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 (5/3), in Virginia we’re at 18,671 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), 2,627 hospitalizations and 660 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 940 (+5.3%) in the latest statistics, which is a slightly faster rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 830 (+4.9%). And the number of new test results was 6,615, continuing a four-day trend of significantly increased new test results. As for hospitalizations, they went up 108 (+4.3%), from 2,519 to 2,627, which is the same rate of increase than the previous day (which was up 103, or +4.3%). Deaths are reported up 44 (from 616 to 660), compared to an increase of 35 (from 581 to 616) the previous day. By the way, note the discrepancy between the VHHA and VDH hospitalization numbers, with VHHA showing a significant *decline* – from 1,550 to 1,413 over the past four days – while VDH still has them going up. Not sure exactly why that’s the case.
Anyway, overall…”meh” (at best) stats today – other than, perhaps, the encouraging hospitalization numbers from VHHA and also the increase in testing – 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.