place is absolutely critical to progress.
It appears that England is determined to take a centralised approach and contract out to the private sector the task of putting the FTTI infrastructure and staffing in place.
Most seasoned public health experts believe that this will be a pronounced failure and contribute to prolonging the outbreak in England and result in further deaths.
Northern Ireland has an opportunity to decide how best to implement the FTTI program and it could do worse than exploiting the resources and expertise on its doorstep.
The Republic of Ireland has been running what appears to be a highly successful community-based programme since the beginning of the outbreak.
Testing for the virus has been running at over twice the level per head of population achieved so far in Northern Ireland.
The number of new cases detected has fallen below 100 per day over the past week and seems set to fall further.
They now have both spare laboratory capacity and a well proven contact tracing approach.
The reopening of schools is a key concern.
Not only because it would enable parents to return to work, but also because depriving children of the educational and social benefits of school will be more damaging the longer it goes on.
This cost will not be evenly shared across communities and will inevitably fall hardest on the children in the least prosperous circumstances.
Yet it is only when we can be certain that the virus isn't spreading at a local level that we can know if it will be safe to open schools. Yet again, it is the presence of the FTTI function that will give us the knowledge about the virus in our communities.
If we want to get the daily number of new cases of the virus down to single figures, and even to zero, in both North and South we will need to actively prevent people with the infection arriving.
That will require port and airport controls on passengers that will seem extreme to some, but will be necessary if we want to succeed. It has worked for other islands across the world.
The opportunity now exists to totally suppress the virus across the whole island.
Seizing this opportunity and turning it into a reality requires leadership and a willingness to cooperate in a way that is normal practice when it comes to animal health, but seems to be much more difficult when it comes to saving human lives.
We should not forget that the deaths caused by the virus could, and should, have been prevented and, whilst we grieve the loss, we should also be ever more determined to ensure that it ends.
Dr Gabriel Scally, from Belfast, is Visiting Professor of Public Health at University of Bristol