COVID-19 Update December 9

COVID-19 Update December 9

  • Total: 922 confirmed cases in Salem
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 13.3%
  • 1 out of 32 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 28 new cases since yesterday; 195 active cases

From today’s Press Release from NH DHHS: “On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, DHHS announced 1,006 new positive test results for COVID-19 and a daily PCR test positivity rate of 5.4%. Today’s results include 650 people who tested positive by PCR test and 356 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,509 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Included in the results reported today are cases from the following days: 

  •   12/4: 87 new cases today, for an updated total of 938
  •   12/5: 197 new cases today, for an updated total of 682
  •   12/6: 86 new cases today, for an updated total of 611
  •   12/7: 190 new cases today, for an updated total of 458
  •   12/8: 446 new cases today, for a total of 446 

“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%

NH DHHS’s dashboard with this info is not working properly. It’s the second kind of problem in just this tab this week. First it was a problem with touching the maps to get the data, so I switched to downloading the date. Today the maps work, but the download links are broken. Frustrating.

  • Average of New Cases per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 57.2
    • Rockingham County: 732.3
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all at the substantial level ranging from 197 (Sullivan County) to 1,161.3 (Manchester).
    • Salem: 882
    • Average of New Hospitalization per 100K people over 14 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 0.6
    • Rockingham County: 0.5
    • Nashua: 1.6
  • Average Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 9.0%
    • Rockingham County: 12.0%
    • Manchester: 12.3%
    • Salem: 13.3%
    • Nashua: 11.2%

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

  • 23 more Salem residents were diagnosed with COVID-19. This is the second-largest increase in one day. 
  • The number of Salem residents who are currently considered to be infectious is 195. This is another new record.
  • Today, NH DHHS announced 1,006 new cases, although the cumulative number of cases only increased by 969 from yesterday to today. Today is the second highest day ever.
  • Today, another 102 kids under 18 were reported as positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 605 for the past week. 
  • 19 healthcare workers and 53 residents of long-term care facilities were amongst those diagnosed today.
  • Hospitalizations:
    • DHHS stopped reporting the number of new hospitalizations after Thanksgiving. I get that number by comparing the total number of hospitalizations from yesterday to today. 
    • Using that formula, we have added 2 new hospitalizations today, for a total of 9 this week (Thursday to Wednesday). The previous week we added another 9, for a total of 18 in the past two weeks. 
    • The number of people currently hospitalized has gone up daily for the past week, increasing by 21 today, by 76 for the past week, and by 101 in the 13 days since Thanksgiving.
    • I just don’t understand. If someone can explain this, please do so!
  • There have not been any new admissions to NH’s ICUs for four days … if NH DHHS records/dashboards are accurate.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (248), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (190), Merrimack (94), Strafford (69), Belknap (54), Grafton (22), Cheshire (18), Carrol (17), Coos (8), and Sullivan (5) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (142) and Nashua (98). The county of residence is being determined for forty-one new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • An additional 274 people were reported as “recovered” today; these are reflected in today’s changes. 
    • No community that had 50 yesterday have less than 50 today
    • Two communities — Exeter and Weare — now have more than 50 active cases. 
    • Milford and Goffstown now have over 100 active cases. 
    • Londonderry has more than 200 active cases. Nashua passed 400, following a significant (+77) increase. Manchester has over 900 active cases.
    • There are 26 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 3,668 active cases, accounting for 56% of all active cases.
    • Manchester, Nashua, Concord, and now Londonderry, 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: 876 (+58). Nashua: 391 (+77). Concord: 261 (+29). Londonderry: 168 (+33). Salem: 183 (+12). Derry: 150 (+25). Bedford: 128 (+9). Dover: 120 (+16). Hooksett: 121 (+9). Windham: 109 (+21). Merrimack: 107 (+21). Hudson: 106 (+20). Hampton: 103 (+17). Goffstown: 99 (+9). Milford: 72 (+29). Rochester: 81 (+11). Keene: 87 (+0). Laconia: 62 (+16). Plaistow: 60 (+11). Pelham: 61 (+8). Portsmouth: 64 (+4). Tilton: 59 (+6). Litchfield: 59 (+4). Seabrook: 52 (+7). Exeter: 48 (+7). Weare: 41 (+9).  
    • Other communities with an increase or decrease by five or more people: Amherst: 36 (+7). Ashland: (+7). Atkinson: 41 (+8). Belmont: 35 (+5). Bristol: (+6). Center Harbor: (+5). Chester: 33 (+8). Epsom: 36 (-10). Fitzwilliam: (+5). Gilford: 20 (+9). Greenfield: (+5). Greenville: (+5). Hampstead: 33 (+5). Hill: (+7). Holderness: (+5). Kingston: 24 (+6). Lee: 9 (+5). Lisbon: (+5). Meredith: 37 (+11). Pembroke: 36 (+6). Salisbury: (+5). Sandown: 30 (+5). Walpole: (+5). 
  • Cumulative Cases
    • There are now 89 communities that have had 50 or more cases.
    • Barnstead and Northfield have now had more than 50 cases. Hollis and Newmarket have now had 100 or more total confirmed cases. Windham now has 400 or more. Bedford has exceeded 800.
    • Only Manchester, Nashua, and Derry have had more total cases than Salem.
    • The ten communities with the highest number of cumulative cases, showing changes from yesterday: Manchester: 4834 (+143). Nashua: 2547 (+96). Derry: 931 (+34). Salem: 922 (+28). Concord: 841 (+38). Bedford: 805 (+21). Londonderry: 674 (+34). Hudson: 607 (+27). Goffstown: 563 (+15). Merrimack: 545 (+26).  
    • Other communities with 5 or more new cases, showing changes from yesterday: Amherst: 141 (+7). Atkinson: 149 (+6). Belmont: 128 (+6). Boscawen: 56 (+6). Candia: 73 (+6). Carroll: 5 (+5). Chester: 118 (+9). Dover: 525 (+24). Exeter: 227 (+8). Gilford: 98 (+7). Hampton: 393 (+25). Hillsborough: 79 (+6). Hooksett: 429 (+9). Keene: 280 (+6). Kingston: 96 (+6). Laconia: 239 (+16). Lee: 62 (+7). Litchfield: 198 (+10). Loudon: 76 (+5). Meredith: 131 (+7). Milford: 339 (+35). Pelham: 339 (+11). Pembroke: 156 (+6). Plaistow: 233 (+9). Portsmouth: 429 (+9). Rochester: 441 (+14). Seabrook: 218 (+6). Somersworth: 165 (+7). Strafford: 41 (+5). Tilton: 177 (+9). Weare: 172 (+9). Wilmot: 5 (+5). Windham: 411 (+23).  

