COVID-19 Update January 21

COVID-19 Update January 21

  • Total: 1,892 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 9.7%
  • 1 out of 16 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 31 new cases; 164 active cases. 

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

On Thursday, January 21, 2021, DHHS announced 925 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.9%. Today’s results include 592 people who tested positive by PCR test and 333 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,204 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 1/15: 17 new cases today, for an updated total of 660 cases 
  • 1/17: 29 new cases today, for an updated total of 496 cases 
  • 1/18: 57 new cases today, for an updated total of 535 cases 
  • 1/19: 395 new cases today, for an updated total of 683 cases 
  • 1/20: 427 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. 

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

  • Yikes, Salem! We can do better than 31 new cases today.
  • Salem seems to be adding about as many cases as are coming off of our active cases.
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate over the past 7 days increased again today to 9.7%, while NH’s rate dropped to 6.6%.
  • NH has now had over 60,000 positive cases. We hit 50,000 on January 8, just 13 days ago.
  • In the past three days, Manchester passed 8,000 total cases. Hillsboro County excluding Manchester and Nashua, hit 10,000, Rockingham County added their 14,000th case, and Merrimack County, the county with the third largest number of cases, passed 6,000.
  • There are 240 people who are currently hospitalized because of COVID-19, another decrease. The number of hospitalizations is a one of the metrics used to determine the severity of community transmission. 
  • Since the last update, six more people were admitted to the hospital for the first time, bringing the total to 982. 
  • From last Thursday to today, three healthcare workers have been hospitalized, including one more in the 24-hour period covered by this report.
  • Since yesterday’s report, one more person was admitted to the ICU, the eighth since last Thursday.
  • Another 12 people died in NH since the last report, including 4 from Rockingham County. NH’s total is now 962. Rockingham County’s total is 169.
  • In the past week, NH has lost 54 people, with one in their 30’s, and the rest over 60.
  • Greystone Farms is still on the list of long-term care facilities in an active outbreak, with 2 residents and 7 staff members infected. 

• • • • • • COMMUNITIES • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside Rockingham (226), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (150), Strafford (74), Merrimack (67), Grafton (63), Cheshire (35), Coos (35), Belknap (30), Carroll (24), and Sullivan (13) counties, and in the • 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 857
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 925
    • 592 PCR tests
    • 333 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 119
  • New cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 12.9%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 60,254
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.9%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,388
  • New negative results reported today: 2,531
  • Total negative cases in NH: 515,743

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 14,711
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 226
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 8.6%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.4% 

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

  • 0-9: 2632 = 4% (+45).
  • 10-19: 6201 = 10% (+96).
  • 20-29: 11339 = 19% (+164).
  • 30-39: 8857 = 15% (+120).
  • 40-49: 8095 = 13% (+94). [1 hospitalization reported today.]
  • 50-59: 9707 = 16% (+164).
  • 60-69: 6553 = 11% (+84).
  • 70-79: 3537 = 6% (+44).
  • 80+: 3286 = 5% (+47).
  • Unknown: 87 = 0% (+-1).

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

  • Active cases in NH: 6,204
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,433
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 23.1%

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

  • Announced today: 877
  • Total Recovered: 53,128
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 88.1% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 240
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 6 people 
  • Total hospitalized patients: 982
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.63%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 318
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 224

• • • • • • 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: 962
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.60%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 4
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 169

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.


“So tired you want to quit, then you get more tired, and forget to quit.” 

― Charles Bukowski, South of No North

Hello, Salem!

I’m going to make sure that I get some sleep tonight, so I’m going to cut off a few sections that take a lot of time and knock off early tonight. 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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