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 (4/27), in Virginia we’re at 13,535 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), 2,066 hospitalizations and 458 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 565 (+4.4%) in the latest statistics, which is a slower rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 604 (+4.9%), and also the slowest rate of increase since April 12. As for hospitalizations, they went up 52 (+2.6%), from 2,014 to 2,066, which is a slower rate of increase than the previous day (which was up 72, or +3.7%), and the slowest daily growth *rate* since the crisis began. Deaths are reported up 10 (from 448 to 458), compared to an increase of 12 (from 436 to 448) the previous day, and the slowest growth *rate* (2.2%) since April 5. So…better stats today than yesterday on cases, hospitalizations and deaths. But…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.