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 969
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 1006
    • 650 PCR tests
    • 356 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 102
  • Total positive cases in NH: 27,592
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 5.4%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,304
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,709
  • New negative results reported today: 2335
  • Total negative cases in NH: 422,401

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 6,758
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 248
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 80.1
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 62.9
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 12.0%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.5%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 67%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,509
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,649
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 25.3%

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

  • New antibody tests: 71
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 33,686
  • 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: 1070 = 4% (+43).
  • 10-19: 2721 = 10% (+81).
  • 20-29: 5407 = 20% (+186).
  • 30-39: 4086 = 15% (+147).
  • 40-49: 3626 = 13% (+120).
  • 50-59: 4336 = 16% (+163).
  • 60-69: 3019 = 11% (+120).
  • 70-79: 1574 = 6% (+61).
  • 80+: 1735 = 6% (+46).
  • Unknown: 18 = 0% (+2).

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

  • Announced today: 274
  • Total Recovered: 20,513
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 74.3% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Currently hospitalized: 232
  • Total hospitalized patients: 851
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 3.08%
  • 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: 4
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 4
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 570
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 2.07%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • 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.


“Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time … It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.”

~Leo Buscaglia

Hello, Salem …

Today, 3,324 Americans died from COVID-19. That’s more than the total of battle deaths from the War of 1812 and the Indian Wars combined.

Remember how upset we all were when 2,753 Americans died in the attacks on September 11? Over 500 Americans morethan the count from 9/11 died today.

A total of 296,343 Americans have died from COVID.

That’s more than the combined total of Union battle deaths AND the Confederate battle deaths from the Civil War.

That’s more than all US military deaths, in battle and not, from WWI.

That’s more than all US battle deaths in WWII.

That’s 45% — close to half — of ALL of the battle deaths from ALL of America’s Wars from 1775-1991

Are you enraged? I sure am.

May they all Rest in Peace.

Please, folks. 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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