COVID-19 Update July 23

COVID-19 Update July 23

  • Total: 279 confirmed cases
  • 1 out of every 106 residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 0 new cases, 19 active cases.


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • No changes have been reported for Salem residents! Our last person diagnosed with a new infection was reported on Saturday, so that makes five days with no new infections. Can we make it six?
  • The Governor, or one of his appointees, announced a while back that the goal was to do 2,000 tests per day. Today was the second day in the past month when we’ve passed that mark. Even with today’s high number of test results, the percentage of positive tests remains very low at 0.79%.
  • NH active hospitalizations had dropped down to 17 as of last Sunday, but it has been creeping up every day since then. Today we have 26 hospitalized patients, an increase of 9 patients is four days. This is one of the metrics the State watches.
  • CNN announced tonight that the US has reached 4 million cases. Worldometer showed that milestone on Tuesday.
  • CNN said that it took 99 days for the US to reach its first million cases, 43 days to reach the second million, just 28 days to get to 3 million, and only 15 days to reach 4 million. We added 69,116 new cases today. Our daily average over the last two weeks is 67,418.
  • Over 1,000 people have died in the US every day for the last three days. The daily average for the last two weeks is “only” 832 fatalities, today we lost 1,150 souls.
  • Globally and in the US, today’s new cases and today’s deaths are more than the average over the past two weeks.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 25
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 23
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 2
  • Total positive cases in NH: 6,318
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 0.79%
  • Active cases: 568
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 9.0%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 7
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,569
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,913
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,144
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 2,890
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 143,474


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

  • New antibody tests: 183
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 25,979
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 159
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 4
  • Total Recovered: 5,345
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 84.6%


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

  • New: 1
  • Current: 26
  • Total Hospitalized: 681
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.78%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 3.8%


• • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • •

  • Lives lost today: 3
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 3
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 402
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 6.4%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham today: 0

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.

I’m struggling. I’m sure you are, too. Our numbers are so low here in NH, so it must be safe to stop worrying about COVID-19, right? I want to see my daughter and granddaughter. I want to see my friends. I want to campaign. I want to go to the beach, and go out to eat. I miss my hairdresser. But I’m being responsible. I’ve become a Zoom queen. Phone calls, emails, messenger notes are better than nothing. An occasional take-out is a nice change of pace. I’m forcing it all to work for me. But I admit, it’s not easy. How are you coping?

To the woman who was yelling today that “the virus is over!” all I can say is the virus in NH is on summer vacation, but it will return. I want to be wrong, but if we act like it doesn’t exist, it will be back. So, please be smart, be responsible, 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.

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