COVID-19 Update 11 October 2021          

COVID-19 Update 11 October 2021              
(Not all of the dashboards were updated today, so this is the best info available)

  • Salem since last update: 46 new cases as of Friday 
  • Total: 3,452 confirmed cases in Salem as of Friday.
  • We now have 55 active cases as of Friday (65 last week)
  • 1 out of every 9 Salem residents has been infected.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days:  338 (341 two weeks ago)
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 4.9%. (Last week: 5.7% two weeks ago).
  • Fully vaccinated Salem residents: 14,406 (48.2%). Change from 2 weeks ago: +5 people (+0.0)
  • Partially vaccinated Salem residents: 15,593 (52.1%). Change from 2 weeks ago: +7 people (0.0%). 

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

  • New cases of COVID-19 cases in NH this week: 3,689. (3,348 last week)
  • 1 out of every 11 NH residents has been infected. 
  • Active COVID-19 cases in NH: 3,941 (3,502 last week.) There were 155 active cases on June 28.
  • Recovered in NH this week: 3,236. (3,432 last week.)
  • State Level of Transmission: Substantial in all counties 
  • New patients hospitalized this week because of COVID-19: ??? (16 last week.)
  • Current patients hospitalized because of COVID-19: 142 (141 one week ago)
  • New admissions to ICU this week because of COVID-19: (1 last week)
  • New deaths attributed to COVID-19 reported in NH this week: 16 (8 last week.)
  • Total NH individuals fully vaccinated: About 54.5% of our population, a one-week increase of 0.0%59.8% are partially vaccinated, a one-week increase of 0.0%.

Hello, Salem!

Here are some random thoughts from this past week:

It was a challenging week for me: An acquaintance for whom I had a lot of respect, died from complications from COVID-19. And one of my best friends had a stroke half a year ago. They are in a rehab facility which recently had a COVID-19 outbreak. My friend was one of the those who were infected, despite being fully vaccinated. (On a happy note, they had almost no so symptoms; with their health issues, I suspect they would have died the vaccination.)

I’m growing more frustrated with NH DHHS. I’m not impressed with how the website is set up. There should be no reason for an entry for Hart’s Location to be added to the list of towns when Harts Location is already in the list. The Map Dashboard, a source of much of my statistics, was not updated last Monday; on Tuesday and Wednesday it was “unavailable due to maintenance.” Today, the only Interactive Dashboards that were updated today are the Summary and Equity pages, and, since they stopped giving weekend updates, that means that much of the information available is dated Friday, which means it was info available as of 9:00 Friday morning, making it a half week old. The Summary Dashboard from last Monday to “today” shows 2 hospitalizations, but the hospitalizations by age shows 4 hospitalizations in that same time. (The Summary Dashboard says today, but is the date there correct?) My final complaint: When the information isn’t available on Monday, I have to make adjustments to my formulas. I’ve had to adjust those formulas every week for five weeks, adding several hours to preparing my update. 


I’m thinking of cutting down my updates down to a more manageable section … they take a lot of time and effort, and I’m not sure that anyone is reading them anymore. If you are reading this, and have parts you still want, please let me know, so I won’t cut those pieces.

That’s it for now. I hope anyone who is reading this has had a good week. Next week will be better. Stay safe, and always, be kind. 

~Bonnie 


On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, DHHS announced 361 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Monday, October 4. Today’s results include 181 people who tested positive by PCR test and 180 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced an additional 23 new cases from Friday, October 1 (13 by PCR and 10 by antigen test) for a new total of 687; and an additional 12 new cases from Saturday, October 2 (9 by PCR and 3 by antigen test) for a new total of 322. There are now 3,403 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. 

On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, DHHS announced 400 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Tuesday, October 5. Today’s results include 204 people who tested positive by PCR test and 196 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced an additional 7 new cases from Saturday, October 2 (3 by PCR and 4 by antigen test) for a new total of 329; an additional 30 new cases from Sunday, October 3 (17 by PCR and 13 by antigen test) for a new total of 256; and an additional 49 new cases from Monday, October 4 (21 by PCR and 28 by antigen test) for a new total of 410. There are now 3,600 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire.

