COVID-19 Update March 12

COVID-19 Update March 12

  • Total: 2,443 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 6.0%
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 8 new case; 63 active cases.

• • • • • • Report from NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) • • • • • • 

On Friday, March 12, 2021, DHHS announced 287 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.3%. Today’s results include 175 people who tested positive by PCR test and 112 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,177 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/11: 287 new cases 

Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. 

• • • • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT • • • • • •

  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 287. NH reported 243 people have “recovered” since yesterday’s update. After allowing for those who lost their lives today because of COVID-19, NH’s number of active cases went up by 63 to 2,177. That’s not as bad as yesterday’s increase of 111, but still too many going in the wrong direction. 
  • Salem added 8 new cases today, the same as our daily average for the past week. From last Friday to today, another 57 Salem residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases are back up to 63, higher than we’ve had in the past two weeks, and 14 more than we had four days ago. 
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K over the past two weeks has dropped to 297, the first time it has gone below 300. It’s still 3x’s the amount considered to be substantial community transmission. NH counties range from 125.2 to 325.
  • Salem’s positivity rate is 6.0%. (Moderate community transmission is 5-10%.)
    • There are 9 communities in NH with more than 10%, same as last week. 
    • There are 47 communities in NH with more than 5%, five less than last week. 
    • There are 83 communities in NH with more than 5%, four more than last week. 
    • 88 NH communities have more than 0%.
    • 33 communities have a higher positivity rate than Salem, 19 less than last week.
  • DHHS is reporting another four more total hospitalized patients today.
  • The total number of patients who have been hospitalized from Rockingham County decreased by one since yesterday.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 73, five less than yesterday. After several days of increases, this bringing us back down to where we were on Tuesday, which is the lowest since mid-November.
  • NH’s cumulative ICU admissions has increased by one, to 353.
  • Like yesterday, there were four new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period covered by this report, including one person from Rockingham County. 
  • I would appreciate it if you could read my message, below.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (69), Merrimack (39), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (34), Strafford (33), Cheshire (19), Grafton (16), Carroll (9), Coos (8), Belknap (5), and Sullivan (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (26) and Nashua (15). The county of residence is being determined for twelve new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 310
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 287
    • 185 PCR tests
    • 125 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 59.7%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 34
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 11.8%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 78,074
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.3%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results: 752
  • New negative results reported: 442
  • Total Negative Results: 561,111

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • • • • 

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 19,164
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 69
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.2%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.5% 

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •  
(Totals, including changes in new cases since yesterday for those under 60.)

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3712 (+13); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8806 (+43); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15373 (+78); Hospitalizations: 27; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11297 (+30); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10288 (+44); Hospitalizations: 87; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12352 (+52); Hospitalizations: 145; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 8206 (+26); Hospitalizations: 275; Deaths: 104
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4254 (+22); Hospitalizations: 277; Deaths: 271
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3714 (+2); Hospitalizations: 274; Deaths: 783
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 72 (+); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •                          

  • Active cases in NH: 2,177
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 533
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 24.5%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 243
  • Total Recovered: 74,702
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.7% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 73
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 5
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,147
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.47%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 353
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: MINUS 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 257

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 4
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 4
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,195
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.53%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 214

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.


Hello, Salem!

When I started this project — trying to give Salem residents the information that they wanted about COVID-19 — I thought this would be a one-month or maybe six-week gift to the Town. However, on April 4, it will be the one-year anniversary of my first update. I haven’t missed a day except Christmas. Little did I know that it would last this long! And, I’m getting tired.

When I start the April updates, I’m going to have to change my naming pattern for the updates and the calendars, because it wasn’t designed to go into a second year. So, I’m thinking this is a good time to change some of the format, too.

I need to hear from you! WHAT is it that you are looking for? I know you watch for the heading with the Salem details. I know J.L. uses the calendar; are they the only one? How important is the Spotlight? (Those comparisons take time!) What else do you look for? What do you ignore?

I’d appreciate it if you would send me a message and let me know what it is that you would like to see. Or not see. It would be very helpful as I start to plan future reports.

Have a great weekend. Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie








The following video was posted almost two months ago. Things have changed in that time. On October 2, US deaths were 1,035,451, according to the video. (My records say 1,033,174 per WorldOmeter.) WorldOMeter now says the global death rate is 1,446,889, an increase of 413,715 in less than two months. Just please remember that there is a lot more between COVID->Death vs. COVID->Recovery. More and more, long-haulers are making the news, as are other consequences of COVID-19.



This screenshot comes from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6942e2.htm?s_cid=mm6942e2_w

This report is explained here:
https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/2020/10/20/cdc-from-january-to-october-us-had-299k-more-deaths-than-in-previous-years/


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4 Replies to “COVID-19 Update March 12”

  1. Good morning Bonnie,
    I read the spot light and your message. That is what is important to me. I appreciate all the work that you have done this past year to help us be aware of the facts about the virus. May you have a oh filled weekend. Thanks, connie

  2. Bonnie: I can certainly appreciate that you are getting tired, so I suggest you do what you are able to do without stress. All of your information is valuable. Of course, we are most interested in Salem statistics, but the overall state and infections by age I find interesting. I don’t care too much about county breakdown; past history–not so much. I’m looking at the present and future, not the past. You do what you feel able to do, and we will appreciate any effort you make.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement and the positive feedback. I appreciate that you took the time to write. This will help me plan future updates.

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