COVID-19 Update March 8

COVID-19 Update March 8

  • Total: 2,413 confirmed cases in Salem. 
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 5.9%
  • 1 out of every 12 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem today: 7 new case; 50 active cases.

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

On Monday, March 8, 2021, DHHS announced 226 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 5.8 %. Today’s results include 144 people who tested positive by PCR test and 82 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,036 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 3/7: 226 new cases 

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

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

  • Whiplash! Numbers go up, numbers go down. Today Salem’s new cases increased by 7, but our active cases went down by one to 50.
  • Salem’s active cases are the lowest they have been in recent months, but are still higher than we had as recently as November 6.
  • Salem’s new cases per 100K residents over the past week is 307, the same as yesterday. 
  • 29 communities have a rate for 100K residents over 100, with 24 communities over 200. 15 communities (Hanover, Plymouth, Durham, Barrington, Keene, Rindge, Milford, Goffstown, Seabrook, Windham, Portsmouth, Hampstead, Derry, Manchester, and Litchfield) have a higher rate than Salem. Two, Hanover and Plymouth, are over 1,000. All of the counties in NH range from 158 to 348. Over 100 is considered to be a severe level of community transmission. 
  • 225 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 199. After allowing for those who lost their lives today because of COVID-19, NH’s number of active cases went down by 26 to 2,036. The last time we had this many active cases was November 9.   
  • While we are down from the high of 6,994 on December 27, we still have twice as many active cases as we had in late October, and almost ten times more than our low of 209 active cases on September 4.
  • DHHS is reporting four more cumulative hospitalized patients today than they reported yesterday.
  • The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 81, seven less than yesterday. The last time we were lower than this was November 17.
  • NH’s cumulative ICU admissions increased by one to 348, the first ICU admission since Thursday.
  • There were no new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period covered by this report; NH’s total remains at 1,184 lives lost. 

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (57), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (35), Strafford (34), Cheshire (14), Merrimack (14), Belknap (10), Grafton (9), Carroll (7), Sullivan (3), and Coos (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (25) and Nashua (8). The county of residence is being determined for eight new cases. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 199
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 226
    • 128 PCR tests
    • 71 Antigen tests
    • PCR percentage 64.3%
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 26
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 11.5%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 77,060
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 5.8%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results: 521
  • New negative results reported: 322
  • Total Negative Results: 557,107

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 18,879
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 57
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 5.3%
  • 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: 3644 (+8); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 10-19: 11% of Total cases: 8625 (+29); Hospitalizations: 8; Deaths: 0
  • 20-29: 20% of Total cases: 15153 (+50); Hospitalizations: 27; Deaths: 1
  • 30-39: 14% of Total cases: 11149 (+43); Hospitalizations: 46; Deaths: 5
  • 40-49: 13% of Total cases: 10178 (+29); Hospitalizations: 87; Deaths: 9
  • 50-59: 16% of Total cases: 12209 (+23); Hospitalizations: 143; Deaths: 22
  • 60-69: 11% of Total cases: 8107 (+15); Hospitalizations: 267; Deaths: 102
  • 70-79: 5% of Total cases: 4216 (+5); Hospitalizations: 275; Deaths: 269
  • 80+: 5% of Total cases: 3710 (MINUS -3); Hospitalizations: 272; Deaths: 776
  • Unknown: 0% of Total cases: 69; Hospitalizations: 0; Deaths: 0

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

  • Active cases in NH: 2,036
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 470
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 23.1%

• • • • • • RECOVERED • • • • • •

  • Recovered today: 225
  • Total Recovered: 73,840
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 95.8% 

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

  • Currently hospitalized: 82
  • New people hospitalized from NH: 2
  • Total hospitalized patients: 1,133
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.47%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 349
  • 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: 1,184
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.54%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 0
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 211

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!

One expert recently said that the US could be in the “eye of the hurricane,” instead of riding a steady pandemic decline. The country is seeing that the number of new cases has stopped dropping and we are now plateauing at very high numbers. This seems to be the case for NH as well as the rest of the country. Our numbers are going down much slower than they went up last fall. We are still seeing the same numbers we had last November.

It’s tempting to let up on our efforts and get complacent. Now is not the time! Between the two V’s — vaccines and variants — things could go either way. Hopefully we are in the final stretch, and we can stop plateauing, and start seeing a big drop in our cases. In the meantime, 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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