COVID-19 Update February 23

COVID-19 Update February 23

  • Total: 2,333 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: 7 new cases; 71 active cases.

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

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, DHHS announced 259 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.6%. Today’s results include 136 people who tested positive by PCR test and 123 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,728 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 2/22: 259 new cases 

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

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

  • Salem added another 7 people to our list of those who have had positive test results, bringing our total to 69 for the past week.
  • Salem’s active cases went down by another 12 to 71 active cases, the lowest since November 10.
  • NH’s positivity rate for the PCR tests returned today is 2.6%. It’s unchanged from yesterday’s 4.3% for the past 7 days’ PCR and Antigen test results.
  • Rockingham County has a 5.8% Positivity Rate for the past 7 days’ PCR and Antigen test results.
  • Salem has a 6.7% Positivity Rate for the past 7 days’ PCR and Antigen test results. We are slightly higher than Nashua’s 6.2%, and a bit more than Manchester’s 4.6%.
  • Average new cases per 100K people over the past 14 days in Salem dropped below 500 for the first time since December 3. On December 16, we peaked at 1,189.
  • Average new cases per 100K people over the past 14 days for NH counties range from 177.0 (Belknap) to 686.4 (Strafford). Rockingham County is 348.7.
  • The total number of negative tests in NH has passed 550,000.
  • 412 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 155 to 2,728. Our active cases haven’t been this low since November 12.
  • Since the last update, there have been 2 people who have been admitted to the hospital for the first time, bringing the total for the past seven days to 15. One was from Rockingham County.
  • The number of patients who are currently in the hospital is 112, up slightly from the last three days, but below where we were on Friday.
  • NH had one more person admitted to the ICU since the last update.
  • One person died in NH from COVID since the last update, bringing the total for the past six days to 7.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (53), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (49), Grafton (23), Strafford (18), Merrimack (17), Carroll (15), Cheshire (11), Coos (8), Belknap (7), and Sullivan (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (21) and Nashua (13). The county of residence is being determined for twenty new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 258
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 259
    • 135 PCR tests
    • 123 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 52.3%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 36
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 13.9%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 73,923
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.6 %
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 560
  • New negative results reported: 302
  • Total Negative Results: 550,031

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 18,125
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 53
  • 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: 3436 (+10); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8093 (+51); Hospitalizations: 6; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 14432 (+52); Hospitalizations: 24; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 15% of Total cases: 10719 (+29); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 9820 (+40); Hospitalizations: 85; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 11763 (+33); Hospitalizations: 140; Deaths: 20
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 7802 (+28); Hospitalizations: 261; Deaths: 102
  • 70-79: 6% of Total cases: 4098 (+15); Hospitalizations: 261; Deaths: 256
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3676 (+0); Hospitalizations: 265; Deaths: 762
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 84 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,728
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 598
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 21.9%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 412
  • Total Recovered: 70,040
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.7% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 112
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,095
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.48%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 341
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 253

• • • • • • 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: 1,155
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.56%
  • 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!

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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