COVID-19 Update December 6

COVID-19 Update December 6

  • Total: 835 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 11.6%
  • 1 out of 36 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 23 new cases since yesterday; 148 active cases

From today’s Press Release from NH DHHS: “On Sunday, December 6, 2020, DHHS announced 656 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 7.0%. Today’s results include 402 people who tested positive by PCR test and 254 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 4,654 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today, 296 new positive test results are from Wednesday, 12/2 (for a new daily total of 1,079), 3 new positive test results are from Thursday, 12/3 (for a new daily total of 554), 295 new positive test results are from Friday, 12/4 (for a new daily total of 630), and 62 new positive results are from Saturday 12/5. Test results for previous days are still being processed and the total number of new positives is 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: 535.3
    • Rockingham County: 577.5
    • Salem: 714
    • Highest average: Tilton: 2,613 (Veterans Home)                                          
  • Average of New Hospitalization per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 0.7
    • Rockingham County: 0.8
  • Average Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 8.3%
    • Rockingham County: 10.8%
    • Manchester: 12.3%
    • Salem: 11.6%
    • Nashua: 7.7
    • Highest rate: Effingham: 31.0%
    • 50 communities have over 10%.

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

  • Another 23 Salem residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19. In the past week, we have added 137 more people. In the week ending Nov. 6, we added 38 new cases.
  • The number of Salem residents who are currently considered to be infectious is 148. This is a new record.
  • Today, NH DHHS announced 656 new cases, the third highest day ever.
  • Over 6,000 residents of Rockingham County have been infected with COVID-19.
  • The positivity rate for NH is 7.0. This is the highest we’ve seen since I started capturing this data in early October.
  • The number of people who have been hospitalized increased by 2 from yesterday to today. One is a child under 10 years of age. Two more people have been admitted to the ICU. 
  • What is surprising is that, even though we only added two new people, the number of people who are currently hospitalized has jumped by 23, from 146 to 169, setting new records for both the number of people hospitalized and the biggest single-day increase.
  • Unfortunately, NH lost another five people to this disease today. The dashboard shows that one of those we lost was a healthcare worker.
  • The majority of NH’s deaths have been from residents of a long-term care institution. 

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (180), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (107), Merrimack (84), Belknap (42), Strafford (23), Cheshire (17), Carroll (15), Grafton (12), and Coos (6) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (77) and Nashua (42). The county of residence is being determined for fifty-one new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • An additional 519 people were reported as “recovered” today; these are reflected in today’s changes. 
    • One community — Litchfield — now has  more than 50 active cases. Concord now has more than 200 active cases.
    • Londonderry, Concord, Goffstown and Hooksett added more than 10 to their active case list; Keene had a significant (-12) decrease.
    • There are 20 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 2,716 active cases, accounting for 58% 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: 736 (+3). Nashua: 339 (+5). Concord: 209 (+19). Salem: 148 (+6). Londonderry: 139 (+21). Derry: 127 (-6). Bedford: 94 (+5). Hooksett: 93 (+11). Windham: 86 (+6). Hudson: 84 (-1). Goffstown: 81 (+17). Keene: 79 (-12). Hampton: 79 (-1). Merrimack: 76 (-2). Dover: 70 (+7). Rochester: 66 (-1). Pelham: 56 (-1). Plaistow: 52 (-1). Portsmouth: 51 (+0). Litchfield: 51 (+4).  
    • Other communities with an increase or decrease by five or more people: Atkinson: 38 (+5). Campton: 5 (+5). Dublin: 6 (+6). Moultonborough: 13 (-5). Sandown: 21 (+6). Seabrook: 35 (+8). Tuftonboro: 5 (+5). Warner: 5 (+5).  
  • Cumulative Cases
    • There are now 85 communities that have had 50 or more cases.
    • Dunbarton has now had more than 50 cases. Allenstown, Chester and Hanover have now had 100 or more total confirmed cases. Laconia and Raymond now have 200 or more. Rochester has had 400 people confirmed to have COVID. Goffstown has exceeded 500 and Concord has had more than 700.
    • Only Manchester, Nashua, and Derry have had more total cases than Salem.
    • The ten communities with the highest number of cumulative cases, plus any community with 5 or more new cases, showing changes from yesterday: Manchester: 4455 (+81). Nashua: 2337 (+48). Derry: 854 (+16). Salem: 835 (+23). Bedford: 734 (+15). Concord: 728 (+33). Londonderry: 585 (+29). Hudson: 535 (+14). Goffstown: 521 (+24). Merrimack: 473 (+13). Dover: 449 (+11). Rochester: 400 (+7). Portsmouth: 395 (+10). Hooksett: 379 (+14). Windham: 349 (+13). Hampton: 326 (+11). Pelham: 306 (+6). Milford: 269 (+7). Keene: 248 (+5). Plaistow: 209 (+6). Laconia: 203 (+8). Exeter: 197 (+6). Seabrook: 188 (+10). Litchfield: 170 (+6). Tilton: 153 (+6). Atkinson: 136 (+8). Sandown: 134 (+8). Auburn: 133 (+5). Plymouth: 131 (+5). Meredith: 113 (+8). Belmont: 112 (+5). Newmarket: 95 (+6). Newton: 82 (+5). Jaffrey: 63 (+5). Dunbarton: 54 (+6). Barnstead: 46 (+5). Harrisville: 5 (+5).  

