COVID-19 Update August 23

COVID-19 Update August 23

  • Total: 297 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of every 100 Salem residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 1 new case, 13 active cases.


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • Today is another disappointing day for Salem, with one more person diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • NH only had 15 new cases today. For the past week, NH has averaged 17.6 new cases per day. For the past two weeks, the average is 20.4 new case per day. For the past month, the average is 25.7 new cases per day, so we are trending in the right direction.
  • NH DHHS reported 1,389 new test results today. The daily average for the past week is 1,442 tests per day.
  • Today’s positivity rate is 1.08%. The daily average for the past week is 1.2%.
  • Happily, no additional children were infected in today’s report. The daily average for the past two weeks, including today, is 2.14 kids per day.
  • Very rarely have Manchester or Nashua had a day without any infections. Today, both of them had no new cases.
  • Another 23 people have been reported as “recovered,” bringing NH’s active cases down to a record low of 250.
  • Salem still has 13 active cases, the same number as Nashua, which has over three times as many residents as we have. Manchester is down to 25 active cases, twice as many as Salem, with almost four times as many residents. Derry is next, with only 11 active cases.
  • NH DHHS is still having problems with their report on the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Today they announced two new cases, but the total number of cases went up by just one.
  • Another happy number: There were no new deaths in NH in the 24-hour period covered by this report. Including today, we have averaged 0.75 deaths per day over the past week, 0.71 deaths per day over the past two weeks and 0.74 deaths per day over the past month.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 15
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 15
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 0
  • Total positive cases in NH: 7,107
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive: 1.08%
  • Active cases: 250
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 3.5%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 2
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,758
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,389
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,442
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 1,374
  • Total negative cases in NH: 188,957


• • • • • OTHER TEST RESULTS • • • • • •

  • New antibody tests: 70
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 29,236
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 81
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 23
  • Total Recovered: 6,428
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 90.4%


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

  • New: 2 per DHHS’s Press release, but cumulative count only went up by one.
  • Current: 14
  • Total Hospitalized: 711 today; was 710 yesterday
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.00%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 1.7%


• • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • •

  • Lives lost today: 0
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 429
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 6.04%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham today: 0

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.


What can I share tonight? Although it’s always disappointing when Salem numbers go the wrong way, there’s not much movement in the rest of the numbers. I helped my granddaughter celebrate becoming a teenager … how is that possible? It is so hard to social distance, especially when I’m around people that I would normally hug (which is almost everyone!). Although I “lost” a few hours by being with her that I would normally have been working on other matters, I actually feel like I accomplished more than normal this weekend.

Note to self: Take more time to enjoy life! Note to you: Take more time to enjoy life, but still, stay safe, and always, be kind!


How our numbers have changed over time



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