COVID-19 Update December 14

COVID-19 Update December 14

  • Total: 1,067 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 14.3%
  • 1 out of 28 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 46 new cases since yesterday; 219 active cases

• • • • • • Report from NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) • • • • • • 

I wish I could understand this. There are two more days included in this list today than there was on yesterday’s list. It feels as though they are going backward …

From today’s Press Release from NH DHHS: “On Monday, December 14, 2020, DHHS announced 919 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 8.8%. Today’s results include 612 people who tested positive by PCR test and 307 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,752 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 12/7: 2 new cases today, for an updated total of 807 cases 
  • 12/8: 3 new cases today, for an updated total of 975 cases 
  • 12/9: 53 new cases today, for an updated total of 741 cases 
  • 12/10: 207 new cases today, for an updated total of 1,025 cases 
  • 12/11: 19 new cases today, for an updated total of 496 cases 
  • 12/12: 22 new cases today, for an updated total of 417 cases 
  • 12/13: 613 new cases 

“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: 797.8
    • Rockingham County: 903.7
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all at the substantial level ranging from 220.2 (Sullivan County) to 1,261.6 (Manchester).
    • Salem: 1,142
  • Average of New Hospitalization per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 0.9
    • Rockingham County: 0.5
    • Belknap County: 3.4
  • Average Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 8.9%
    • Rockingham County: 11.9%
    • Manchester: 11.1%
    • Salem: 14.3%
    • Nashua: 9.8%
    • Grafton County: 2.8%
    • 52 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%.
    • 116 communities have a positivity rate of more than 5%.
    • 129 communities have a positivity rate of more than 2%.
    • 12 communities have a positivity rate higher than Salem.

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

  • NH has had three other days with more new cases than today, but Salem added 46 new cases – more than any day, including the first time that we had town numbers after the Thanksgiving gap. This was more than 2.5 times what we had yesterday.
  • Salem’s daily positivity rate for the last previous seven days has gone from 11.8 to 12.4% to today’s 14.3%. The goal is less than 2%. 
  • Even though 726 NH people were reported today as “recovered,” the number of active cases in Salem went up by 27.
  • One out of 28 people in Salem have had a positive result. In Rockingham County, it has been one out of 39. In New Hampshire, it’s one out of 43. 
  • Over 31,000 people have tested positive in NH.  
  • In the past week, NH has seen an additional 6,130 being diagnosed with COVID-19. We had 6,139 total cases on July 16. 137 days to get the first 6,130 cases; one week to get the last 6,130 people.
  • Another 127 kids under 18 were diagnosed today, bringing the total for the past week up to 708.
  • NH’s daily positivity rate today is 8.8%, a new high. For the past week, it has been 8.7%.
  • The current number of active cases is 6,752; the daily average for the past week has been 6,481.
  • The number of new COVID-19 patients increased by one, but the total number of patients hospitalized increased by five.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (262), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (138), Merrimack (123), Strafford (58), Belknap (38), Carrol (22), Cheshire (21), Grafton (17), Sullivan (8), and Coos (6) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (110) and Nashua (69). The county of residence is being determined for forty-seven new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • An additional 726 people were reported as “recovered” today; these are reflected in today’s changes. 
    • Atkinson is no longer on this list, but Seabrook and Weare have been added.
    • There are 24 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 4,124 active cases, accounting for 61% of all active cases.
    • Manchester, Nashua, and Concord are the only communities with more active cases than Salem. Londonderry has dropped down under Derry.
    • Communities with more than 50 active cases, showing changes in active cases since yesterday: Manchester: 852 (+19). Nashua: 493 (+0). Concord: 374 (+29). Salem: 219 (+27). Derry: 204 (+16). Londonderry: 177 (-5). Merrimack: 158 (-1). Hudson: 152 (+8). Dover: 136 (+7). Bedford: 127 (+8). Windham: 126 (+7). Milford: 122 (+2). Hampton: 108 (-3). Goffstown: 108 (+9). Portsmouth: 103 (+9). Keene: 99 (-3). Hooksett: 97 (-2). Rochester: 88 (-4). Pelham: 86 (+5). Laconia: 82 (+6). Exeter: 56 (+2). Plaistow: 55 (+2). Seabrook: 52 (+3). Weare: 50 (+1).  
    • Other communities with an increase or decrease by five or more people: Belmont: 44 (+7). Chichester: 14 (+5). Danville: 25 (-5). Durham: 18 (-8). Epping: 33 (-7). Farmington: 26 (+5). Franklin: 41 (+7). Hollis: 37 (+5). Lincoln: 5 (+5).  
  • Cumulative Cases
    • There are now 97 communities that have had 50 or more cases.
    • There are now 97 communities that have had 50 or more cases.
    • 31 communities have 5 or more new cases from yesterday
    • Only Manchester, Nashua, Concord, and Derry have had more total cases than Salem.
    • The ten communities with the highest number of cumulative cases, showing changes from yesterday: Manchester: 5314 (+110). Nashua: 2904 (+69). Concord: 1099 (+52). Derry: 1077 (+47). Salem: 1067 (+46). Bedford: 871 (+17). Londonderry: 792 (+29). Hudson: 712 (+23). Merrimack: 645 (+19). Goffstown: 633 (+16).  
    • Other communities with 5 or more new cases, showing changes from yesterday: Amherst: 168 (+8). Barrington: 138 (+7). Belmont: 156 (+7). Boscawen: 73 (+5). Bow: 155 (+5). Brookline: 82 (+5). Chichester: 36 (+5). Dover: 595 (+23). Exeter: 259 (+7). Farmington: 108 (+7). Franklin: 189 (+9). Hampstead: 209 (+8). Hampton: 449 (+7). Hollis: 128 (+6). Hooksett: 487 (+10). Keene: 349 (+8). Kingston: 119 (+6). Laconia: 290 (+13). Litchfield: 220 (+5). Meredith: 151 (+5). Milford: 392 (+8). Newmarket: 132 (+5). Pelham: 404 (+13). Plaistow: 271 (+11). Portsmouth: 503 (+13). Richmond: 6 (+6). Rochester: 495 (+9). Sandown: 181 (+8). Seabrook: 249 (+8). Weare: 197 (+5). Windham: 489 (+23).  

