COVID-19 Update March 22

COVID-19 Update March 22

  • Total: 2,530 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 2 new case; 73 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 402
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 7.8%

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

On Monday, March 22, 2021, DHHS announced 207 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 7.7%. Today’s results include 148 people who tested positive by PCR test and 59 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,334 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/21: 207 new cases 

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

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

  • Salem added 2 new cases today, bringing our total to 2,530 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19. 
  • Salem’s active cases has decreased by 10 since yesterday to 73. Salem had 61 active cases one week ago.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 402. Yesterday it was 422. One week ago, it was 345.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 7.8%. Yesterday it was 8.3%. One week ago, it was 6.5%.
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 207. NH reported 250 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 43 to 2,334. That’s 260 more active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • NH has had 286.4 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday it was 287.3. One week ago, it was 266.6.
  •  NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.0%. Yesterday it was 3.9%. One week ago, it was 3.7%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 7.7%. Yesterday it was 2.4%. A week ago, it was 2.7%. (It tends to be higher on Mondays; the number of test results tend to be lower on Mondays.)
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,186 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 35 since last week. There was 1 new case today from Rockingham County, bringing our county’s total to 266.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 72 which is 0 more than yesterday, and 6 more than a week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions had no changes for the period covered by this report for the second day in a row, leaving the total at 360. We have seen an increase of 7 ICU admissions in the past seven days.
  • For the third day in a row, there were no 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 15 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. Today’s numbers include no one who died from Rockingham County, for a total of 222 lives lost in our county. 

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (49), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (39), Strafford (20), Merrimack (19), Grafton (8), Sullivan (8), Cheshire (7), Belknap (3), Carroll (1), and Coos (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (15) and Nashua (15). 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): 207
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 207
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 7.7%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 80,750
  • New negative results reported: 646
  • Total Negative Results: 568,779

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 19,993
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 49
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 6.1%

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

  • Children under 18 in today’s new cases: 35
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 16.9%

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

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3916 (+6); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases (Was 11% yesterday): 9289 (+29); Hospitalizations: 9; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15954 (+46); Hospitalizations: 29 (+1); Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11697 (+32); Hospitalizations: 47 (+1); Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10638 (+40); Hospitalizations: 89; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12721 (+33); Hospitalizations: 150; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8392 (+17); Hospitalizations: 281; Deaths: 105
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4348 (+7); Hospitalizations: 290; Deaths: 279
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3725 (+1); Hospitalizations: 284; Deaths: 796
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 70 (+-4); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,334
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 633

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 250
  • Total Recovered: 77,199
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.6% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 72
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 3
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,186
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.47%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 360
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 266

• • • • • • 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: 1,217
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.51%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • 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!

CNBC reported the following: 

“Infections are rising in the following states: Alabama; Connecticut; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Dakota; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Virginia; Washington; and West Virginia.

“The highly contagious variant first identified in the U.K. likely accounts for up to 30% of Covid infections in the U.S. Health officials say the variant could become dominant by the end of this month or in early April.

“The variant is seen as the cause of Europe’s third coronavirus wave. Several countries including France and Italy have imposed new lockdown measures to mitigate virus spread as cases surge.

More infections increase the risk of more variants. New variants could be more dangerous and might not be responsive to the current vaccines.

THESE ^^^ are the reasons why we need to stay smart, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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