On Wednesday, DHHS also reported two additional deaths: Week of Sept 6: 80+ female from Hillsborough County. Week of Feb 22: 80+ male from Rockingham County.

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, DHHS announced 528 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Wednesday, October 6. Today’s results include 385 people who tested positive by PCR test and 143 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced an additional 59 new cases from Monday, October 4 (52 by PCR and 7 by antigen test) for a new total of 469; and an additional 38 new cases from Tuesday, October 5 (21 by PCR and 17 by antigen test) for a new total of 438. There are now 3,966 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. 

On Friday, October 8, 2021, DHHS announced 568 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Thursday, October 7. Today’s results include 334 people who tested positive by PCR test and 234 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced an additional 48 new cases from Tuesday, October 5 (23 by PCR and 25 by antigen test) for a new total of 485; and an additional 5 new cases from Wednesday, October 6 (5 by PCR and 0 by antigen test) for a new total of 533. There are now 4,019 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. 

On Monday, October 11, 2021, DHHS announced 254 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Sunday, October 10. Today’s results include 174 people who tested positive by PCR test and 80 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced 564 cases from Friday, October 8 (432 by PCR and 132 by antigen test), and 581 cases from Saturday, October 9 (432 by PCR and 149 by antigen test). Additionally, DHHS announced an additional 80 new cases from Wednesday, October 6 (27 by PCR and 53 by antigen test) for a new total of 613, and an additional 57 new cases from Thursday, October 7 (34 by PCR and 23 by antigen test) for a new total of 625. There are now 3,941 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. 

Each day, DHHS says that “Test results for previous days are still being processed and updated case counts for prior days will be reflected on the COVID-19 interactive dashboard.” And, “Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates.” Percentages shown are % of new cases. 

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

  • Total people who have tested positive: 125,743 (122,054) last week)
  • New positive cases this week by math: 3,689 (3,348 last week)

• • • • • NEW CASES • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases this week reside in the following counties and NH’s two major cities: 

  • Belknap: 187; was 148
  • Carroll: 133; was 107
  • Cheshire: 191; was 158
  • Coos: 243; was 188
  • Grafton: 192; was 171
  • Manchester: 448; was 452
  • Merrimack: 295; was 269
  • Nashua: 477; was 371
  • Rest of Hillsborough: 167; was 164
  • Rockingham County: 608; was 638
  • Strafford: 305; was 290
  • Sullivan: 246; was 194

The county of residence is being determined for 84 new cases. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. 

• • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • • 

  • NH has 3,502 active cases. Last week we had 3,595. We were down to 214 cases as recently as June 28.
  • Active cases by county were not updated today.
  • As of Friday:
    • There were 4 NH communities with more than 100 active cases. Between them, these communities have 687 active cases, accounting for 22% of all active cases.
    • There were 20 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 1,713 active cases, accounting for 54% of all active cases.
    • 13 communities had more active cases than Salem: Manchester (308); Nashua (174); Derry (119); Concord (112); Claremont (110); Berlin (89); Raymond (80); Dover (75); Laconia (68); Rochester (68); Milford (66); Newport (63); and Pelham (61). (Salem had 55)
    • Another 3 communities had 50 or more active cases: Londonderry (54); Durham (53); and Hudson (50).
  • Salem (27; was 18 last week)

• • • • • CUMULATIVE CASES • • • • • • 

Information to calculate the ratios were not updated today, but it is unlikely that they have changed, as they have all had recent increases.

  • 1 out of every 9 Salem residents has been infected 
  • 1 out of every 11 residents of Rockingham County 
  • 1 out of every 11 residents of NH have been infected 

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Total recovered: 120,303 (117,067 last week)
  • Recovered this week: 1,611 (1,615 last week)
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.7% (98.3% in late July.) 

• • • • • COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION • • • • • • 

  • Per NH Department of Health and Human Services:  A community is assigned an overall level based on the highest-level determination for any specific metric. NH Metrics are: 
  • New Cases per 100k over 14 days: Scale: Minimal: <50; Moderate: 50 – 100; Substantial: >100. 
  • Average PCR Test Positivity Rate over 7 days: Scale: Minimal: <5%; Moderate: 5% – 10; Substantial: >10%
  • NH Level of Transmission: Substantial (Last week: Substantial)
    • NH New Cases per 100K over 14 days: 462 (454 last week)
    • 7-Day Total Test Positivity Rate: 4.4% (4.8% last week)
    • Every county in NH, as well as Manchester and Nashua, are at Substantial risk for community transmission. Two public health regions — Upper Valley and Seacoast — are at moderate risk.
  • Cases per 100K residents:
    • NH: 484 (NH last week: 454)
    • Belknap: 542 (556 two weeks ago)
    • Carroll: 493 (433 two weeks ago)
    • Cheshire: 405 (434 two weeks ago)
    • Coos: 1207 (814 two weeks ago)
    • Grafton: 392 (339 two weeks ago)
    • Manchester: 474 (398 two weeks ago)
    • Merrimack: 495 (460 two weeks ago)
    • Nashua: 337 (325 two weeks ago)
    • Rest of Hillsborough excluding Manchester and Nashua: 409 (439 two weeks ago)
    • Rockingham: 397 (381 two weeks ago)
    • Strafford: 452 (456 two weeks ago)
    • Sullivan: 904 (591 two weeks ago)
  • Positivity Rate:
    • NH: 5.2% (was 4.8% last week)
    • Belknap: 7.3% (6.8% last week)
    • Carroll: 6.7% (5.5% last week)
    • Cheshire: 3.1% (3.0% last week)
    • Coos: 12.6% (8.9% last week)
    • Grafton: 0.8% (1.6% last week)
    • Manchester: 5.8% (5.4% last week)
    • Merrimack: 6.0% (5.2% last week)
    • Nashua: 5.6% (4.9% last week)
    • Rest of Hillsborough excluding Manchester and Nashua: 5.0% (5.3% last week)
    • Rockingham: 4.8% (5.2% last week)
    • Strafford: 4.6% (5.8% last week)
    • Sullivan: 12.1% (6.3% last week)

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 142 (Last week: 141)
  • Staffed hospital beds available on Friday: 12.1% (15.6% last week)
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,786 on Friday (This doesn’t seem right?)  (1,784 last week) 
  • New people hospitalized from NH: (Is that all???) (Last week: 16)
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.4%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 523 on Friday
  • New ICU admissions this week: 0 (1 last week)
  • Staffed adult ICU beds available on Friday: 7.6% (Last week: 9.9%)
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 390
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1 since last week
  • Ventilators available: 75.7% on Friday (73.8% last week)

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,497 as of Friday
  • Lives lost this week: 16
  • Lives lost last week: 8
  • Lives lost from those in Long-term care settings: 0
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died this week: 12
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died this week: 4
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.21%
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 292
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County this week: 4 in the past 2 weeks

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

(Totals showing changes since last Tuesday.)

