COVID-19 Update March 14

COVID-19 Update March 14

  • Total: 2,456 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 3 new case; 62 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 307
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 6.1%

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

On Sunday, March 14, 2021, DHHS announced 307 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.6%. Today’s results include 223 people who tested positive by PCR test and 84 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,190 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/13: 307 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 296. NH reported 280 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 16 to 2,190, which is almost 200 more people than NH had as recently as Tuesday, and where we were on Nov. 10.
  • Salem added 3 new cases today, bringing our total to 2,456 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases are back down to 62, a drop of six from yesterday, 
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents and our positivity rate remain unchanged from yesterday.
  • A total of 1,150 people have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19, an increase of 1 from yesterday.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 71. For the past three days, this count has decreased by one patient per day. We are still at the level we had in mid-November.
  • NH’s cumulative ICU admissions remains at 353 for the third day in a row. 
  • After three days in a row with four people per day who died from COVID-19, there were no deaths reported for the period covered by this report.
  • Please see my message, below, about plateauing. 

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (60), Merrimack (49), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (39), Strafford (28), Cheshire (24), Grafton (24), Carroll (7), Coos (6), Belknap (3), and Sullivan (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (26) and Nashua (23). The county of residence is being determined for sixteen new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 296
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 307
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.6%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 78,615
  • New negative results reported: 541
  • Total Negative Results: 562,650

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 19,295
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 60
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.2%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.5% 

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •  

  • Children under 18 in today’s new cases: 64
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 20.8%
  • (Totals, including changes in new cases since yesterday for those under 60.)
  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3759 (+27); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8907 (+54); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15497 (+68); Hospitalizations: 27; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11374 (+47); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10351 (+34); Hospitalizations: 87; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12415 (+32); Hospitalizations: 145; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8243 (+22); Hospitalizations: 276; Deaths: 104
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4273 (+10); Hospitalizations: 278; Deaths: 274
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3719 (+2); Hospitalizations: 276; Deaths: 784
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 77 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,190
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 534
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 24.4%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 280
  • Total Recovered: 75,226
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.7% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 71
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,150
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.46%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 353
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 259

• • • • • • 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: 1,199
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.53%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 216

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!

Today I listened to Dr. Celine Gounder. She’s a CNN Medical Analysist, an Infections Disease Specialist and Epidemiologist. Dr. Gounder was part of the Biden/Harris Transition COVID Advisory team and is a former NYC Assistant Commissioner of Health. These qualifications impress me.

What she said concerned me. She was talking about plateaus. “When you see a plateau, it predicts another surge.

Salem’s numbers seem to be hovering around the same level – the same as we had in early to mid-November. Rockingham County and the State of New Hampshire are around the same. We haven’t been going up significantly, but neither have we been going down.

IMHO, we are plateauing. Hopefully Dr. Gounder’s prediction about another surge won’t come to fruition. Stay vigilant. We are almost here; don’t give up too soon!

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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