COVID-19 Update July 26

COVID-19 Update July 26

  • Total: 281 confirmed cases
  • 1 out of every 105 Salem residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 0 new cases, 21 active cases.


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • I’m happy to share that there were no new infections in Salem today.
  • There were very few new cases in NH, only 23 reported by NH DHHS. The positivity rate is back under 2%.
  • Yesterday I shared that Manchester was under 100 active cases, but with five of the new cases, they are back up to 103.
  • The number of people who are in the hospital with COVID-related issues has dropped to 20. That’s more than a week ago, when we had just 17, but less than the 27 we had for the last two days, and the first time in the past week that the numbers have been heading in the right direction.
  • The global numbers, as well as those for the US, for both new infections and deaths, based on numbers from WorldOmeter, are all lower than the two-week daily averages.
  • Most of the other numbers are unremarkable. And that is a good thing.
  • The CDC guidance for when it is permissible to release someone from isolation was updated on July 17. The new guidance allows patients with mild to moderate cases to be released 10 days after the first symptoms if they are free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and free of other symptoms, including cough for at least 24-hours. Those with a more severe case must wait 20 days from their first symptoms, and meet the other symptom requirements.
  • The CDC says that someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others. A negative test result is no longer recommended “because, in the majority of cases, it results in prolonged isolation of patients who continue to shed detectable SARS-CoV-2 RNA but are no longer infectious.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 23
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 21
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 3
  • Total positive cases in NH: 6,436
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 1.59%
  • Active cases: 589
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 9.2%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 2
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,582 per DHHS; 1,583 by math
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,319
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,255
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 1,298
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 147,173


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

  • New antibody tests: 172
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 26,428
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 137
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 9
  • Total Recovered: 5,438
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 84.5%


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

  • New: 2
  • Current: 20
  • Total Hospitalized: 688
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.69%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 2.9%


• • • • • 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: 409
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 is not the flu. Details on my website.
  • The Science Behind Masks. Details on my website.


What words can I use to make you feel hopeful while still being cautious? I’m struggling to come up with the words, but please feel them! Have a great week, stay safe, and always, be kind.


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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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