COVID-19 Update December 16

COVID-19 Update December 16

  • Total: 1,114 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 14.3%
  • 1 out of 27 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 24 new cases since yesterday; 224 active cases

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

From today’s Press Release from NH DHHS: “On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, DHHS announced 928 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 6.4%. Today’s results include 680 people who tested positive by PCR test and 248 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,680 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 12/11: 212 new cases today, for an updated total of 799 cases 
  • 12/12: 118 new cases today, for an updated total of 536 cases 
  • 12/13: 1 new case today, for an updated total of 725 cases 
  • 12/14: 175 new cases today, for an updated total of 560 cases 
  • 12/15: 422 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: 812.6
    • Rockingham County: 932.8
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all at the substantial level ranging from 210.9 (Sullivan County) to 1,223.1 (Manchester).
    • Salem: 1,189
  • Average of New Hospitalization per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 1.3
    • Rockingham County: 0.8
    • Belknap County: 3.4
    • Nashua: 4.3
  • Average Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 8.8%
    • Rockingham County: 11.3%
    • Manchester: 10.7%
    • Salem: 14.3%
    • Nashua: 11.0%
    • Grafton County: 2.6%
    • 54 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%.
    • 117 communities have a positivity rate of more than 5%.
    • 123 communities have a positivity rate of more than 2%.
    • 16 communities have a positivity rate higher than Salem.

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

  • 24 more Salem residents were diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing this week’s total to 192 new cases. From November 17 to now, Salem has more than doubled the number of cumulative cases … we went from 542 to 1,114 in one month.
  • From November 16 to December 16, NH has gone from 15,029 confirmed cases to 30,224. NH has doubled the number of total cases … in one month.
  • Over 25,000 NH residents have now been diagnosed via PCR testing (25,768). An additional 7,665 positive cases have been ID’d by antigen testing.)
  • Rockingham County has now had over 8,000 total cases (8,332), making up 1/4 of all cases in NH. Derry (1,128) and Salem, (1,114) make up nearly 27% of those cases.
  • 34,000 antibody tests have been given to NH residents. (There is no info to know if this is individuals or tests, and, very frustrating, no info as to how many have had positive results.)
  • On October 16, there were only 16 people hospitalized in NH with COVID-19. On November 16, we were up to 69 people hospitalized. On December 16, there were 286 people hospitalized.
  • On November 27, NH broke the record for the number which was set last May for the most people who died in one day because of COVID-19. We’ve lost 108 since then, including a new record of 21 people today.
  • In the first 196 days of the pandemic in NH, by October 16, a total of 465 NH people had died from COVID. A month later, another 35 people had lost their lives, bring the total to 500 deaths. And a month later, by December 16, another 125 people had died, bringing the total to 625 people.
  • The United States had three records broken today: Record number of new cases, a record number of new hospitalizations, and a record number of deaths. Since there is a delay from exposure to symptoms to hospitalization to death, and we had a record of new cases today, it is very likely that these records will be broken again.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (202), Merrimack (157), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (153), Strafford (74), Belknap (57), Carrol (24), Cheshire (22), Grafton (18), Sullivan (3), and Coos (1) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (95) and Manchester (94). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-eight new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • An additional 664 people were reported as “recovered” today; these are reflected in today’s changes. 
    • Four communities have added enough new cases bringing them to 50 or more active cases. 
    • There are 25 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 4,094 active cases, accounting for 61% of all active cases.
    • Manchester, Nashua, and Concord are the only communities with more active cases than Salem. 
    • These four, plus Derry, are the only NH communities that have more than 200 active cases.
    • Communities with more than 50 active cases, showing changes in active cases since yesterday: Manchester: 769 (-15). Nashua: 495 (+36). Concord: 416 (+48). Salem: 225 (+8). Derry: 215 (+7). Hudson: 164 (+16). Londonderry: 157 (-8). Dover: 146 (+15). Merrimack: 132 (-7). Windham: 127 (+6). Milford: 111 (-3). Hampton: 109 (+2). Bedford: 105 (-14). Rochester: 103 (+7). Pelham: 102 (+15). Portsmouth: 96 (-4). Goffstown: 96 (-2). Keene: 90 (-2). Hooksett: 90 (-1). Laconia: 90 (+8). Hampstead: 53 (+5). Belmont: 53 (+9). Somersworth: 50 (+4). Weare: 50 (+6). Newmarket: 50 (+8).  
    • Other communities with an increase or decrease by five or more people: Bow: 30 (+5). Conway: 27 (+5). Deerfield: 29 (+5). Epping: 46 (+6). Epsom: 42 (+10). Franklin: 45 (+8). Gilford: 30 (+7). Litchfield: 33 (-5). Moultonborough: 22 (+5). Ossipee: 17 (+6). Tilton: 39 (-7). Wakefield: 15 (+6).  
  • Cumulative Cases
    • There are now 98 communities that have had 50 or more cases.
    • 50 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: 5473 (+95). Nashua: 3035 (+94). Concord: 1207 (+76). Derry: 1128 (+24). Salem: 1114 (+24). Bedford: 890 (+8). Londonderry: 821 (+11). Hudson: 760 (+39). Merrimack: 661 (+14). Goffstown: 649 (+11).  
    • Other communities with 5 or more new cases, showing changes from yesterday: Alstead: 6 (+6). Alton: 110 (+5). Amherst: 176 (+7). Belmont: 177 (+14). Boscawen: 80 (+6). Bow: 161 (+5). Candia: 104 (+7). Conway: 145 (+10). Deerfield: 103 (+8). Dover: 633 (+27). Epping: 174 (+11). Epsom: 144 (+10). Farmington: 123 (+7). Franklin: 203 (+10). Gilford: 122 (+9). Hampstead: 224 (+10). Hampton: 474 (+9). Hanover: 134 (+5). Hollis: 135 (+6). Hooksett: 510 (+12). Hopkinton: 104 (+6). Keene: 360 (+5). Laconia: 319 (+14). Meredith: 160 (+5). Milford: 411 (+11). Moultonborough: 101 (+5). Newmarket: 152 (+11). Ossipee: 63 (+6). Pelham: 432 (+21). Pembroke: 189 (+6). Portsmouth: 520 (+7). Raymond: 246 (+6). Rochester: 532 (+20). Seabrook: 262 (+10). Somersworth: 205 (+7). Stratham: 105 (+5). Wakefield: 47 (+7). Weare: 211 (+12). Windham: 530 (+20). Wolfeboro: 105 (+5).  

