COVID-19 Update 8 May 2021

COVID-19 Update 8 May 2021

  • Total: 2,916 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem today: new cases since yesterday
  • 44 active cases 
  • 1 out of every 10 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 226
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 3.8%
  • Salem’s new cases were 4.3% of all new cases today. (Salem’s population = 2.2% of NH’s population)

On Saturday, May 8, 2021, DHHS forgot to update their press release for the 4th time in 11 days. Not all of the info used for these updates is available.

I believe they forgot something else today, too: DHHS’s cumulative number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increase by just one, today. For the previous week, a little more than 300 people per day have be reported as “recovered.” This is the reason for the significant increase in the number of active cases.

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

  • Salem added 7 new cases since yesterday, bringing our total to 2,916 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases have increased by 7 since yesterday to 44. Salem had 44 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 226. Yesterday, it was 220. One week ago, it was 257.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 3.8%, a “minimal” level of community transmission, although it is above the goal of less than 2%. Yesterday it was 3.9%. One week ago, it was 5.8%. 
  • While Salem’s positivity rate is falling, there are still 75 NH communities with a positivity rate of more than 0, there are 72 that are more than 2%, 44 that are more than 5%. These have all gone down since yesterday. However, there is now 11 communities with more than 10%, an increase of two from yesterday. 58 communities have a higher positivity rate than Salem’s, down two from yesterday.
  • 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 164. NH reported 1 person has “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 160 to 1,932 since yesterday. That’s 310 fewer active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • NH has had 282.4 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday, it was 243.9. One week ago, it was 429.0.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 3.4%. Yesterday it was 3.5%. One week ago, it was 5.3%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,357 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19. This is anincrease of 6 people since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 15 since last week. There were morehospitalization reported today from Rockingham County; our county’s total hospitalization count is 307.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 89 which is 5 more than yesterday, and is 10 more than one 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 4, bringing the total to 407. 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 1,314 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 9 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 254. Two of today’s deaths were people who were less than 60 years of age.

 • • • • • Communities • • • • • • 

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Not available today.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 164
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 0
  • Total people who have tested positive: 96,501

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 23,696
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 39
  • Rockingham County’s percentage of new cases: 23.8%
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 4.5%

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

The number of kids under 18 who were infected today is not available.

(Totals, showing changes since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 5253 (+22); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 11889 (+29); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 19420 (+37); Hospitalizations: 32 (+1); Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 14172 (+30); Hospitalizations: 61; Deaths: 6
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 12686 (+11); Hospitalizations: 97; Deaths: 12
  • 50-59: 15% of Total cases: 14869 (+22); Hospitalizations: 171; Deaths: 31 (+2)
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 9531 (+5); Hospitalizations: 328 (+3); Deaths: 123
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4702 (+4); Hospitalizations: 343 (+2); Deaths: 310
  • 80+: 4% of Total cases: 3889 (+3); Hospitalizations: 309; Deaths: 831 (+1)
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 90 (+1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 1,932
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 394

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 1
  • Total recovered: 93,255
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 96.6% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 89
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 6
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,357
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.41%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 407
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 307

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 3
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 2
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,314
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.36%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 254

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!

I’m tired of these statistics. Don’t become one. Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie









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