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 (5/4), in Virginia we’re at 19,492 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), 2,700 hospitalizations and 684 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 821 (+4.4%) in the latest statistics, which is a slower rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 940 (+5.3%). And the number of new test results was 3,723, breaking a four-day trend of significantly increased new test results. As for hospitalizations, they went up 73 (+2.8%), from 2,627 to 2,700, which is a slower rate of increase than the previous day (which was up 108, or +4.3%). Deaths are reported up 24 (from 660 to 684), compared to an increase of 44 (from 616 to 660) the previous day.
Overall…”meh” stats today, and still not a sign, let alone a clear sign, that Virginia is ready to “reopen” yet. In general, we’re weeks into this crisis and the numbers keep going up, when what we really need is to start to see *decreases*, for a change. Hopefully we’ll start to see that in coming days/weeks if we keep up the social distancing and other measures, but so far, not particularly great news, really.