See below for graphics of the newly posted COVID-19 numbers by the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. So, at this point (4/24), in Virginia we’re at 11,594 total reported – confirmed plus probable – 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), 1,837 hospitalizations and 410 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 596 (+5%) in the latest statistics, which is a slower rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 732 (+7%). As for hospitalizations, they went up 84 (+5%), from 1,753 to 1,837, which is a slightly higher rate of increase than the previous day (which was up 94, or +6%). Deaths are reported up 38 (from 372 to 410), compared to an increase of 25 (from 349 to 372) the previous day. So…slightly better stats today than yesterday on cases and hospitalizations, but worse on the number of deaths. And yes, it would be great to start to see *negative* percentages for a change one of these days. Hopefully we’ll start to see some improvements in coming days/weeks if we keep up the social distancing and other measures. But if we don’t get the testing, PPE, etc. we need – and, in large part thanks to Trump’s failings, it doesn’t seem like that’s happening – how are we ever going to get to the next phase of the “new normal?” Got me.