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 (5/26), in Virginia we’re at 39,342 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), 4,325 hospitalizations and 1,236 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 1,615 (+4.3%) in the latest statistics, which is a faster rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 1,483 (+4.1%), and also the largest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began. Note that we’re now about 11 days since “Phase 1” “reopening” began. Any coincidence with the rise in case numbers? The number of TOTAL test results was 298,270 (up 8,691 from 289,579 yesterday), while the number of “PCR Only” tests was 265,279 (up 8,366 from 256,913 yesterday)…VDH now breaking this out, following The Atlantic article on Virginia’s statistics for testing. These testing numbers are below 10,000 per day (a number Gov. Northam has repeatedly stated as an important goal), and also 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 56 (+1.3%), from 4,269 to 4,325, which is the same rate of increase than the day before, when hospitalizations were up 55 (+1.3%). Deaths are reported up 28 (from 1,208 to 1,236), compared to an increase of 37 (from 1,171 to 1,208) the previous day. So…worse testing numbers and cases than yesterday, and in general, the numbers are still going up.