COVID-19 Update February 19

COVID-19 Update February 19

  • Total: 2,309 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 8.4%
  • 1 out of every 13 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 7 new cases; 102 active cases.

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

On Friday, February 19, 2021, DHHS announced 379 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 1.3%. Today’s results include 206 people who tested positive by PCR test and 173 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,056 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 2/18: 379 new cases 

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

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

  • Numbers in NH and Salem are going down … very slowly. There are no major items to call to your attention today.
  • Salem added 7 new cases today. Our active cases went down by 7.
  • DHHS reported 368 new cases today; my math is 368. Take your pick!
    • 56 (14.8%) of the new cases were kids under 18.
    • 60 (16.3%) of the new cases were kids aged 10-19.
    • 110 (29.9%) of the new cases were aged 20-29.
    • 46% of today’s new cases were for people under 30 years of age.
    • 54.5% of today’s test results were from PCR tests.
    • The State’s positivity rate for PCR test results reported today is a nice, low 1.3%.
    • The State’s positivity rate for PCR & Antigen tests for the past seven days is 4.4%. (Rockingham County is 5.7%. Salem is 8.4%)
  • 358 people were reported as “recovered” since yesterday’s update, but the number of active cases went up by 8 to 3,056.
  • 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 116, the lowest we’ve had since November 21.
  • The total number of people who have been admitted to the ICU has not changed since Wednesday.
  • Two more people died in NH from COVID since the last update; neither were from Rockingham County.
  • I have updated the graph of Salem cases. Recent active cases slightly reminds me of an unhealthy heart beat as it shows on an EKG. The cumulative cases still shows an increase, with only a bare suggestion of flatlining to come.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (90), Strafford (58), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (50), Merrimack (31), Grafton (30), Cheshire (15), Carroll (10), Coos (10), Belknap (7), and Sullivan (7) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (33) and Nashua (17). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-one new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 368
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 379
    • 201 PCR tests
    • 168 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 54.5%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 56
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 14.8%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 72,767
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 1.3%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,345
  • New negative results reported: 977
  • Total Negative Results: 547,481

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 17,864
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 90
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.7%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.5% 

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

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3381 (+22); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 7865 (+60); Hospitalizations: 6; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 19% of Total cases: 14157 (+110); Hospitalizations: 24; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 10557 (+44); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 9695 (+34); Hospitalizations: 85; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 11610 (+54); Hospitalizations: 139; Deaths: 20
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 7711 (+26); Hospitalizations: 260; Deaths: 101
  • 70-79: 6% of Total cases: 4053 (+13); Hospitalizations: 261; Deaths: 256
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3654 (+3); Hospitalizations: 264; Deaths: 760
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 84 (+2); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

Today’s changes by age:

  • 0-9: 6.0%
  • 10-19: 16.3%
  • 20-29: 29.9%
  • 30-39: 12.0%
  • 40-49: 9.2%
  • 50-59: 14.7%
  • 60-69: 7.1%
  • 70-79: 3.5%
  • 80+: 0.8%
  • Unknown: 0.5%

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

  • Active cases in NH: 3,056
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 681
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 22.3%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 358
  • Total Recovered: 68,559
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.2% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 116
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 7
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,092
  • 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: 1,152
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.58%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • 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!

Have a good weekend, but still, 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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