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 (5/22), in Virginia we’re at 34,950 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), 4,145 hospitalizations and 1,136 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 813 (+2.4%) in the latest statistics, which is a slower rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 1,229 (+3.7%), and also tied for the slowest day-to-day growth rate since the pandemic began. The number of TOTAL test results was 249,940 (up 7,983 from 241,957 yesterday), while the number of “PCR Only” tests was 223,433 (up 6,543 from 216,890 yesterday)…VDH now breaking this out, following The Atlantic article on Virginia’s statistics for testing. These testing numbers are well below 10,000 per day (a number Gov. Northam has repeatedly stated as an important goal), and also much lower than the 16,664 per day that Harvard’s Global Health Institute estimates we need to reopen safely and contain the virus. As for hospitalizations, they went up 52 (+1.3%), from 4,093 to 4,145, which is a slower rate of increase than the day before, when hospitalizations were up 114 (+2.9%), and the second-lowest growth rate since the pandemic began. Deaths are reported up 37 (from 1,099 to 1,136), compared to an increase of 25 (from 1,074 to 1,099) the previous day. So…mostly better stats than yesterday, but still the numbers are going up.