COVID-19 Update February 18

COVID-19 Update February 18

  • Total: 2,302 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 8.6%
  • 1 out of every 13 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 15 new cases; 109 active cases.

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

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, DHHS announced 461 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 3.2%. Today’s results include 317 people who tested positive by PCR test and 144 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,048 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 2/17: 461 new cases 

Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. 

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

  • Today’s numbers are s a lot cleaner than yesterday and Tuesday! Whew!
  • Salem added 15 new cases today, which brought our cumulative total over 2,300. The daily average over the past week is 12.4 people per day. The preceding week we averaged 13.4 people per day.
  • Salem’s positivity rate over the past week is down slightly. 
  • Salem’s New Cases per 100K (2-week average) is still way over 500. Anything over 100 is considered to be a severe risk of community transmission. Every county in NH is still over 200. All ten counties and the two biggest cities are lower than Salem except Strafford County (UNH).
  • 756 people were reported as “recovered” since yesterday’s update, bringing the active cases down by 
  • 324 from yesterday to 3,048. It’s still over 3,000, but it is better.
  • Active cases in Rockingham County went up yesterday by 257, but back down by 226 today, leaving us with a net increase of 31 over the past two days. Rockingham County cumulative cases increased by 82 from yesterday. Yesterday it increased by 307. DHHS reported 80 new cases today and 86 new cases yesterday, plus the new cases found from the audit. The locations of those 421 “found” cases were not identified.
  • Since the last update, 2 people have been admitted to the hospital for the first time. None were from Rockingham County.
  • The number of patients who are currently in the hospital is the same as yesterday but is still more than NH had on Tuesday.
  • The total number of people who have been admitted to the ICU is unchanged since the last update, remaining at 338.
  • Two more people died in NH from COVID since the last update, including one from Rockingham County.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Grafton (89), Rockingham (80), Strafford (67), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (57), Merrimack (36), Cheshire (26), Coos (10), Carroll (9), Sullivan (7), and Belknap (5) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (35) and Nashua (24). The county of residence is being determined for sixteen new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • There are 5 NH communities with more than 100 active cases. Between them, these communities have 1,172 active cases, accounting for 36% of all active cases
    • There are 11 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have1,576 active cases, accounting for 49% of all active cases.
    • Four communities — Durham, Manchester, Nashua, and now Plymouth — have more active cases than Salem. (Note that Durham and Plymouth are college towns).
  • Cumulative Cases:
    • There are now 149 communities that have had 50 or more total cases, 113 that have had 100 or more cases, 16 have had more than 1,000, and 5 have had more than 2,000.
    • Three communities — Manchester, Nashua and Concord — have more cumulative cases than Salem.
    • From yesterday to today, nine communities have added more than ten new cases: Plymouth (+73), Durham (+60), Manchester (+38), Nashua (+24), Salem (+15), Keene (+13), Concord (+11), Derry (+11) and Hudson (+10). No communities have fewer cases than yesterday.
    • The State’s cumulative maps are colored to show 50+ cases total. In the past week, DHHS has reported seven communities that have added more than 50 new cases: Durham (+306), Manchester (+159), Nashua (+143), Plymouth (+139), Salem (+76), Derry (+60) and Londonderry (+55). Only six communities have fewer communities today than they had a week ago. All are down by just one case. 

• • • • • • Positivity Rate • • • • • •

  • 90 communities have more that 2% positivity rate. That’s 6 more than yesterday, but six fewer than a week ago.
  • 53 communities have more that 5% positivity rate. That’s 5 more than yesterday, but two fewer than a week ago.
  • 8 communities have more than 10% positivity rate. That’s 2 fewer than yesterday; yesterday was the same as a week ago.
  • 13 communities have more than Salem’s positivity rate. That’s 1 fewer than yesterday, and the same as a week ago.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 434
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 461
    • 311 PCR tests
    • 123 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 71.7%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 64
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 13.9%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 72,399
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 3.2%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 902
  • New negative results reported: 468
  • Total Negative Results: 546,504

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 17,724
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 80
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.9%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.6% 

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

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3359 (+22); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 7805 (+105); Hospitalizations: 6; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 19% of Total cases: 14047 (+148); Hospitalizations: 24; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 10513 (+32); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 9661 (+37); Hospitalizations: 85; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 11556 (+42); Hospitalizations: 139 (+1); Deaths: 20
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 7685 (+31); Hospitalizations: 259; Deaths: 100
  • 70-79: 6% of Total cases: 4040 (+10); Hospitalizations: 258; Deaths: 255
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3651 (+7); Hospitalizations: 261; Deaths: 760
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 82 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 3,048
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 693
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 22.7%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 756
  • Total Recovered: 68,201
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.2% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 126
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,085
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.50%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 338
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 252

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 2
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 2
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,150
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.59%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 205

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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