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 (5/24), in Virginia we’re at 36,244 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), 4,214 hospitalizations and 1,171 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 495 (+1.4%) in the latest statistics, which is a slower rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 799 (+2.3%), and also the slowest day-to-day growth rate since the pandemic began. The number of TOTAL test results was 272,333 (up 14,170 from 258,163 yesterday), while the number of “PCR Only” tests was 242,292 (up 11,609 from 230,683 yesterday)…VDH now breaking this out, following The Atlantic article on Virginia’s statistics for testing. These testing numbers are above 10,000 per day (a number Gov. Northam has repeatedly stated as an important goal), but still 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 33 (+0.8%), from 4,181 to 4,214, which is a slightly slower rate of increase than the day before, when hospitalizations were up 36 (+0.9%), and also the slowest growth rate since the pandemic began. Deaths are reported up 12 (from 1,159 to 1,171), compared to an increase of 23 (from 1,136 to 1,159) the previous day. Some of the best stats so far; the numbers are still going up, but much more slowly than a few weeks ago.