COVID-19 Update June 3

Salem Total: 256 confirmed cases, 1 out of every 115 residents

Salem Today: 9 new cases; 74 active cases.

 

***** TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ******

  •  Globally: 6,554,617 cases; 386,287 deaths
  •  US: 1,901,493 confirmed cases; 109,127 deaths.
  • Today was not a good day for Salem. We added 9 new cases. That’s more than Manchester, more than any other town. Almost 20% of all new cases today were in Salem.
  • Today was not a good day for NH. We lost nine more lives to this virus, and 6 more people were sick enough to require hospitalization. Six of the nine deaths were people associated with nursing homes.
  • When the “Total persons tested” yesterday is compared to today, we find that only 226 test results were processed today. (Not unexpected to have a decrease. These are the results of the tests performed over the weekend, when fewer people tend to go for testing.)
  • In the press conference today, they said that they had tested an average of 1,700 people per day. The daily average for the last 7 days is 1,481 per day; for the last two weeks is 1,653. The goal had been 2,000 per day. [Unclear if they are combining PCR and antibody tests, or if these numbers are just PCR diagnostic tests.)
  • In the press conference today, they shared that positive results had been averaging less than 5% of all tests per day. Today, positive test results were 25.6%. It is not unusual for there to be a fluctuation, but this is a bit out of the ordinary.
  • Confirmed cases in the US have passed 1.9 million people.
  • Manchester continues to be the location with the most active cases, with 392. Two additional communities have over 100 active cases: Nashua has 122, and Bedford has 104. Only three more communities have more than 50 active cases: Goffstown (84), Salem (74) and Derry (67)
  • For four days in a row, the current hospitalization number has been under 100.

 

***** DIAGNOSTIC TESTS IN NH ******

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 47
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 46
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 0
  • Total positive cases in NH: 4,795
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 20.4%
  • Active cases: 1,373
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 28.6%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 16
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,326
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 226  Daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,300
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 180
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 71,170

***** OTHER TEST RESULTS ******

  •  New antibody tests: 365
  •  Total antibody tests: (No break down of positive vs. negative) 12,614
  •  Daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 559
  •  Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1

***** RECOVERED IN NH ******

  •  Announced today: 86
  •  Total: 3,157
  •  Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 65.8%

***** HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NH ******

  •  New: 6
  •  Current: 95
  •  Total: 468
  •  Percentage of all confirmed cases that have been hospitalized: 10%
  •  Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 20.3%

***** DEATHS IN NH ******

  •  Lives lost today: 9
  •  Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 9
  •  Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  •  Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 265
  •  NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.4%
  •  NH Residents hospitalized with COVID-19 that died: 56.6%
  •  Lives lost in Rockingham today: 0

These are not simply numbers. We must not forget that these are all someone’s husband or wife, mother or father, sister or brother, son or daughter, friend or neighbor.

 

***** Key points. Read details in the article ******

  • Hopkinton Fair joins 7 other NH fairs in canceling 2020 event over COVID-19 concerns
  • Governor Sununu’s Press Conference

I’m hoping that today’s numbers are a fluke, but it’s hard to sound positive. Hopefully, things will settle back down soon. Remember that the Stay-at-Home order is still in effect. You should try to avoid crowds, keep your distance, wear masks, wash your hands, and absolutely stay home if you are sick. Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie

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Q: How much testing is NH doing in comparison to our neighboring states?

A: We aren’t doing enough tests!
WHY???


Today’s COVID-19 Statistics:

Salem’s confirmed cases: 

  • May 19: 213; 118 active (The highest number of active cases.)
  • May 20: 218; 116 active
  • May 21: 220; 86 active
  • May 22: 225; 77 active
  • May 23: 227; 74 active
  • May 24: 226???; 76 active
  • May 25: 228; 67 active
  • May 26: 235; 73 active
  • May 27: 235; 68 active
  • May 28: 239; 70 active
  • May 29: 239; 68 active
  • May 30: 241, 65 active
  • May 31: 244; 68 active
  • June 1: 245; 68 active
  • June 2: 247; 66 active
  • June 3: 256; 74 active

Earlier dates for Salem have been moved to https://bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-cases-in-salem/


The weekly report has been moved to https://bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-weekly-updates/. This is a summary of the info from NH DHHS; with more demographics than provided on a daily basis. They last updated this info on May 18.

