COVID-19 Update March 2

COVID-19 Update March 2

  • Total: 2,376 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 5.0%
  • 1 out of every 13 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 3 new cases; 59 active cases.

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

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, DHHS announced 242 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.6%. Today’s results include 109 people who tested positive by PCR test and 133 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,274 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/1: 242 new cases 

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

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

  • There were three new cases in Salem … for three days in a row. 
  • Salem’s active cases went down by two yesterday. Today they are up by two. While we would like to see this number go down every day, a one-day increase, especially then it is this low, is not anything to be concerned about.
  • 304 NH people were reported as “recovered” since yesterday’s update. This is more than the 242 new cases reported by DHHS, so NH’s number of active cases went down by another 169 to 2,274. This is the lowest since November 10, but is still double what we had October 29.
  • Although there was one new people hospitalized today, the number of people who are currently hospitalized has decreased by two to 88.
  • After two days no change in the total number of people in ICUs, NH’s cumulative ICU admissions increased again. Although the dashboard is set up to show both Current and Cumulative Intensive Care Unit cases, the Current field continues to be “n/a,” so we have no idea how many of the 346 people have been discharged, died, or are still hospitalized.
  • This is the third day in a row with no COVID-19 deaths.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (58), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (36), Merrimack (27), Cheshire (25), Strafford (22), Belknap (10), Grafton (6), Carroll (5), Coos (4), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (18) and Nashua (10). The county of residence is being determined for twenty new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 215
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 242
    • 89 PCR tests
    • 126 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 41.4.0%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 33
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 13.6%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 75,803
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.6%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results: 239
  • New negative results reported: 24
  • Total Negative Results: 553,562

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 18,565
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 58
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.4%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.5% 

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

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3577 (+20); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8399 (+25); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 14878 (+29); Hospitalizations: 26; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 10968 (+38); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10011 (+37); Hospitalizations: 85; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12020 (+39); Hospitalizations: 142; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 7990 (+22); Hospitalizations: 265; Deaths: 102
  • 70-79: 6% of Total cases: 4173 (+4); Hospitalizations: 270; Deaths: 261
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3702 (+0); Hospitalizations: 270; Deaths: 770
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 85 (+); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,274
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 511
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 22.5%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 304
  • Total Recovered: 72,359
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.5% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 88
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,119
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.48%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 346
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 256

• • • • • • 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: 1,170
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.54%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 208

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!

NH hit our all-time highs in January. They have fallen off since then. New cases, hospitalizations and deaths seem to be stabilizing. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these are the levels that would have been considered extremely high as recent as late October.

Yes, we are doing well, but the virus is still out there, new variants are emerging, and the risk of outbreaks remains high in communities where too many people let their guard down.


Don’t allow yourself to become careless. Please stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie







NH Communities with more than 50 cumulative cases.





The following video was posted almost two months ago. Things have changed in that time. On October 2, US deaths were 1,035,451, according to the video. (My records say 1,033,174 per WorldOmeter.) WorldOMeter now says the global death rate is 1,446,889, an increase of 413,715 in less than two months. Just please remember that there is a lot more between COVID->Death vs. COVID->Recovery. More and more, long-haulers are making the news, as are other consequences of COVID-19.



This screenshot comes from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6942e2.htm?s_cid=mm6942e2_w

This report is explained here:
https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/2020/10/20/cdc-from-january-to-october-us-had-299k-more-deaths-than-in-previous-years/


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