COVID-19 Update February 16

COVID-19 Update February 16

  • Total: 2,264 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 8.0%
  • 1 out of every 13 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: new cases; 98 active cases.

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

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, DHHS announced 258 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.6%. Today’s results include 139 people who tested positive by PCR test and 119 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,857 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 2/15: 258 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. 

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

  • Salem has less than 100 active cases!!! The last time Salem had less than 100 active cases was November 16. We reached our peak on December 27, when we had 232 active cases.
  • Salem added only three new cases! Only one day has been lower than this since November 10.
  • Salem’s “New Cases per 100K” (averaged over the past two weeks) is 561. The last time we were lower than this was December 3. We peaked at 1,189 on December 16. [Moderate Community Transmission is 50-100 cases per 100K, so we have a way to go, but we are getting there!)
  • Salem’s “Antigen+PCR Test Positivity Rate” over the past week is 8.0%. Since I’ve been tracking this (Dec 3), it has been as low as 7.1 (February 6), and as high as 14.3 on December 14 and December 16). [Moderate Community Transmission is 5-10%, so we have a way to go, but we are getting there!)
  • 20 communities have a Positivity Rate higher than Salem. Since I started tracking this on December 11, this has been as low as 11 (February 13), and as high as 79 (January 6.)
  • NH DHHS reported only 258 new positive cases today, the exact same as yesterday. Yesterday 76.7% of the test results were from PCR tests. Today, it was only 48%.
  • NH DHHS has issued some “odd” numbers for “Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories (PCR).” This cumulative number has gone down by 139 since yesterday. This has a cascading affect:
    • Persons tested negative (Total tests minus confirmed positives): -337
    • Total Tested Today by PCR:  -139
    • Total Negative: -139
  • NH has 2,857 active cases, the lowest since November 13. NH peaked at almost hit 7,000 in late December.
  • Only 293 NH residents were reported as “recovered” today, but that was still enough to bring us up over a total of 67,000 people.
  • Since the last update, 3 people have been admitted to the hospital for the first time. All three were from Rockingham County.
  • The number of patients who are currently in the hospital has decreased for the tenth consecutive day. Today’s 119 is the same as we had November 22.        
  • No one has been admitted to the ICU for the past three days.
  • One more person died in NH from COVID since the last update. It’s been 29 days since we had a day without any fatalities.
  • The cumulative count of fatalities for health care workers was adjusted down by one. DHHS has been reporting 11 such deaths since January 27, but today they are reporting 10.
  • In Massachusetts, there have been over 500,000 people who have been reported as “recovered” and over 15 million tests.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (57), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (33), Grafton (23), Merrimack (21), Strafford (21), Cheshire (18), Carroll (9), Sullivan (9), Coos (6), and Belknap (5) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (27) and Nashua (14). The county of residence is being determined for fifteen new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 198
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 258
    • 95 PCR tests
    • 103 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage: 48.0%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 41
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 15.9%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 71,215
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.6%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): MINUS 139???
  • New negative results reported: MINUS 377???
  • Total Negative Results: 545,674 (377 FEWER than yesterday???)

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 17,385
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 57
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 6.0%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.4% 

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •  
(Totals, including changes in new cases since yesterday for those under 60.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3300 (+22); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 7598 (+32); Hospitalizations: 6; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 19% of Total cases: 13709 (+40); Hospitalizations: 24; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 10362 (+31); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 9520 (+13); Hospitalizations: 85; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 11403 (+37); Hospitalizations: 138; Deaths: 20
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 7598 (+21); Hospitalizations: 258; Deaths: 96
  • 70-79: 6% of Total cases: 4011 (+1); Hospitalizations: 258; Deaths: 251
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3632 (+0); Hospitalizations: 258; Deaths: 754
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 82 (+1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •                          

  • Active cases in NH: 2,857
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 662
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 23.2%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 293
  • Total Recovered: 67,222
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.4% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 119
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,080
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.52%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 336
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 252

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 1
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,136
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.60%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 198

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.

Hello, Salem!

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie






NH Communities with more than 50 cumulative cases.





The following 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.



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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