COVID-19 Update 28 June 2021

COVID-19 Update 28 June 2021                    

DHHS did not update their press release for June 28 until June 29. I have adjust this update to reflect those changes.

The next planned update is scheduled for Monday, but if NHDHHS does not update their dashboards because of the holiday, my update will likely be Tuesday.

SALEM:

  • Salem since last update: new cases
  • Total: 2,972 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem has less than 5 active cases, although it snuck up to 6 on Friday. We had less than 5 active cases last week, too.
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: Rate not calculated. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 1.7%. 
  • Salem’s new cases account for 3.2% of the new cases reported this week. (Salem has 2.2% of NH’s population.)

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

  • Active cases dropped to 155, which is even lower than we saw last fall.
  • 13 more people were admitted to the hospital because of COVID-19; 4 more were admitted to the ICU.
  • 3 more deaths were reported since the last update.
  • Total NH individuals fully vaccinated: 730,753 (53.9% of NH’s population). 

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, DHHS announced 25 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 13 people who tested positive by PCR test and 12 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 182 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. [Rockingham County: 3 (12%); Salem: 0 (0%)]

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, DHHS announced 22 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 14 people who tested positive by PCR test and 8 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 180 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. [Rockingham County: 4 (18.2%); Salem: 1 (4.5%)]

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, DHHS announced 30 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 24 people who tested positive by PCR test and 6 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 185 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. [Rockingham County: 11 (36.7%); Salem: 1 (3.3%)]

On Friday, June 25, 2021, DHHS announced 13 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 8 people who tested positive by PCR test and 5 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 167 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. [Rockingham County: 7 (53.8%); Salem: 2 (15.4%)]

On Monday, June 28, 2021, DHHS announced 19 new positive test results for COVID-19 for Sunday, June 27. Today’s results include 13 people who tested positive by PCR test and 6 who tested positive by antigen test. DHHS also announced 14 cases from Friday, June 25 (14 by PCR test and 0 by antigen test), and 26 cases from Saturday, June 26 (19 by PCR test and 7 by antigen test). There are now 155 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. [Rockingham County: 10 (16.9%). Salem: 0]

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

  • Four more Salem residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 this week. This brings our total to 2,972 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases remains at somewhere between 1 and 4 total cases. We have been at this level since Tuesday, June 8, except for one day: On Friday, June 25, we crept up to 6, but came down again today. We can’t seem to get back to zero, but we are back to where we were in late September before things skyrocketed.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is too low to report. DHHS  says “Rate Not Calculated: For towns with cumulative cases between 1-4 in the last 14 days, data limited to protect the privacy of individuals.” It has been this low since Tuesday, June 1.
  • ­­Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 1.7%. Salem’s positivity rate was up to 14.3% on Dec. 14.
  • There are 9 NH communities with a positivity rate of more than 0. (8 a week ago). There are 3 communities with a positivity rate higher than 2%. (2 a week ago). 2 communities have more than 5% (2 a week ago). No communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%.
  • NH has added 181 new cases in the past week. (151 new cases the week before.) NH reported 163 more people have “recovered” since my last update. After allowing for those who lost their lives because of COVID-19, NH’s number of active cases went down by 41 since my last report, to 155. (When things reached the low point for active cases on Sept 4, we were at 209.)
  • Rockingham is now at 35 active cases, an increase of 3.
  • NH has had 22.9 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. One week ago, it was 37.4. 
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 0.8%. One week ago, it was 1.2%. 
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,567 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19, an increase of 13 since last week. A total of 340 Rockingham County residents have been hospitalized because of COVID-19, which is one less than what DHHS reported last week.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 16 which is 1 less than we had one week ago. We were down to 6 on Sept 12, before things starting escalating.
  • The total number of ICU admissions is 471, an increase of 4 ICU admissions in the past week.
  • There have been 3 deaths in the past week, bringing the total to 1,371 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. There have been 266 lives lost in Rockingham County; which is one more than last week.

 • • • • • COMMUNITIES • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases this week reside in the following counties and NH’s two major cities: 

  • Belknap: 5
  • Carroll: 9
  • Cheshire: 6
  • Coos: ZERO!
  • Grafton: 9
  • Manchester: 4
  • Merrimack: 9
  • Nashua: 10
  • Rest of Hillsborough: 7
  • Rockingham County: 35
  • Strafford: 16
  • Sullivan: 16

The county of residence is being determined for four new cases. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. 

• • • • • COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION • • • • • • 

  • Most counties, plus Manchester and Nashua, had decreases in cases per 100K residents. Carroll (34.8) and Rockingham (21.3) are the only two counties with increases; Grafton is unchanged. Coos County (3.2) is lowest, Sullivan County is highest (48.7)
  • Most counties, plus Manchester and Nashua, had decreases in positivity rate. Cheshire, Grafton and Rockingham had minor increases; Sullivan County went up by 1.5% to 3.2%, making them the highest rate; all others are under 2%. Coos County is 0.0%. Last week Grafton County was 0.0%, but they are now 0.3%.
  • 9 communities have a positivity rate over 0.0%. (13 last week). 3 have a positivity rate over 2%. (7 last week.) 2 have a positivity rate over 5%. (Same as last week). None are over 10%. (Same as last week.)

• • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • • 

  • At 35, Rockingham County has the most active cases of any county, including Hillsborough County (25), which includes Manchester and Nashua.
  • Coos County is the only county with no active cass.
  • Only 6 communities have 5 or more active cases: Nashua (12); Claremont (10); Dover, Manchester and Rochester (6) and Conway (5). All others are down to less than 5 active cases.
  • Last week there were six communities: Rochester (26); Manchester (22); Nashua (14); Derry and Dover (7) and Concord (5).

• • • • • RATIOS of CUMULATIVE CASES to POPULATION  • • • • • • 

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

  • 1:7: Durham
  • 1:9: Manchester
  • 1:10: Pelham, Salem, Windham and Hudson
  • 1:11: Goffstown, Nashua, Berlin and Bedford
  • 1:12: Hooksett, Derry, Londonderry, Hampton and Raymond
  • 1:13: Dover, Merrimack, Somersworth, and Milford
  • 1:14: Portsmouth and Concord
  • 1:15: Rochester, and Laconia
  • Others: Conway and Keene (1:16); Exeter (1:17); Claremont and Amherst (1:18); Hanover (1:22); Hanover (1:24) and Lebanon (1:39).

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

  • 1:5: Waterville Valley
  • 1:8: Plymouth and Stewartstown
  • 1:10: Tilton and Plaistow
  • 1:11: Clarksville, Candia and Auburn
  • 1:12: Sandown, Seabrook, Litchfield, Hampstead, and Epsom
  • 1:13: 10 communities
  • 1:14: 9 communities
  • 1:15: 10 communities
  • An additional 156 communities have ratios from 1:16 to 1:84, with 83 of those under 1:25
  • Of the 261 communities tracked by DHHS, 228 have had five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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

  • New positive cases by my math: 126
  • New positive cases per DHHS: Not available.
  • Total people who have tested positive: 99,455

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY (22.78% of NH’s population) • • • • • •

  • Total people who have tested positive: 24,386
  • New positive cases: 36
  • Percentage of today’s new positive cases: 28.6%
  • Positivity rate: 1.3% (0.8% last week)

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

  • 20 children under 18 are included in this week’s new cases. 
  • 13.4% of new cases announced by DHHS this week are kids under 18 years old. (33.3% last week)
  • Under 60: 105 new cases; 0 hospitalizations, 0 deaths
  • Over 60: 22 new cases; 13 hospitalizations; 4 deaths

(Totals showing changes since my last report, which was last Monday.)

  • 0-9: 6% of Total cases: 5609 (+9); Hospitalizations: 11; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 13% of Total cases: 12447 (+9); Hospitalizations: 10; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19967 (+21); Hospitalizations: 34 (+1); Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14630 (+27); Hospitalizations: 66; Deaths: 7
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 13060 (+21); Hospitalizations: 113(MINUS 1); Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 15181 (+18); Hospitalizations: 222; Deaths: 35
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9740 (+14); Hospitalizations: 365(+1); Deaths: 138
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4806 (+4); Hospitalizations: 389 (+4); Deaths: 329
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3952 (+4); Hospitalizations: 357 (+8); Deaths: 849
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 63 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 155
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 35

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Total recovered: 97,929
  • Recovered this week: 163
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 98.5% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 16
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 13
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,565
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.57%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 470
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: One LESS than last week
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 341

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,371
  • Lives lost this week: 4
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died this week: 4
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died this week: 0
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.38%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County this week: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 266

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 some random thoughts from this past week:

Vaccinations:

NH DHHS reported vaccination info on Tuesday, June 22. See below for the table with that data. The full report is here.

In the past week, 5,342 people received their first dose, an increase of 0.4%. 60.8% have had their first dose. In the past week, 21,100 more people were fully vaccinated, an increase of 1.6%, bringing the total to 53.9% of all NH residents.

Outbreaks in NH:

NH DHHS reported just one institutional outbreak on Thursday, June 24. Birch Healthcare Center in Rochester has had 42 resident cases, 5 staff cases and 6 deaths. All other outbreaks, which can be seen here, were closed as of the 24th.

Delta Variant:

Concerns continue to grow for the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Some of the symptoms of the new Delta variant are different than the traditional COVID-19 symptoms. They an include:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Hearing loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Small blood clots

Long Covid:

One out of three survivors of COVID-19 have neurologic or psychiatric issues six months after infection. One article lists long Covid complications including memory loss, nerve disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and insomnia, as well as brain fog, post-traumatic stress disorder, heart disease, lung disease and gastrointestinal disease.

7 out of 10 COVID-19 hospitalized patients reportedly will have long-haul symptoms. 

However, scientists may have found the cause of long COVID-19: “66.7% of long COVID subjects versus 10% of controls were positive for EBV reactivation. … If patients show signs of EBV reactivation, they can be treated early to reduce the intensity and duration of EBV replication, which may help inhibit the development of long COVID.” Read more details here.

I’ll be back with another update next Monday night. In the meantime, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie


Additional vaccination info available at: https://www.covid19.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt481/files/documents/2021-06/covid-19-update-06222021.pdf


Global vs US Changes:




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