COVID-19 Update 22 April 2021

COVID-19 Update 22 April 2021

  • Total: 2,839 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases
  • 71 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 395
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 5.4%

As of today, one out of every ten Salem residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19. See my message, below, for more information about this ratio.


On Thursday, April 22, 2021, DHHS announced 515 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.3%. Today’s results include 246 people who tested positive by PCR test and 269 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,233 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 4/21: 515 new cases 

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

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

  • Salem added 4 new cases in the past two days, bringing our total to 2,839 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases decreased by 8 from yesterday to 71. Salem had 94 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 395. Yesterday, it was 419. One week ago, it was 463.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 5.4%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 6.3%. One week ago, it was 8.3%. 
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) were 520. NH reported 376 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 up by 143 to 3,233 since yesterday. That’s 518 fewer active cases than we had a week ago.
  • The new cases include 147 people from Berlin, most or all from the Federal prison in that city.
  • NH has had 406.8 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 406.0. One week ago, it was 438.6.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.3%. Yesterday it was 4.5%. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 2.3% which is “moderate” community transmission. Yesterday it was 2.4%. A week ago, it was 2.8%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,289 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is an increase of 1 person since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 13 since last week. There were no new hospitalization today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalizations has been 289 for the past 6 days.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 112 which is a decrease of 12 since yesterday, and 20 less than a week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions is unchanged since yesterday, leaving the total at 386. We have seen an increase of 5 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • Today NH DHHS reported that there was 1 life lost for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,274 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 8 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. Today’s numbers include no people who died from Rockingham County, leaving the total at 240 lives lost in our county. Rockingham’s total has been the same for the past five days.
  • There are only two outbreaks reported by NH DHHS today — Coos County Nursing Home and the Federal Prison in Berlin. However, it has been reported that more than 100 students at Gilford High School are in quarantine because nine people tested positive. Contact tracing has linked the cases to spring sports dating back to April 3, but the school wasn’t aware of the positive results until April 15.
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• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Coos (151), Rockingham (61), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (54), Belknap (31), Strafford (27), Merrimack (26), Grafton (23), Cheshire (16), Carroll (15), and Sullivan (12) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (46) and Nashua (25). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-eight new cases. 

  • In his press conference today, the Governor shared that the big jump in Coos County includes more than 100 people from the Federal Prison in Berlin.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 520
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 515
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.3%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 92,911
  • New negative results reported: 1,664
  • Total Negative Results: 595,414
  • • • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • •, • •
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 22,924
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 61
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.1%

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

  • 98 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases.
  • 19.0% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 4880 (+38); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11278 (+80); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 18615 (+108); Hospitalizations: 30; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 13607 (+114); Hospitalizations: 57; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12268 (+88); Hospitalizations: 91; Deaths: 11
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 14427 (+58); Hospitalizations: 161 (+1); Deaths: 27
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9316 (+24); Hospitalizations: 307; Deaths: 115
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4601 (+5); Hospitalizations: 328; Deaths: 296
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3832 (+2); Hospitalizations: 299; Deaths: 819 (+1)
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 87 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 3,233
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 635

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 376
  • Total recovered: 88,404
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.1% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 112
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,289
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.39%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 386
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 289

• • • • • • 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: 1,274
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 240

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!

As of today, one out of ten Salem residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That’s computed by Salem’s population divided by confirmed cases. (29,791/2,839).
(It actually comes to 1:10.49, which rounds to 1:10.)

Confirmed cases/population = 9.5%, which rounds to 10%.

For those who want to know more, I’ve explained it in more detail here.

After another 297 new cases in Salem, we will hit 1:9. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen!

Here’s how Salem compares to other communities:

Of the 30 communities with more than 10,000 residents:

  • 1:7: Durham
  • 1:10: Manchester, Pelham & Salem
  • 1:11: Windham, Hudson, Goffstown
  • 1:12: Nashua, Bedford, Berlin, Hooksett and Derry
  • 1:13: Londonderry, Hampton and Raymond
  • 1:14: Merrimack, Milford, Dover, Portsmouth and Somersworth
  • 1:15: Concord
  • Others: Rochester, Laconia and Conway (1:17); Exeter  (1:18); Amherst and Keene (1:19); Claremont (1:22); Hanover (1:24) and Lebanon (1:47).

Of communities with less than 10,000 residents and a high number of cases per population:

  • 1:6: Waterville Valley
  • 1:8: Plymouth
  • 1:9: Stewartstown
  • 1:11: Tilton and Plaistow
  • 1:12: Candia and Auburn
  • 1:13: Clarksville, Hampstead, Epsom, Sandown, Litchfield, Seabrook, Brookfield and Atkinson
  • 1:14: Newton, Meredith, Epping, Kingston and Pembroke
  • 1:15: Allenstown, Belmont, Rindge, Deerfield, Danville, Brookline, Chester, Weare and Colebrook

Salem isn’t doing that great.

Only six communities — Waterville Valley (population 248), Durham (16,085), Plymouth (6,911), Stewartstown (1,040), Manchester (110,712) and Pelham (14,032) — have a higher ratio, and only Manchester, Nashua and Concord have more cumulative cases than Salem. Seven communities — Manchester (301); Berlin (204); Nashua (183); Rochester (85); Dover (84); Hudson (79) and Merrimack (75) — have more active cases than Salem has today.

We can do better! Can’t we? We must!

Do what you can to 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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