COVID-19 Update April 13
Key points covered in today’s report:
- Today NH passed the 1,000 case mark.
- Today there were 35 new cases, with almost half of them in Rockingham County.
- Salem’s Emergency Operations Center team made a presentation at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting today, Monday, April 13. My summary is in this post. The best info we can get is Salem has more than 50 cases.
- Methuen MA has 261 confirmed cases, equal to 0.7% of its population. 0.7% of Salem’s population would be 204 cases.
- Senator Rosenwald made a report on the first-ever remote legislative committee meeting, when the Fiscal Committee discussed the federal stimulus funding.
- NH legislators filed for an emergency injunction to stop the governor from spending the federal stimulus funds without involving formal Legislative oversight
- One month after Gov. Chris Sununu declared a state of emergency in New Hampshire the Governor said it doesn’t look likely that schools will reopen this school year, and tourism season will be rough.
- The US Treasury and IRS announced that their new app to track stimulus payments, “Get My Payment,” is scheduled to be released on April 17.
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The preceding chart comes from NHPR
The NH Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, has announced a Weekly Summary Report, with more details than we see in the daily reports from the Department of Health & Human Services.
- 311 (30%) of the confirmed cases are healthcare workers.
- 54% of those diagnosed are male; 46% female.
- 220 (22%) of those diagnosed are aged 50-59.
- 16% of those diagnosed are aged 40-49 or 60-69.
- 5 children under 9 and 17 from 10-19 have been diagnosed.
- 32% of those diagnosed received their infection from Community Transmission
- 28% of those diagnosed were exposed from International or Domestic Travel
- 35% of the confirmed cases are from Rockingham County
- 39% are in Hillsborough County
Q: How is NH doing in comparison to our neighboring states?
A: We aren’t doing enough tests!
The above table is built upon the work done by Mindi Messmer, PG, CG on April 8.
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Table Sources: Population (U.S. Census) and April 8 stats per Mindi Messmer
Tests Reported: Politico
COVID Symptom Tracker: This is a project of Mass General Hospital. In the absence of proper testing, this may be the best way of tracking how we are doing. I’m keeping it near the top, so I’ll remember to log in each day.
Today’s COVID-19 news:
Salem’s confirmed cases:
- April 3: 25 cases
- April 6: 33 cases
- April 8: 20-40 cases
- April 9: 20-49 cases
- April 10: Over 50
Tonight FD Chief Larry Best, the director of Salem’s Emergency Operations Center, gave their 8th briefing since March 16. They will continue with their briefings every Monday at 7:00. He did not give a count of how many cases are in Salem, but referred to NH DHHS’s map that shows we have 50 plus cases. Chief Best believes we have a lot more than 50 cases, because some are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and aren’t getting tested. NH is following many models to predict COVID-19; they show the surge in NH will occur sometime in the next 1-3 weeks. We haven’t seen the increase that they have seen in MA, but Chief Best noted that there are many COVID-19 cases in the Massachusetts counties closest to us, and there has been a 21% increase in Massachusetts over the last 2 days. This is a critical time to keep social distancing and teleworking.
Salem Police Captain Joel Dolan shared that the police are noticing an uptick in traffic, and asks, “Please stay home!”
Superintendent of Schools Michael Delahanty stated that he does not have inside information, but he will be surprised if schools reopen this year. He shared that over 1,000 breakfasts and lunches are being prepared each day, with most being delivered by school bus drivers. These meals are free to families; they will be paid for by the Federal school lunch program.
Salem, Manchester, and Nashua remain the only NH municipalities with more than 50 confirmed cases. With 156 cases (up +3 from yesterday), Manchester continues to be the city in NH with the most confirmed cases. Nashua has 89 (+1) confirmed cases. Londonderry, Derry, Portsmouth, Dover, Bedford, and Concord remain as the only communities with 20-49 confirmed cases.
Hillsborough County, which includes Manchester and Nashua, has 398 (+13) confirmed cases. Rockingham County is close, with 369 (+15) confirmed cases.
As of April 13, Methuen MA has 261 confirmed cases or 0.7% of its 2019 population of 39,498 people. Salem’s population in 2019 was 29,133. If 0.7% of Salem’s population had COVID-19, we would have 204 cases. How can our neighboring town have so many cases, but we don’t? Massachusetts has much higher testing rates.
We need proper testing to fight COVID-19
“The COVID-19 outbreak isn’t almost over now. Nor will it be in two weeks. We haven’t “almost beaten this” because we haven’t even started properly measuring it yet. We want to measure success in lives saved, not by celebrating an ongoing low death rate.” https://www.unionleader.com/opinion/op-eds/we-need-proper-testing-to-fight-covid-19/article_acd86517-86cd-5b87-9ce5-e314ffbe5019.html
|Today||Yesterday||Change from yesterday|
|Total Confirmed Cases||1,020||985||+35|
|Deaths Attributed to COVID-19||23||2%||23||0|
|Persons with specimens submitted to NH PHL||5,139||5,081||+58|
|Persons with test pending at NH PHL||25||125||-100|
|Being Monitored (Approximate)||2,250||2,275||-25|
|Total Tested (Confirmed Cases + Tested Negative)||11,610||11,207||403|
NH News relating to COVID-19
Senator Rosenwald reported on the first-ever remote legislative committee meeting. The Fiscal Committee met recently to discuss federal stimulus funding. Funds for Meals on Wheels was increased. The governor has transferred funds from several programs in the state budget to purchase essential supplies to fight the COVID-19 epidemic, including cuts for prescription drug financial assistance for low-income seniors, homeless and housing services and state loan payment assistance for critically needed health care workers. The Department of Health and Human Services intends to replace these funds with future stimulus funds.
