COVID-19 Update December 20

COVID-19 Update December 20

  • Total: 1,211 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 12.7%
  • 1 out of 25 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 22 new cases since yesterday; 229 active cases

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

From today’s Press Release from NH DHHS: “On Sunday, December 20, 2020, DHHS announced 947 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 6.7%. Today’s results include 723 people who tested positive by PCR test and 224 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,908 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 12/15: 23 new cases today, for an updated total of 806 cases 
  • 12/16: 80 new cases today, for an updated total of 683 cases 
  • 12/17: 74 new cases today, for an updated total of 677 cases 
  • 12/18: 287 new cases today, for an updated total of 449 cases 
  • 12/19: 483 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: 707.2
    • Rockingham County: 854.2
    • Salem: 1,135
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all at the substantial level ranging from 197.0 (Sullivan County) to 1,113.8 (Manchester).
  • Average of New Hospitalization per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 1.5
    • Rockingham County: 1.2
    • Nashua: 8.1
  • Average Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 8.7%
    • Rockingham County: 10.6%
    • Salem: 12.7%
    • Manchester: 11.2%
    • Nashua: 10.6%
    • 23 communities have a positivity rate higher than Salem.
    • 51 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%.
    • 113 communities have a positivity rate of more than 5%.
    • 122 communities have a positivity rate of more than 2%.

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

  • Salem had another 22 people who have been infected today. However, since some of the 744 people who have been reported as “recovered” are from Salem, our active cases only went up by four to 229, a new record.
  • The number of active cases is up to 6,908, the second highest ever.
  • The positivity rate for today’s new cases is 6.7%. The last time it was this high was last Monday.
  • The number of negatives today is the lowest we’ve had since November 21.
  • Rockingham County has now had more than 9,000 confirmed cases. Our county reached 8,000 on Tuesday, and 9,000 today.
  • Hillsborough county (including Manchester and Nashua), with 14,965 confirmed cases is the only county with more confirmed cases than Rockingham County. (The cities of Nashua and Manchester combined have more than Rockingham. The county with the next highest number of cases is Merrimack County, with slightly less than 4,000 people who have been infected.
  • 6 more people died in the 24-hour period covered by this report.  This makes 52 NH residents who would probably still be living who died in the past week. 
  • Massachusetts has run over 10 million tests, which is 1,476,788 per 1 million residents. NH has run 963,251, which is 708,423 per 1 million residents.
  • I was asked for a graph of the people have “recovered.” It is included in today’s report, in the section below the calendar. Please remember that those who are considered to be “recovered” are no longer considered infectious. It does not mean that they do not still have health issues caused by, or exaggerated by, COVID-19.
  • I have also updated the graph for Salem active and cumulative cases.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (209), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (147), Merrimack (121), Strafford (74), Belknap (39), Cheshire (33), Coos (18), Grafton (18), Sullivan (11), and Carroll (9) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (142) and Nashua (95). The county of residence is being determined for thirty-one new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • An additional 744 people were reported as “recovered” today; these are reflected in today’s changes. 
    • One community — Raymond — has added enough new cases to bring them to 50 or more active cases. 
    • One community — Epsom — dropped by enough cases to bring them under 50 active cases. 
    • There are 26 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 4,272 active cases, accounting for 62% of all active cases.
    • Manchester, Nashua, and Concord 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: 831 (+64). Nashua: 514 (+31). Concord: 392 (-6). Salem: 229 (+4). Derry: 183 (+8). Hudson: 180 (+9). Dover: 177 (+10). Londonderry: 147 (+8). Windham: 140 (+12). Rochester: 123 (+15). Merrimack: 122 (+4). Durham: 116 (+2). Pelham: 98 (-5). Hooksett: 98 (-3). Laconia: 96 (+1). Goffstown: 95 (+1). Bedford: 93 (-1). Portsmouth: 90 (-13). Keene: 84 (-5). Milford: 83 (+2). Hampton: 82 (+3). Newmarket: 77 (+8). Berlin: 59 (+13). Belmont: 58 (-2). Farmington: 55 (+4). Raymond: 50 (+3). 
    • Other communities with an increase or decrease by five or more people: Auburn: 34 (+5). Brookfield:0(-5). Chichester: 20 (-5). Epsom: 44 (-6). Gilford: 46 (+8). Hampstead: 43 (-6). Hanover: 18 (-5). Haverhill:0 (-5). Hopkinton: 26 (+6). Lebanon: 20 (-5). Lee: 23 (+6). Madbury:0 (-5). Newfields:0 (-5). Seabrook: 40 (-5). Sunapee: 9 (+9). Temple:0 (-5). Walpole: 11 (+5). Westmoreland:0 (-5).   
  • Cumulative Cases
    • There are now 104 communities that have had 50 or more cases.
    • 48 communities have 5 or more new cases than they had yesterday.
    • Only Manchester, Nashua, and Concord have had more total cases than Salem.
    • The ten communities with the highest number of cumulative cases, showing changes from yesterday: Manchester: 5868 (+142). Nashua: 3298 (+94). Concord: 1342 (+42). Salem: 1211 (+22). Derry: 1197 (+27). Bedford: 931 (+12). Londonderry: 873 (+16). Hudson: 843 (+26). Dover: 725 (+17). Merrimack: 714 (+22). 
    • Other communities with 5 or more new cases, showing changes from yesterday: Amherst: 202 (+6). Andover: 37 (+5). Atkinson: 207 (+7). Auburn: 189 (+7). Barrington: 159 (+5). Berlin: 157 (+15). Bow: 183 (+7). Deerfield: 115 (+7). Durham: 557 (+8). Epping: 191 (+5). Exeter: 285 (+7). Farmington: 148 (+5). Franklin: 219 (+7). Gilford: 148 (+9). Goffstown: 695 (+17). Hampton: 508 (+13). Hooksett: 562 (+12). Hopkinton: 120 (+7). Keene: 387 (+10). Laconia: 358 (+9). Lee: 86 (+6). Litchfield: 248 (+7). Milford: 447 (+14). New Boston: 128 (+5). New Durham: 60 (+5). Newmarket: 196 (+14). Northfield: 89 (+7). Pelham: 474 (+12). Peterborough: 93 (+6). Plaistow: 296 (+7). Portsmouth: 568 (+8). Raymond: 273 (+9). Rochester: 592 (+19). Somersworth: 223 (+6). Sunapee: 36 (+5). Swanzey: 99 (+7). Walpole: 29 (+5). Windham: 589 (+18).   

