COVID-19 Update May 12
Salem: 195 confirmed cases, 103 cases are still active.
Another two Salem residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 65 people out of every 10,000 Salem residents have been diagnosed. 92 of the Salem cases are no longer active; these people have either recovered or have died. More than half of those here in Salem that have been infected are still waiting to recover.
NH announced that there were 81 new positive test results for COVID-19, including five children under the age of 18. (From the number of cases announced yesterday and today, I come up with 79). Fourteen of the new cases were in Rockingham County. DHHS says that community-based transmission continues to occur in the State.
Today NH DHHS announced that 9 more people have died in NH from COVID-19. Those numbers are not just statistics on a spreadsheet; each represents a real person — someone’s mother or father, sister or brother, son or daughter. All were 60 years old or older. Of those who died, two were from Rockingham County, one male, one female. Of those who are diagnosed, 4.38% have died.
There was one new hospitalized case in NH today, bringing the total of those hospitalized to 319 (10% of all confirmed cases); more than one-third of all NH hospitalizations (121) are still in the hospital.
Goffstown now has more than 50 confirmed cases, bringing that total to 13 communities. Only four have more than 100: Manchester (732), Nashua (301), Derry (249) and Salem (195) and Bedford (117).
Derry now has more active cases than Nashua. (Derry: 173 active cases, Nashua: 170). Manchester still has the most active at 459. Salem, at 103, is the 4th community with the most active cases. Others with between 50 and 100 active cases are Bedford, Milford, Londonderry, and Franklin.
Nashua now has had more than 300 total cases. Rockingham County passed the 1,000 count today. Methuen MA passed 700 active cases. Massachusetts has now processed over 400K cases.
The US has 1.3M confirmed cases. NH has 1.3M residents. That’s a lot of confirmed cases! And doesn’t include those who haven’t been tested, or those who had one of the 30-40% of false negatives.
How are you doing? If you are struggling, as many are, please be gentle with yourself. We’re all doing the best that we can; give yourself permission to let that be good enough. Stay safe, and always, be kind.
Key points covered below in today’s report:
- Still waiting for your Economic Impact Payment?
- Remdesivir is coming to NH.
- Virtual Concert Coming
- Evictions are still possible
- NH’s Senator Hassan questions Dr. Fauci
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Q: How much testing is NH doing in comparison to our neighboring states?
A: We aren’t doing enough tests!
On April 19, this was posted on Facebook:
NHPR has charts. Lots of charts!
If you want more than what I’m providing, they can be found at NHPR’s website.
COVID Symptom Tracker: This is a project of Mass General Hospital. In the absence of proper testing, this may be the best way of tracking how we are doing. I’m keeping it near the top, so I’ll remember to log in each day.
Today’s COVID-19 Statistics:
I have had a table here for weeks, which compared the day to day changes.
If you actually miss it, please let me know, and I’ll bring it back.
Bonnie on May 12.
Salem’s confirmed cases:
- March 30 (Range 10-19)
- March 31 (Range 20+)
- April 3: 25 cases (Range 20+)
- April 6: 33 cases (+8 in 3 days)
- April 8: 20+ cases
- April 9: 20-49
- April 10: Over 50
- April 23: 116
- April 27: 144
- April 28: 143 (Huh? Less than yesterday? Triple checked!)
- April 30: 146
- May 1: 154
- May 2: 162
- May 3: 173
- May 4-5: 175
- May 6: 178; 94 active
- May 7: 186; 101 active
- May 8: 189; 103 active
- May 9: 191; 101 active
- May 10: 191; 100 active
NH Hot Spots (As of Monday, May 11)
NH has 13 NH municipalities that have more than 50 confirmed cases.