  • 0-9: New Infections: 8385 (+427); Hospitalizations: 17 (+0); Deaths: 0 (+0)
  • 10-19: New Infections: 16328 (+674); Hospitalizations: 15 (+0); Deaths: 0 (+0)
  • 20-29: New Infections: 24038 (+520); Hospitalizations: 43 (+0); Deaths: 1 (+0)
  • 30-39: New Infections: 18510 (+473); Hospitalizations: 80 (+0); Deaths: 10 (+1)
  • 40-49: New Infections: 16145 (+429); Hospitalizations: 139 (+1); Deaths: 19 (+1)
  • 50-59: New Infections: 18215 (+411); Hospitalizations: 259 (+1); Deaths: 48 (+2)
  • 60-69: New Infections: 12009 (+271); Hospitalizations: 396 (+1); Deaths: 159 (+1)
  • 70-79: New Infections: 5908 (+146); Hospitalizations: 427 (+0); Deaths: 358 (+3)
  • 80+: New Infections: 4554 (+98); Hospitalizations: 410 (+1); Deaths: 902 (+8)
  • Unknown: New Infections: 116 (+-4); Hospitalizations: 0 (+0); Deaths: 0 (+0)
  • Total: New Infections: 124208 (+3445); Hospitalizations: 1786 (+4); Deaths: 1497 (+16)

New Infections in the Past 4 Weeks vs. All NH Infections 

  • 0-9: 18.5% vs. 13.15% (+5.9%)
  • 10-19: 15.2% vs. 19.35% (+5.4%)
  • 20-29: 14.6% vs. 14.9% (-4.2%)
  • 30-39: 12% vs. 13% (-0.3%)
  • 40-49: 11.5% vs. 14.66% (-1%)
  • 50-59: 8.6% vs. 9.67% (-3.2%)
  • 60-69: 4.2% vs. 4.76% (-1.1%)
  • 70-79: 2.3% vs. 3.67% (-0.6%)
  • 80+: 0.4% vs. 0.09% (-1.4%)
  • Unknown: 100% vs. 100% (+0.3%)

Additional Age Stats

  • 1,015 children under 18 are included in this week’s new cases. (898 last week)
  • 27.7% of new cases announced by DHHS this week are kids under 18 years old. (27.2% last week)
  • School Dashboard: 
    (I continue to question the accuracy of the School Dashboard.)
    • Salem High School: 7 recovered (No change from last week)
    • Woodbury Middle School: 3 recovered, 1 cluster. (No change from last week)
    • North Salem: 2 recovered. (No change from last week)
    • Fisk: 1 active (New this week)
  • Under 60: 2,934 new cases this week; 2 hospitalizations, 4 deaths
  • Last week: 2,500 new cases; 9 hospitalizations, 1 death
  • 60+: 515 new cases; 2 hospitalizations; 12 deaths
  • Last week: 481 new cases; 7 hospitalizations; 7 deaths

• • • • • • Institutional Outbreaks in NH • • • • • •  

NH DHHS reported 10 institutional outbreaks on Thursday, Oct. 7. Four are new since my last update. Four were removed from the outbreak list this week. The outbreaks, with changes from last week, are:

  • Alpine Health Center: 62 residents (+0), 23 staff (+8) and 6 deaths (+0) 
  • Cheshire County Department of Corrections: 12 residents, 0 staff (no change)
  • Country Village: 30 residents, 7 staff, 1 death (new this week)
  • Courville at Nashua: 18 residents, 4 staff (new this week)
  • Federal Correctional Institution in Berlin: 36 residents (+0), 11 staff (+2)
  • Hillsborough County Department of corrections: 67 residents (+29), 6 staff (+0). 
  • Laconia Rehabilitation Center 5 residents, 1 staff (new this week)
  • Lebanon Center Genesis 11 residents, 1 staff (new this week)
  • Riverside Rest Home: 9 residents (+4), 5 staff (+0)
  • Summercrest Senior Living: 13 residents (+8), 5 staff (+0)

All other outbreaks, which can be seen here, were closed as of this outbreak update.

The outbreaks removed from the list this week are:  Colonial Poplin Nursing & Rehabilitation, Peabody Home, Villa Crest Nursing & Retirement Center and Woodlawn Nursing Home 

• • • • • • Vaccinations in NH • • • • • •  

NH DHHS reports 763,384 (54.5%) people are fully vaccinated, an increase of 143 people (0.0%) since last week. Last week the increase was 870 people.

841,529 (59.8%) NH residents have been partially vaccinated, an increase of 137 (0.0%)
people since last week. Last week the increase was 1,049 people.