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 919
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 919
    • 612 PCR tests
    • 307 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 127
  • Total positive cases in NH: 31,875
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 8.8%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,801
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 3,084
  • New negative results reported today: 2,882
  • Total negative cases in NH: 436,405

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 7,906
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 262
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 84.6
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 76.0
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 11.9%%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.8%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 67%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,752
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,722
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 25.5%

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

  • New antibody tests: 29
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 33,987
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 57

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

  • 0-9: 1231 = 4% (+41).
  • 10-19: 3008 = 10% (+63).
  • 20-29: 6006 = 19% (+112). (Was 20%)
  • 30-39: 4612 = 15% (+106).
  • 40-49: 4137 = 13% (+109).
  • 50-59: 4935 = 16% (+132).
  • 60-69: 3359 = 11% (+70).
  • 70-79: 1762 = 6% (+42).
  • 80+: 1876 = 6% (+40).
  • Unknown: 30 = 0% (+-3).

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

  • Announced today: 726
  • Total Recovered: 24,519
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 76.9% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 1
  • Currently hospitalized: 256
  • Total hospitalized patients: 862
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 2.7%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 289
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 207

• • • • • • 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: 604
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.89%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 120

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 believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.”

~Albert Einstein

Hello, Salem!

There are a lot of differing opinions about COVID-19. The narrative you choose to believe will have much to do with your opinion on pandemically- related issues.

I’m not going to try to summarize this, but simply point out that that, sadly, it has become “politicians” vs. scientists. I urge you to look at who benefits from the position that they are taking.  

As Shaquille O’Neal said, “opinions are like belly buttons; everyone has one.” We can still sit down and talk about it respectfully.

I work really hard to only give you factual information. My “opinion” doesn’t matter, and, quite frankly, neither does yours. Opinions aren’t facts. Science matters. FACTS matter. 

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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