COVID-19 Update May 21
Salem: 220 confirmed cases, 86 active cases.

Two more Salem residents were diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total up to 220. The state marked a number of people as “recovered,” including 32 from Salem, leaving us with 86 people who are still in isolation or quarantine. 74people out of every 10,000 Salem residents have been diagnosed with this virus. More than half of the Salem residents that have been infected are still waiting to recover. The number of active cases in Salem (86) is the lowest number that has been reported to us.

DHHS announced that there were 67 new positive test results for COVID-19, including three children under the age of 18, for a total of 3,935 cases. (When comparing the number of cases announced yesterday and today, I also come up with 67 new cases). 19 of the new cases were in Rockingham County. DHHS says that community-based transmission continues to occur in the State. 80% of the cases in NH reside in either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County.

Today the State announced that 379 more people have recovered, for a total of 1,767. (45% of all confirmed cases.) (Although the recommendation that I’ve seen is two negative tests at least 24-hours apart, I have heard from one Salem Resident who had a fever and sweats one day, and was allowed out of isolation four days later with no further testing.) This is the biggest number of cases that have been reported in one day as “recovered” since the beginning. We’ve only seen a few days with a significant number of recovered cases: 127 on May 2, 86 on May 4; 55 on May 7; 45 on May 8; and 113 yesterday.

With these new recovered cases, now only seven NH communities have more than 50 active cases: Manchester (534), Nashua (190), Derry (177), Salem (86), Bedford (72), Goffstown (61), and Londonderry (54).

There were another 8 people who were sick enough to have to be hospitalized in NH today, bringing the total of those hospitalized to 393 (10% of all confirmed cases). The number of current hospitalized cases went down to 97; about one-quarter of all those who have been hospitalized are still in the hospital.

Sadly, today NH DHHS announced that nine more NH residents have died from COVID-19. All have been over 60 years of age, including one male from Rockingham County. The loss of these people brings NH’s total fatalities to 199 people.5% of those NH residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have died.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, they have done over a half-million tests, and have over 90,000 confirmed cases. (NH has now done more than 50,000 tests). US cases are over 1.5M cases.  93,061 have died. Globally, 5,194,879 cases have been diagnosed; and reportedly 334,622 have died.

The weather is getting nicer. Although we had snow a few days ago, it looks like summer is here. Enjoy as much as you can, but please, stay safe, and always, be kind.

Key points covered below in today’s report:

  • Executive Council meeting included vaccination registry and review of  COVID-19 contracts and spending.
  • Don’t leave hand sanitizer in your car!
  • Social distancing helps immunocompromised, as well as older people
  • Hundreds of N.H. residents report missing, incomplete stimulus checks

 

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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???

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 19, this was posted on Facebook:

 

NHPR has charts. Lots of charts!
If you want more than what I’m providing, they can be found at NHPR’s website.


COVID Symptom Tracker: This is a project of Mass General Hospital. In the absence of proper testing, this may be the best way of tracking how we are doing. I’m keeping it near the top, so I’ll remember to log in each day.
https://covid.joinzoe.com/us?fbclid=IwAR2IsoxZ9RBKC4uPQscKiuUUTJCA3cCt3dUr9tjNSsFqOU1rv10jmysmt4Y


Today’s COVID-19 Statistics:

Salem’s confirmed cases: 

  • March 30 (Range 10-19)
  • March 31 (Range 20+)
  • April 3: 25 cases (Range 20+)
  • April 6: 33 cases (+8 in 3 days)
  • April 8: 20+ cases
  • April 9: 20-49
  • April 10: Over 50
  • April 23: 116
  • April 27: 144
  • April 28: 143 (Huh? Less than yesterday? Triple checked!)
  • April 30: 146
  • May 1: 154
  • May 2: 162
  • May 3: 173
  • May 4-5: 175
  • May 6: 178; 94 active
  • May 7: 186; 101 active
  • May 8: 189; 103 active
  • May 9: 191; 101 active
  • May 10: 191; 100 active
  • May 11: 193; 102 active
  • May 12: 195; 103 active
  • May 13: 197; 104 active
  • May 14: 201; 108 active
  • May 15: 206; 112 active
  • May 16: 211; 117 active
  • May 17: 211; 116 active
  • May 18: 212; 117 active
  • May 19: 213; 118 active
  • May 20: 218; 116 active
  • May 21: 220; 86 active

NH Hot Spots (As of Saturday, May 16. The increase is from last Saturday, May 9.)
NH has 13 NH municipalities that have more than 50 confirmed cases.