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 933
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 947
    • 723 PCR tests
    • 224 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 103
  • Total positive cases in NH: 36,542
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 6.7%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,009
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,382
  • New negative results reported today: 2,076
  • Total negative cases in NH: 448,414

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 9,053
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 209
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 67.5
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 64.7
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 10.6%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.8%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 66% 

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,908
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,670
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 24.2% 

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

  • New antibody tests: 47
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 34,292
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 48

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

  • 0-9: 1479 = 4% (+47).
  • 10-19: 3586 = 10% (+79).
  • 20-29: 7074 = 19% (+162).
  • 30-39: 5449 = 15% (+161).
  • 40-49: 4898 = 13% (+127).
  • 50-59: 5854 = 16% (+172).
  • 60-69: 3976 = 11% (+91).
  • 70-79: 2084 = 6% (+57).
  • 80+: 2104 = 6% (+35).
  • Unknown: 38 = 0% (+2).

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

  • Announced today: 744
  • Total Recovered: 28,978
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 79.3% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 3
  • Currently hospitalized: 261
  • Total hospitalized patients: 889
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 2.43%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 297
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 208

• • • • • • 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: 656
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.80%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 125

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.


“But I don’t feel like dealing because dealing requires too much energy, and energy is what I lack.” 

― Daisy Whitney, When You Were Here

Hello, Salem!

I hope you had a good weekend. I’m tired and can’t think of anything more to say except good night.

Stay positive, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie




Compiled by Bonnie Wright, based on data obtained from NH DHHS.

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.


Outbreaks at Long-Term Care Facilities, as of 12/17/20.





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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