COVID-19 Update 2 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 2 May 2021

On Sunday, May 2, 2021, DHHS announced 221 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 155 people who tested positive by PCR test and 66 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,242 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 ONE new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,889 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases decreased by 4 from yesterday to 44. Salem had 54 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 257. Yesterday, it was 264. One week ago, it was 372. Today is the lowest since I started tracking this metric in mid-March.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 5.8%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 5.8%. One week ago, it was 5.0%. 
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) were 214. NH reported 430 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 217 to 2,242 since yesterday. That’s 475 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • Today is the lowest our active count has been since March 17.
  • NH has had 295.0 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 302.3. One week ago, it was 429.0. Today is the lowest since March 22.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 3.5%. Yesterday it was 3.6%. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today was not reported today. Yesterday it was not reported. A week ago, it was 2.4%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,325 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is an increase of 7 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 15 since last week. There was more hospitalization reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is now 299.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 79 which is 5 less than yesterday, and is 7 less than a week ago. 
  • Our hospitalizations have been under 100 since April 25. We ranged from 63-100 hospitalized patients from Feb 25 to April 7. Before that, the last time we were under 100 was November 19. There were 335 people hospitalized on January 2.
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions has increased by 3 since yesterday, bringing the total to 397. We have seen an increase of 6 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • There was 1 life lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1305 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 19 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 250.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Strafford (32), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (25), Rockingham (24), Grafton (19), Cheshire (18), Merrimack (14), Carroll (10), Sullivan (9), Belknap (6), and Coos (5) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (24) and Nashua (19). The county of residence is being determined for sixteen new cases. 

Rockingham County has dropped to 3rd place for the first time that I’ve ever noticed.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 214
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 221
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: DHHS has determined that we no longer need to know this and is no longer reporting this number, at least in a place that is easily found. This line will be removed from future reports.
  • Total people who have tested positive: 95,377
  • New negative results reported: DHHS has determined that we no longer need to know this and is no longer reporting this number, at least in a place that is easily found. This line will be removed from future reports.
  • Total Negative Results: DHHS has determined that we no longer need to know this and is no longer reporting this number, at least in a place that is easily found. This line will be removed from future reports.
  • • • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • •, • •
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,427
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 24
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 4.9%

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

  • 50 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases. 
  • 22.6% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 5123 (+26); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11689 (+29); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19174 (+66); Hospitalizations: 30; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14004 (+34); Hospitalizations: 60 (+2); Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12558 (+20); Hospitalizations: 96; Deaths: 12 (+1)
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14728 (+28); Hospitalizations: 168 (+2); Deaths: 28
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9473 (+6); Hospitalizations: 314 (+2); Deaths: 120 
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4669 (+5); Hospitalizations: 334 (+2); Deaths: 310
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3869 (+0); Hospitalizations: 307; Deaths: 828
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 90 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,242
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 429

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 430
  • Total recovered: 91,830
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 96.3% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 79
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 7
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,325
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.39%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 397
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 299

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 1
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,305
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 250

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!

Just sharing an observation: NH DHHS did not update the vaccination dashboard for the second consecutive day.

Please be smart and responsible. Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie



On April 15, Governor Sununu announced that he was lifting mask mandates as of 4/16, and then the lifting of “Safer at Home” in early May. Here’s where we were on April 15:









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