COVID-19 Update July 28

COVID-19 Update July 28

  • Total: 283 confirmed cases
  • 1 out of every 104 Salem residents has been infected.
  • Salem Today: 2 new cases, 20 active cases.


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT• • • • • •

  • Today, Salem sees two more of our residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • NH infections also increased to 59, the highest since early June.
  • While today’s new cases are higher than what we’ve been seeing in recent days, on its own, it is not a cause for concern. The testing was slow recently, with less than 1,000 results returned today. The 6.26% positivity rate is higher than we want to see. Altogether, it’s too early to know if this is a fluke or a new trend.
  • With 59 new cases today, a total of 6,500 NH residents have now tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 41 of the new infections were from 20 of NH communities that I’ve been following, with the most infections in Manchester (15), Portsmouth (12), Nashua (5), and Salem (2).
  • 26 of the new infections were in Rockingham County, bringing its cumulative total to over 1,600 cases.
  • Yesterday I shared that 17 communities in the whole State have more than 5 active cases. Today, the governor shared that same statistic. It is said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” ?
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is reporting a slight uptick in positive cases, linked to a medical center, a house party and the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. There are also eight communities with slightly higher rates of infections, including Agawam, Brockton, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Taunton and Worcester, and our next-door neighbor, Methuen.
  • Cumulative US deaths over the last few days have gone from 147K (+1,150) to 148K (+1,157) to 149.3K (+834) to 149.7K (+448) to 150K (+672) to a whopping 152,320 … a one day increase of 1,876 people who died from COVID-19 in 24-hours. That’s twice the two-week daily average. (Source: WorldOmeter)
  • Outbreaks: The Governor’s representative from DHHS announced today that Hillsborough County Nursing Home’s outbreak is now closed. There is one new outbreak at Ridgewood Genesis in Bedford, with infections found in two residents and seven staff.
  • The state is going to review the long-term care facilities that had COVID-19 outbreaks, and will analyze the ventilation system in those nursing homes.
  • Reusable plastic bags are now allowed in grocery stores, and other places, such as Salem NH Farmers Market.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 59
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 59
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 6
  • Total positive cases in NH: 6,500
  • Percentage of tests that are positive: 6.26%
  • Active cases: 403
  • Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 6.2%
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 26
  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,607
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 942
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,315
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 883
  • Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 149,583


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

  • New antibody tests: 63
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 26,524
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 130
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 63
  • Total Recovered: 5,688
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 87.5%


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

  • New: 1
  • Current: 21
  • Total Hospitalized: 690
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 10.6%
  • Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 3.0%


• • • • • 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: 6.3%
  • 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.


Yesterday, our new infection numbers were the lowest since we peaked. Today, not so great. But it’s the daily average which shows the trends that matter. Our positivity rate today was the highest in at least five weeks. Was yesterday the calm before the storm? Or was today an anomaly? We can only hope it’s the latter. We’ll know soon. With increases in the number of infections in Methuen and increases in tension amongst our neighbors, we should make attempts to be extra careful to 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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