COVID-19 Update July 18

COVID-19 Update July 18

  • Total: 279 confirmed cases
  • 1 out of every 106 residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 1 new case, 27 active cases.


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • Today Salem had one more person who has tested positive for COVID-19, although the number of active cases remains the same.
  • NH test results today were extremely low — only 700 people. The percent of positive results is up, but certainly not alarming at 3.29%.
  • Four more children under the age of 18 were just diagnosed. That’s 24 kids in the past 8 days.
  • The number of active cases in NH continues to fall. 571 is the lowest since this info has been available to us.
  • Massachusetts infections continue to remain in the 2-3% positivity range.
  • For the past five days, both the number of global infections and the number of global deaths has been more than the two-week averages as of that day.
  • The number of US infections have gone up more than the two-week average as of that day for every day since July 12, eight days after Independence Day.
  • On June 8, the daily average for the previous two weeks was 49,013 cases per day. On June 12, that 2-week daily average was 57,679 cases per day. The daily average for the last two weeks as of today is 63,150. US infections (Worldometer) today were 67,410, which is lower than the last 4 days, although it still raises the daily average.
  • US deaths are following a similar pattern, when the last day that the deaths that day were lower than the two-week daily average was July 13.
  • There is another article about long-term consequences: “I can’t shake COVID-19: Warnings from young survivors still suffering.” For those who think they are invincible, I suggest you read the article here. I have added this to my post with other similar articles.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 26
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 23
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 4
  • Total positive cases in NH: 6,188
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 3.29%
  • Active cases: 571
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 9.2%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 8
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,551
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 700
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,089
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 677
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 136,298


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

  • New antibody tests: 223
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 25,316
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 561
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 33
  • Total Recovered: 5,221
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 84.4%


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

  • New: 2
  • Current: 20
  • Total Hospitalized: 672
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.86%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 3.0%


• • • • • 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: 396
  • 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.

It’s gonna be another hot one tomorrow. And Monday. Stay hydrated, 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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