  1. Manchester: 819 (+149); 73 per 10K residents; 528 current
  2. Nashua: 323 (+40); 36 per 10K residents; 188 current
  3. Derry: 267; (+26); 80 cases per 10K residents; 184 current
  4. Salem: 211 (+20); 71 cases per 10K residents; 117 current
  • Bedford: 130 (+33); 57 cases per 10K; 94 current
  • Concord: 78 (+15); 18 cases per 10K; 48 current
  • Dover: 89 (+8); 28 cases per 10K; 51 current
  • Franklin: 58 (+1); 67 cases per 10K; 50 current
  • Goffstown: 67 (+44); 37 cases per 10K; 48 current
  • Hudson: 70 (+8); 27 cases per 10K; 46 current
  • Londonderry: 104 (+14); 40 cases per 10K; 66 current
  • Milford: 76 (+5); 47 cases per 10K; 62 current
  • Portsmouth: 57 (+9); 26 cases per 10K; 34 current

All other municipalities have less than 50 cases.  All of the other municipalities with 20-49 cases are geographically south of Concord/Rochester, and east of Concord/Milford, except for Franklin.

Counties (As of Sat., May 16. Increases from last Saturday, May 9.)

  • Hillsborough (inc. Manchester and Nashua): 1,723 (+330); 41 per 10K residents
  • Rockingham (inc. Salem & Derry): 1,095 (+131); 35 per 10K

About 79% of all of those in NH who have tested positive to COVID-19 live in these two counties.

Our neighboring towns:

  • Methuen on May 16: 777 (+92); 153 confirmed cases per 10K residents. 376 recovered (+101). 37 deaths (+5)
  • Lawrence on May 15: 2,264 (+207). 307 cases per 10K residents. 99 deaths (+4)
  • Haverhill on May 13: 950 cases up 117 from May 6. 148 cases per 10K; was 130 a week ago.

If more people were tested, the numbers would be higher.
Without better testing and reporting, we can’t know what our real numbers are.

We need proper testing to fight COVID-19


The NH Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, has announced a Weekly Summary Report, with more details than are provided in the daily reports from the Department of Health & Human Services. Today, May 7 the NH DHHS has issued its “weekly” report for the week ending May 4. [This is the first weekly report since the week ending April 27, which was issued the same day.].

As of May 4, 713 healthcare workers have been infected (27.6% of all confirmed cases). 24 of the medical care workers were hospitalized; one died.

More women have tested positive than men by about 11%. However, approximately 60% of the hospitalizations and 60% of the deaths are men.

18 kids under 9 years have tested positive. 19% of those infected are 50-59 years old, the largest age group. Those who are 30-39, 40-49, and 60-69 are each 13-14% of the cases. 20% of the confirmed cases are 70 or older, however, these age groups make up almost 40% of the cases, and 85% of the deaths.

Race/Ethnicity: Although 90% of NH’s population is white; they only account for 76.4% of the confirmed infections, 82% of the hospitalizations, and 91.5% of the deaths. Hispanic/Latino make up 3.9% of the population, but 7.4% of the infections, 7.8% of the hospitalizations, and 6.8% of the deaths. Blacks/African Americans are 1.4% of the population, and 5.4% of the infections, 3.7% of hospitalizations, and 1.7% of the deaths.  Asians are 3.0% of the population, and 4.1% of the cases; no Asians from NH have died. All other races are 1.8% of the population, and 7.7% of the population, 2.4% of hospitalizations, and 1.7% of deaths.

Persons in Hillsborough County, including Manchester and Nashua, make up 44.7% of all infections, 46.5% of hospitalizations, and 46.5% of the deaths. Persons in Rockingham County (Salem and Derry) make up 33.9% of the total infections, 31.1% of the hospitalizations, and 32.6% of all deaths.  The third most impacted county is Merrimack (Concord), which only has 7.7% of all infections.


NH News relating to COVID-19

Executive Council meeting included vaccination registry and review of  COVID-19 contracts and spending.

It was a marathon Executive Council meeting Wednesday on topics ranging from the state’s vaccination registry, child abuse protection and questions about no-bid contracts to some of Gov. Chris Sununu’s political donors. Read more.

Don’t leave hand sanitizer in your car!

Most hand sanitizers are alcohol-based, making them flammable. Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to sun, and particularly being next to open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend can lead to disaster. Read more.

Social distancing helps immunocompromised, as well as older people

Social distancing is often thought of as a way to protect older members of the population, but it also protects those at elevated risk of COVID-19 because of a compromised immune system. Read more.

Hundreds of N.H. residents report missing, incomplete stimulus checks

At least 500 New Hampshire residents have reported problems getting their stimulus payments, the $1,200 deposits that were part of the CARES Act relief package passed in late March. Read more. Are you amongst them? My husband and I are still waiting, although we haven’t reported a problem … yet.

 


Salem Government

The Town of Salem’s Emergency Operations Center Team (EOC) will be making weekly reports most Monday evening at 7:00. Their reports can be seen at http://sctv-17.com/CablecastPublicSite/?channel=1

Find other Salem Government board meetings: https://www.townofsalemnh.org/boards

To watch past or live viewings:

Comcast TV Channel 23

http://sctv-17.com/CablecastPublicSite/?channel=1

https://livestream.com/salemnh

https://www.facebook.com/sctv17

State Representation:
Salem has nine State Representatives. If you are having issues connected to COVID-19, they have access to the people who can get you the help you need. You can find contact info for our reps here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx

Our Senator, Chuck Morse, can be contacted at Chuck.Morse@leg.state.nh.us His Concord office phone is 603.271.3207.

Disclaimer:

NH scientist and politician, Mindi Messmer, PG, CG wrote on her Facebook page: “… The testing penetration is so low in NH … I don’t want to give the false impression that we know what’s going on in NH.”

I’ll add to that by sharing that my numbers are computed based on reports from NH Department of Human Services, and, on way too many occasions, their numbers simply don’t make sense. , but have had no response. They have been told that there are several times that they have had obvious errors, and I’ve asked for clarification, but I’ve had no response. I do not know how much we can trust these numbers, and how much we can rely on decisions based on statistics riddled with errors.

On April 8, the National Academy of Sciences reported that 16 out of 51 tests were inaccurate. (false negatives). Others also have concerns about both false negatives and false positives.

Please keep these ideas in mind as you review the information on this page or any other page.


Resources to help in these challenging times:

Have Questions?

NH residents can dial the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 2-1-1 or 603-271-4496 for answers to questions related to the outbreak and to be directed to available resources for help.

Do YOU think you have COVID-19?

To report suspected cases, contact the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at  603-271-4496, (603-271-5300 for after hours), or nhbidc@dhhs.nhs.gov.

The IRS has released its new app to track stimulus payments, Get My Payment.” which had been scheduled to be released on April 17. Expect to wait. (And possibly, like me, be disappointed.) If your info isn’t available today, try again tomorrow, as info is going to be updated every night.

Resource Compilations:

From Congresswoman Annie Kuster: A list of many resources, including Keeping Safe from COVID-19; New Hampshire Specific COVID-19 Information; Direct Payment to Granite Staters (Economic Impact Payments); Support for Small Businesses; Unemployment Assistance; Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Survivors; Student Loans; Taxes; Traveling Internationally; Veterans. https://kuster.house.gov/covid-19

Mental Health Resources, compiled by Jan Schmidt, Alderman and State Rep in Nashua. http://janschmidt4ward1.com/uncategorized/free-online-meetings-and-virtual-platforms/

How You Can Help Others:

Stay home, wash hands, wear cloth masks in public, check on neighbors

Donate food: NH Food Bank: https://www.nhfoodbank.org or call 669-9725

United Way: http://uwnh.org

Donate blood: https://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-Cross

COVID-19 Response in New Hampshire: https://volunteernh.org/covid-19-response/

Watch out for the kids. Child abuse reports are down, because they aren’t out where they can be observed. If you suspect child abuse call Salem Police Department (603) 893-1911 or the NH child abuse hotline at DCYF (800) 894-5533. You could also go to https://knowandtell.org. In an immediate emergency, dial 911. DHHS has offered a sheet, “Supporting Child and Family Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Emergency:” https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/documents/family-wellbeing-during-covid-19.pdf

Masks:

There is no excuse for not having a mask!!!

How to make and how to wear: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Directions for a no-sew mask (perhaps using the coffee filter, as suggested by the CDC?) http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie

I found another option for a new pattern for a no-sew mask, using a t-shirt, and this one with several options.

Mask materials: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/best-coronavirus-face-mask-materials-new-study_l_5e99b576c5b6a92100e63129

A tip on how to make any mask (except N95) more efficient. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/22/840146830/adding-a-nylon-stocking-layer-could-boost-protection-from-cloth-masks-study-find

I found another good mask video, although I believe that coffee filters are not being recommended any more; they make breathing too hard. It is now in the resource section at the bottom of every report.https://nbclim-f.akamaihd.net/i/Prod/NBCU_LM_VMS/635/99/DIT_20OTS_20NAT_20FEAT_20GIAT_20DIY_20FACE_20MASKS_20040520_20JD_20REV_202_20with_20L3__,935446,886827,037719,116849,460519,061449,.mp4.csmil/master.m3u8

Salem:

Free meals for Salem kids under 18: https://sau57.org/covid19/meals

Town of Salem COVID-29 Info: https://www.townofsalemnh.org/home/covid-19-information

COVID-19 Salem Community Hotline & Email: https://www.townofsalemnh.org/home/news/covid-19-community-hotline-and-email

Salem Police: Dial 911 for emergencies or (603) 893-1911 for non-emergency issues.

New Hampshire:

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services:

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/index.htm

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/faqs/documents/covid-19-faq.pdf

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/index.htm

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/other-guidance.htm

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/documents/terms.pdf

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/residents.htm

Office of the Governor: https://www.governor.nh.gov

List of NH “essential” services: https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-17-ex-a.pdf

Mindi Messmer: A scientist who is reporting frequently on COVID-19, Mindi is also a candidate for Executive Council, District 3 (including Salem). https://www.facebook.com/Mindi4NH/ Sign up for her “Daily or So COVID-19 Updates” https://actionnetwork.org/forms/daily-or-so-covid-19-updates

More info about COVID-19

COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint.  https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-part1_0.pdfhttps://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-part1_0.pdf

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html


COVID Symptom Tracker:
This is a project of Mass General Hospital. In the absence of proper testing, let’s let them know how we are doing. https://covid.joinzoe.com/us?fbclid=IwAR2IsoxZ9RBKC4uPQscKiuUUTJCA3cCt3dUr9tjNSsFqOU1rv10jmysmt4Y

Tuft’s University: COVID-19 Convalescent (Recovered) Patient Registry

Trackers (Cases)

COVI-19 Tracker: https://bing.com/covid/local/newhampshire_unitedstates

Live statistics: https://ncov2019.live/data

US Coronavirus Tracking https://infection2020.com

The COVID Tracking Project https://covidtracking.com/data/state/new-hampshire#historical

The World Health Organization:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Media with NH COVID-19 news:

WMUR: https://www.wmur.com

NHPR: https://www.nhpr.org

Housing

NH landlords cannot start eviction proceedings for any tenant unable to pay due to the impact of the coronavirus. Foreclosures are also frozen. https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-4.pdf

Housing and Urban Development: https://www.hud.gov/states/new_hampshire

NH Housing: https://www.nhhfa.org

Unemployment

If you were working in NH: https://www.nhes.nh.gov

If you worked in MA: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-unemployment-assistance

Financial Assistance

Coronavirus Tax Relief: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments

SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Formerly Food Stamps)

About SNAP: https://govtbenefits.org/snap-vs-food-stamps/

NH SNAP: http://www.benefitsapplication.com/program_info/NH/Food%20Stamps

Link to other  NH benefits:

http://www.benefitsapplication.com/program_info/NH/%20Financial%20Assistance%20for%20Needy%20Families

Businesses and Employers: Guidance for Small Businesses 

New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA): (resources): https://businesshelp.nheconomy.com/hc/en-us

NH DHHS: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/businesses.htm

SBA: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/281d439

SBA: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

CDC: Cleaning: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce: http://www.gschamber.com

McLane Middleton: An extensive list of resources for businesses: https://www.mclane.com/Coronavirus-Resource-Center

The CARES Act: https://www.mclane.com/The-CARES-Act-QA-Webinar-Replay-4/2/2020

Unemployment: https://www.mclane.com/Coronavirus-Employment-Webinar-3-26-2020

Resource for Nonprofit businesses: https://www.nhnonprofits.org/page/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-nonprofits


Sources for data included in these reports:

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/

https://www.wmur.com

https://covid19.healthdata.org

https://www.townofsalemnh.org/

https://infection2020.com

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information

https://www.nhpr.org/

https://www.nhpr.org/post/tracking-covid-19-cases-and-testing-new-hampshire#stream/0

https://www.cityofmethuen.net/health-division/pages/methuen-covid-19-case-count

Please report any errors or omissions to bonnie@bonnie4salem.us. Thank you.