COVID-19 Update December 11

COVID-19 Update December 11

  • Total: 969 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 12.0%
  • 1 out of 31 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 23 new cases since yesterday; 200 active cases

From today’s Press Release from NH DHHS: “On Friday, December 11, 2020, DHHS announced 1,190 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 5.1%. Today’s results include 899 people who tested positive by PCR test and 291 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,824 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 12/7: 59 new cases today, for an updated total of 804
  • 12/8: 172 new cases today, for an updated total of 788
  • 12/9: 310 new cases today, for an updated total of 411
  • 12/10: 649 new cases, for a total of 649 

Test results for previous days are still being processed and the total number of new positives for those days are not yet complete. Updated case counts for prior days will be reflected on the COVID-19 interactive dashboard. ”

• • • • • • Community Transmission • • • • • •

Community Transmission (per NH Department of Health and Human Services)The overall level of community transmission is defined using three metrics.  A community is then assigned an overall level based on the highest-level determination for any specific metric. NH Metrics are: New Cases per 100k over 14 days: Scale: Minimal: <50; Moderate: 50 – 100; Substantial: >100. New Hospitalizations per 100k over 14 days: Scale: Minimal: <10; Moderate: 10 – 20; Substantial: >20. Average PCR Test Positivity Rate over 7 days: Scale: Minimal: <5%; Moderate: 5% – 10%; Substantial: >10%

  • Average of New Cases per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 637.3
    • Rockingham County: 803.1
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all at the substantial level ranging from 206.3 (Sullivan County) to 1,229.3 (Manchester).
    • Salem: 963
    • Highest average: Tilton: 2,531 (Veterans Home)                                     
  • Average of New Hospitalization per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 0.6
    • Rockingham County: 0.8
    • Belknap County: 2.3
  • Average Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 8.7%
    • Rockingham County: 11.3%
    • Manchester: 11.3%
    • Salem: 12.0%
    • Nashua: 10.9%
    • Grafton County: 2.8%
    • Highest rate: South Hampton: 27.8%
    • 53 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%.
    • 111 communities have a positivity rate of more than 5%.
    • 126 communities have a positivity rate of more than 2%.
    • 32 communities have a positivity rate higher than Salem.

• • • • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT • • • • • •

  • Salem continues to be one of the communities with the largest number of new cases. Today we added another 23 new cases. At the beginning of the pandemic, it took us 63 days to get to the same number of cases – 170 – as we added to Salem’s cumulative total in the past week.
  • Salem just became the fifth NH community to have 200 active cases.
  • Even though 660 people were identified as “recovered,” the number of current cases actually went up today as DHHS announced 1,190 new cases, the highest ever. We’ve gone from 24,000 to 29,000 in 5 days. It took until from March 3 to June 6 – 97 days — to hit our first 5,000.
  • Today, the number of PCR test results hit a high at 899. Antigen test results have been on the rise. Two days ago, a new daily record was set when 356 people were diagnosed via this method. 
  • Hospitalization numbers continue to puzzle me. Yesterday I shared that the total number of hospitalizations went up by one, from 851 to 852. However, the number of people currently hospitalized has gone from 232 to 248, a one-day jump of 16 patients. Today DHHS numbers show an increase by four of the total hospitalizations, but the number of people currently in the hospital increased by 10. 
  • Following five days with no ICU admissions, today NH’s dashboard shows an increase of three more ICU patients, bringing our cumulative total to 287. This count has gone up by 8 since Thanksgiving.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (244), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (187), Merrimack (177), Cheshire (69), Strafford (60), Belknap (50), Grafton (40), Carrol (12), Sullivan (12), and Coos (11) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (185) and Nashua (97). The county of residence is being determined for forty-six new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • Manchester is back up to over 800 active cases. 
    • Nashua now has more than 500 active cases. 
    • Concord has gone past 300 active cases.
    • Salem and Londonderry have both hit 200 active cases. Londonderry has one more active case than Salem.
    • There are 26 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 3,977 active cases, accounting for 61% of all active cases.
    • Manchester, Nashua, Concord and now Londonderry (again) are the only communities with more active cases than Salem.
    • Communities with more than 50 active cases, showing changes in active cases since yesterday: Manchester: 838 (+88). Nashua: 498 (+42). Concord: 273 (+52). Londonderry: 193 (+8). Salem: 198 (+2). Derry: 167 (+16). Hudson: 133 (+24). Dover: 136 (+9). Merrimack: 130 (+10). Bedford: 125 (+12). Windham: 116 (+8). Hooksett: 122 (+0). Hampton: 117 (+3). Milford: 101 (+10). Goffstown: 103 (+5). Keene: 74 (+23). Rochester: 89 (+6). Portsmouth: 81 (+7). Laconia: 68 (+10). Pelham: 63 (+5). Plaistow: 66 (-1). Tilton: 64 (-1). Litchfield: 61 (-3). Seabrook: 59 (-2). Atkinson: 50 (+7). Exeter: 52 (+1).  
    • Other communities with an increase or decrease by five or more people: Andover: (+5). Barrington: 14 (+6). Candia: 24 (+8). Charlestown: (+5). Danville: 19 (+6). Epsom: 25 (+5). Gorham: 10 (+9). Grafton: (+5). Grantham: (+7). Greenfield: (+8). Hanover: 44 (+5). Haverhill: (+6). Hillsborough: 18 (+7). Jaffrey: 10 (+5). Lebanon: 21 (+9). New London: 9 (+5). Newton: 17 (+6). Northwood: 7 (+6). Peterborough: 13 (+8). Swanzey: 22 (+14). Temple: (+5). Winchester: (+5).  
  • Cumulative Cases
    • 51 communities have 5 or more new cases from yesterday
    • There are now 91 communities that have had 50 or more cases.
    • Keene has now had more than 300 cases.
    • Londonderry has now had more than 700 total confirmed cases. 
    • Concord now has 900 or more. 
    • With an increase of 98 new cases, Nashua has passed 2700. Manchester jumped by 181, bringing their total to over 5,000. 
    • Only Manchester, Nashua, and Derry have had more total cases than Salem.
    • The ten communities with the highest number of cumulative cases, showing changes from yesterday: Manchester: 5060 (+181). Nashua: 2738 (+98). Derry: 989 (+38). Salem: 969 (+23). Concord: 953 (+89). Bedford: 834 (+23). Londonderry: 716 (+25). Hudson: 664 (+34). Goffstown: 597 (+22). Merrimack: 583 (+21).  
    • Other communities with 5 or more new cases, showing changes from yesterday: Amherst: 152 (+7). Atkinson: 169 (+10). Barrington: 121 (+7). Belmont: 134 (+5). Boscawen: 63 (+5). Bow: 145 (+7). Candia: 86 (+10). Danville: 79 (+6). Dover: 550 (+16). Durham: 437 (+6). Epsom: 112 (+7). Franklin: 171 (+5). Gorham: 27 (+9). Hampstead: 186 (+7). Hampton: 424 (+13). Hanover: 127 (+9). Hillsborough: 88 (+7). Hooksett: 459 (+21). Jaffrey: 71 (+5). Keene: 312 (+28). Laconia: 262 (+16). Lebanon: 91 (+10). Milford: 359 (+15). New Boston: 102 (+5). New London: 39 (+5). Newmarket: 115 (+5). Newton: 95 (+8). North Hampton: 79 (+5). Northwood: 58 (+7). Pelham: 364 (+12). Pembroke: 169 (+7). Peterborough: 72 (+9). Pittsfield: 45 (+6). Plaistow: 251 (+11). Plymouth: 151 (+5). Portsmouth: 464 (+15). Rochester: 467 (+14). Seabrook: 232 (+7). Somersworth: 178 (+7). Swanzey: 75 (+14). Tilton: 191 (+9). Windham: 435 (+18).  

