COVID-19 Update 23 April 2021

COVID-19 Update 23 April 2021

  • Total: 2,843 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases
  • 60 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 392
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 4.8%

On Friday, April 23, 2021, DHHS announced 377 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.4%. Today’s results include 223 people who tested positive by PCR test and 154 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,198 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 4/22: 377 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 2,843 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases decreased by 11 from yesterday to 60. Salem had 80 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 392. Yesterday, it was 395. One week ago, it was 470.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.8%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 5.4%. One week ago, it was 8.2%. This is the lowest since I started tracking this (December 3).
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) were 320. NH reported 348 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 35 to 3,198 since yesterday. That’s 56 fewer active cases than we had a week ago.
  • 23 of the new cases were from long-term care facilities. We haven’t seen this many in over a month; the average over the past week is 7 LTC folks per day.
  • NH has had 394.1 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 406.8. One week ago, it was 434.4.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.2%. Yesterday it was 4.3%. One week ago, it was 5.0%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 2.4% which is “moderate” community transmission. Yesterday it was 2.3%. A week ago, it was 2.0%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,296 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 18 since last week. There were 2 new hospitalization today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalizations is been 291.
  • Four of today’s new hospitalizations were in people under 60.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 108 which is a decrease of 4 since yesterday, and is 19 less than a week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by one since yesterday, bringing the total to 387. We have seen an increase of 4 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • Depending on where you look, today NH DHHS reported that there were either 2 lives lost for the period covered by this report, or there were 7 lives lost, bringing the total to 1,281 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 15 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. Today’s numbers include 1 person who died from Rockingham County, bringing the total to 241 lives lost in our county. 

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (75), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (67), Merrimack (43), Strafford (36), Grafton (27), Belknap (20), Cheshire (15), Sullivan (10), Carroll (8), and Coos (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (31) and Nashua (23). The county of residence is being determined for twenty new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 320
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 377
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.4%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 93,231
  • New negative results reported: 1,165
  • Total Negative Results: 596,259

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • • • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,000
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 75
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.1%

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

  • 85 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases.
  • 22.5% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 4909 (+29); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11350 (+72); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 18680 (+65); Hospitalizations: 31 (+1); Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 13654 (+47); Hospitalizations: 58 (+1); Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12308 (+40); Hospitalizations: 92 (+1); Deaths: 11
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 14453 (+26); Hospitalizations: 162 (+1); Deaths: 27
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9342 (+26); Hospitalizations: 309 (+2); Deaths: 115
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4611 (+10); Hospitalizations: 329 (+1); Deaths: 299 (+3)
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3837 (+5); Hospitalizations: 299; Deaths: 823 (+4)
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 87 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 3,198
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 621

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 348
  • Total recovered: 88,752
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.2% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 108
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 7
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,296
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.39%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 387
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 2
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 291

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 2 or 7?  (See message, below)
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 2
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,281
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 241

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!

Some of the information doesn’t make sense to me today.

DHHS reported two deaths in their press report today, one in Strafford County, one in Sullivan County. On the Summary Dashboard – Cumulative Cases tab, Manchester (Hillsborough County and Rockingham County went up. (I don’t track outside of Hillsborough and Rockingham, so I don’t know if other places changed). On the Summary Dashboard – Summary tab, there is an increase of 7 deaths.

So which is it, DHHS? And why don’t these two reports from the same organization agree?
Another weekend! Enjoy it, but 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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