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 888
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 928
    • 680 PCR tests
    • 248 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 103
  • Total positive cases in NH: 33,433
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 6.4%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,309
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,780
  • New negative results reported today: 1,421
  • Total negative cases in NH: 439,913

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 8,332
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 202
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 65.2
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 72.1
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 11.3%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.9%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 66% 

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,680
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,734
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 26.0%

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

  • New antibody tests: 49
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 34,058
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 53

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

  • 0-9: 1357 = 4% (+44).
  • 10-19: 3280 = 10% (+82).
  • 20-29: 6420 = 19% (+154).
  • 30-39: 4974 = 15% (+136).
  • 40-49: 4489 = 13% (+114).
  • 50-59: 5345 = 16% (+148).
  • 60-69: 3643 = 11% (+105).
  • 70-79: 1913 = 6% (+53).
  • 80+: 1976 = 6% (+47).
  • Unknown: 36 = 0% (+5).

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

  • Announced today: 664
  • Total Recovered: 26,128
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 78.2% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 7
  • Currently hospitalized: 286
  • Total hospitalized patients: 870
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 2.6%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 292 
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 209

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 21
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 20
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 625
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.87%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 122 

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.


No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.

~ Terry Pratchett

Hello, Salem …

How many more need to die for people to realize this pandemic is serious?

May those who died, today and every day, stay in our hearts and memories.

Show those for whom you care that they are loved. Don’t forget yourself.

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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