COVID-19 Update 18 October 2021

COVID-19 Update 18 October 2021              

  • Salem since last update: 80 new cases since Friday, Oct 8 
  • Total: 3,532 confirmed cases in Salem 
  • We now have 58 active cases (55 last week)
  • Salem’s daily average: 56 new cases per week
  • 1 out of every 8 Salem residents has been infected. (Was 1:9 last week)
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 328 (341 on Sept 27)
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 4.9%. (Last week: 5.7% on Sept 27).
  • Salem had 1.9% of new cases this week; Salem has 2.2% of NH’s population
  • Fully vaccinated Salem residents: 14,457 (48.3%). Change from Friday, Oct 8: +51 people (+0.1)
  • Partially vaccinated Salem residents: 15,658 (52.4%). Change from Friday, Oct 8: +72 people (0.3%). 

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

  • New cases of COVID-19 in NH this week by math: 3,920. (3,689 last week) (Total cases last week compared to total cases today)
  • New cases reported by NH DHHS this week: 4,108. (3,664 last week)
  • 1 out of every 10 NH residents has been infected. (1:11 last week)
  • Active COVID-19 cases in NH: 4,430 (3,941 last week.) There were 155 active cases on June 28.
  • Recovered in NH this week: 3,406. (3,236 last week.)
  • State Level of Transmission: Substantial in all counties 
  • New patients hospitalized this week because of COVID-19: 29 since Friday, Oct 8
  • Current patients hospitalized because of COVID-19: 178 (142 one week ago)
  • New admissions to ICU this week because of COVID-19: since Friday, Oct 8
  • New deaths attributed to COVID-19 reported in NH this week: 27 since Friday, Oct 8 (16 last week.)
  • Total NH individuals fully vaccinated: About 54.6% of our population, a one-week increase of 0.1%60.0% are partially vaccinated, a one-week increase of 0.2%.

Hello, Salem!

I’m thinning this report down. I could be wrong, but I don’t think many people read much more than the headlines anymore. If there is info that you’d like to see, just let me know.

My next update is scheduled for next Monday. In the meantime, stay safe, and always, be kind. 

~Bonnie 



On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, DHHS announced 446 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Monday, October 11. Today’s results include 184 people who tested positive by PCR test and 262 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced an additional 10 new cases from Wednesday, October 6 (5 by PCR and 5 by antigen test) for a new total of 623, and an additional 30 new cases from Thursday, October 7 (28 by PCR and 2 by antigen test) for a new total of 655. There are now 3,930 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. DHHS also made a late report of a death from the week of September 20, a female from Sullivan County, aged 80+.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, DHHS announced 510 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Tuesday, October 12. Today’s results include 322 people who tested positive by PCR test and 188 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced an additional 28 new cases from Thursday, October 7 (16 by PCR and 12 by antigen test) for a new total of 683; and an additional 30 new cases from Friday, October 8 (15 by PCR and 15 by antigen test) for a new total of 594. There are now 4,218 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. 

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, DHHS announced 620 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Wednesday, October 13. Today’s results include 369 people who tested positive by PCR test and 251 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced an additional 32 new cases from Friday, October 8 (21 by PCR and 11 by antigen test), for a new total of 622; an additional 29 new cases from Saturday, October 9 (5 by PCR and 24 by antigen test), for a new total of 610; and an additional 11 new cases from Tuesday, October 12 (7 by PCR and 4 by antigen test), for a new total of 521. There are now 4,654 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. 

On Friday, October 15, 2021, DHHS announced 588 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Thursday, October 14. Today’s results include 401 people who tested positive by PCR test and 187 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced an additional 22 new cases from Saturday, October 9 (8 by PCR and 14 by antigen test) for a new total of 632; an additional 10 new cases from Sunday, October 10 (7 by PCR and 3 by antigen test) for a new total of 264; an additional 25 new cases from Tuesday, October 12 (4 by PCR and 21 by antigen test) for a new total of 546; and an additional 21 new cases from Wednesday, October 13 (10 by PCR and 11 by antigen test) for a new total of 641. There are now 4,655 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire.

On Monday, October 18, 2021, DHHS announced 325 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Sunday, October 17. Today’s results include 263 people who tested positive by PCR test and 62 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced 667 cases from Friday, October 15 (407 by PCR and 260 by antigen test); and 618 cases from Saturday, October 16 (476 by PCR and 142 by antigen test). Additionally, DHHS announced an additional 16 new cases from Monday, October 11 (6 by PCR and 10 by antigen test) for a new total of 462; an additional 67 new cases from Tuesday, October 12 (45 by PCR and 22 by antigen test) for a new total of 613; and an additional 3 new cases from Thursday, October 14 (2 by PCR and 1 by antigen test) for a new total of 591. There are now 4,430 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.” 


