COVID-19 Update January 7

COVID-19 Update January 7

  • Total: 1,605 confirmed cases in Salem 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 7.7%
  • 1 out of 19 Salem residents have been infected
  • Salem today: 16 new cases; 185 active cases

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

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, DHHS announced 515 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 4.7%. Today’s results include 241 people who tested positive by PCR test and 274 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,630 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 12/31: 80 new cases today, for an updated total of 905 cases 
  • 1/2: 14 new cases today, for an updated total of 591 cases 
  • 1/5: 301 new cases today, for an updated total of 741 cases 
  • 1/6: 120 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: 645.7
    • Rockingham County: 648.8
    • Salem: 851
  • 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: 7.7%
    • Rockingham County: 8.6%
    • Salem: 7.7%
    • Manchester: 13.8%
    • Nashua: 10.3%

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

  • Today, 16 more Salem residents were diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing our cumulative total over 1,600, the fourth NH community to reach that number.
  • Of the communities with the most cumulative cases, only Manchester has more cases per population. Their ratio is 1 out of 15 residents, which can also be reported as 6.5% or 652 cases per 10K residents. Salem is 1 out of 19 residents, or 5.4%, or 535 per 10K residents.
  • DHHS’s numbers are a bit lower today than they have been lately. I hear reports that the test results are slow in coming in, and wonder if our numbers are low, or if we are just seeing a lag.
  • One reason I question this: December 26 was the only other day we’ve had more Antigen test results than PCR test results.
  • NH has averaged 2,639 test results per day over the past week. Today we had results from only 2,107 tests.
  • NH’s daily positivity rate for PCR tests is 4.7%, the lowest it has been since 12/23.
  • 567 people were reported as recovered today.
  • Today the number of unique people who have been hospitalized increased by three, although the number of current hospitalizations increased by 13. We still have 21 fewer hospitalized patients today than we had on January 2.
  • One more person was admitted to the ICU in the 24-hours covered by this report.
  • Today the US had its third day in a row of record daily deaths. John Hopkins reports 4,085 in the past day, a record high, and the first time the US passed 4,000. WorldOmeter reports that the US had 4,134 new deaths today. They are usually a few days ahead of the official numbers. 
  • In NH, we lost 24 people yesterday, which was our record. Today we lost 11 people, making a total of 68 people in the last 7 days.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (110), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (88), Merrimack (73), Strafford (54), Carroll (21), Belknap (19), Cheshire (15), Grafton (12), Coos (9), and Sullivan (5) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (51) and Nashua (28). The county of residence is being determined for thirty new cases. 
  • Active cases:
    • There are 13 NH communities with more than 100 active cases. Between them, these communities have 3,134 active cases, accounting for 48% of all active cases.
    • There are 28 NH communities with more than 50 active cases. Between them, these communities have 4,208 active cases, accounting for 62% of all active cases.
    • Only Manchester, Nashua, Concord and Dover have more active cases than Salem.
  • Cumulative Cases
    • There are now 125 communities that have had 50 or more cases, and 91 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): 423
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 515
    • 241 PCR tests
    • 274 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 64
  • Total positive cases in NH: 49,261
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 4.7%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,824
  • New negative results reported today: 1,684
  • Total negative cases in NH: 481,496

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 12,090
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 110
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 8.6%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.5% 

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,630
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,433
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 21.6% 

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

  • 0-9: 2069 = 4% (+22).
  • 10-19: 4898 = 10% (+49).
  • 20-29: 9235 = 19% (+85).
  • 30-39: 7369 = 15% (+60).
  • 40-49: 6688 = 14% (+50).
  • 50-59: 7956 = 16% (+78).
  • 60-69: 5337 = 11% (+31).
  • 70-79: 2921 = 6% (+24).
  • 80+: 2738 = 6% (+23).
  • Unknown: 50 = 0% (+1).

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

  • Announced today: 567
  • Total Recovered: 41,804
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 84.9% 

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

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 3
  • Currently hospitalized: 314
  • Total hospitalized patients: 922
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.87%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 305
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 214

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 11
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 11
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 827
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.68%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 152

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.


“Coffee and makeup would reach its limit and no longer work in hiding my sleeplessness.” 

― Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney

Hello, Salem!

These updates consume my evenings. After 278 days, I’m tired. So, I’m looking for ways to make it easier. I’ve cut out a little tonight, and will continue to look for ways to save time. If something disappears that is important to you, please let me know.

We’ll get through this. 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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