COVID-19 Update March 20

COVID-19 Update March 20

  • Total: 2,522 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 6 new case; 87 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 409
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 8.3%

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

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, DHHS announced 344 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.5%. Today’s results include 201 people who tested positive by PCR test and 143 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,421 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/19: 344 new cases 

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

• • • • • • TODAY’S SUMMARY • • • • • •

  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 320. NH reported 240 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 76 to 2,421. That’s 231 more active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • NH has now reached over 80,000 confirmed cases. This is more than twice the number of confirmed cases that we had on December 27.
  • Salem added 12 new cases today, bringing our total to 2,522 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19. 
  • Salem’s active cases has decreased by 2 since yesterday to 87. Salem had 62 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 409. Yesterday it was 409. One week ago, it was 307.
  • Salem’s positivity rate is 8.3%. Yesterday it was 8.3%. One week ago, it was 6.1%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,181 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is an increase of 3 since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 31 since last week. There were no new cases today from Rockingham County, leaving the county’s total at 265.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 63 which is 11 less than yesterday, and 8 less than a week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions went up by 1 for the period covered by this report, leaving the total at 360. We have seen an increase of 7 ICU admissions in the past seven days.
  • There were 4 lives lost for the period covered by this report, for a total of 1,217 people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 18 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. Today’s numbers include 1 more person who died from Rockingham County, for a total of 222 lives lost in our county. 

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • Rockingham (79), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (57), Strafford (49), Merrimack (33), Cheshire (13), Grafton (12), Carroll (8), Belknap (5), Sullivan (4), and Coos (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (33) and Nashua (26). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-three new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 320
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 344
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.5%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 80,316
  • New negative results reported: 1,545
  • Total Negative Results: 567,569     

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 19,817
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 79
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 6.2%

• • • • • • 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: 16.0%
  • (Totals, showing changes in new cases since yesterday for those under 60.)
  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3893 (+24); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 9224 (+55); Hospitalizations: 9; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15862 (+72); Hospitalizations: 28; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11632 (+54); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10574 (+38); Hospitalizations: 88; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12652 (+38); Hospitalizations: 150; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8353 (+23); Hospitalizations: 280; Deaths: 105
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4330 (+13); Hospitalizations: 290; Deaths: 279
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3722 (+4); Hospitalizations: 283; Deaths: 796
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 74 (+-1); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,421
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 676

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 240
  • Total Recovered: 76,678
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.5% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 63
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,181
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.47%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 360
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 265

• • • • • • 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: 1,217
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.52%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 222

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 smart, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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