COVID-19 Update January 14

COVID-19 Update January 14

  • Total: 1,746 confirmed cases in Salem.
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 9.8%
  • 1 out of 17 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 16 new cases. 168 active cases.

Vaccine update from Governor Sununu

Questions about vaccines are the most frequent question I get these days. The following is from the Governor’s press conference this afternoon. Additional info can be found at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/index.htm. More info will be available at www.vaccines.nh.gov, but not until January 22.

So far, 86,275 first doses have been distributed. 53,432 people have received their first dose, and 4,751 have received their 2nd dose.

Phase 1A:

  • High-risk health workers, long-term care residents and first responders.
    • Ongoing
    • Public Health will make arrangements with employers and residents.

Phase 1B: Starts January 26

  • Phase 1B includes about 300,000 people. We are getting about 17,000 single doses per week. 
  • Most doses will be administered at fixed sites.
  • Those 65 or older will now be part of Phase 1B (Previously Phase 1B was for those aged 75 and older)
    • Register at www.vaccines.nh.gov starting January 22
    • Call the 211 hotline if no internet access is available
  • Medically vulnerable population, with 2 or more severe medical conditions, including family caregivers of medically vulnerable kids:
    • Call your doctor for a referral
  • Corrections and IDD Staff: Corrections officers and staff members or staff and residents of facilities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
    • Public Health will make arrangements with employers
  • Disportionally-impacted populations, primarily in Manchester, Nashua, and Concord. [Note: these three communities are the only communities with more cumulative cases than Salem.]
    • The State’s Regional Public Health staff will find these folks

Additional Phases: Will begin near the end of Phase 1B. Details will come closer to the start time. It will take a while to get through Phase 1B.

  • Phase 2A: School personnel (K-12 plus childcare staff) (Those 65-75 who were in this phase have been moved up to Phase 1B.)
  • Phase 2B: People aged 50 to 64.
  • Phase 3A: Medically vulnerable people who are at moderate health risk age and who are younger than 50.
  • Phase 3B: Everyone else.

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

On Thursday, January 14, 2021, DHHS announced 706 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 5.2%. Today’s results include 518 people who tested positive by PCR test and 188 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,728 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 1/4: 74 new cases today, for an updated total of 805 cases 
  • 1/5: 79 new cases today, for an updated total of 808 cases 
  • 1/12: 209 new cases today, for an updated total of 706 cases 
  • 1/13: 344 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. 

• • • • • • Community Transmission • • • • • •

  • New Cases per 100K over the past 14 days
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all significantly above 100 new cases, putting the State in a substantial level of community transmission, regardless of how we rank in the other two metrics.
    • New Hampshire: 693.6
    • Rockingham County: 689.6
    • Salem: 872
  • Hospitalizations per 100K over the past 14 days
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all significantly under 10 cases, which is considered minimal. 
  • Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 7.4%
    • Rockingham County: 8.7%
    • Salem: 9.8%
    • Manchester: 7.9%
    • Nashua: 10.8%

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

  • Salem added 16 more people to our count of cumulative cases, bringing our total to 1,746.
  • Salem has added 296 more people since New Year’s Eve, but we only have one active case than we had then. This tells me that Salem’s numbers are stable: We are adding the same number of cases as are recovering.
  • The daily average of new cases in Salem over the past week is 20.1. The previous week, the daily average was 22.1.
  • Another 87 kids who are under 18 were diagnosed in NH today. This age accounts for 12.3% of all of today’s new cases. On January 10, they accounted for 17.3%. Since Thanksgiving, the low was on December 24, when the kids made up 7.7% of the new cases.
  • Yesterday, Salem became the fourth community to reach 1,700 total cases of COVID-19. Today, Derry became the fifth.
  • Two more people have been hospitalized in NH, bringing the total to 944, while patients currently hospitalized decreased by five, to 270. 
  • The daily average of the number of people who have been hospitalized over seven days has decreased daily since January 5.
  • NH lost another 12 people from COVID-19 during the 24-hours covered by this report. Our total number of lives lost is now 897. On New Year’s Eve, the count was 759, an increase of 15.4% in just 14 days.
  • Additional notes from the Governor’s Press conference today:
    • NH no longer requires quarantine after close-contact exposure or a travel-related risk factor IF the person is fully vaccinated (14 days after 2nd of two doses) or if they have had a positive PCR or antigen test in the previous 90 days.
    • Dr. Chan says NH has not identified the UK or South African variants.
    • 10 outbreaks at long-term care facilities have been closed, including the most recent one at The Residence at Salem Woods.
    • There have been 11 new outbreaks at long-term care facilities this week, including one at Greystone Farms in Salem.
  • Globally, the number of people who have died from COVID-19 reached 2 Million today, per WorldOMeter.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (174), Strafford (98), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (89), Merrimack (70), Belknap (36), Sullivan (30), Cheshire (29), Grafton (12), Carroll (11), and Coos (11) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (57) and Nashua (48). The county of residence is being determined for forty-one new cases. 
  • Active Cases 
    • There are 14 NH communities with more than 100 active cases. Between them, these communities have 3,235 active cases, accounting for 48% of all active cases.  
    • There are 24 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 4,007 active cases, accounting for 60% of all active cases.  
    • Seven communities — Manchester, Nashua, Dover, Concord, Hudson, Merrimack and Derry — have more active cases than Salem. 
  • Cumulative Cases 
    • There are now 129 communities that have had 50 or more total cases, and 95 that have had 100 or more.
    • Three communities — Manchester, Nashua and Concord — have more cumulative cases than Salem

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 653
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 706
    • 518 PCR tests
    • 188 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 87
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 12.3%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 54,778
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 5.2%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,592
  • New negative results reported today: 2,939
  • Total negative cases in NH: 499,911

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 13,287
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 174
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 8.7%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.3% 

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,728
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,374
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 20.4% 

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •  
(Shown: Total infections, percentage of all infections, and increase yesterday.

  • 0-9: 2302 = 4% (+35).
  • 10-19: 5581 = 10% (+73).
  • 20-29: 10344 = 19% (+123).
  • 30-39: 8103 = 15% (+68).
  • 40-49: 7408 = 14% (+90).
  • 50-59: 8796 = 16% (+115).
  • 60-69: 5954 = 11% (+73).
  • 70-79: 3234 = 6% (+47).
  • 80+: 3006 = 5% (+30).
  • Unknown: 50 = 0% (-1).

• • • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Announced today: 520
  • Total Recovered: 47,153
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 86.1% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Currently hospitalized: 270
  • Total hospitalized patients: 944
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.72%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 310
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 219

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 12
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 12
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 897
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.64%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 162

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.


“One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion” 

― Voltaire

Hello, Salem!

I think we are getting numb, because we are seeing such high numbers, over and over. They are inconceivable! The situation, at least the new cases and the hospitalizations, in both Salem and NH, seem to be stabilizing. We accept it, because we’ve become used to seeing these numbers — numbers which not too long ago felt to be staggering. Keep your focus. It might not be getting worse, but it doesn’t appear to be improving, either. Please, stay safe, and always, be kind.

I’d like to think that we will soon see a decline in our numbers. That is up to us. Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie








Compiled by Bonnie Wright, based on data obtained from NH DHHS.


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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