COVID-19 Update March 24

COVID-19 Update March 24

  • Total: 2,573 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem today: 19 new case; 100 active cases.
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K for 14 days: 493
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 9.8%

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

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, DHHS announced 360 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.1%. Please note, there have been an additional 54 cases added to the case count, in addition to the new cases above. These cases were identified during data quality assurance activities and are from December 2020 through March 2021. Today’s results include 206 people who tested positive by PCR test and 154 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,590 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/23: 360 new cases 

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

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

  • Salem added 19 new cases today, bringing our total to 2,573 Salem residents who have had confirmed case of COVID-19. 
  • Come on, Salem! We have averaged 22 new cases per day for the last two days. For the week from Tuesday through Monday, we averaged 10 cases per day.
  • Salem’s active cases has increased by 9 since yesterday to 100. Salem had 78 active cases one week ago. We were down to 49 on March 9.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents is 493. Yesterday it was 466. One week ago, it was 409.
  • Salem’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 9.8%, a “moderate” level of community transmission. Yesterday it was 10.0%. One week ago, it was 7.9%.
  • Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs. today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 389. NH reported 265 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 114 to 2,590. That’s 250 more active cases than we had a week ago. 
  • NH has had 307 new cases per 100K residents in the past 14 days. Yesterday it was 300.0 One week ago, it was 281.5.
  •  NH’s positivity rate for PCR & antigen results in the past week is 4.3%. Yesterday it was 4.0%. One week ago, it was 3.8%.
  • NH’s positivity rate for PCR results returned today is 2.1%. Yesterday it was 3.5%. A week ago, it was 2.1%.
  • DHHS is reporting a total of 1,188 people who have been hospitalized as of today because of COVID-19.  This is an increase of 4 since yesterday’s update, and an increase of 28 since last week. There was one new case today from Rockingham County, bringing our county’s total to 267.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 70 which is 6 more than yesterday, and 5 less than a week ago. 
  • The cumulative total of ICU admissions increased by 2 for the period covered by this report, for a total of 362. We have seen an increase of 8 ICU admissions in the past seven days.
  • I wish this was a typo, but it’s not: Today NH DHHS reported that there were 10 lives lost for the period covered by this report, for a total of 1,228people who have died in NH due to COVID-19. We have lost 21 people in NH due to COVID-19 in the past week. Today’s numbers include two people who died from Rockingham County, for a total of 224 lives lost in our county. Three of those reported on the Summary Dashboard were in their 50’s.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

DHHS reports that the new cases reside in the following counties: 
Rockingham (113), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (60), Strafford (37), Merrimack (26), Cheshire (23), Grafton (11), Belknap (9), Carroll (9), Coos (8), and Sullivan (5) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (24) and Manchester (16). The county of residence is being determined for nineteen new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 389
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 360
  • Percentage of today’s PCR tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.1%
  • Total people who have tested positive: 81,521
  • New negative results reported: 1,207
  • Total Negative Results: 570,163

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 20,167
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 113
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 6.7%

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

  • 71 children under 18 are included in today’s new cases.
  • 19.7% of new cases announced by DHHS today are kids under 18 years old.

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

  • 0-9: 5% of Total cases: 3981 (+35); Hospitalizations: 7; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 12% of Total cases: 9422 (+75); Hospitalizations: 9; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 16128 (+99); Hospitalizations: 28; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases (Went up to 15% yesterday, back down today): 11799 (+52); Hospitalizations: 47; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10736 (+40); Hospitalizations: 89; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12839 (+53); Hospitalizations: 150; Deaths: 25 (+3)
  • 60-69: 10% of Total cases: 8458 (+28); Hospitalizations: 282; Deaths: 106
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4364 (+8); Hospitalizations: 291; Deaths: 281
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3724 (MINUS 1); Hospitalizations: 285; Deaths: 801
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 70 (+0); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,590
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 732

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 265
  • Total Recovered: 77,703
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.3% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 70
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 4
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,188
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.46%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 362
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 267

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 10
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 8
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 2
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 1,228
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.51%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 2
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 224

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!

Salem had an unusually low number of new cases on Monday. Yesterday, it was usually high. I was hoping today would be in between, if not lower. That doesn’t seem to be what’s happening.

Tomorrow the State will likely provide their weekly report on outbreaks at long-term care facilities. Between last Thursday and Friday, there were 47 people reported from long-term care facilities, but there have only been 11 over the last five days.  That doesn’t seem to be what’s happening.

In all of NH, those diagnosed who are aged in their 20’s accounted for 99 new cases, roughly 1/3 of all new cases today. Those aged over 60 only had 42 new cases state-wide since yesterday. Could it be “Spring Break?”

Whatever the cause, we need to stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie











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