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 (5/9), in Virginia we’re at 23,196 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), 3,164 hospitalizations and 827 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 854 (+3.8%) in the latest statistics, which is a slighly faster rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 772 (+3.6%), and the second-slowest rate of increase since the pandemic began. The number of new test results was 7,732 — better, but still far lower than 10,000 per day, let alone 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 105 (+3.4%), from 3,059 to 3,164, which is a slightly slower rate of increase than the day before, when hospitalizations were up 104 (+3.5%). Deaths are reported up 15 (from 812 to 827), compared to an increase of 43 (from 769 to 812) the previous day, and the slowest rate of increase in about a month. Overall…pretty good stats today, relatively speaking, although obviously we all really want to start to see *decreases*, for a change.