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 (4/18), in Virginia we’re at 8,053 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), 1,296 hospitalizations and 258 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 562 (+8%) in the latest statistics, which is a slightly slower rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 602 (+9%). As for hospitalizations, they went up 75 (+6%), from 1,221 to 1,296, which is a slower rate of increase than the previous day (which was up 107, or +10%). Deaths are reported up 27 (from 231 to 258), compared to an increase of 23 (from 208 to 231) the previous day. So…growth rates in confirmed cases and hospitalizations back in the single digits, but obviously still not at zero, let alone negative. Starting to feel like a broken record? Anyway, 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.