COVID-19 Update 25 April 2021

COVID-19 Update 25 April 2021

  • Total: 2,855 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases
  • 54 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 372
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 5.0%

On Sunday, April 25, 2021, DHHS announced 284 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.7%. Today’s results include 168 people who tested positive by PCR test and 116 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,960 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 4/24: 284 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 7 new cases in the past two days, bringing our total to 2,855 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases decreased by 4 from yesterday to 54. Salem had 84 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 372. Yesterday, it was 378. One week ago, it was 463.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 5.0%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 4.6%. One week ago, it was 7.0%. 
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) were 279. NH reported 474 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 197 to 2,960 since yesterday. That’s 369 fewer active cases than we had a week ago.
  • Our active cases are below 3,000 for the first time since the end of March. It was below 3,000 from Feb 21 to March 30. It was over 6,900 in mid-December. Before February, we last saw under 3,000 in mid-November. These numbers can change rapidly: We went from 1,903 active cases on November 8 to 3,306 on November 15. 
  • NH has had 373.7 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 383.2. One week ago, it was 436.4.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.1%. Yesterday it was 4.1%. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 2.7% which is “moderate” community transmission. Yesterday it was 1.5%. A week ago, it was 3.4%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,299 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is an increase of 2 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 13 since last week. There was 1 new hospitalizationtoday from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalizations is 292.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 91 which is a decrease of 12 since yesterday, and is 42 less than a week ago. 
  • This is the first day that our hospitalizations have been under 100 since April 7. 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 1 since yesterday, bringing the total to 388. We have seen an increase of 5 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • There were 2 lives lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,284 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 14 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. There were no lives lost today from Rockingham County; the total number of people who have died from our county is 242.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (50), Strafford (38), Merrimack (35), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (34), Coos (17), Grafton (12), Carroll (10), Cheshire (9), Sullivan (9), and Belknap (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (28) and Nashua (14). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-four new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 279
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 284
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.7%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 93,821
  • New negative results reported: 582
  • Total Negative Results: 597,814
  • • • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • •, • •
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,089
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 50
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.0%

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

  • 55 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases.
  • 19.4% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 4954 (+21); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11448 (+42); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 18818 (+59); Hospitalizations: 31; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 13747 (+49); Hospitalizations: 58; Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12399 (+51); Hospitalizations: 93; Deaths: 11
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14516 (+26); Hospitalizations: 163 (+1); Deaths: 27
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9385 (+23); Hospitalizations: 309; Deaths: 116 (+1)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4623 (+6); Hospitalizations: 329; Deaths: 399 (+1)
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3844 (+3); Hospitalizations: 300 (+1); Deaths: 823
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 87 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,960
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 522

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 351
  • Total recovered: 89,103
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.3% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 103
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,297
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.39%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 387
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 291

• • • • • • 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: 1,282
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 242

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! 

Here are a few more disturbing articles that were brought to my attention: 

From ‘Long Hauler’ Study Shows Covid Can Kill Months After Infection“One of the largest studies of Covid-19 “long haulers” has proved what many doctors suspected: Not only are many patients suffering a raft of health problems six months after infection, they’re also at significantly greater risk of dying.” “We are starting to see a little bit beneath that iceberg, and it’s really alarming.” “Survivors had a 59% increased risk of dying within six months after contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus … The excess mortality translates into about 8 extra deaths per 1,000 patients — worsening the pandemic’s hidden toll amid growing recognition that many patients require readmission, and some die, weeks after the viral infection abates.” 

The full study, “High-dimensional characterization of post-acute sequalae of COVID-19,” can be found here

From Why Impact of ‘Long Covid’ Could Outlast the Pandemic“Millions of people who have gotten Covid-19 and survived are finding that a full recovery can be frustratingly elusive. Weeks and months after seemingly recovering from even a mild case, many patients confront a wide range of health problems. As researchers try to measure the durability and depth of what’s being called “long Covid,” a burgeoning number of specialized post–acute Covid clinics are opening to handle the patients. The scale of the pandemic means that Covid’s disabling effects — as well as economic pain and drain on health resources — could persist well after the contagion ends.”

If that’s not enough there’s also this Sixty-Day Outcomes Among Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19:“Nearly 1 in 3 patients died during hospitalization or within 60 days of discharge. For most patients who survived, ongoing morbidity, including the inability to return to normal activities, physical and emotional symptoms, and financial loss, was common. These data confirm that the toll of COVID-19 extends well beyond hospitalization.”

These articles give us more reasons to add to a growing list of why we should still be doing everything we 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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