COVID-19 Update March 16

COVID-19 Update March 16

  • Total: 2,472 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 10 new case; 61 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 345
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 6.5%

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

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, DHHS announced 286 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.7%. Today’s results include 115 people who tested positive by PCR test and 171 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,074 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/15: 286 new cases 

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

DHHS also said, “New Hampshire announced 286 cases for March 16. There were an average of 276 cases per day over he most recent 7-day period (March 10-March 16). This is a 17% increase compared to the previous 7-day period.”

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

  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 257. NH reported 244 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 10 to 2,074. That’s 71 more active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • Are we heading in the wrong direction? A 17% increase in new cases in one week is concerning.
  • Salem added 10 new cases today, bringing our total to 2,472 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • An increase of one active case in Salem in one day is not a concern, but the increase of 12 active cases from Tuesday to Tuesday should have us being more cautious than we were last week.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 345. One week ago, it was 314.
  • Salem’s positivity rate is 6.5%. One week ago, it was 6.1%.
  • Today is the 4th day in the past month that we have had more antigen test results than PCR results.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,151 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is a decrease of 1 since yesterday’s update. The age report shows a decrease of one for those who are aged 70-79.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 66. It’s two less than yesterday, but we are still at the level we had in mid-November.
  • NH’s cumulative ICU admissions remains at 353 for the fifth day in a row. 
  • After two days in a row with no COVID-19 deaths reported, there were three lives lost for the period covered by this report. 
  • If you are scheduled to receive a vaccine in Londonderry, please be sure to see the message from Chief Larry Best of Salem Fire Department and Salem’s Emergency Operations Center. I have shared Chief Best’s message as my message, below, for anyone who may have missed it.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (65), Hillsborough County other than Rockingham (106), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (44), Merrimack (19), Strafford (17), Grafton (11), Carroll (10), Belknap (7), Cheshire (7), Coos (5), and Sullivan (3) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (30) and Nashua (11). 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): 257
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 286
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.7%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 79,070
  • New negative results reported: 512
  • Total Negative Results: 563,493

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 19,460
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 106
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 6.1%

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

  • Children under 18 in today’s new cases: 55
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 19.2%
  • (Totals, including changes in new cases since yesterday for those under 60.)
  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3790 (+20); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8986 (+48); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15622 (+62); Hospitalizations: 28; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11444 (+31); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10414 (+40); Hospitalizations: 87; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12478 (+35); Hospitalizations: 146; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8263 (+14); Hospitalizations: 276; Deaths: 104
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4280 (+6); Hospitalizations: 277 [MINUS 1]; Deaths: 275
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3717 (+1); Hospitalizations: 276; Deaths: 786
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 76 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,074
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 552

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 244
  • Total Recovered: 75,794
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.9% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 66
  • New people hospitalized from NH: MINUS 1
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,151
  • 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: 3
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 3
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,202
  • 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!

In case you didn’t see it, “my” message tonight is actually the message that Chief Larry Best of Salem Fire Department and Salem’s Emergency Operations Center has posted. Chief Best wrote:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE—Good Evening All. There is some confusion occurring on Facebook with regards to the opening of the new COVID19 Vaccine Distribution site at the former Lord & Taylor store at the Mall at Rockingham Park. This new site is opening effective tomorrow 3/17. This site is replacing the Londonderry drive through site. 

ALL appointments that were scheduled in Londonderry are now scheduled in Salem for the same date and time. 

I just got off the phone with the State confirming all of this. Below is a copy of the email that is going out explaining what is occurring. Thank you. Chief Best

An Important Message from the State of New Hampshire about your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment:

You are receiving this message because you have a vaccination appointment scheduled at the Londonderry Exit 4 drive-through clinic. All appointments scheduled at the Londonderry site have been moved to the Rockingham Mall in Salem inside the former Lord & Taylor building. Your appointment is at the same date and time as originally scheduled.

The Rockingham Mall is located at 99 Rockingham Park Blvd, Salem, NH 03079

Blue vaccine signs on the mall campus will help direct you to the location.

Thank you.

#End of Chief Best’s message.

Don’t forget to stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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