COVID-19 Update March 5

COVID-19 Update March 5

  • Total: 2,399 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 4.9%
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 13 new cases; 55 active cases.

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

On Friday, March 5, 2021, DHHS announced 320 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.1%. Today’s results include 219 people who tested positive by PCR test and 101 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,240 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/4: 320 new cases 

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

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

  • Salem’s new cases have increased by 13 since yesterday. This is more than our daily average over the past week of 6 new cases per day. Disappointing, but not a trend. Let’s keep it that way.
  • Salem’s active cases increased by 5 people since yesterday. Today’s count, while disappointing, is still  4 less than Tuesday, and 27 less than last Friday.
  • 195 NH people were reported as “recovered” since yesterday’s update. Today the new cases “by math” (yesterday vs today’s cumulative total of positive cases as reported by DHHS) was 244. After allowing for those who lost their lives today because of COVID-19, NH’s number of active cases went up by 49 to 2,240. 
  • DHHS is reporting one fewer cumulative hospitalized patients today than they reported yesterday.
  • There was -1 new people hospitalized today. The dashboard by ages shows on fewer hospitalized patients aged 80+ than yesterday. (It also shows five fewer new cases for that same age group.)
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is now 90, a decrease of two since yesterday.
  • NH’s cumulative ICU admissions is still 348, the same as yesterday.
  • There were no new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period covered by this report.

• • • • • • Vaccines • • • • • •

  • DHHS has added a new section for vaccinations, in the Interactive Analytics dashboard. but on that dashboard, you can find the number of vaccines administered to date:
    • 1st dose: 235,491 (17.4% of NH population); 23,180 in the past 7 days
    • Fully vaccinated: 105,470 (7.8%); 8,008 in the past 7 days
  • The new dashboard does not provide any information on vaccines administered by any geographic area, age, ethnicity, etc.
  • The new dashboard does include details about the various phases
  • Additional information on vaccines, including amounts administered per location, is included in today’s press release.
  • I am not planning to reporting on this regularly.

• • • • • • Community Transmission  • • • • • •

New Cases per 100K residents over the past 14 days. (Over 100 is considered to be severe community transmission.)

  • Salem: 310. Yesterday we were 287. Last Friday, we were 432. One month ago, we were at 919. 
  • Rockingham County: 288. Yesterday was 289. Last Friday, the County was at 327. One month ago, it was at 703.
  • New Hampshire: 289.4. Yesterday was 289.4. Last Friday, NH’s rate was not available. On Thursday it was 349.9. On Saturday, it was 327.2. One month ago, it was at 662.9.
  • The county with the lowest level is Sullivan County at 137.
  • The county with the highest level is Strafford (Durham/UNH) with 397.
  • Plymouth is the highest community at 1,582. Durham is second (1,437). Hanover is third.(1,082.) Sixth highest is Keene (509). All are college towns.
  • Manchester is 343. Nashua is 221.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (87), Strafford (47), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (37), Cheshire (27), Merrimack (20), Carroll (16), Belknap (12), Coos (8), Grafton (8), and Sullivan (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (31) and Nashua (8). The county of residence is being determined for fifteen new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 244
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 320
    • 174 PCR tests
    • 70 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 71.3%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 42
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 13.1%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 76,422
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.1%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results: 619
  • New negative results reported: 375
  • Total Negative Results: 555,023

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 18,734
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 87
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.7%
  • 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: 3609 (+10); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8520 (+49); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15002 (+52); Hospitalizations: 27; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11066 (+43); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10087 (+32); Hospitalizations: 86; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12129 (+39); Hospitalizations: 142; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 8041 (+11); Hospitalizations: 265; Deaths: 102
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4193 (+13); Hospitalizations: 273; Deaths: 265
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3704 (Minus -5); Hospitalizations: 271; Deaths: 774
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 71 (+); Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,240
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 515
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 23.0%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 195
  • Total Recovered: 73,004
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.5% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 90
  • New people hospitalized from NH: MINUS 1
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,126
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.47%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 348
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 0
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 257

• • • • • • 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: 1,178
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.54%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 209

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!

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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