COVID-19 Update August 9

COVID-19 Update August 9

  • Total: 288 confirmed cases
  • 1 out of every 103 Salem residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 0 new cases, 15 active cases.


• • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • There were only 15 new cases reported in New Hampshire today. None of them were in Salem.
  • Salem has only added 10 new cases in the past two months. Four of those have been in the last four days.
  • There were only 1,334 test results reported today, which means a positivity rate of 0.97%. It’s been a week and a half since we’ve seen it this low.
  • Happily, we have another day without any loss of life in NH from COVID-19.
  • On Friday, Governor Sununu issued Executive Order 2020-16, the seventh extension of the State of Emergency Declared in Executive Order 2020-04. This has to be extended every three weeks.
  • Today, one of the top news stories is that the US has now had more than 5 million cases. It took 99 days to reach one million. 43 days to reach 2 million. 28 days to reach 3 million. 15 days to reach 2 million. 17 days to reach 5 million. That’s 142 days to reach the first two million, but only 32 days to reach the last two million cases.
  • While mainstream media is reporting the 5 million mark today, I reported that we had reached 5 million cases on Thursday. Why the difference? I am unable to tell where mainstream media gets get their numbers. It has been reported that CDC is slow in reporting cases, and, in fact, they show only 4,974,959 total cases as of this evening. My source, WorldOmeters, is currently showing 5,196,668 cases. They obtain their information from across the world as it is reported on sites like the NH DHHS; every time I check them for NH’s numbers, I find that they have up-to-date info as reported by NH DHHS.
  • Global cases have passed 20 Million cases. That seems to be increasing lately by a million every 4-5 days. There are only three days between 18M and 20M.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 14
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 13
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 1
  • Total positive cases in NH: 6,831
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 0.97%
  • Active cases: 349
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 5.1%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 3
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,691
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,334
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,107
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 1,321
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 165,754


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

  • New antibody tests: 118
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 27,975
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 103
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 14
  • Total Recovered: 6,063
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 88.8%


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

  • New: 1
  • Current: 23
  • Total Hospitalized: 701
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.26%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 3.3%


• • • • • 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: 419
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 6.1%
  • 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.


Things that keep me up at night:

Before I made Salem my home, lived in the Lakes Region. I still have friends in the greater Laconia community. And I have family in Loudon.

Last weekend, NASCAR brought thousands of out-of-staters to  Loudon, New Hampshire. So far, thankfully, I don’t see any increase in numbers for that one-day event. If we are to see anything, it will show up in this coming week or next week.

As I look at the motorcycle event happening now in Sturgis, SD, I wonder: What it will be like in the Weirs when Motorcycle Week starts in two weeks? Traditionally, it seemed that half of the attendees were out-of-staters, but many were locals; it’s great people-watching! I couldn’t go without seeing many familiar faces. Now I worry: What will happen to them?

Wearing a mask is a public health issue and a sign of respect. It really ticks me off that #MaskUpNH has become a political issue. If you won’t wear a mask for my family and friends, won’t you wear one for yours?

Stay safe, and always, be kind.


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.

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