COVID-19 Update September 16

  • Total: 321 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of every 92 Salem residents have been infected
  • Salem Today: 3 new cases, 9 active cases

 

• • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT • • • • • •

  • The number of Salem residents infected with COVID-19 has increased by another three cases, but there are two less active cases.
  • 33 NH Residents had positive test results today.
  • The positivity rate today is 2.51%; not great but better than yesterday’s 5.3% positivity rate.
  • Per NH DHHS’s dashboard, there were no new kids aged 0-9; but there were 6 youth aged 10-19 infected today. NH DHHS reported in their press release that 4 kids under 18 were infected, so presumably, there are 2 youth aged 18-19 who are newly infected.
  • How good of a job is NH doing with contact tracing? I’m concerned. No Salem students are showing up on the state’s COVID-19 school dashboard — despite the fact that the high school has announced infections in two Salem students. Also, Windham High School now shows 3 infections and 3 recovered cases, although news reports are claiming at least 18 students have been infected. (Per NHPR, Health Commissioner Lori Shibinette said that the state’s COVID-19 schoo dashboard does not always match the data that the schools themselves may report. The state does not add and disclose numbers until it completes its contact investigation.) Contact investigation seems to be going very slowly.
  • Schools with active infections per NH DHHS are:
    • Pre School: None.
    • Elementary Schools:  Barrington Elementary (3 +1*); Bartlett Elementary, Manchester) (1); Griffin Memorial School, Litchfield (1); Seabrook Elementary (1)
    • Middle Schools: None.
    • High Schools: Bishop Guertin, Nashua (2**); Coe Brown, Northwood (1); New Hampton School (1, 1 recovered); Tilton School (1); Windham High, (3, 3 recovered)*
    • College/University: Colby-Sawyer (1); Dartmouth (3*, 1 recovered); Keene State (0*, 5* recovered); Nashua Community (1); NE College-Henniker (1*, 4* recovered); Plymouth State (3, 1 recovered); Rivier Univ (1, 1 recovered); UNH-Durham (24*, now 60* recovered, 1 cluster – the only cluster in a NH school*
    • * Change. ** New to list.
  • Manchester has surpassed 2,000 cases, more than the entire Rockingham County. Durham now has more than 100 total cases.
  • Communities with more than five active cases:
    • Hampstead, North Hampton and Weare no longer have active cases.
    • Windham (went from 20 down to 10. That was fast!).
    • Also: Manchester (32, 0); Nashua (23, +2); Durham (23, +2); Derry (13, +4); Brentwood (12, 0); Concord (10, -1); Salem (9, -2); Ossipee (7, -1); Pelham (7, 0); Exeter (6, 0); Merrimack (6, +1); Barrington (5, -1); Bedford (5, 0), Londonderry (5,0).
    • There are still many communities with 1-4 active cases. I am only able to track them if their changes if they increase to 5 or more active cases, or if they no longer have any active cases.
  • Of the communities I watch, which includes all of those who have had more than 50 active cases, the following changes have occurred: Nashua (852, +6); Manchester (2004, +5); Durham (103, +5); Derry (383, +4); Salem (321, +3); Merrimack (126, +2); Pelham (88, +2); Rochester (84, +1); Exeter (56, +1); Seabrook (55, +1); Hanover  (26, +1); Conway (25, +1). The other NH communities had no changes.
  • 61 more people have been reported as “recovered,” and the number of active cases in NH is down to 259.
  • Another person has been hospitalized with COVID-19, but the number of hospitalized patients has gone down by one. There were no new COVID-19-related deaths in NH in the 24 hours covered by this report.
  • Looking at the big picture, over 30 million people have been infected with COVID-19 across the world. In approximately a week, I predict that the US will reach 7 million confirmed cases.
  • Over 200,000 Americans have died prematurely because of COVID-19. Globally, it looks like we will reach 1 million deaths in less than 2 weeks.

 

• • • • DIAGNOSTIC TESTS IN NH • • • •

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 33
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 32
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 4
  • Total positive cases in NH: 7,780
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive: 2.51%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,273
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,153
  • New negative results reported today: 1,241
  • Total negative cases in NH: 225,951

• • • • Rockingham County • • • • • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,940
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 9
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 2.9
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 3.4
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.9%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 79%

• • • •  Active Cases • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 259
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 84
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 32.4%

• • • •  OTHER TEST RESULTS • • • • • •

  • New antibody tests: 46
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 30,515
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 42
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1

• • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Announced today: 61
  • Total Recovered: 7.083
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 91.0%

• • • • HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • New: 1
  • Current: 8
  • Total Hospitalized: 723
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 9.29%

• • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 0
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 438
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.63%
  • 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.

 

I wish that NH DHHS could release their data, which is the base for most of my update, earlier. They cut off the data at 9:00 a.m., but don’t make it available until 6:00 p.m. These late nights are getting old.  Even though I was reminded earlier in the day, I forgot to share that yesterday was my 165th consecutive update. Tomorrow (Thursday, the 17th) is 200 days from when the 1st COVID-19 case was diagnosed in NH. We’ve come a long way, but there is still much to learn, and people are still dying before their time, and people are still having long-term consequences.

Don’t forget to be respectful, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie


How our numbers have changed over time

 


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