COVID-19 Update February 21

COVID-19 Update February 21

  • Total: 2,318 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 6.7%
  • 1 out of every 13 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 4 new cases; 84 active cases.

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

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, DHHS announced 267 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.0%. Today’s results include 184 people who tested positive by PCR test and 83 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,940 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 2/20: 267 new cases 

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

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

  • The number of test results returned today is lower than we’ve been used to, but the positivity rate is 2.0% for the PCR tests day. (It’s 4.3% for the past 7 days’ PCR and Antigen test results.)
  • For the fifth time in the past week, Salem added new cases in the single digits. Good job, Salem!
  • Salem’s active cases went down by another 12, making this the third day this week with numbers in the double-digit numbers. Today’s 84 is the lowest count since November 13. 
  • Rockingham County had 56 new cases, but it was still enough to raise us up over 18,022.
  • 392 NH people were reported as “recovered” since yesterday’s update. This is more than our new cases, so NH’s number of active cases went down by another 141 to 2,940. We are back under 3,000, although we still have 13 more active cases now than we had on Tuesday.
  • Since the last update, there has been one person who have been admitted to the hospital for the first time. This person was in their 50’s.
  • The number of patients who are currently in the hospital is 109, the same as yesterday, which was the lowest we’ve had since November 20.
  • For the first time since Wednesday, we have one more person who has been admitted to the ICU.
  • One person died in NH from COVID since the last update. This is the second day in a row with just one COVID loss of life in NH and is the sixth loss in the past four days.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (56), Strafford (49), Merrimack (36), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (33), Cheshire (11), Grafton (7), Coos (6), Carroll (4), Belknap (2), and Sullivan (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (24) and Nashua (22). 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): 252
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 267
    • 178 PCR tests
    • 74 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 70.6%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 34
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 12.7%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 73,413
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.0 %
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 985
  • New negative results reported: 733
  • Total Negative Results: 549,633

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 18,022
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 56
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.8%
  • 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: 3417 (+13); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 7991 (+44); Hospitalizations: 6; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 14334 (+78); Hospitalizations: 24; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 10650 (+37); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 9748 (+17); Hospitalizations: 85; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 11691 (+35); Hospitalizations: 140 (+1); Deaths: 20
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 7751 (+15); Hospitalizations: 260; Deaths: 102
  • 70-79: 6% of Total cases: 4079 (+8); Hospitalizations: 261; Deaths: 256
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3668 (+5); Hospitalizations: 264; Deaths: 761
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 84 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,940
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 662
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 22.5%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 392
  • Total Recovered: 69,319
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.4% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 109
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,093
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.49%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 339
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • 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: 1,154
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.57%
  • 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!

Our numbers in Salem and our numbers in NH are looking very promising. Let’s not let down our guard, though. It went up very quickly last fall, and it could go up again. Let’s keep that from happening! 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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