COVID-19 Update February 8

COVID-19 Update February 8

  • Total: 2,160 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 8.3%
  • 1 out of every 14 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 0 new cases; 104 active cases.

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

On Monday, February 8, 2021, DHHS announced 121 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 1.4%. Today’s results include 82 people who tested positive by PCR test and 39 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,245 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 2/7: 121 new cases

Test results for previous days are still being processed and the total number of new positives for those days are not yet complete. Updated case counts for prior days will be reflected on the COVID-19 interactive dashboard. 

Since NHDP started using this format in their press report, this is the first time that only one date has been reported. There are also other odd things about today’s report, as noted below.

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

  • Odd things:
    • NH DHHS changed the method of reporting in their press report on December 9, showing the days that are covered in their report.  This is the first time that that only one day has been reported.
    • NH DHHS reported 121 new cases today. For the week ending yesterday, the daily average was 403. From January 7 to February 7, the daily average was 649. 
    • Salem had no new cases today. The week ending yesterday our daily average was 14 new cases per day. The previous week the average was 16 new cases per day. The past month, the average was 19 per day. The last time we had zero cases in Salem was October 10, when our total cumulative cases were only 348.
  • Probable Errors:
    • DHHS reports that Total Persons Tested at Selected Labs (PCR) went up by 83, but confirmed cases went up by 121. The daily average of persons tested over the past week is 1,480. This includes an exceptionally low 618 on Feb 2. There have only been nine days since the end of July when we’ve had numbers in the triple digits; none with double digits.
    • Persons tested negative today, (total persons tested minus total confirmed cases) is NEGATIVE 37. (Cumulative totals can’t go down!)
  • Salem’s active cases today are 104, the same as what we had on November 17.
  • As our number of new cases decrease, we will see a decrease in those recovered in a week or two. We will also see a decrease in our hospitalizations in about two weeks. Fatalities can be expected to follow a decrease in new cases in about a month. 
  • Another 534 people were reported today as “recovered.” Over 64,000 people in NH have been reported as “recovered.”
  • There are 3,245 active cases today, the lowest since November 14. This is more than half (46%) of our peak of 6,994 active cases on Dec. 27.
  • Since the last update, 2 people have been admitted to the hospital for the first time, bringing NH’s total to 1,058, which is 132 more than the 926 we had one month ago.
  • The number of people who are currently in the hospital has decreased by seven, bringing the current census to 179, the lowest level since December 6.
  • One more person was admitted to the ICU since the last update.
  • Two more people died in NH from COVID since the last update, including one person from Rockingham County.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Strafford (23), Rockingham (21), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (11), Grafton (6), Merrimack (6), Carroll (5), Belknap (4), Cheshire (4), Sullivan (4), and Coos (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (17) and Nashua (5). The county of residence is being determined for thirteen new cases. 
  • For the first time in a very long time, Rockingham County is not at the top of his list.
  • Active Cases:
    • There are 3 NH communities with more than 100 active cases. Between them, these communities have 697 active cases, accounting for 21% of all active cases. (On February 4, this was 5 communities, 1,087 active cases, 23%. On February 1, this was 9 communities, 1,466 cases, and 31%) 
    • There are 15 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 1,525 active cases, accounting for 47% of all active cases. On February 4, this was 18 communities, 2,019 active cases, and 43%)
    • Two communities — Manchester and Nashua — have more active cases than Salem.  
  • Cumulative Cases:
    • There are now 148 communities that have had 50 or more total cases, 107 that have had 100 or more cases, 14 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.
  • Ratios
    • Of communities with more than 10,000 residents, the ratios of population to confirmed cases are: Manchester: 1:12; Salem, Windham, Bedford, Goffstown and Hudson: 1:14; Pelham and Nashua: 1:15; Hooksett and Derry: 1:16; Londonderry and Hampton: 1:17; Milford, Concord and Durham: 1:18.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 120
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 121
    • 81 PCR tests
    • 39 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage: 67.5%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 17
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 14.0%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 68,499
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 1.4%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 83???
  • New negative results reported: -37???
  • Total Negative Results: 540,345 (Thirty seven LESS than yesterday???)

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 16,715
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 21
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 6.4%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.4% 

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

  • 0-9: 0.05% of Total cases: 3165(+8); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 0.1% of Total cases: 7171(+14); Hospitalizations: 6; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 0.19% of Total cases: 12967(+37); Hospitalizations: 24; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 0.15% of Total cases: 10014(+11); Hospitalizations: 45; Deaths: 4
  • 40-49: 0.13% of Total cases: 9221(+15); Hospitalizations: 84; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 0.16% of Total cases: 11002(+13); Hospitalizations: 136; Deaths: 19
  • 60-69: 0.11% of Total cases: 7365(+13); Hospitalizations: 250; Deaths: 90
  • 70-79: 0.06% of Total cases: 3928(+5); Hospitalizations: 252; Deaths: 244
  • 80+: 0.05% of Total cases: 3587(+4); Hospitalizations: 254; Deaths: 739
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 79(+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 3,345
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 771
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 23.8%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 534
  • Total Recovered: 64,148
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 93.6% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 179
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,058
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.54%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 335
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 244

• • • • • • 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: 1,106
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.61%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 192

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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