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

  • Total people who have tested positive: 129,663 (125,743) last week)
  • New positive cases this week by math (Comparison of total number of cases last week to now): 3,920 (3,689 last week)
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 4,108 (3,664 last week)

• • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • • 

  • NH has 4,430 active cases. Last week we had 3,941. We were down to 214 cases as recently as June 28.
  • 10 communities have more active cases than Salem.

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

  • 1 out of every 8 Salem residents has been infected 
  • 1 out of every 10 residents of Rockingham County (1:11 two weeks ago)
  • 1 out of every 10 residents of NH have been infected (1:11 last week)

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Total recovered: 123,709 (120,303 last week)
  • Recovered this week: 1,837 (1,611 last week)
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.4% (98.3% in late July.) 

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

  • Every county in NH, as well as Manchester and Nashua, are at Substantial risk for community transmission.  
  • Cases per 100K NH residents: 566 (NH last week: 462)
  • Positivity Rate for NH: 6.3% (was 4.4% last week)

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 178 (Last week: 142)
  • Staffed hospital beds available: 13.8% (15.6% last week)
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,815 (1,786 on Friday, Oct 8) 
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 29 (Last week: 2)
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.4%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 531
  • New ICU admissions this week: from Friday, Oct 8 (0 last week)
  • Staffed adult ICU beds available: 9.0% (Last week: 9.9%)
  • Ventilators available: 74.1% (73.8% last week)

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,524 
  • Lives lost this week: 27 since Friday, October 8.
  • Lives lost last week: 16
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died this week: 22
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died this week: 5
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.18%

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

(Totals showing changes since last Friday, Oct 8 – 1.5 weeks.)

  • 0-9: New Infections: 9036 (+651); Hospitalizations: 19 (+2); Deaths: 0 (+0)
  • 10-19: New Infections: 17222 (+894); Hospitalizations: 15 (+0); Deaths: 0 (+0)
  • 20-29: New Infections: 24807 (+769); Hospitalizations: 44 (+1); Deaths: 1 (+0)
  • 30-39: New Infections: 19351 (+841); Hospitalizations: 83 (+3); Deaths: 10 (+0)
  • 40-49: New Infections: 16806 (+661); Hospitalizations: 139 (+0); Deaths: 21 (+2)
  • 50-59: New Infections: 18929 (+714); Hospitalizations: 257 (-2???); Deaths: 51 (+3)
  • 60-69: New Infections: 12516 (+507); Hospitalizations: 401 (+5); Deaths: 165 (+6)
  • 70-79: New Infections: 6165 (+257); Hospitalizations: 437 (+10); Deaths: 363 (+5)
  • 80+: New Infections: 4714 (+160); Hospitalizations: 420 (+10); Deaths: 913 (+11)
  • Unknown: New Infections: 117 (+1); Hospitalizations: 0 (+0); Deaths: 0 (+0)
  • Total: Infections: 129663 (+5455); Hospitalizations: 1815 (+29); Deaths: 1524 (+27)

Additional Age Stats

  • 1,094 children under 18 are included in this week’s new cases. (1,015  last week)
  • 26.6% of new cases announced by DHHS this week are kids under 18 years old. (27.7% last week)
  • School Dashboard: 
    • I continue to question the accuracy of the School Dashboard.
    • Last week there was 1 active case in all Salem Schools, and 12 recovered cases. We now have 3 active (1 each at Fisk, Woodbury, and Salem HS), and 26 recovered. It just doesn’t add up! 
    • I will not report on the school dashboard in the future.
  • Under 60: 4,530 new cases this week; 4 hospitalizations, 5 deaths
    • Last week: 2,934 new cases; 2 hospitalizations, 4 deaths (as of Friday, Oct 8)
  • 60+: 924 new cases; 25 hospitalizations; 22 deaths
    • Last week: 515 new cases; 2 hospitalizations; 12 deaths (as of Friday, Oct. 8)

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

  • NH DHHS reported 12 institutional outbreaks on Wednesday, Oct. 13. 
  • Details about these active outbreaks, and all closed outbreaks, can be seen here.

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

Per WMUR, NH has 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: 1,561 (1,293 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.





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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