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 633
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 656
    • 402 PCR tests
    • 254 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 71
  • Total positive cases in NH: 24,771
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 7.0%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,194
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,784
  • New negative results reported today: 2,561
  • Total negative cases in NH: 415,976

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 6,005
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 180
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 58.1
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 48.8
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 10.8%
  • 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: 4,654
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,133
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 24.3%

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

  • New antibody tests: 40
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 33,568
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 59

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

  • 0-9: 947 = 4% (+25).
  • 10-19: 2465 = 10% (+60).
  • 20-29: 4863 = 20% (+122).
  • 30-39: 3650 = 15% (+110).
  • 40-49: 3264 = 13% (+83).
  • 50-59: 3866 = 16% (+102).
  • 60-69: 2690 = 11% (+80).
  • 70-79: 1406 = 6% (+31).
  • 80+: 1606 = 6% (+18).
  • Unknown: 14 = 0% (+2).

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

  • Announced today: 519
  • Total Recovered: 19,553
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 78.9% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Currently hospitalized: 169
  • Total hospitalized patients: 849
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 3.43%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 284
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 205

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 5
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 5
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 564
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 2.28%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 115

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 now know that people can have long term health effects from this virus, neurologic complications, and now … there is some real concern here that men could have long term issues of erectile dysfunction from this virus.” 

~Dr. Dena Grayson

Hello, Salem!

COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a brand-new virus. Scientists are still trying to understand it. We still don’t know what the long-term consequences will be, but the list of concerns continues to grow.

Mayo Clinic reports long-term effects like headaches, rapid heartbeat, hair loss, loss of smell or taste, concentration, memory or sleep issues, rash or hair loss, and muscle pain are common in survivors, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Another side effect of COVID-19 is making the news this week. Dr. Dena Grayson’s interview on December 4, in a piece called “Another Reason to Wear a Mask: COVID-19 May Cause Erectile Dysfunction,” can be viewed here: https://www.nbcchicago.com/lx/another-reason-to-wear-a-mask-covid-19-may-cause-erectile-dysfunction/2386588/

Further information can be found at https://www.ibtimes.com/can-covid-19-cause-erectile-dysfunction-doctors-suspect-males-will-have-long-term-3095460

But this is not a new story. Further research turned up a peer-reviewed medical article that had been published in J Endocrinol Invest. 2020 Jul 13 : 1–9. That report can be viewed here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7355084/

Key points: “… great attention should be directed towards the possible long-term outcomes of the disease. Despite being a trivial matter for patients in intensive care units (ICUs), erectile dysfunction (ED) is a likely consequence of COVID-19 for survivors, and considering the high transmissibility of the infection and the higher contagion rates among elderly men, a worrying phenomenon for a large part of affected patients.” 

Their conclusion? “COVID-19 survivors might develop sexual and reproductive health issues. Andrological assessment and tailored treatments should be considered in the follow-up. … In conclusion, there is quite enough reason to suspect that male sexual and reproductive health could be affected in the survivors, by the sequelae of the COVID-19, both in the short and long terms Erectile function, as a surrogate marker of cardiovascular/pulmonary health, could also become extremely valuable as a quick and inexpensive first-line assessment of the pulmonary and cardiovascular complications for COVID-19 survivors.”

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Within the next 24-hours or so, these new articles will be added to the list of side effects that the medical experts are reporting, including damage to multiple organs, including heart, lung, and brain; psychiatric conditions/disorders; hair loss; and diabetes (possibly a new type). These can all be found at https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-consequences/ and https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351

These are all good reasons to 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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