- Manchester: 684 (+14 from yesterday); 61 per 10K residents
- Nashua: 289 (+6); 32 per 10K residents
- Derry: 244; (+3); 73 cases per 10K residents
- Salem: 191 (0); 65 cases per 10K residents
- Londonderry: 91 (+1); 35 cases per 10K
- Bedford: 101 (+4); 45 cases per 10K
- Dover: 82 (+1); 26 cases per 10K
- Milford: 70 (-1); 44 cases per 10K
- Hudson: 65 (+3); 25 cases per 10K
- Concord: 63 (0); 15 cases per 10K
- Franklin: 58 (+1); 67 cases per 10K
- Goffstown added May 12
All other municipalities have less than 50 cases. All of the other municipalities with 20-49 cases are geographically south of Concord/Rochester, and east of Concord/Milford, except for Franklin.
Counties (as of Monday, May 11)
- Hillsborough (inc. Manchester and Nashua): 1,438 (+45); 34 per 10K residents
- Rockingham (inc. Salem & Derry): 978 (+14); 32 per 10K
About 79% of all of those in NH who have tested positive to COVID-19 live in these two counties.
Our neighboring towns:
- Methuen on May 9: 685; 135 confirmed cases per 10K residents. 275 recovered (+1). 32 deaths (+0)
- Lawrence on May 11:: 2,274 (+10). 283 cases per 10K residents. 95 deaths (+2)
- Haverhill on May 6: 833 cases up 233 from April 29. 130 cases per 10K.
If more people were tested, the numbers would be higher.
Without better testing, we can’t know what our real numbers are.
We need proper testing to fight COVID-19
The NH Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, has announced a Weekly Summary Report, with more details than are provided in the daily reports from the Department of Health & Human Services. Today, May 7 the NH DHHS has issued its “weekly” report for the week ending May 4. [This is the first weekly report since the week ending April 27, which was issued the same day.].
As of May 4, 713 healthcare workers have been infected (27.6% of all confirmed cases). 24 of the medical care workers were hospitalized; one died.
- More women have tested positive than men by about 11%. However, approximately 60% of the hospitalizations and 60% of the deaths are men.
- 18 kids under 9 years have tested positive. 19% of those infected are 50-59 years old, the largest age group. Those who are 30-39, 40-49, and 60-69 are each 13-14% of the cases. 20% of the confirmed cases are 70 or older, however, these age groups make up almost 40% of the cases, and 85% of the deaths.
- Race/Ethnicity: Although 90% of NH’s population is white; they only account for 76.4% of the confirmed infections, 82% of the hospitalizations, and 91.5% of the deaths. Hispanic/Latino make up 3.9% of the population, but 7.4% of the infections, 7.8% of the hospitalizations, and 6.8% of the deaths. Blacks/African Americans are 1.4% of the population, and 5.4% of the infections, 3.7% of hospitalizations, and 1.7% of the deaths. Asians are 3.0% of the population, and 4.1% of the cases; no Asians from NH have died. All other races are 1.8% of the population, and 7.7% of the population, 2.4% of hospitalizations, and 1.7% of deaths.
- Persons in Hillsborough County, including Manchester and Nashua, make up 44.7% of all infections, 46.5% of hospitalizations, and 46.5% of the deaths. Persons in Rockingham County (Salem and Derry) make up 33.9% of the total infections, 31.1% of the hospitalizations, and 32.6% of all deaths. The third most impacted county is Merrimack (Concord), which only has 7.7% of all infections.
NH News relating to COVID-19
- Are you still waiting for your Economic Impact Payment? If you qualify, but still haven’t received your Stimulus check, you must give the IRS information by noontime tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13) to receive a direct deposit. If you don’t, it will come as a paper check, however, you might not get it until sometime in June.
- Remdesivir is coming to NH. New Hampshire to receive a small supply of experimental treatment for COVID-19. Read more on NHPR. Read more on Concord Monitor.
- Virtual Concert Coming. Concert to support the “Artist Emergency Relief Fund. The concert will premiere this Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m., on the CFA Facebook Page, and on their YouTube Channel. Links to both of these online locations are on their website, centerfortheartsnh.org. Read more.
- Evictions are still possible. Judge grants emergency eviction in Concord landlord-tenant dispute. Read more.
