See below for graphics of the newly posted COVID-19 numbers by the Virginia Department of Health. So, at this point (4/17), in Virginia we’re at 7,491 total reported cases (note that actual cases, as well as deaths, could be higher, maybe even a LOT higher, based on stories like this one in the NY Times), 1,221 hospitalizations and 231 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 602 (+9%) in the latest statistics, which is a faster rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 389 (+6%). As for hospitalizations, they went up 107 (+10%), from 1,114 to 1,221, which is a faster rate of increase than the previous day (which was up 66, or +6%). Deaths are reported up 23 (from 208 to 231), compared to an increase of 13 (from 195 to 208) the previous day. In sum, not a very good day in terms of the numbers…faster rates of growth in everything, basically. Hopefully, the curve will “flatten out” in coming days/weeks if we keep up the social distancing and other measures. Also, of course, we need a LOT more testing capacity, PPE, etc.