COVID-19 Update 15 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 15 May 2021

  • NH has the same number of active patients that we had in early June, but 1,129 more than we had last September. We are making progress, but we have a long way to go.
  • Total: 2,933 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: ZERO new cases since yesterday!!!
  • Salem has 16 active cases, which is where we were in late October. In late September, Salem had less than 5 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 132
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 2.6%

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, DHHS announced 145 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 91 people who tested positive by PCR test and 54 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,338 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. 

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

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

  • Salem added NO new cases since yesterday, leaving our total at 2,933 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases are unchanged since yesterday at 16. Salem had 30 active cases one week ago. The last time we were this low was October 21. In late September, we had less than 5 active cases.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 132. Yesterday, it was 152. One week ago, it was 203.
  • 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 3.4%. Salem’s positivity rate was 14.3% on Dec. 14.
  • While Salem’s positivity rate continues to fall, there are still 62 NH communities with a positivity rate of more than 0. (75 a week ago). There are 57 communities with a positivity rate higher than 2%. (72 a week ago). 31 communities have more than 5% (38 a week ago). 5 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%. (11 a week ago.) 53communities have a higher positivity rate than Salem’s. (58 a week ago. It was as high as 10 on March 28.) 
  • One third of today’s new cases were children under 18 years of age.
  • On January 27, kids aged 0-9 accounted for 4% of all cases. Today, it went to 6% of all cases.
  • 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 133. NH reported 187 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 down by 56 to 1,338 since yesterday. That’s 239 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • The last time NH’s active case count was lower than today was October 31. We are back to where we were in early June. We had 798 active cases on Oct 21, and 209 cases on Sept 4. On April 1, 2020 we had 320 cases in NH. Our peak was December 27, when we had 6,994 active cases. 
  • NH has had 189.0 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 198.5. One week ago, it was 438.6.
  • 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 1,392 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is anincrease of 3 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 15 since last week. There was 1 more hospitalization reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is 309.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 52 which is 2 less than yesterday and 22 less than oneweek ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by 1 since yesterday; the total number of ICU admissions is 412. We have seen an increase of 4 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • There were 2 lives lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,331 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 16 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. There no lives lost today from Rockingham County; the total number of people who have died from our county is 259.

 • • • • • Communities • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (24), Rockingham (20), Cheshire (14), Strafford (12), Sullivan (12), Coos (10), Merrimack (9), Carroll (8), Grafton (8), and Belknap (6) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (11) and Manchester (9). The county of residence is being determined for two new cases. 

I’s an unusual day when Rockingham is not at the top of this list.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 133
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 145
  • Total people who have tested positive: 97,563

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY (22.78% of NH’s population) • • • • • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,981
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 20
  • Rockingham County’s percentage of new cases: 13.8%
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 3.5%

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

  • 48 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases. 
  • 33.1% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 6% of Total cases (was 5% yesterday): 5374 (+20); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 12103 (+33); Hospitalizations: 10; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19637 (+28); Hospitalizations: 32; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14316 (+20); Hospitalizations: 62; Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12827 (+11); Hospitalizations: 101; Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14994 (+9); Hospitalizations: 182; Deaths: 31
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9599 (+8); Hospitalizations: 330 (+1); Deaths: 128
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4727 (+3); Hospitalizations: 352 (+1); Deaths: 318 (+2)
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3896 (+0); Hospitalizations: 315 (+1); Deaths: 835
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 90 (+1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 1,338
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 250

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 187
  • Total recovered: 94,894
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 97.3% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 52
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,393
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.43%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 412
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 309

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 2
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 2
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,331
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.36%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 259

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!

Yesterday I updated the chart showing Salem’s cumulative and active cases, as well as the table showing NH’s changes over time. We can see where we have been, and were we are going. We are making progress, but we still have a long way to go.

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie







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