COVID-19 Update 1 April 2021

COVID-19 Update 1 April 2021

  • Total: 2,660 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 11 new cases since yesterday; 99 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 11 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 514
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 8.9% 

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, DHHS announced 433 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.6%. Today’s results include 285 people who tested positive by PCR test and 148 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,287 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/31: 433 new cases 

Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. 

• • • • • • TODAY’S SUMMARY • • • • • •

  • Salem added 11 new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,660 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • The number of active cases in Salem today is 99, the same as we had yesterday. Salem had 94 active cases one week ago. 
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 514. Yesterday it was 510. One week ago, it was 510.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 8.9%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 8.8%. One week ago, it was 9.7%. 
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 363. NH reported 182 people have “recovered” since yesterday’s update. After allowing for those who lost their lives today because of COVID-19, NH’s number of active cases went up by 174 to 3,287 since yesterday. That’s 569 more active cases than we had a week ago.
  • Over 80,000 NH residents have been reported as “recovered” since the beginning of the pandemic. This is 95% of all confirmed cases. Recovered means they are no longer considered to be contagious; we have no way of knowing how many are long-haulers, nor how many will have long-term health issues. 
  • We haven’t had this many active cases since February 17. We were down to 1, 997 on March 9.
  • NH has had 355.5 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday it was 351.1. One week ago, it was 316.9.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.8%. Yesterday it was 4.8%. One week ago, it was 4.6%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 2.6%. Yesterday it was 1.9%. A week ago, it was 2.9%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,205 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is an increase of 1 since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 7 since last week. There were  no new hospitalizations today from Rockingham County, leaving our county’s total at 272.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 81 which is 4 more than yesterday, and 10 more than a week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions has not changed for the period covered by this report, for a total of 367. We have seen an increase of 5 ICU admissions in the past seven days. This is the third day in a row with no increase in ICU admissions.
  • Today NH DHHS reported that there were 7 lives lost for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,245 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 14 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. Today’s numbers includes 1 person who died from Rockingham County, for a total of 228 lives lost in our county.  

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (97), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (82), Strafford (47), Merrimack (40), Grafton (19), Carroll (15), Coos (12), Cheshire (9), Belknap (7), and Sullivan (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (41) and Nashua (39). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-one new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 363
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 433
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.6%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 84,539
  • New negative results reported: 1,758
  • Total Negative Results: 577,508

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • •, • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 20,985
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 97
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 7.4%

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •  

  • 81 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases.
  • 18.7% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes in new cases since yesterday for those under 60.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 4164 (+21); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 9896 (+71); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 16801 (+68); Hospitalizations: 27; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 12290 (+49); Hospitalizations: 49; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 11171 (+41); Hospitalizations: 89; Deaths: 10
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 13292 (+66); Hospitalizations: 151; Deaths: 27 (+1)
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8680 (+28); Hospitalizations: 288; Deaths: 109
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4426 (+12); Hospitalizations: 298; Deaths: 286
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3750 (+7); Hospitalizations: 287; Deaths: 807
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 69 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •                          

  • Active cases in NH: 3,287
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 878

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 182
  • Total recovered: 80,007
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.6% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 81
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,205
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.43%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 367
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 272

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 7
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 6
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,245
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.47%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 228

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.


Hello, Salem!

Our numbers are increasing daily. The more cases we have, the more opportunity we have of developing new variants which could be worse than the ones that have currently been identified.

In the Governor’s press conference today, the DHHS team that reports to him shared that there have been 1700 tests run to look for variants, but only 100 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant which started in the United Kingdom have been detected here in NH.

Nationally there is concern about a 4th wave. NH didn’t really experience the 2nd wave. Here’s hoping we can avoid this one, too, but the trends I’m seeing are concerning, and if the B.1.1.7 picks up, as is predicted, I am concerned that we could be in trouble.

Please! Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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