COVID-19 Update March 15

COVID-19 Update March 15

  • Total: 2,462 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 6 new case; 60 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 321
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 6.4%

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

On Monday, March 15, 2021, DHHS announced 224 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 5.9%. Today’s results include 143 people who tested positive by PCR test and 81 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,064 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/14: 224 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 198. NH reported 324 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 down by 126 to 2,064. That’s down from the last few days, by a nice amount, but is still higher than we had a week ago.
  • Salem added 6 new cases today, bringing our total to 2,462 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s active cases are back down to 60, a drop of two from yesterday, but still higher than we had a week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 321. One week ago, it was 301.
  • Salem’s positivity rate is 6.4%. One week ago, it was 6.2%.
  • Following the trend from last week, there were more changes today to the count for those who are over 80 years old.
  • A total of 1,152 people have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19, an increase of 2 since yesterday’s update.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 68. We are still at the level we had in mid-November.
  • NH’s cumulative ICU admissions remains at 353 for the fourth day in a row. 
  • For two days in a row, there were no COVID-19 deaths reported for the period covered by this report. The average for the past week is 0.7% lives lost per day.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (65), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (30), Strafford (23), Merrimack (15), Cheshire (14), Carroll (8), Belknap (7), Grafton (7), Sullivan (4), and Coos (3) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (14) and Nashua (9). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-five new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 198
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 224
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 5.9%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 78,813
  • New negative results reported: 331
  • Total Negative Results: 562,981

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 19,357
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 65
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.4%

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

  • Children under 18 in today’s new cases: 31
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 13.8%


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

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3770 (+11); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8938 (+31); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15560 (+63); Hospitalizations: 28 (+1); Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11413 (+39); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10374 (+23); Hospitalizations: 87; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12443 (+28); Hospitalizations: 146 (+1); Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8249 (+6); Hospitalizations: 276; Deaths: 104
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4274 (+1); Hospitalizations: 278; Deaths: 274
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3716 (MINUS 3); Hospitalizations: 276; Deaths: 784
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 76 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,064
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 509

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 324
  • Total Recovered: 75,550
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.9% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 68
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,152
  • 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: 1.52%
  • 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!

A new study that included over 4,000 COVID patients found that 13.3 percent reported having symptoms lasting more than 28 days, 4.5 percent had symptoms for more than eight weeks, and 2.3 percent had symptoms more than 12 weeks. Long COVID, or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), was more likely with older patients, patients with higher body mass indices, and females. Experiencing more than five symptoms during the first week of illness was also strongly associated with long COVID. Read the study.

This has been added to the growing list of (mostly) scientific articles that I have collected and shared near the bottom of this page: https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-consequences/

This is yet another reason to stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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