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 (4/30), in Virginia we’re at 15,846 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), 2,322 hospitalizations and 552 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 885 (+5.9%) in the latest statistics, which is a faster rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 622 (+4.3%). As for hospitalizations, they went up 63 (+2.8%), from 2,259 to 2,322, which is a slower rate of increase than the previous day (which was up 94, or +4.3%). Deaths are reported up 30 (from 522 to 552), compared to an increase of 30 (from 492 to 522) the previous day. Also, check out the number of new test results, which shot up to 5,536 yesterday – the highest so far by a significant margin, and more than double the number of new test results the previous two days. So that’s good news. But, overall…a mixed bag today, and still not a sign that Virginia is ready to “reopen” yet. The bottom line is that numbers are still going up, and what we really need is to start to see *decreases*, for a change. 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.
There apparently aren’t going to be any COVID-19 numbers today from the Virginia Dept. of Health, but see below for some informatoin from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.