COVID-19 Update July 16

COVID-19 Update July 16

  • Total: 277 confirmed cases
  • 1 out of every 107 residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 0 new cases, 27 active cases.


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • This is the fourth day without any new cases in Salem. Keep up the good work, Salem!
  • There is also no change to the number of active cases in Salem. We are on a roll!
  • NH isn’t as lucky as Salem. In NH, no one was hospitalized, but 1 more person died from COVID-19.
  • Testing remains low, although we did more tests than we have in the last 10 days. 1.33% of those tested were positive; that’s the best percentage in the past 2 weeks.
  • One more child under the age of 18 was just diagnosed. That’s 18 kids in the last six days.
  • Weare now has 50 total cases, although only 14 active cases. They are the 20th community to reach 50 cases.
  • Active cases in NH have slipped back up to over 600.
  • Manchester’s active cases had been under 50. They have gone back up to 54.
  • After antibody tests were available, we saw a large number of tests. After the first 9 days of reporting (while DHHS worked out the bugs), have averaged 242 tests per day. Since May 24 the highest the count has gone is 334. That’s why I question’s count of 24,868, which, when compared to yesterday, means test results of 2,926, nine times more than the highest count.
  • According to Worldometer, there were over a quarter-million worldwide cases reported in the last 24-hours covered by this report. A whopping 78,278 of those new infections were in the United States.
  • I was asked a few challenging questions today, about hospitalizations of kids, and deaths from other respiratory diseases including COVID and pneumonia. My answers are further down in today’s update.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 27
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 26
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 2
  • Total positive cases in NH: 6,139
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 1.33%
  • Active cases: 608
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 9.9%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 7
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,541
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,948
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,131
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 1,922
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 134,081


• • • • • OTHER TEST RESULTS • • • • • •

  • New antibody tests: 2,926
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 24,868
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today:562
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 11
  • Total Recovered: 5,136
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 83.7%


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

  • New: 0
  • Current: 22
  • Total Hospitalized: 668
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.88%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 3.3%


• • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • •

  • Lives lost today: 1
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 1
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 395
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 6.4%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham today: 0 today

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.


Useful links

  • If you are having trouble paying your rent or mortgage because of COVID-19, help can be found here.
  • Apply for the Self Employed Livelihood Fund (SELF) will be available starting Monday, July 6, 2020. – July 17, 2020. If you are self-employed, you may be eligible for this CARES Act grant, designed to help you recover some of your COVID-19 losses. Details are on the State’s website.
  • Info about COVID-19 testing is compiled in one place on my website.
  • Complications of COVID-19 Survivors of all ages can be found on my website.
  • Help for Salem residents is on my website.
  • A list of COVID-19 Resources can be found on my website.
  • An update of nearby communities can be found here.
  • Institutional Outbreaks as of June 18 on my website.

Today’s Q&A’s

I was asked how many NH kids have been hospitalized. Here’s my response:

NH DHHS reports that a total of 105 kids aged 0-9 have been infected, and 4 of them have been hospitalized. Also, 283 kids aged 10-19 have been infected, and 5 of them have been hospitalized. That’s a total of 388 infections and 9 hospitalizations for kids under 19. There is no data provided to show if any of these kids are currently hospitalized. In the past 30 days, we’ve seen 59 kids infected. No kids have died in NH.

In the news tonight, it was reported that kids 17 and under make up 6.4% of all US cases, 1% of US hospitalizations, and 0.3% of all deaths. (In NH they are 6.3% of all cases and 1.3% of all hospitalizations.)

I was also asked about deaths in the US. The question specifically compared pneumonia and COVID deaths, but the answer includes influenza, too, as all infectious respiratory diseases tie together. That answer is longer, so I’ve put I below it further down in the update, below the calendar.

Don’t be a statistic! Please stay safe, and always, be kind.


PS: Tomorrow is the last day to apply for the grant to help small businesses recoup some of their COVID-related loses.

Click on the calendar to enlarge

I was asked about deaths in the US, as reported in the charts right below this dialogue.

Per the CDC, from 2/1 to 6/27, there were a total of 1,276,875 deaths. Of those:

US COVID Deaths: 8.8%
Pneumonia: 9.6%
Pneumonia AND COVID: 3.8%
InFLUenza: 0.5%
Pneumonia, ‘Flu OR COVID: 15%
All others: 62.3%
(All others include homicides, accidents, and suicide, plus cancer and heart disease and diabetes and other medical conditions, and natural causes like old age, etc.)

Do I trust these numbers? No. It’s how the death certificates are written. There has been a lot of discussion about how these deaths have been reported, especially in the early days. We see a lot of adjustments, both up and down, in various areas. So no, these aren’t totally accurate. But these numbers give us an approximation. The CDC has linked these categories together in their info, presumably for some purpose.

What I see is that 481,647 people died from a contagious lung disease in this time period. That’s 37.7% of all deaths. Take out the ones that were reported as “Just Flu” or “Just Pneumonia,” (presuming these are correct!), and you get 353,580 cases, or 27.6% of all deaths. That’s more than 1 out of 4 deaths that have been associated with COVID-19.

And don’t forget the potential impacts on the long-term health,  and the short and long-term impact on the finances of those who don’t die.

Here’s the charts that prompted this discussion:

COVID-19 Deaths — It’s Different from the Flu





My accumulation of resources has been moved. These can now be found at

Salem specific info can be found at

The report containing information about other towns, counties and our MA neighbors has been moved to’m updating this information weekly. The last update was May 24.

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