COVID-19 Update 15 April 2021

COVID-19 Update 15 April 2021

  • Total: 2,791 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases
  • 94 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 11 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 443
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 8.3%

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, DHHS announced 552 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 3.0%. Today’s results include 329 people who tested positive by PCR test and 223 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,763 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 4/14: 552 new cases 

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

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

  • Check out my message, below, where I’ve shared some metrics over time.
  • Salem added 7 new cases in the past two days, bringing our total to 2,791 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases has decreased by 2 since yesterday to 94. Salem had 74 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 443. Yesterday, it was 459. One week ago, it was 429.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 8.3%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 7.5%. One week ago, it was 6.2%. 
  • As of today, NH has now passed 90,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) were 542. NH reported 320 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 219 to 3,763 since yesterday. That’s 66 more active cases than we had a week ago.
  • NH has had 438.6 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 429.0. One week ago, it was 413.5.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 5.3%. Yesterday it was 5.3%. One week ago, it was 5.2%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 3.0%, which is “moderate” community transmission. Yesterday it was 2.4%. A week ago, it was 3.0%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,273 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is an increase of 3 since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 22 since last week. There was 1 new hospitalization today from Rockingham County, bringing our county’s total to 288.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 130 which is 12 more than yesterday, and 30 more than a week ago. 
  • The last time we had more than this many patients hospitalized with COVID-19 was February 12.
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by 1 since yesterday, bringing the total to 381. We have seen an increase of 4 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • Today NH DHHS reported that there were three lives lost for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,264 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 12 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. Today’s numbers include two people who died from Rockingham County, bringing the total to 237 lives lost in our county.  

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (122), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (78), Strafford (58), Merrimack (53), Grafton (42), Belknap (23), Carroll (17), Cheshire (15), Sullivan (13), and Coos (6) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (42) and Nashua (26). The county of residence is being determined for fifty-seven new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 542
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 552
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 3.0%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 90,525
  • New negative results reported: 1,602
  • Total Negative Results: 589,407
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  • • • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • •, • •
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 22,450
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 122
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 7.9%

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

  • 117 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases.
  • 21.2% 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: 4661 (+58); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 10888 (+85); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 18097 (+104); Hospitalizations: 30; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 13200 (+96); Hospitalizations: 55; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 11926 (+54); Hospitalizations: 91 (+1); Deaths: 11
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 14143 (+79); Hospitalizations: 158; Deaths: 27
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9165 (+45); Hospitalizations: 304; Deaths: 112 (+2)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4559 (+12); Hospitalizations: 323 (+2); Deaths: 293 (+1)
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3807 (+10); Hospitalizations: 296; Deaths: 815
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 79 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 3,763
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 926

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 320
  • Total recovered: 85,498
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.4% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 130
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,273
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.41%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 381
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 288

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 3
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 3
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,264
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.40%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 2
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 237

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!

Today NH’s Governor announced that he is lifting the mandate for wearing masks in public places. (Businesses are still allowed to make their own rules). Some are celebrating. But is it the right time?

I, for one, will continue to wear a mask when I’m in public, even though I’m fully vaccinated. Here’s why:

In addition, the CDC reports that NH has had 206 confirmed cases of the B.1.17 variant that originated in the United Kingdom, and 6 people have been diagnosed with the P.1 variant that originated in Brazil. Our neighbor, Massachusetts, has had 1,100 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 102 people diagnosed with the P.1 variant, and 12 cases of the B.1.351 variant which came from South Africa.)

If anything, we should be acting more carefully. Please be smart. Watch out for COVID-fatigue. Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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