COVID-19 Update July 17

COVID-19 Update July 17

  • Total: 278 confirmed cases
  • 1 out of every 106 residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 1 new case, 27 active cases.


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • It was nice while it lasted, but Salem’s run of days without new infections is over. Today we have one more person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Tomorrow, hopefully, we start a new run.
  • 52 people were reported as “recovered.” Apparently, one was from Salem since we still have the same number of active cases.
  • Testing remains low, but only 1.66% of those tested were positive.
  • Two more children under the age of 18 were just diagnosed. That’s 20 kids in the past week.
  • Active cases in NH have slipped back to 582, the lowest since this info has been available to us.
  • Massachusetts numbers have been fairly unremarkable for a while. Today, though, the number of tests went over 1 million.
  • According to Worldometer, today’s new infections and new deaths, globally and in the US, are going up. All four of those numbers from today raised the one-week daily average.
  • From June 17 to July 17, global cases have gone from 8.3 million cases to 14.1. That’s 8.3 million in the first SIX months, and 5.8 million in the past ONE month. It has doubled since June 8.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 26
  • 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: 6,165
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 1.66%
  • Active cases: 582
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 9.4%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 4
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,545­
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,566
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,200
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 1,540
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 135,621


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

  • New antibody tests: 225
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 25,093
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 558
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 52
  • Total Recovered: 5,188
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 84.2%


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

  • New: 0
  • Current: 24
  • Total Hospitalized: 670
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.87%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 3.6%


• • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • •

  • Lives lost today: 0
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Resources from NH DHHS are on the State’s website.
  • Guidance documents from the State are on the State’s website.


Time seems to be flying like crazy lately. Am I the only one experiencing this? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was wishing you a great weekend, but it’s time to send that wish again. I worry about weekends, when people tend to get together, and when people have gatherings, COVID is too often an uninvited guest. Be smart, be careful, stay safe, and always, be kind.


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

I was asked about deaths in the US, as reported in these charts. Here’s my analysis:

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.





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.

Sources used to create this report:

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