COVID-19 Update 28 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 28 May 2021

  • Total: 2,961 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases since yesterday
  • Salem has active cases
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 97
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 2.7%

On Friday, May 28, 2021, DHHS announced 64 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 39 people who tested positive by PCR test and 25 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 480 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. 

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

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

  • Salem added 0 new cases since yesterday, leaving our total at 2,961 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases decreased by 1 since yesterday, bringing the total to 8. Salem had 17 active cases one week ago. 
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 97. Yesterday, it was 107. One week ago, it was 105. Today is the first day since I’ve been tracking this metric that it has dropped below 100, which is considered moderate community transmission.
  • ­­Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 2.7%, a “minimal” level of community transmission, although it is above the goal of less than 2%. Yesterday it was 4.1%. One week ago, it was 4.4%. Salem’s positivity rate was 14.3% on Dec. 14. Sunday, May 16, was 2.3%, the lowest we’ve been since I’ve been tracking this metric. 
  • There are 33 NH communities with a positivity rate of more than 0. (50 a week ago). There are 27 communities with a positivity rate higher than 2%. (48 a week ago). 10 communities have more than 5% (22 a week ago). 2 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%. (8 a week ago.) 22 communities have a higher positivity rate than Salem’s. (27 a week ago; it was as high as 10 on March 28.) 
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 37. NH reported 49 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 14 since yesterday to 480. That’s 474 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. NH has added 482 new cases in the past week.
  • We’ve seen a slight uptick in cases in healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. 18.75% of today’s new cases were these workers, and 12.5% of today’s new cases were from these locations, for a total of 31.25%.  Another 26.4% of today’s cases were kids under 18.
  • NH has had 106.1 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 114.9. One week ago, it was 438.6.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 2.0%. Yesterday it was 2.2%. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,438 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is anincrease of 4 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 13 since last week. There was 1 hospitalization reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is 317. 
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 53 which is 4 more than yesterday and 0 less than we had one week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by 2 since yesterday; the total number of ICU admissions is 427. We have seen an increase of 9 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • Today, 2 lives were lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report, bringing the total of lives lost to 1,351 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 7 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. There were 0 lives lost today from Rockingham County; the total number of people who have died from our county is 262.
  • One of today’s deaths was a male from Rockingham County who was in their 30’s.

 • • • • • Communities • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Strafford (13), Rockingham (8), Merrimack (7), Belknap (6), Coos (5), Sullivan (4), Cheshire (3), Carroll (2), and Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (6) and Nashua (6). The county of residence is being determined for two new cases. 

Active Cases by Community:

  • Twenty-seven communities have 5 or more active cases: 41: Nashua; 40: Manchester; 19: Rochester; 17: Dover; 13: Keene; 12: Londonderry; 11: Hudson; 9: Bedford, Derry, Durham and Goffstown; 8: Concord, Hampton, Laconia, Salem and Somersworth; 7: Merrimack and Portsmouth; 6: Allenstown, Newport and Sandown; 5: Belmont, Berlin, Exeter, Farmington, Raymond and Tilton.
  • Combined, these 27 communities have 291 active cases.
  • There are 97 communities which have between 1-4 active cases.
  • Data is not available for towns with a population less than 100. There are 26 such communities listed by DHHS on the State’s COVID-19 dashboards.
  • The towns of 5 active cases are unknown.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 37
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 64
  • Total people who have tested positive: 98,650

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 24,240
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 8
  • Rockingham County’s percentage of new cases: 12.5%
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 3.0%

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

  • 15 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases. 
  • 23.4% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 12322 (+2); Hospitalizations: 10; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19829 (+14); Hospitalizations: 32; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14488 (+4); Hospitalizations: 63; Deaths: 7
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12959 (+6); Hospitalizations: 103; Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 15093 (+5); Hospitalizations: 190 (+1); Deaths: 34
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9677 (+3); Hospitalizations: 343 (+1); Deaths: 136 (+2)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4764 (+2); Hospitalizations: 365 (+2); Deaths: 322
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3923 (+1); Hospitalizations: 322; Deaths: 839
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 88 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 480
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 88

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 49
  • Total recovered: 96,819
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 98.1% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 53
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 4
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,438
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.46%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 427
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 317

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 2
  • 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: 1,351
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 262

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!

For many, Memorial Day is a part of a long weekend designated as a time to remember our heroes. For others, it’s a time for gathering with family and friends. Whatever you do over the next few days, remember the reason for this special weekend, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie







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