COVID-19 Update 4 April 2021

COVID-19 Update 4 April 2021
Today is the one-year anniversary of these updates!

  • Total: 2,676 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 6 new cases since yesterday; 83 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 11 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 480 yesterday. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 6.4%

On Sunday, April 4, 2021, DHHS announced 414 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 3.6%. Today’s results include 288 people who tested positive by PCR test and 126 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,731 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 4/3: 414 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 6 new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,676 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Salem’s active cases has decreased by 11 since yesterday to 83. Salem had 88 active cases one week ago. 
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 480. Yesterday, it was 480. One week ago, it was 527.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 6.4%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 6.9%. One week ago, it was 9.5%. 
  • There are 105 communities in NH with a PCR rate over 105. There are 101 with a rate over 2%, which is our maximum goal. 76 communities have more than 5%, putting them at a moderate level of community transmission. 22 communities have more than 10%, a severe level of community transmission. Salem is in the middle, with 56 communities with a higher positivity rate than we have.
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 398. NH reported 346 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 up by 50 to 3,731 since yesterday. That’s 946 more active cases than we had a week ago.
  • We haven’t had this many active cases since February 6. We were down to 1, 997 on March 9. NH’s peak was 6,994 active cases on December 27.
  • NH had 2,766 active cases last Sunday. This number has increased daily since then. A month ago, on March 4, NH had 2,191 active cases.
  • NH has had 381.7 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 369.5. One week ago, it was 329.8.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.9%. Yesterday it was 4.8%. One week ago, it was 4.6%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 3.6%. Yesterday it was 2.8%. A week ago, it was 9.7%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,232 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is an increase of 8 since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 40 since last week. There were 3 new hospitalizations today from Rockingham County, bringing our county’s total to 282.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 87 which is 2 more than yesterday, and 14 more than a week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by 1 for the period covered by this report, for a total of 373. We have seen an increase of 6 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • Today NH DHHS reported that there were 2 lives lost for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,249 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 12 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. Today’s numbers include 0 people who died from Rockingham County, leaving our total at 229 lives lost in our county.  

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (86), Strafford (72), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (61), Merrimack (30), Grafton (17), Belknap (12), Cheshire (11), Sullivan (9), Carroll (8), and Coos (6) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (44) and Nashua (33). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-five new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 398
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 414
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 3.6%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 85,846
  • New negative results reported: 1,183
  • Total Negative Results: 579,969

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • •, • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 21,283
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 86
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 7.1%

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

  • 69 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases.
  • 16.7% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes in new cases since yesterday for those under 60.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 4254 (+28); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 10112 (+71); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 17101 (+84); Hospitalizations: 30 (+1); Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 12489 (+62); Hospitalizations: 51; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 11332 (+37); Hospitalizations: 88; Deaths: 10
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 13498 (+77); Hospitalizations: 154 (+2); Deaths: 27
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8777 (+34); Hospitalizations: 295 (+2); Deaths: 109
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4452 (+1); Hospitalizations: 311 (+3); Deaths: 287
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3760 (+3); Hospitalizations: 287; Deaths: 810
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 71 (+1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 3,731
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 935

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 346
  • Total recovered: 80,866
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.2% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 87
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 8
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,232
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.44%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 373
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 282

• • • • • • 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: 1,249
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.45%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 229

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!

When I started this project — trying to find and then provide Salem residents with the information that they wanted about COVID-19 — I thought this would be a one-month or maybe six-week gift to the Town residents. Boy, was I wrong! One year ago today, I posted my first COVID-19 update. Little did I know that it would last this long! I haven’t missed a day except Christmas. And, I’m getting tired.

A few weeks ago, it looked like maybe this one-year anniversary would be a good time to make major changes. I thought maybe I could stop the reports, or change the frequency. Alas, the population and/or the virus has not cooperated.

I did make some changes. A few may have noticed that I have changed the naming format for the updates. That’s because I never dreamed that this would continue this long, so I had to add the year.

I’m getting tired of doing these updates. My husband is getting tired of these updates. I’ll keep going for a while, but I don’t want to keep doing this for another year! So, let’s end this! We CAN do it. PLEASE stay vigilant, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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