COVID-19 Update March 17

COVID-19 Update March 17

  • Total: 2,491 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 19 new case; 73 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 399
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 7.6%

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

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, DHHS announced 327 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 1.6%. Today’s results include 166 people who tested positive by PCR test and 161 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,212 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/16: 327 new cases 

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

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

  • Rot-row. It looks like we could be in the early phases of another surge. This is not the direction that we are supposed to be heading. Come on, NH! Come on, Salem! We can do better. We MUST do better!
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 297. NH reported 159 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 138 to 2,212. That’s 98 more active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • Salem added 12 new cases today, bringing our total to 2,491 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 399. Yesterday it was 345. One week ago, it was 318.
  • Salem’s positivity rate is 7.6%. Yesterday it was 6.5%. One week ago, it was 6.1%.
  • Yesterday was the 4th day in the past month that we have had more antigen test results than PCR results. Today they are essentially tied.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,156 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is an increase of 5 since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 14 since last week. One of the new cases was from Rockingham County.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 79, which is 13 more than yesterday, but only one more than a week ago.
  • After 5 days with no change to the cumulative total of ICU admissions, we had one more admission reported for the period covered by this report, bringing the total to 354.
  • There were no lives lost for the period covered by this report. We have lost 15 people in NH in the previous week due to COVID-19.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (97), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (46), Strafford (38), Merrimack (24), Cheshire (16), Grafton (10), Carroll (8), Belknap (8), Coos (8), and Sullivan (5) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (27) and Nashua (18). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-two new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 297
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 327
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 1.6%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 79,367
  • New negative results reported: 741
  • Total Negative Results: 564,234

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 19,552
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 97
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 6.2%

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

  • Children under 18 in today’s new cases: 62
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 19.0%
  • (Totals, including changes in new cases since yesterday for those under 60.)
  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3816 (+26); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 9042 (+56); Hospitalizations: 9 (+1); Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15672 (+50); Hospitalizations: 28; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11491 (+47); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10464 (+50); Hospitalizations: 87; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12516 (+38); Hospitalizations: 146; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8286 (+23); Hospitalizations: 277; Deaths: 104
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4291 (+11); Hospitalizations: 280; Deaths: 275
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3713 (MINUS 4); Hospitalizations: 276; Deaths: 786
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 76 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,212
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 598

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 159
  • Total Recovered: 75,953
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.7% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 79
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 5
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,156
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.46%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 354
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 260

• • • • • • 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: 1,202
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.51%
  • 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!

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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