COVID-19 Update 20 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 20 May 2021

  • Total: 2,947 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new case since yesterday
  • Salem has 17 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: 115
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 3.9%
  • Salem’s new cases account for 0.7% of all of today’s cases. (Salem has 2.2% of NH’s population.)

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, DHHS announced 149 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 94 people who tested positive by PCR test and 55 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,086 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 1 new case since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,947 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases decreased by 1 since yesterday bringing the total to 17. Salem had 16 active cases one week ago. 
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 115. Yesterday, it was 118. One week ago, it was 152.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 3.9%, a “minimal” level of community transmission, although it is above the goal of less than 2%. Yesterday it was 3.5%. One week ago, it was 2.5%. 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%.
  • There are 56 NH communities with a positivity rate of more than 0. (66 a week ago). There are 54 communities with a positivity rate higher than 2%. (60 a week ago). 28 communities have more than 5% (35 a week ago). 9 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%. (7 a week ago.) 35 communities have a higher positivity rate than Salem’s. (57 a week ago; it was as high as 10 on March 28.) 
  • 1/3 of today’s new cases were kids under the age of 18.
  • 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 113. NH reported 130 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 18 to 1,086 since yesterday. That’s 308 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. NH has added 787 new cases in the past week.
  • While Hillsborough County saw a decrease of 17 active cases, Rockingham County had an increase of 13 active cases. 
  • The last time NH’s active case count was lower than today was October 27. 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 257.0 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 167.1. One week ago, it was 429.0.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 2.8%. Yesterday it was 2.8%. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • Hillsborough County has a positivity rate of 3.2%; Rockingham County is at 4.2%. Coos County is the highest of all counties, at 7.4%. Grafton County is the lowest of all counties, at 0.8%. 
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,409 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is anincrease of 12 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 15 since last week. There were 3 hospitalizations reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is 313. 
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 53 which is 3 more than yesterday and 1 less than oneweek ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by 3 since yesterday; the total number of ICU admissions is 416. We have seen an increase of 5 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • Today, one life was lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report, bringing the total of lives lost to 1,341 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. 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 (39), Coos (18), Strafford (14), Cheshire (13), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (13), Merrimack (9), Belknap (5), Grafton (5), Sullivan (5), and Carroll (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (12) and Nashua (8). The county of residence is being determined for six new cases. 

These are the 11 communities with more active cases than Salem: Manchester (94); Nashua (93); Keene (45); Rochester (27); Goffstown (26); Bedford (24); Londonderry (23); Claremont (22); Dover (22); Derry (20); and Swanzey (19).

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 113
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 149
  • Total people who have tested positive: 98,091

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 24,103
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 39
  • Rockingham County’s percentage of new cases: 26.2%
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 4.2%

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

  • 48 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases. 
  • 32.2% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 6% of Total cases: 5439 (+14); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 12209 (+34); Hospitalizations: 10; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19737 (+18); Hospitalizations: 33 (+1); Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14405 (+10); Hospitalizations: 62; Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12876 (+4); Hospitalizations: 102; Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 15043 (+13); Hospitalizations: 185 (+2); Deaths: 33
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9640 (+9); Hospitalizations: 336 (+3); Deaths: 131
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4747 (+6); Hospitalizations: 357 (+5); Deaths: 321 (+1)
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3906 (+5); Hospitalizations: 316 (+1); Deaths: 837
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 89 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 1,086
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 209

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 130
  • Total recovered: 95,664
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 97.5% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 53
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 12
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,409
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.44%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 416
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 313

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 1
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,341
  • 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!

How are you doing?Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie







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