COVID-19 Update December 4

COVID-19 Update December 4

  • Total: 799 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 11.6%
  • 1 out of 37 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 22 new cases since yesterday; 135 active cases

From today’s Press Release from NH DHHS: “On Friday, December 4, 2020, DHHS announced 782 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 4.3%. Today’s results include 507 people who tested positive by PCR test and 275 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 4,720 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today, 29 new positive test results are from Monday, 11/30 (for a new daily total of 650 cases); 74 new positive results are from Tuesday, 12/1 (for a new daily total of 639); 158 cases are from Wednesday, 12/2 (for a new daily total of 783); and 521 cases are from Thursday, 12/3. Test results are still being processed and the total number of new positives 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: 514.7
    • Rockingham County: 547.6
    • Salem: 662.0
    • Highest average: Tilton: 2,421 (Veterans Home)                                          
  • Average of New Hospitalization per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 0.7
    • Rockingham County: 1.0
  • Average Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 8.2%
    • Rockingham County: 10.9%
    • Manchester: 12.4%
    • Salem: 11.6%
    • Highest rate: Plaistow: 21.9%

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

  • 799 Salem residents have been confirmed to have COVID-19. 125 of those – over 15% — have been in the past week, with 22 people being added today.
  • The number of Salem residents who still have active infections is 135. The one-week daily average is 126. The two-week daily average is 129. And the three-week average is 122. It goes up one day, then down the next, but it’s been fairly steady for a while.
  • In NH, 782 people were reported today as new cases. That is a new record, including those days when NH DHHS was starting to catch up from the Thanksgiving pause, and had combined results from several days.
  • 96 kids under 18 were diagnosed today. This is another new record. We have added over 500 children to this list in the last week.
  • There are 4,720 active cases in NH today. This count has gone up every day except four since October 28. 
  • 9,550 people are being monitored in NH, yet another new record. This number has increased almost every day since October 30, when it was 4,375. 
  • Today’s PCR positivity rate is 4.3% per NH DHHS’s press release. For the past week, the positivity rate is a daily average of 8.2%. 
  • Happily, there were no new hospitalized patients because of COVID today, although there were 3 more people added to the hospitalization lists.
  • The number of patients who had been admitted to the ICU because of COVID went up by two. 281 people have been admitted to NH ICU’s since the pandemic began.
  • Yesterday, WorldOmeter reported record-breaking numbers. Today the number of global cases, global deaths and US cases broke yesterday’s numbers.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (178), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (120), Merrimack (100), Strafford (52), Belknap (27), Cheshire (27), Carroll (20), Grafton (12), Sullivan (10), and Coos (6) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (127) and Nashua (77). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-six new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • An additional 379 people were reported as “recovered” today; these are reflected in today’s changes. 
    • One community — Tilton — had a significant decrease (-28) and now has less than 50 active cases. They have been removed from the list.
    • There are 19 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 2,687 active case, accounting for 57% of all active cases.
    • Manchester, Nashua, Concord and Derry are the only communities with more active cases than Salem.
    • Communities with more than 50 active cases and changes in active cases since yesterday: Manchester: 767 (-2). Nashua: 322 (+20). Concord: 189 (+27). Derry: 146 (+5). Salem: 135 (+13). Londonderry: 123 (+5). Bedford: 101 (-17). Hooksett: 95 (+2). Hudson: 92 (-5). Keene: 86 (-3). Hampton: 85 (+4). Merrimack: 85 (-14). Windham: 80 (+9). Goffstown: 73 (-6). Rochester: 68 (+0). Dover: 66 (+18). Pelham: 60 (-14). Portsmouth: 59 (-3). Plaistow: 55 (-6).  
  • Cumulative Cases
    • There are now 84 communities that have had 50 or more cases.
    • One more community — Lee — has now had 50 or more cumulative cases.
    • Derry has passed 800 total cases. Bedford has had more than 700 of its residence been diagnosed with COVID-19. Derry and Londonderry now have more than 500 total cases. Hampton passed 300 total cases.
    • Only Manchester, Nashua, and Derry have had more total cases than Salem.
    • Communities with the most cumulative cases, and changes from the last two days: Manchester: 4,309 (+235). Nashua: 2,235 (+121). Derry: 827 (+47). Salem: 799 (+49). Bedford: 714 (+24). Concord: 678 (+71). Londonderry: 542 (+46). Hudson: 515 (+27). Goffstown: 494 (+18). Merrimack: 452 (+22). Dover: 433 (+29). Durham: 422 (+22). Rochester: 387 (+20). Portsmouth: 382 (+12). Hooksett: 356 (+30). Windham: 326 (+25). Hampton: 312 (+22). Pelham: 297 (+14). Milford: 258 (+11). Keene: 232 (+22). Plaistow: 199 (+11). Raymond: 196 (+14). Seabrook: 177 (+14). Litchfield: 160 (+17). Somersworth: 143 (+13). Pembroke: 132 (+11). Atkinson: 125 (+13). Amherst: 113 (+11). Chester: 95 (+11).  

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 765
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 782
    • 507 PCR tests
    • 275 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 96
  • Total positive cases in NH: 23,690
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 4.3%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,737
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,515
  • New negative results reported today: 1,972
  • Total negative cases in NH: 410,074

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 5,723
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 178
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 57.5
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 51.0
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 10.9%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.2%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 68%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 4,720
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,155
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 24.5%

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

  • New antibody tests: 57
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 33,462
  • 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: 901 = 4% (+41).
  • 10-19: 2360 = 10% (+70).
  • 20-29: 4653 = 20% (+151).
  • 30-39: 3482 = 15% (+135).
  • 40-49: 3111 = 13% (+113).
  • 50-59: 3690 = 16% (+135).
  • 60-69: 2559 = 11% (+64).
  • 70-79: 1355 = 6% (+32).
  • 80+: 1567 = 7% (+23).
  • Unknown: 12 = 0% (+1).

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

  • Announced today: 379
  • Total Recovered: 18,418
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 77.7% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 0
  • Currently hospitalized: 159
  • Total hospitalized patients: 844
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 3.56%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 281
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 205

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 8
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 8
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 552
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 2.33%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 114

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 surpasses sentiments.” 

― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Hello, Salem!

A few more facts to consider as you start your weekend:

  • One American is dying from COVID-19 every third seconds. (CNN).
  • COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death for all Americans. (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.)
  • There have been 66.2million COVID19 cases worldwide.
  • There have been 14.7 million COVID-19 cases in the US.
  • The US has 22.3% of all of the cases.
  • There have been 1.5 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide.
  • There have been 285.5K COVID-19 deaths in the US.
  • The US has 18.7% of all of the deaths.
  • The US has less than 5% of the world’s population.

NH Total People Diagnosed with COVID-19

  • Nov. 5:           11,808
  • Nov. 19:         16,277
  • Dec. 3:           22,925

NH Total Persons Recovered (no longer considered to be contagious)

  • Nov. 5:            9,776
  • Nov. 19:          11,765
  • Dec 3:             18,039

NH Active Cases

  • Nov. 5:           1,546
  • Nov. 19:         4,006
  • Dec. 3:           4,342

Enjoy your weekend, but stay smart, 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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