COVID-19 Update August 27

COVID-19 Update August 27

  • Total: 301 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of every 98 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem Today: 3 new cases, 13 active cases


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • There were no infections reported for Salem residents for the last two days, but we broke that short trend with THREE new confirmed cases today.
  • Salem has now had more than 300 confirmed cases, making it the fifth NH community to pass that number.
  • Out of 2,182 tests reported today, there were 35 new confirmed cases today, not a huge number, but more than yesterday’s 9 new cases.
  • Hillsborough County has had more than 4,000 infections, over 55% of all infections are in that County. Hillsborough and Rockingham counties make up 80% of all confirmed cases in the State.
  • In their press release, NH DHHS reported that six children under 18 were infected today. From yesterday to today, their dashboard shows an increase of two children aged 0-9 years, and eight youths aged 10-19. That’s ten, so were four 19 years old?
  • Today the positivity rate was 1.60. still low, but more than yesterday’s extremely low rate of 0.48%.
  • There are a number of communities that have between 1-4 people active cases of COVID-19. Londonderry has dropped down to 1-4 active cases, while Portsmouth and Hampton have increased from 1-4 active cases to 5. Of the other communities that I’ve been tracking, Manchester and Dover went up by one. With three new cases, Salem is the only community that we can confidently say had more than one new case from yesterday.
  • Communities with 5 or more active cases are Manchester (14); Salem (13); Brentwood (12); Derry (9); Concord and Exeter (8 each); Rindge (7); Bedford, Dover, Merrimack, Milford, and Nashua (6 each); and Portsmouth and New Castle (5 each).
  • 36 more people in NH were reported today as “recovered” from COVID-19.
  • There were no new hospitalizations again today.
  • NH DHHS reported that another NH person has lost their life because of COVID-19. This is the first fatality of a Rockingham County resident in over a week, and is the 100th death connected to COVID-19 in the County.
  • By comparison, COVID-related deaths in Massachusetts are now over 9,000.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 35
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 35
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 6
  • Total positive cases in NH: 7,194
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive: 1.60%
  • Active cases: 221
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 10
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,787
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 80%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,182
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,606
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 2,147
  • Total negative cases in NH: 196,823

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

  • New antibody tests: 94
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 29,478
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 79
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1

• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 32
  • Total Recovered: 6,542
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 90.9%

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

  • New: 0
  • Current: 9
  • Total Hospitalized: 713
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 9.91%

• • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • •

  • Lives lost today: 1
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 431
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.99%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham today: 1

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.


We see a small increase in our State numbers today, especially in Salem. We need to be careful that this doesn’t become a trend, instead of a one-day blip.

Two days after police reported that 50 people had ignored university coronavirus safety guidelines at an off-campus party, UNH  officials issued a stern warning to students on its Twitter account: “It is reckless behavior such as this that will necessitate UNH pivoting back to remote learning only. In the end, you and your peers will have the final say if we stay together or not.”

The advice to students can also apply to NH residents, who so desperately want to keep opening the State, while refusing to social distance and wear masks. Can you have it both ways? Time will tell, but not likely.


How our numbers have changed over time



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