COVID-19 Update 18 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 18 May 2021

  • Total: 2,942 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases since yesterday
  • Salem has 14 active cases, which is where we were in mid-October. In late September, we 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: 122
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 2.9%
  • Salem’s new cases account for 3.6% of all of today’s cases. (Salem has 2.2% of NH’s population.)
  • We have been making progress, although we are, hopefully temporarily, heading in the wrong direction today.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, DHHS announced 139 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 63 people who tested positive by PCR test and 76 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,118 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 5 new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,942 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases increased by 1 since yesterday bringing the total to 14. Salem had 20 active cases one week ago. The last time we were this low was mid-October. In late September, we had less than 5 active cases, the same number of new cases that we added today.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 122. Yesterday, it was 118. One week ago, it was 186.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 2.9%, 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 2.6%. Salem’s positivity rate was 14.3% on Dec. 14. Since this rate has been shared, Sunday was the lowest we’ve been at 2.3%.
  • While Salem’s positivity rate continues to fall, there are still 57 NH communities with a positivity rate of more than 0. (69 a week ago). There are 54 communities with a positivity rate higher than 2%. (65 a week ago). 28 communities have more than 5% (35 a week ago). 9 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%. (4 a week ago.) 48communities have a higher positivity rate than Salem’s. (56 a week ago. It was as high as 10 on March 28.) 
  • 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 130. NH reported 180 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 51 to 1,118 since yesterday. That’s 284 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • The last time NH’s active case count was lower than today was October 29. We are back to where we were in mid-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 173.1 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 180.2. One week ago, it was 427.4
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 2.9%. Yesterday it was 2.9%. One week ago, it was 4.8%
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,394 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is anincrease of 0 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 18 since last week. There were 0 hospitalizations reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is 308. 
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 48 which is 2 more than yesterday and 15 less than one week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by 1 since yesterday; the total number of ICU admissions is 413. We have seen an increase of 4 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • Today, DHHS reported in their press release that one life was lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report. However, yesterday the total of lives lost was 1,333 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. Today, according to the dashboard of deaths by ages and the dashboard of deaths by county, the total is 1339, an increase of 6 since yesterday, including one person under 60. In their press conference, they reported 5 previous deaths from January and April. We have lost 17 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: 
Rockingham (33), Merrimack (18), Grafton (16), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (15), Cheshire (11), Strafford (8), Belknap (5), Carroll (2), Sullivan (2), and Coos (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (11) and Nashua (11). The county of residence is being determined for six new cases.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 130
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 139
  • Total people who have tested positive: 97,904

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 24,042
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 33
  • Rockingham County’s percentage of new cases: 23.7%
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 3.7%

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

  • 29 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases. 
  • 20.1% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals8 showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 6% of Total cases: 5411 (+14); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 12162 (+17); Hospitalizations: 10; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19711 (+27); Hospitalizations: 32; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14376 (+22); Hospitalizations: 62; Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12861 (+16); Hospitalizations: 101; Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 15030 (+13); Hospitalizations: 183; Deaths: 32 (+1)
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9627 (+17); Hospitalizations: 331; Deaths: 131 (+2)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4737 (+3); Hospitalizations: 352; Deaths: 320 (+2
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3899 (+1); Hospitalizations: 315; Deaths: 837 (+1)
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 90 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 1,118
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 186

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 180
  • Total recovered: 95,452
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 97.5% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 48
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,394
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.42%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 413
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 308

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • (As reported on dashboards today)

  • Lives lost today: 6
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 5
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,339
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • 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!

In their press conference today, Gov. Sununu’s team reported that 56% of the entire population in NH has had at least one vaccine injection, but only 44% of our population is fully vaccinated. They recommend that we continue to wear masks while indoors.

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie







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