COVID-19 Update 13 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 13 May 2021

  • Total: 2,929 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases since yesterday
  • Salem has 18 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 172
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 2.7%

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, DHHS did not update their daily update/press release, so there are a few blanks in my update. This is the third time in a week. DHHS did update the vaccine report today, but they have missed 13 out of the last 21 days of that report.

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

  • Salem added 2 new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,929 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases have decrease by 2 since yesterday to 18. Salem had 37 active cases one week ago. The last time we were this low was October 21.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 186. Yesterday, it was 189. One week ago, it was 233.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 2.6%, a “minimal” level of community transmission, although it is above the goal of less than 2%. Yesterday it was 2.5%. One week ago, it was 4.6%. 
  • While Salem’s positivity rate continues to fall, there are still 64 NH communities with a positivity rate of more than 0. (79 a week ago). There are 58 communities with a positivity rate higher than 2%. (75 a week ago).  34 communities have more than 5% (46 a week ago). 4 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%. (9 a week ago.) 52 communities have a higher positivity rate than Salem’s. (60 a week ago.)
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem Residents have had a confirmed case of COVID-19. In Rockingham County it is 1:13; in New Hampshire, it is 1:14.
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 211. NH reported 159 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 48 to 1,450 since yesterday. That’s 322 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • NH has had 204.4 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 209.8. One week ago, it was 436.4.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 3.0%. Yesterday it was 3.0%. One week ago, it was 5.3%
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,386 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is anincrease of 8 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 13 since last week. There were 0 morehospitalization reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is 308.  
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 62 which is 1 less than yesterday and 22 less than oneweek ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by 1; the total number of ICU admissions is 410. We have seen an increase of 6 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • There were 4 lives lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,326 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 11 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. There was 1 life lost today from Rockingham County; the total number of people who have died from our county is 257.

 • • • • • Communities • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
This information was not reported today.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 211
  • New positive cases per DHHS: Not reported today
  • Total people who have tested positive: 97,304

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • • • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,923
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 45
  • Rockingham County’s percentage of new cases:
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 3.7%

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

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

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 5344 (+26); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 12040 (+40); Hospitalizations: 10; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19579 (+49); Hospitalizations: 32; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14280 (+29); Hospitalizations: 62; Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12796 (+23); Hospitalizations: 101; Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14967 (+24); Hospitalizations: 181 (+4); Deaths: 31 
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9593 (+15); Hospitalizations: 329; Deaths: 128 (+3)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4720 (+3); Hospitalizations: 350 (+2); Deaths: 315 (+1)
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3896 (+3); Hospitalizations: 313 (+2); Deaths: 833 
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 89 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 1,450
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 284

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 159
  • Total recovered: 94,528
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 97.1% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 62
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 8
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,386
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.42%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 410
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 308

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 4
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 4
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,326
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.36%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 2
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 257

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!

The CDC announced today that those who are fully vaccinated can get rid of their masks. This is the same day that NH DHHS announced that NH has had 178 breakthrough cases – people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated. Vaccines prevent many new cases, but not all. Those who are vaccinated and infected aren’t as likely to get seriously ill, but vaccines can’t prevent Long-Covid (long-haul), nor can they prevent long-term impacts, some of which are known, and some which we may not recognize for years or decades. So maybe wearing a mask is still a good idea?

Today is also the day that NH DHHS reported that the B.1.1.7 variant that started in the UK is now becoming the predominant variant of the virus in NH. B.1.1.7 has a higher rate of mortality than the form of COVID-19 that NH has been experiencing.

And today is two days since an article was published about mutations of the Brazilian variant P. being found in Florida. The new P.1.1 variant has been found to be more likely to reinfect people who have already had the virus.

This is also the same week that two NH kids aged 10-19 have been hospitalized because of COVID-19, bringing the total for that age from eight patients on Saturday, May 8 to ten on Wednesday, May 12. This means one fifth of all hospitalized patients for this age since the beginning of the pandemic have been hospitalized over four days this week. Is this a new trend?

Hospitalization numbers are increasing. This week we averaged 6.3 new patients per day.  A month ago, we were averaging 4.6 daily new cases.

I’m concerned. It doesn’t feel like it’s the right time to lift everything yet. Yes, we need to continue opening up, but we need to do it wisely. I think we still need masks.

I’m tired of these statistics. Don’t become one. I’ll continue to wear masks. Will you?

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie









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