“In a motion filed in Hillsborough Superior Court Monday, representatives of the House and Senate leadership are seeking an emergency injunction to stop the governor from spending the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus funds without involving formal Legislative oversight,” reports the Concord Monitor
Today it has been one month since Gov. Chris Sununu issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in New Hampshire due to the coronavirus. In an interview with NHPR today, the Governor said, “So when it comes to school, let’s just focus a little bit on June 1st. Right? Are we going to go back? I’ll make a decision later this week. It doesn’t look likely, to be honest.”
The US Treasury and IRS announced that their new app to track stimulus payments, “Get My Payment,” is scheduled to be released on April 17.
Other Salem Government events coming up:
- The Planning Board is scheduled to have a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00. which will be viewable by the public on Channel 23.
To watch past or live viewings:
- Comcast TV Channel 23
Salem has nine State Representatives. If you are having issues connected to COVID-19, they have access to the people who can get you the help you need. You can find contact info for our reps here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx
Our Senator, Chuck Morse, can be contacted at Chuck.Morse@leg.state.nh.us His Concord office phone is 603.271.3207.
On April 7, NH scientist and politician, Mindi Messmer, PG, CG wrote on her Facebook page: “… testing has pretty much stopped at the NH PHL. The testing penetration is so low in NH, only 1/2% of the 1.3M people, meaning 99.5% of the 1.3M have not been tested, that I am not putting up projections or tests for NH because the graphs would be meaningless and I don’t want to give the false impression that we know what’s going on in NH.”
Please keep these ideas in mind as you review the information on this page or any other page.
Resources to help in these challenging times:
Do YOU think you have COVID-19?
To report suspected cases, contact the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496, (603-271-5300 for after hours), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How You Can Help Others:
- Stay home, wash hands, wear cloth masks in public, check on neighbors
- Donate food: NH Food Bank: https://www.nhfoodbank.org or call 669-9725
- United Way: http://uwnh.org
- Donate blood: https://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-Cross
- COVID-19 Response in New Hampshire: https://volunteernh.org/covid-19-response/
- Watch out for the kids. Child abuse reports are down, because they aren’t out where they can be observed. If you suspect child abuse call Salem Police Department (603) 893-1911 or the NH child abuse hotline at DCYF (800) 894-5533. You could also go to https://knowandtell.org. In an immediate emergency, dial 911.
- How to make and how to wear: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
- This is another option for a no-sew mask (perhaps using the coffee filter, as suggested by the CDC?) http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie
- Free meals for Salem kids under 18: https://sau57.org/covid19/meals
- Town of Salem COVID-29 Info: https://www.townofsalemnh.org/home/covid-19-information
- COVID-19 Salem Community Hotline & Email: https://www.townofsalemnh.org/home/news/covid-19-community-hotline-and-email
- Salem Police: Dial 911 for emergencies or (603) 893-1911 for non-emergency issues.
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services:
Office of the Governor: https://www.governor.nh.gov
- List of NH “essential” services: https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-17-ex-a.pdf
Mindi Messmer: A scientist who is reporting frequently on COVID-19, Mindi is also a candidate for Executive Council, District 3 (including Salem). https://www.facebook.com/Mindi4NH/
More info about COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
COVID Symptom Tracker:
This is a project of Mass General Hospital. In the absence of proper testing, let’s let them know how we are doing. https://covid.joinzoe.com/us?fbclid=IwAR2IsoxZ9RBKC4uPQscKiuUUTJCA3cCt3dUr9tjNSsFqOU1rv10jmysmt4Y
- COVI-19 Tracker: https://bing.com/covid/local/newhampshire_unitedstates
- Live statistics: https://ncov2019.live/data
- US Coronavirus Tracking https://infection2020.com
- The COVID Tracking Project https://covidtracking.com/data/state/new-hampshire#historical
The World Health Organization:
Media with NH COVID-19 news:
- NH landlords cannot start eviction proceedings for any tenant unable to pay due to the impact of the coronavirus. Foreclosures are also frozen. https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-4.pdf
- Housing and Urban Development: https://www.hud.gov/states/new_hampshire
- NH Housing: https://www.nhhfa.org
- If you were working in NH: https://www.nhes.nh.gov
- If you worked in MA: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-unemployment-assistance
- Coronavirus Tax Relief: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments
- SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Formerly Food Stamps)
Link to other NH benefits:
Businesses and Employers: Guidance for Small Businesses
- New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA): (resources): https://businesshelp.nheconomy.com/hc/en-us
- NH DHHS: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/businesses.htm
- SBA: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/281d439
- SBA: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
- CDC: Cleaning: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
- OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
- Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce: http://www.gschamber.com
- McLane Middleton: An extensive list of resources for businesses: https://www.mclane.com/Coronavirus-Resource-Center
- The CARES Act: https://www.mclane.com/The-CARES-Act-QA-Webinar-Replay-4/2/2020
- Unemployment: https://www.mclane.com/Coronavirus-Employment-Webinar-3-26-2020
Sources for data included in these reports:
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