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 (12/18), in Virginia we’re at 299,388 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), 16,684 hospitalizations and 4,598 deaths from COVID-19. The number of reported cases went up 3,295 (+1.1%) in the latest statistics, which is a slower rate of increase than the day before, when reported cases were up 3,853 (+1.3%). As for hospitalizations, they went up 181 (+1.1%), which is a faster rate of increase than the day before, when hospitalizations were up 150 (+0.8%). Deaths are reported +45, compared to +45 the previous day. The number of PCR-ONLY test results is currently at 3,831,683 (up 20,893 from yesterday).