COVID-19 Update February 24

COVID-19 Update February 24

  • Total: 2,339 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 6.1%
  • 1 out of every 13 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 6 new cases; 71 active cases.

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

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, DHHS announced 338 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.2%. Today’s results include 204 people who tested positive by PCR test and 134 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,783 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 2/23: 338 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 6 people to our list of those who have had positive test results. Our average for the last week is now down to 7.4 new cases per day.
  • Salem’s active cases is the same as yesterday. While it would be nice if it went down, the number of “recovered” cases was low today, and we actually saw an increase in active cases in NH and in Rockingham County.
  • Salem’s positivity rate continues to fall. Today’s 6.1% is significantly better than the 8.6% we had a week ago.
  • Average new cases per 100K people over the past 14 days in Salem also continues to drop. Today it is 443, where a week ago it was 571.
  • 278 NH people were reported as “recovered” since yesterday’s update. This is more less than the number of our new cases, so NH’s number of active cases went up by another 55 to 2,783. 
  • Since the last update, there have been 6 people who have been admitted to the hospital for the first time, including one from Rockingham County.
  • The number of patients who are currently in the hospital is 103, 9 less than yesterday, bringing us to the lowest since November 19.
  • NH had one more person admitted to the ICU since the last update, bringing us to 342. This is the fourth ICU patient this week.
  • Two persons died in NH from COVID since the last update, including one from Rockingham County.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (65), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (42), Strafford (42), Merrimack (30), Grafton (23), Cheshire (18), Belknap (17), Carroll (16), Coos (7), and Sullivan (6) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (26) and Nashua (24). The county of residence is being determined for twenty- two new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 335
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 338
    • 202 PCR tests
    • 133 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 60.3%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 62
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 18.3%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 74,258
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.2%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,511
  • New negative results reported: 1,176
  • Total Negative Results: 551,207

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 18,190
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 65
  • 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: 3470 (+34); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8152 (+59); Hospitalizations: 8 (+2); Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 14526 (+94); Hospitalizations: 24; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases (was 15%): 10759 (+40); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 9853 (+33); Hospitalizations: 85; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 11803 (+40); Hospitalizations: 141 (+1); Deaths: 20
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 7829 (+27); Hospitalizations: 262; Deaths: 102
  • 70-79: 6% of Total cases: 4115 (+17); Hospitalizations: 263; Deaths: 256
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3678 (+2); Hospitalizations: 265; Deaths: 764
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 83 (+); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,783
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 603
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 21.7%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 278
  • Total Recovered: 70,318
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 94.7% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 103
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 6
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,101
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.48%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 342
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 254

• • • • • • 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: 1,157
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.56%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 206

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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