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 1,187
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 1,190
    • 899 PCR tests
    • 291 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 143
  • Total positive cases in NH: 29,460
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 5.1%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 4,548
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,983
  • New negative results reported today: 3,361
  • Total negative cases in NH: 428,975

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • • • • 

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 7,221
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 244
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 78.8
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 68.2
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 11.3%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.5%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 67%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,824
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,695
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 24.8%

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

  • New antibody tests: 59
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 33,811
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 50

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •  
(Shown: Total infections, percentage of all infections, and increase since yesterday.)

  • 0-9: 1152 = 4% (+63).
  • 10-19: 2872 = 10% (+104).
  • 20-29: 5759 = 20% (+221).
  • 30-39: 4377 = 15% (+170).
  • 40-49: 3913 = 13% (+170).
  • 50-59: 4663 = 16% (+195).
  • 60-69: 3212 = 11% (+119).
  • 70-79: 1673 = 6% (+74).
  • 80+: 1812 = 6% (+63).
  • Unknown: 27 = 0% (+8).

• • • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Announced today: 660
  • Total Recovered: 22,046
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 74.8% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 4
  • Currently hospitalized: 258
  • Total hospitalized patients: 856
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 2.91%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 287
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 207

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 6
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 6
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 590
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 2.0%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 115

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.


Most people have been touched by the battles of mental illness in some way or another. It’s either going on in their families or next door to them, or they know people who have experienced it.

~ Tom Kitt

Hello, Salem!

We are living in challenging times. If COVID-19 isn’t the lead story in the news, politics are.  People are getting weary.

While NH’s COVID-19 numbers aren’t good, the pandemic is still much worse in other parts of the country. Some people are fed up with hearing about it, and some are frustrated to not have more info. Some think it’s nothing, while others are grieving, from the loss of family and friends to the loss of traditions. Some people are concerned about the financial impacts they have felt, and are concerned that things will get worse for their businesses, jobs, or families. Some people are worried about feeding their families, and others are frustrated at the lack of opportunity to help in person. Some parents are getting tired of remote learning, and others are panicking that their kids will be forced to stay home. Some families and individuals are struggling with making holiday plans, some are looking at the upcoming holidays with anticipation, and others are dreading the changes to their normal traditions. Tensions are building and Holiday Depression is a real thing in the best of times.

If you are reading this, it’s hard to imagine that you don’t fit into at least one of these categories. So, how are you doing? I mean, how are you REALLY doing?

Try to stay positive. Watch out for others; are your friends and family doing ok? Don’t presume … ask them. 

If you are feeling blue, or are struggling with feelings of isolation or depression, don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

  • NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Health. 24-hour hotline: 1-800-950-6264. https://www.nami.org/Home
  • Center for Life Management (603) 434-1577, Option 1. https://www.centerforlifemanagement.org/
  • #SuicideAwareness: 1-800-273-8255.

Please do what you need to do to protect yourself, your family, and your friends. Please, in every way, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie




This video was posted almost two months ago. Things have changed in that time. On October 2, US deaths were 1,035,451, according to the video. (My records say 1,033,174 per WorldOmeter.) WorldOMeter now says the global death rate is 1,446,889, an increase of 413,715 in less than two months. Just please remember that there is a lot more between COVID->Death vs. COVID->Recovery. More and more, long-haulers are making the news, as are other consequences of COVID-19.


From the beginning of the pandemic, it took 43 days before NH reached it’s first 1,000 confirmed diagnoses. It took 31 days to go from 10,000 to 18,000. In another 5 days, we added another 2,000.





This screenshot comes from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6942e2.htm?s_cid=mm6942e2_w

This report is explained here:
https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/2020/10/20/cdc-from-january-to-october-us-had-299k-more-deaths-than-in-previous-years/



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