• • • • • • VARIANTS IN NH • • • • • •  

Per WMUR, as of Oct 11, NH had:

  • Number of B.1.1.7 variant (Alpha; UK) cases: 1,259 No change) 
  • Number of B.1.351 variant (Beta; South Africa) cases: 2 (No change)
  • Number of P.1 variant (Gamma; Brazil) cases: 203 (No change)
  • Number of B.1.617.2 variant (Delta; India) cases: 1,293 (1,080 last week)

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.


• • • • • • SUGGESTED READING  • • • • • •  

VACCINES

  • Don’t get a booster shot before you’re eligible. Getting a third dose Covid booster shot before you’re eligible won’t benefit you, and waiting could actually help you. Here’s why, according to infectious disease experts. Here’s why.
  • How being unvaccinated against COVID-19 can impact your wallet. There are major costs associated with being unvaccinated against Covid-19 as the pandemic continues. Here’s what not getting vaccinated may cost you. More here.
  • Fired for refusing a Covid vaccine? You likely can’t get unemployment benefits. Thousands of Americans are being fired for refusing to comply with Covid vaccine mandates. They probably don’t qualify for unemployment benefits. Here’s why.
  • Natural infection isn’t enough to protect against COVID-19, experts say. You still need a vaccine.
    Although antibodies from having COVID-19 may provide some protection, health experts say nothing protects better than the vaccines. Details here.
  • Experts Answer Eight Key Questions About Covid-19 Vaccine Reactions. Medical professionals weigh in on why some individuals have different responses to the shots and offer advice on what to expect. Here.

Additional suggested reading:

  • 32 Fully Vaccinated People Died from COVID-19 in NH, According to DHHS. That’s 7% of NH deaths. Full story here.
  • Why one doctor is ‘very worried’ about COVID-19 heading into winter. Learn why here.
  • U.S. to Buy $1 Billion Worth of Rapid COVID Tests. Details here.




The chart above was published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. It is based on information from the article, “Vital Statistics: Provisional Life Expectancy Estimates for 2020,” which was published by the CDC.


FINDING INFORMATION:

The State lists information on where to get vaccinated, where to get tested, and what to do if you test positive or were exposed to COVID on their website.


COVID-19 SYMPTOMS – Updated early September 2021

Concerns continue to grow for the Delta variant of COVID-19, which now accounts for 93% of all new COVID-19 infections. Descriptions of symptoms have been updated:

Ranking of Symptoms for Covid-19 Infection in the Unvaccinated

  1. Headache
  2. Sore Throat
  3. Runny Nose
  4. Fever
  5. Persistent cough 

Loss of smell now comes in at number 9, and shortness of breath is way down the list at number 30.

Ranking of Symptoms for Covid-19 Infection in the Partially Vaccinated

  1. Headache
  2. Runny Nose
  3. Sore throat
  4. Sneezing
  5. Persistent Cough

Sneezing, which was never thought to be a symptom in the original Covid strain, is now ranked more common than a cough, for a reported symptom in those with only one dose of the vaccine.

Ranking of Symptoms for Covid-19 Infection in the Fully Vaccinated

  1. Headache
  2. Runny Nose
  3. Sneezing
  4. Sore throat
  5. Loss of smell

A cough ranks 8 on the list for fully vaccinated people, and a fever ranks 12. Shortness of breath is way down the list at number 29.


Breakthrough COVID-19 symptoms:

  • While some vaccinated people are getting COVID, it is still rare, and 99.9% of all recent hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19 are people who are not vaccinated.
  • CDC reports that 79% of those who are found to have breakthrough infections have a cough, headache, sore throat, myalgia and fever. 
  • NBC says approximately 1 in 900 vaccinated people have had breakthrough infections. The vast majority of those had mild or no symptoms. 

A new study shows that unvaccinated people are 17x more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people who are fully vaccinated.



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