COVID-19 Update August 4

COVID-19 Update August 4

  • Total: 283 confirmed cases
  • 1 out of every 104 Salem residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 0 new cases, 12 active cases.


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • Salem has no new cases today, and our active cases have gone down again.
  • NH DHHS reported on only 1,140 tests, of which 33 (2.89%) were positive.
  • 67 more people were reported as “recovered.”  5.4% of all who have been confirmed with COVID-19 are still considered to be infectious.
  • There are 100 people in Rockingham County who are still infected.
  • Deaths in NH remain low. The vast majority of NH deaths are over 60.
  • Two teenagers died in Florida today.

In a new study report in the prestigious JAMA, 100 patients, recently recovered from COVID-19, were given a Cardiac MRI. 53 were male. The median age was 49; ages ranged from 45-53. “Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed cardiac involvement in 78 patients (78%) and ongoing myocardial inflammation in 60 patients (60%), which was independent of preexisting conditions, severity and overall course of the acute illness, and the time from the original diagnosis.” “These findings indicate the need for ongoing investigation of the long-term cardiovascular consequences of COVID-19.”

This study, “Outcomes of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients Recently Recovered From Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” can be found here. I have added this to my article, “COVID-19 – The Consequences.”


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 33
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 33
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 5
  • Total positive cases in NH: 6,693
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 2.89%
  • Active cases: 360
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 5.4%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 12
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,654
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,140
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,226
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 1,107
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 159,283


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

  • New antibody tests: 50
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 27,364
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 120
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 67
  • Total Recovered: 5,915
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 88.4%


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

  • New: 1
  • Current: 23
  • Total Hospitalized: 698
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.43%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 3.3%


• • • • • 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: 418
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 6.2%
  • 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.


‪I have heard from a Salem resident/friend who is a lab technician in a Massachusetts hospital. Their hospital, which recently started doing in-house testing for COVID-19, is running low on supplies. Why? The company that produces the test materials has been told by the federal government to send the material to the south where the outbreaks are. I guess they figure that New England is doing well, so we don’t need to test. Ummm … how about we keep testing to keep our rates low?

On the other hand, does it matter if we don’t have testing materials if the labs take up to two weeks to return results? Why don’t we have enough materials? Why are these taking so long to process? What will happen when the flu season is here? It’s all very concerning.

The best advice I’ve heard is to act as though you have the virus, and act as though everyone you come in contact with is infected. So wear a mask! Stay safe, and always, be kind.


Resources are at the bottom of this page. 4-calendar.jpg

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How our numbers have changed over time



Useful links

  • If you are having trouble paying your rent or mortgage because of COVID-19, help can be found here.
  • Info about COVID-19 testing is compiled in one place on my website.
  • Complications of COVID-19 Survivors of all ages can be found on my website. [UPDATED to include the heart study mentioned above]
  • Help for Salem residents is on my website.
  • A list of COVID-19 Resources can be found on my website.
  • An update of nearby communities can be found here.
  • Institutional Outbreaks as of June 18 on my website.
  • Resources from NH DHHS are on the State’s website.
  • Guidance documents from the State are on the State’s website.
  • COVID-19 is not the flu. Details on my website.
  • The Science Behind Masks. Details on my website.
  • Unemployment in the COVID era. Details on my website.
  • Salem specific info can be found on my website.
  • My accumulation of resources other resources are on my website.

Sources used to create this report:

2 Replies to “COVID-19 Update August 4”

  1. Bonnie

    Where can I find the following information ..

    How many people in NH died of the flu from March 2019 to July 2019 ?

    How many people die in NH every day ?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi, Dawn,

      There was a beautiful, searchable database on the CDC website that I used when I wrote my report,
      I just spent over a half-hour trying to find it again, but the CDC website now looks very different.

      Since it included COVID-19 data, I suspect this data was a casualty when President Trump moved COVID data to Health and Human Services. I don’t think this information is still there.

      While these don’t answer your question, this is the closest I can find for your flu question. (Infectious Disease)

      I don’t know where to get NH death info that isn’t COVID-related.
      You could try digging around at

      I’m sorry that I don’t have more information to be able to answer your questions.

      Good luck.

      Best regards,

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