COVID-19 Update 27 April 2021

COVID-19 Update 27 April 2021

  • Total: 2,864 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases since Sunday
  • 48 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 311
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 4.7%

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, DHHS announced 273 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.9%. Today’s results include 163 people who tested positive by PCR test and 110 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,611 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 4/26: 273 new cases 

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

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

  • The number of deaths reported by DHHS does not compute. See my message below for some of the most recent discrepancies.
  • Salem added 9 new cases in the past two days, bringing our total to 2,864 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases decreased by 6 from Sunday to 48. Salem had 79 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 311. Yesterday, it was not reported. One week ago, it was 419.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.7%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was not reported. One week ago, it was 6.3%. 
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) were 268. NH reported 366 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 106 to 2,611 since yesterday. That’s 479 fewer active cases than we had a week ago.
  • Our active case count is the lowest since March 24. 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 349.1 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was not reported. One week ago, it was 438.6.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.1%. Yesterday it was not reported. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 2.9% which is “moderate” community transmission. Yesterday it was 7.3%. A week ago, it was 3.0%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,301 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 15 since last week. There were 2 new hospitalizationtoday from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalizations is 294.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 86 which is unchanged since Sunday, and is 38 lessthan a week ago. 
  • This is the second 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 Sunday, bringing the total to 389. We have seen an increase of 3 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • There were no lives lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,294 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 21 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 246.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (69), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (42), Strafford (24), Merrimack (23), Belknap (15), Grafton (14), Coos (11), Carroll (10), Cheshire (10), and Sullivan (5) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (16) and Nashua (13). The county of residence is being determined for twenty- one new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 268
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 273
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.9%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 94,203
  • New negative results reported: 716
  • Total Negative Results: 598,909
  • • • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • •, • •
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,188
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 69
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.1%

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

  • 61 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases.
  • 22.3% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes since SUNDAY.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 4997 (+43); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11501 (+53); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 18894 (+76); Hospitalizations: 31; Deaths: 2 (+1)
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 13801 (+54); Hospitalizations: 58; Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12444 (+45); Hospitalizations: 93; Deaths: 11
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14580 (+64); Hospitalizations: 163; Deaths: 27
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9419 (+34); Hospitalizations: 309; Deaths: 118 (+2)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4633 (+10); Hospitalizations: 330 (+1); Deaths: 304 ((+4)
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3848 (+4); Hospitalizations: 301 (+1); Deaths: 826 (+3)
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 86 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,611
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 484

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 366
  • Total recovered: 90,298
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.9% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 86
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,301
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.38%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 389
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 2 since Sunday
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 294

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 0
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,294
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 4 since Sunday
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 246

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 things just don’t make sense! I wish someone could explain this to me:

  • On April 24, one death was reported, bringing NH’s total COVID-19 deaths to 1,282. That death was from a resident of Rockingham County, aged under 60, which brought our county’s death total to 241. The age dashboard shows a death of a person in their 40’s.
  • On April 25, two deaths were reported, bringing NH’s total COVID-19 deaths to 1,284. Both were aged over 60. There were no deaths reported from residents of Rockingham County, but the total for our County was reported as 242, an increase of one.
  • On April 26, two deaths were reported, bringing NH’s total COVID-19 deaths to 1,286. Both were aged over 60. There was one death reported from residents of Rockingham County, but the total for our County was not reported, when the dashboards weren’t updated. Math says our County’s total should have increased by one to 243.
  • On April 27, no deaths were reported. However, NH’s total COVID-19 deaths increased by EIGHT from 1286 to 1,294, and Rockingham County’s total increased by four in the past two days. The age dashboard shows a death of a person in their 20’s. (There is also a person in their 20’s who was reported as hospitalized on April 23.)

Am I the only one that finds these kinds of discrepancies to be concerning?

While we try to figure this out, 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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