COVID-19 Update December 27

COVID-19 Update December 27

  • Total: 1,364 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 9.9%
  • 1 out of 22 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 22 new cases since yesterday; 232 active cases

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

“On Sunday, December 27, 2020, DHHS announced 891 new positive test results for COVID-19, with a current PCR test positivity rate of 9.1%. Today’s results include 594 people who tested positive by PCR test and 297 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,994 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today:  

  • 12/20: 36 new cases today, for an updated total of 646 cases 
  • 12/21: 78 new cases today, for an updated total of 596 cases 
  • 12/22: 24 new cases today, for an updated total of 479 cases 
  • 12/23: 200 new cases today, for an updated total of 1,020 cases 
  • 12/24: 464 new cases today, for an updated total of 744 cases
  • 12/25: 83 new cases today, for an updated total of 83 cases 
  • 12/26: 6 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 • • • • • •

  • Average Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 8.0%
    • Rockingham County: 8.9%
    • Salem: 10.8%
    • Manchester: 9.7%
    • Nashua: 8.9%
    • 37 communities have a positivity rate higher than Salem.
    • 47 communities have a positivity rate of more than 10%.
    • 106 communities have a positivity rate of more than 5%.
    • 113 communities have a positivity rate of more than 2%.

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

  • Salem has 232 people who are in isolation because of COVID-19. This is a new record.
  • I started collecting data on the “Average PCR Test Positivity Rate over 7 Days” for Salem on December 3. Today is the first time it has dropped down below 10%, bringing us from a substantial level of community transmission down to a moderate level.
  • NH reached 40,000 total cases today. We have doubled the number of cumulative cases since November 28.
  • Over 500,000 people have been tested for COVID-19.
  • Over 10,000 people have tested positive by antigen tests.
  • NH’s positivity rate for today’s PCR results is 9.1%, a new record.
  • NH’s active cases is another new record, with 6,994 people in isolation.
  • Based on the total number of people who have “recovered” as reported by NH DHHS, there are six fewer people today than there were yesterday.
  • Only one person, less than 50-years-old, was hospitalized in the 24 hours covered by this update. 895 NH residents have been hospitalized because of COVID; 297 have been in the ICU.
  • Currently, 270 people are in NH hospitals because of COVID, down from Wednesday’s high of 305.
  • Seven more people died from COVID-19 in the 24-hour period covered by this report. NH has lost 52 people this week because of COVID-19, including at least one from Salem, and 185 people in the past month.
  • Globally, over 80 million people have tested positive for COVID-19.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (192), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (140), Merrimack (99), Strafford (88), Belknap (44), Cheshire (35), Grafton (23), Carroll (11), Coos (11), and Sullivan (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (121) and Nashua (90). The county of residence is being determined for thirty-three new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • An additional NEGATIVE SIX people were reported as “recovered” today; these are reflected in today’s changes. 
    • One community — Keene — added enough new cases to bring them to 50 or more active cases. 
    • There are 27 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 4,416 active cases, accounting for 75% of all active cases.
    • Of the 27 communities with more than 50 active cases, all but one have more today than they had yesterday, and all but three have more than five new cases. 
    • Six communities –Manchester, Nashua Dover, Concord, Hudson and Derry — have more new cases than Salem has today.
    • Manchester, Nashua, and Concord are the only communities with more active cases than Salem. 
  • Cumulative Cases
    • There are now 111 communities that have had 50 or more cases, and 79 that have had 100 or more.
    • Two more communities — Canterbury and Hinsdale — now have 50 or more total cases.
    • 41 communities have 5 or more new cases than they had yesterday.
    • Only Manchester, Nashua, and Concord have had more total cases than Salem.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 876
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 891
    • 594 PCR tests
    • 297 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 118
  • Total positive cases in NH: 40,809
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 9.1%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,373
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,302
  • New negative results reported today: 2,497
  • Total negative cases in NH: 462,331

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 10,195
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 192
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 62.0
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 61.3
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 7.9%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 25.0%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 65% 

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,994
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,695
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 24.2% 

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

  • New antibody tests: 23
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 34,567
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 46

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •  
(Shown: Total infections, percentage of all infections, and increase over the last two days.)

  • 0-9: 1726 = 4% (+62).
  • 10-19: 3983 = 10% (+76).
  • 20-29: 7788 = 19% (+155).
  • 30-39: 6098 = 15% (+124).
  • 40-49: 5466 = 13% (+116).
  • 50-59: 6560 = 16% (+148).
  • 60-69: 4451 = 11% (+94).
  • 70-79: 2365 = 6% (+58).
  • 80+: 2330 = 6% (+43).
  • Unknown: 42 = 0% (+0).

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

  • Announced today: -6
  • Total Recovered: 33,107
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 81.1% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 1
  • Currently hospitalized: 270
  • Total hospitalized patients: 895
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 2.19%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 297
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 209

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 7
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 7
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 708
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.73%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 2
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 136

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.


“Statistics are never a substitute for common sense.”

― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Hello, Salem!

We know the numbers are high. We know what we need to do. It just baffles me as to why so many people know what to do but choose to ignore the guidelines. And that is why we keep breaking records.

Don’t be a statistic. 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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