COVID-19 Update 28 April 2021

COVID-19 Update 28 April 2021

  • Total: 2,867 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases since yesterday
  • 48 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 284
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 4.4%

NH DHHS STRIKES AGAIN! The press release, which is the base of some of my data, was not posted today. Where is the transparency?

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, DHHS did not give their daily update/press release.

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

  • Salem added 3 new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,867 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases remains unchanged from yesterday’s 48. Salem had 71 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 284. Yesterday, it was 311. One week ago, it was 395. Today is the lowest since I started tracking this metric in mid-March.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.4%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 4.7%. One week ago, it was 5.4%. 
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) were 202. NH reported 248 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 48 to 2,563 since yesterday. That’s 670 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 334.9 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 349.1. One week ago, it was 438.6.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 3.8%. Yesterday it was 4.1%. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today was not reported today. Yesterday it was 2.9%. A week ago, it was2.8%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,311 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is an increase of 10 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 13 since last week. There were 3 new hospitalization today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalizations is 297.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 84 which is 2 less than yesterday, and is 28 less than a week ago. 
  • It is a good sign, I believe, that the number of patients currently hospitalized is decreasing, despite having 10 new hospitalizations, which includes 3 people under 60 years of age. 
  • Our hospitalizations have been under 100 since April 25. 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 390. We have seen an increase of 4 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 1,296 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 22 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. There was 1 live lost today from Rockingham County; the total number of people who have died from our county is 247.

• • • • • • 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): 202
  • New positive cases per DHHS: NOT RESPORTED TODAY
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: NOT RESPORTED TODAY
  • Total people who have tested positive: 94,405
  • New negative results reported: 1,032
  • Total Negative Results: 599,739
  • • • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • •, • •
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,233
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 45
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.0%

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

(The data for this section comes from the press release, which wasn’t available today.)

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

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 5019 (+22); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11521 (+20); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 18926 (+32); Hospitalizations: 31; Deaths: 1 (MINUS 1)
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 13839 (+38); Hospitalizations: 59 (+1); Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12478 (+34); Hospitalizations: 95 (+2); Deaths: 11
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14604 (+24); Hospitalizations: 163; Deaths: 28 (+1)
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9433 (+14); Hospitalizations: 310 (+1); Deaths: 119 (+1)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4639 (+6); Hospitalizations: 332 (+2); Deaths: 305 (+1)
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3856 (+8); Hospitalizations: 305 (+4); Deaths: 826
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 90 (+4); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,563
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 472

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 248
  • Total recovered: 90,546
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.9% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 84
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 10
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,311
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.39%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 390
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 297

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 3 with one correction, making a net change of two
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 2
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: Added one in their 50’s, minus one in their 20’s; net 0.
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,296
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1 
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 247

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!

So, yesterday I did a little rant about the discrepancies between the daily press release and the dashboards. A legitimate rant: there were some big differences between two different sources of information provided by the same organization. 

Yesterday I shared that there had been a death in someone in their 20’s reported on the dashboard, and voiced concern that the press release did not include anyone in that age range. Today, the dashboard for deaths for 20’s went back to a total of one death, which is what it was on Monday. It has been one death for this age for a long time, except for some errors in early February when it went from 1 to 2, 2, 3, 2, 2 and then back to one. So sloppy!!!

While there have been way too many days that different dashboards haven’t been updated properly over the past year, the press releases have been the one thing that I could always count on being released properly each day.

 Until today.

Today, there was no update.  

WHY??? 

Did someone forget to update that info? Or has it been intentionally hidden from us? Hey, DHHS, get your act together, keep your data accurate, and give us TRANSPARENCY, please!!!

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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