Virginia cranked out 6,615 new COVID-19 tests yesterday, according to today’s COVID-19 dashboard data dumps, getting the state two-thirds of the way toward Governor Ralph Northam’s benchmark of 10,000 tests daily before he considers rolling back any more emergency shutdown measures. The test-positive rate, another metric the Governor is watching, was 14.2%.
On the disturbing side, the number of COVID-19-related deaths hit 44, a new high. Also, new hospitalizations reached 108, the third highest number yet recorded.
Yet there are no signs that Virginia hospitals are buckling under the strain. The number of COVID-19 patients discharged from Virginia hospitals yesterday was 185. Thus, the total number of COVID-19 patients in Virginia hospitals dropped modestly.
Here’s how John Butcher depicts the hospitalization numbers:
Jim Bacon is the publisher of baconsrebellion.com