COVID-19 Update 6 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 6 May 2021

  • Total: 2,908 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases since yesterday
  • 42 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 233
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 4.6%

Déjà vu? On Thursday, May 5, 2021, NH DHHS did not update their daily update. This is the third time in nine days. There is more in my message, below.

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

  • Salem added 2 new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,908 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases are the same as yesterday’s 42. Salem had 49 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 233. Yesterday, it was 240. One week ago, it was 267/
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.6%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 5.4%. One week ago, it was 6.0%. 
  • 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) was 253. NH reported 215 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 35 to 1,849 since yesterday. That’s 665 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • NH has had 255.4 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 273.5. One week ago, it was 427.4.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 3.5%. Yesterday it was 3.6%. One week ago, it was 4.8%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,342 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is an increase of 8 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 18 since last week. There were no morehospitalization reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is 302.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 88 which is 3 more than yesterday, and is 6 less 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 increased by FOUR, bringing the total to 403. We have seen an increase of 10 ICU admissions in the past seven days. 
  • There were 3 lives lost due to COVID-19 for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 1,311 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 8 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 253.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
I collect the info that goes here from the Press Release. Since NH DHHS didn’t update that section today, I have nothing here.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 253
  • New positive cases per DHHS: Not reported today
  • Total people who have tested positive: 96,134

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,613
  • New cases in Rockingham County: I collect the info that goes here from the Press Release. NH DHHS didn’t update that section today.
  • Rockingham County’s percentage of new cases: Not available
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 4.7%

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

The count of children under 18 was not updated today.

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 5201 (+28); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11815 (+42); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19342 (+56); Hospitalizations: 30; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14111 (+35); Hospitalizations: 62 (+1); Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12657 (+31); Hospitalizations: 97 (+1); Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14828 (+34); Hospitalizations: 170 (+2); Deaths: 29 (+1)
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9516 (+22); Hospitalizations: 320 (+3); Deaths: 123 (+1)
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4695 (+6); Hospitalizations: 337 (+1); Deaths: 310 
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3880 (+2); Hospitalizations: 310; Deaths: 830 (+1)
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 89 (+-3); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 1,849
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 374

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 215
  • Total recovered: 92,974
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 96.7% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 88
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 8
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,342
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.40%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 403
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 302

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 3
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 2
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,308
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.36%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 253

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!

Somedays, I feel like I spend a lot of time complaining about NH DHHS. Sometimes, probably way too often, I just shut up. Yesterday was one where I kept quiet: I didn’t report that they forgot to update the vaccination dashboard.

Today is not one of those days.

Not only was the vaccination dashboard not updated  — for the second day in a row  — the press release daily update was not published for the third time in 9 days.

Also today, three new towns showed up on the Cumulative Cases per 100K report, and Active and Cumulative reports with “Data not available for towns with less than a population of 100.” The towns are Silver Lake, which showed up for the first time, a town named just “W” and Woodsville, which shows up, and then disappears, only to show up again. 

The quality of the accuracy of the data from DHHS is very disturbing, and, over time, it feels to me that they are getting worse.

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie









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