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 (4/19), in Virginia we’re at 8,537 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), 1,422 hospitalizations and 277 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 484 (+6%) in the latest statistics, which is a slightly slower rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 562 (+8%). As for hospitalizations, they went up 126 (+10%), from 1,296 to 1,422, which is a faster rate of increase than the previous day (which was up 75, or +6%). Deaths are reported up 19 (from 258 to 277), compared to an increase of 27 (from 231 to 258) the previous day. So…a mixed bag on today’s stats, but clearly, the numbers of hospitalizations and confirmed cases still aren’t declining, and those are both important variables in considering when to start easing social distancing and other restrictions. 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.