The report containing information about other towns, counties and our MA neighbors has been moved to https://bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-update-nh-towns/I’m updating this information weekly. The last update was May 24.


Today’s News pertaining to COVID-19

Hopkinton Fair joins 7 other NH fairs in canceling 2020 event over COVID-19 concerns

Fair had been scheduled for Sept. 4-7, now we have to wait until 2021. The news comes just two days after the Cornish Fair was canceled. In all, eight state fairs have been called off this year. The Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair (Sept. 11-13) and the Deerfield Fair (Oct. 1-4) have not been canceled at this time. Plans for the 2020 Rochester Fair have not been announced. Read more.

Governor’s Press Conference

  • 6 of today’s 9 deaths were associated with long-term care facilities.
  • To date, 76,000 people have had PCR tests.
  • Daily average: 1700 per day average
  • Consistently <5% of PCR tests being performed are positive
  • That ration will likely bounce between 2% to 6% for a while
  • Antibody Tests: Consistently about 5% of tests
  • We have the capacity in our hospitals. That was a big problem in China and Italy. We have avoided that problem by Stay-at-Home order.
  • No new outbreaks.
  • The surveillance program at Long-term Care facilities is in process. The new contract with Mako Medical Laboratories of North Carolina; they will start tomorrow. Shorter turn around. [Are the tests being processed in North Carolina? Inquiring minds want to know!]
  • New testing location in North Country at Littleton Regional Hospital. Appointments appreciated, not required. Doctor referral not required.
  • Charts & Graphs of statistics pertaining to hospitalizations, death, long-term care facilities, etc., plus traffic studies, and unemployment.
  • Unemployment is going well. Very little fraud.
  • Q: Data about people attending graduation vs. political events? There is no data point to access.
  • Civil disobedience events are the voice of assembly. Protests and Assemblies are one-time events, that’s fine. There will likely be spikes as a result. Those concerned about the risk of COVID are missing the picture, and are demeaning the Floyd story. Not all decisions are healthcare decisions
  • Contact tracing: If public events are super-spreaders, yes, they will make that info public
  • The racetrack was not allowed to be open as it was not a one-time event
  • Message to NH Police Officers? We ALL have the responsibility to elevate the message
  • See something, say something.
  • MA is on a downward trend, ME, VT have very few cases
  • The business tax hike that was built into the budget is likely to kick-in. Republican legislators are not willing to meet, and Democrats don’t want to talk about it. [There are two sides to this story. Check it out. Let me know if you need me to give you links.]
  • Rental delinquency has gone from 7% to 10%. Surprising low, based on circumstances.
  • Mortgage companies are allowing some to skip mortgage payments, and add them to the end. NH’s forbearance is 2%. National is 9%.
  • Goal: Move beyond the Stay-at-Home on June 15. That’s the goal, not a promise.
  • May be able to expand to larger gatherings at that time, expanding from 10 to a larger number. Would love to say it will happen in weeks, not months. Hard to say.
  • Why is the % of fatalities at LTC so high? The rest of the state’s rate is low. It’s the ratio.
  • Why has the NH Science and Public Health Task Force been waiting weeks for Right to Know info? Not familiar with that organization. The Right to Know Law is still in place. Yes, there is Executive Privilege depending on the info that is being sought. No exemptions for municipalities
  • Odds of fall sports in schools resuming? 50-50. Review of all extracurricular events, including chess clubs. Sports practices are allowed now. Concern about locker rooms, indoor. Maybe non-contact sports? TBD.

 


RESOURCES:

My accumulation of resources has been moved. These can now be found at https://bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-resources/


Sources used to create this report: