COVID-19 Update May 22

Salem: 225 confirmed cases, 77 active cases.

Five more Salem resident was diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total up to 225. The state marked another batch 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.  Almost two-thirds of all confirmed cases in Salem have recovered, leaving us with77 active cases, the lowest number that has been reported to us.

Two days ago, I shared the COVID-19 story of two men, under 50. Today we hear about a 29-year-old who was put into a medically-induced coma, and an NH youngster who has been hospitalized with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), which is associated with infection or exposure to coronavirus. COVID-19 IS MAKING LIFE-ALTERING CHANGES WHICH AFFECT PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.

Notable numbers:

  • Total confirmed cases passed 4,000 (4014)
  • The number of recovered cases passed 2,000 (2,082); more than half of all cases have recovered.
  • NH total death cases passed 200 (204)
  • Number of hospitalizations passed 400 (408)
  • The number of current hospitalizations is 88, the lowest it has been since they started sharing this data with the public.
  • Pelham now has over 50 cases (51)
  • Middlesex County now over 20K cases (20,085)

DHHS announced that there were 81 new positive test results for COVID-19, including five children under the age of 18, for a total of 4,014 cases. (When comparing the number of cases announced yesterday and today, I come up with 79 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. The current daily average is 2100 PCR-based tests per day and 550 antibody tests per day.

Today the State announced that 315 more people have recovered, for a total of 2,082. (52% of all confirmed cases.) Yesterday was the biggest number of cases that have been reported in one day as “recovered” since the beginning; today was almost as high. 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 on May 20, and 321 on May 21. Commissioner Shibinette said today that those who have recovered are processed in batches.

With these new recovered cases, now only six NH communities have more than 50 active cases: Manchester (475), Derry (160), Nashua (140), Salem (77), Bedford (77), and Goffstown (58.

There were another 15 people who were sick enough to have to be hospitalized in NH today, bringing the total of those hospitalized to 408 (10% of all confirmed cases). The number of current hospitalized cases went down to 88; about one-quarter of all those who have been hospitalized are still in the hospital.

Sadly, today NH DHHS announced that five more NH residents have died from COVID-19. Four of the five were associated with long-term care facilities. All were over 60 years of age, including one male from Rockingham County. The loss of these people brings NH’s total fatalities to 204 people. 5% of those NH residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have died.

The long weekend is upon us. Remember the reason why many won’t have to work on Monday. As much as you can, enjoy it … responsibly. Please, stay safe, and always, be kind.

Key points covered below in today’s report: 

  • N.H. Sees First Case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
  • Manchester man, 29, with no underlying conditions, in COVID-19-related medically induced coma
  • Nashua approves facemask mandate, defiant could face fines up to $1,000
  • Gubernatorial Candidate Andru Volinsky Says State Liquor Store COVID Case Bolsters Case for Mask Order. Why Did It Take a Week to Release This Information?
  • Can I get tested? Where do I go? Updates to that info.

 

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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
  • May 22: 225; 77 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

N.H. Sees First Case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

State health officials have confirmed the first case in New Hampshire of an inflammatory syndrome that the CDC says affects children who have been infected with or exposed to the coronavirus. As of May 18, there had been a total of 191 confirmed COVID-19 cases among children ages 0-19. Read more about NH’s case. Read more about MIS-C.

Manchester man, 29, with no underlying conditions, in COVID-19-related medically induced coma

A Manchester father is fighting for his life on a ventilator battling COVID-19. Corey Martin, 29, is a husband, son, and proud father. He had no underlying health conditions, but when COVID-19 swept through Hampshire House, the halfway house in Manchester where he works 60-hour weeks, he contracted the virus. It progressed from neck pain on May 3 to a point last week where his family no longer recognized him.

“We just want to make it known that just because you’re young and healthy does not mean that you can’t get sick,” said his wife. “My husband is literally fighting for his life and he’s healthy.” A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover medical expenses.

Read more.

Nashua approves facemask mandate, defiant could face fines up to $1,000

Face masks will now be required when customers visit stores, restaurants, and other business establishments in Nashua. Several city officials said that because Nashua is a border city, it must be extra vigilant because of the high number of cases in Massachusetts.

The new ordinance does not require children under 10 to wear a face covering, and is not required for anyone who can show that a medical professional has advised that wearing a face covering may pose a risk because of a health reason. Masks must be worn while entering restaurants, they may be removed once diners sit down at a table. Read more. NHPR says “Nashua is believed to be the first city in the state to enact such an order.”

Gubernatorial Candidate Andru Volinsky Says State Liquor Store COVID Case Bolsters Case for Mask Order. Why Did It Take a Week to Release This Information?

CONCORD, N.H. — In response to today’s revelation of a case of COVID-19 contracted by a Manchester state liquor store employee a week ago, Andru Volinsky released the following statement:

“I viewed state liquor stores as a dangerous vector for the spread of the virus at the start of the pandemic. Today’s announcement of a week-old positive test result for a Manchester liquor store employee raises both the question of the overall safety of customers who visited the store and the question of why this information wasn’t released a week ago, when customers should have received notice. The infection also underscores the need for employees and customers alike to wear protective face coverings if they want to buy liquor in New Hampshire. That’s why I called for a mask order enforced by businesses this Monday. The Governor must now take the step that public health scientists tell us is appropriate; order the wearing of masks in public. I fear that the pandemic will only become worse without this reasonable step, especially as we prepare for out-of-state tourists to visit our state.”

Can I get tested? Where do I go?

On Wednesday, the Governor announced new criteria for testing, as well as a new location in Londonderry. Sign up for an appointment on the NH’s Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Program’s website. I have included everything you might want to know about diagnostic testing and antibody testing at https://bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-testing/ My webpage has been updated to reflect the newest information.

 


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.