COVID-19 Update 4 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 4 May 2021

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, DHHS announced 252 new positive test results for COVID-19. Today’s results include 135 people who tested positive by PCR test and 117 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,898 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 has had 2,901 residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are the fourth NH Community to pass 2,900, with the only communities with more being Manchester (11,642), Nashua (7,782) and Concord (2,966). 
  • Of NH communities with more than 1,000 cases, Durham has the highest ratio (1 out of 7 residents have been infected). Salem, with a ratio of 1:10, is tied for second place with Manchester and Pelham.
  • Salem added 4 new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,901 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases decreased by 2 from yesterday to 43. Salem had 48 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 257. Yesterday, it was 260. One week ago, it was 284. 
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 6.1%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 5.6%. One week ago, it was 4.4%. 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem Residents have had a confirmed case of COVID-19. In Rockingham County it is 1:13; in New Hampshire, it is 1:14.
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) were 208. NH reported 287 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 81 to 1,898 since yesterday. That’s 665 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • The last time NH’s active case count was lower than today was November 7. Our peak was December 27, when we had 6,994 active cases.
  • NH has had 286.5 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 289.1. One week ago, it was 438.6. 
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 3.6%. Yesterday it was 3.5%. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,331 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is an increase of 4 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 13 since last week. There was more hospitalization reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is now 301.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 85 which is 5 more than yesterday, and is 1 more than a week ago. 
  • 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 unchanged since Sunday, leaving the total at 397. We have seen an increase of 7 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 1307 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 11 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. There was 1 life lost today from Rockingham County; the total number of people who have died from our county is 251.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (65), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (31), Merrimack (24), Strafford (18), Coos (12), Belknap (11), Grafton (11), Sullivan (6), Carroll (5), and Cheshire (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (32) and Nashua (10). The county of residence is being determined for twenty- three new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 208
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 252
  • Total people who have tested positive: 95,714

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • • • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,529
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 65
  • Rockingham County’s percentage of new cases: 25.8%
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.2%

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

  • 53 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases. 
  • 21.0% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 5147 (+11); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11743 (+34); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19241 (+39); Hospitalizations: 30; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14063 (+35); Hospitalizations: 61 (+1); Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12608 (+33); Hospitalizations: 96; Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14780 (+32); Hospitalizations: 168; Deaths: 28
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9486 (+9); Hospitalizations: 317 (+3); Deaths: 122 (+2)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4681 (+8); Hospitalizations: 335; Deaths: 310
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3875 (+6); Hospitalizations: 308; Deaths: 828
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 90 (+1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 1,898
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 399

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 287
  • Total recovered: 92,509
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 96.7% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 85
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 4
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,331
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.39%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 397
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 301

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 2
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,305
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.37%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 250

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 those who are interested, DHHS has updated vaccination info, which can be found here: https://www.covid19.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt481/files/documents/2021-05/covid-19-update-05042021.pdf

For those who care: DHHS traditionally report the number of deaths in the press release, but they did not do so today, so, at quick glance it looked like good news. However, the Summary dashboard shows two people aged in their 60’s. I don’t follow all of the counties on the Summary/Map of Cumulative Positive Cases, but there I can see that one of the deaths is from our County. Have they changed this in their reporting? Or did someone just screw up today? Either way is not satisfactory.

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie









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