COVID-19 Update January 28

COVID-19 Update January 28

  • Total: 2,019 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 7.8%
  • 1 out of every 15 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 26 new cases; 169 active cases. 

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

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, DHHS announced 721 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 3.3%. Today’s results include 481 people who tested positive by PCR test and 240 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 5,374 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 1/26: 198 new cases today, for an updated total of 529 cases 
  • 1/27: 523 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 • • • • • •

  • Salem passed 2,000 total cases today. Only three other communities — Manchester, Nashua and Concord — have reached that level.
    • Ratios for the cumulative totals for these communities:
      • Manchester: 8,614 = 1 out of 13 residents have been infected (7.78%)
      • Salem: 2,019 = 1 out of 15 (6.74%)
      • Nashua: 5,675 = 1:16 (6.39%)
      • Concord: 2,286 = 1:19 (5.32%)
    • Ratios for the active totals for these communities:
      • Salem: 169 = 1 out of 177 are currently infected
      • Nashua: 480 = 1 out of 185
      • Manchester: 498 = 1:222
      • Concord: 123 = 1:349
    • Why does this matter? This equalizes our communities based on population. Go here for more info.
  • DHHS reported 721 new cases today. The average over the past week is 600 cases per day.
  • 105 kids under 18 were diagnosed in the 24-hours covered by this report.
  • In the past week, an average of 21 healthcare workers have been infected per day. One month ago, the average was 17 people per day.
  • An average of 33 long-term care residents have been infected daily for the past week. One month ago, the average was 56 people per day.
  • Active cases today are 5,374, down from the daily average over the past week, which is 5,704.
  • Recovered cases today are 519, down from the daily average over the past week, which is 676.
  • Since the last update, 7 more people were admitted to the hospital for the first time, including one person from Rockingham County, bringing the state’s total to 1,021, and Rockingham County’s total to 235.
  • There are now 222 people who are currently hospitalized in NH with COVID-19, which is one less than yesterday, despite an increase of 7 new patients from yesterday.
  • Another 16 people died in NH from COVID since the last report, bringing NH’s total to 1,022.
  • When I first started tracking by age (Oct 19) the kids 0-9- years-old were 3% of all cases. On Nov. 5, they moved up to 4%. Now this age range accounts for 5% of all cases.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (196), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (110), Strafford (83), Merrimack (65), Belknap (35), Sullivan (22), Cheshire (21), Carroll (20), Coos (16), and Grafton (15) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (57) and Manchester (45). The county of residence is being determined for thirty-six new cases. 
    • Active Cases:
      • There are 9 NH communities with more than 100 active cases. Between them, these communities have 1,944 active cases, accounting for 36% of all active cases. 
        NINE communities, including Salem, are responsible for 1/3 of all active cases.
      • There are 23 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 2,938 active cases, accounting for 55% of all active cases. 
      • Three communities — Manchester, Nashua, and Rochester — have more active cases than Salem.  
    • Cumulative Cases:
      • There are now 144 communities that have had 50 or more total cases, 104 that have had 100 or more cases, and 14 that have had more than 1,000.
      • Three communities — Manchester, Nashua and Concord — have more cumulative cases than Salem.
      • Only four communities have had more than 2,000 total COVID-19 cases.
    • Why do I talk about 50? That was originally seen as an unreachable level, or at least a level that would be attained by only a few. (Originally the key was up to 20 cases.) The State maps show color coding up to 50+. Over half of NH communities have reached this level. Who could have imagined this ten months ago?

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 695
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 721
    • 481 PCR tests
    • 240 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 105
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 14.6%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 64,258
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 3.3%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,186
  • New negative results reported today: 2,491
  • Total negative cases in NH: 528,263

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 15,671
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 196
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 7.5%
  • 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: 2901 = 5% (+51). [Now 5% of all cases]
  • 10-19: 6621 = 10% (+71).
  • 20-29: 12080 = 19% (+133).
  • 30-39: 9411 = 15% (+92).
  • 40-49: 8648 = 13% (+94).
  • 50-59: 10337 = 16% (+109).
  • 60-69: 6956 = 11% (+80).
  • 70-79: 3745 = 6% (+37).
  • 80+: 3470 = 5% (+26).
  • Unknown: 89 = 0% (+2).

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

  • Active cases in NH: 5,374
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,234
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 23.0%

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

  • Announced today: 519
  • Total Recovered: 57,862
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 90.0% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 222
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 7
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,021
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.59%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 327
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 235

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 16
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 16
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,022
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.59%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 177

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!

Today’s numbers are somewhat discouraging. However, when we look back at last summer, and even the past four days, we can see some hope. There are times when things HAVE improved. When things seem dark, remember that there were better days, and have faith that there will be better days ahead.

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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