- NH’s Senator Hassan questions Dr. Fauci. Today during a Congressional hearing with members of the White House COVID-19 task force, Senator Maggie Hassan asked Dr. Anthony Fauci questions. Read more.
Find other Salem Government board meetings: https://www.townofsalemnh.org/boards
To watch past or live viewings:
- Comcast TV Channel 23
Salem has nine State Representatives. If you are having issues connected to COVID-19, they have access to the people who can get you the help you need. You can find contact info for our reps here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx
Our Senator, Chuck Morse, can be contacted at Chuck.Morse@leg.state.nh.us His Concord office phone is 603.271.3207.
On April 7, NH scientist and politician, Mindi Messmer, PG, CG wrote on her Facebook page: “… testing has pretty much stopped at the NH PHL. The testing penetration is so low in NH, only 1/2% of the 1.3M people, meaning 99.5% of the 1.3M have not been tested, that I am not putting up projections or tests for NH because the graphs would be meaningless and I don’t want to give the false impression that we know what’s going on in NH.”
Please keep these ideas in mind as you review the information on this page or any other page.
Resources to help in these challenging times:
NH residents can dial the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 2-1-1 or 603-271-4496 for answers to questions related to the outbreak and to be directed to available resources for help.
Do YOU think you have COVID-19?
To report suspected cases, contact the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496, (603-271-5300 for after hours), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS has released its new app to track stimulus payments, “Get My Payment.” which had been scheduled to be released on April 17. Expect to wait. (And possibly, like me, be disappointed.) If your info isn’t available today, try again tomorrow, as info is going to be updated every night.
From Congresswoman Annie Kuster: A list of many resources, including Keeping Safe from COVID-19; New Hampshire Specific COVID-19 Information; Direct Payment to Granite Staters (Economic Impact Payments); Support for Small Businesses; Unemployment Assistance; Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Survivors; Student Loans; Taxes; Traveling Internationally; Veterans. https://kuster.house.gov/covid-19
Mental Health Resources, compiled by Jan Schmidt, Alderman and State Rep in Nashua. http://janschmidt4ward1.com/uncategorized/free-online-meetings-and-virtual-platforms/
How You Can Help Others:
- Stay home, wash hands, wear cloth masks in public, check on neighbors
- Donate food: NH Food Bank: https://www.nhfoodbank.org or call 669-9725
- United Way: http://uwnh.org
- Donate blood: https://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-Cross
- COVID-19 Response in New Hampshire: https://volunteernh.org/covid-19-response/
- Watch out for the kids. Child abuse reports are down, because they aren’t out where they can be observed. If you suspect child abuse call Salem Police Department (603) 893-1911 or the NH child abuse hotline at DCYF (800) 894-5533. You could also go to https://knowandtell.org. In an immediate emergency, dial 911. DHHS has offered a sheet, “Supporting Child and Family Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Emergency:” https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/documents/family-wellbeing-during-covid-19.pdf
There is no excuse for not having a mask!!!
- How to make and how to wear: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
- Directions for a no-sew mask (perhaps using the coffee filter, as suggested by the CDC?) http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie
- I found another option for a new pattern for a no-sew mask, using a t-shirt, and this one with several options.
- Mask materials: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/best-coronavirus-face-mask-materials-new-study_l_5e99b576c5b6a92100e63129
- A tip on how to make any mask (except N95) more efficient. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/22/840146830/adding-a-nylon-stocking-layer-could-boost-protection-from-cloth-masks-study-find
- I found another good mask video, although I believe that coffee filters are not being recommended any more; they make breathing too hard. It is now in the resource section at the bottom of every report.https://nbclim-f.akamaihd.net/i/Prod/NBCU_LM_VMS/635/99/DIT_20OTS_20NAT_20FEAT_20GIAT_20DIY_20FACE_20MASKS_20040520_20JD_20REV_202_20with_20L3__,935446,886827,037719,116849,460519,061449,.mp4.csmil/master.m3u8
- Free meals for Salem kids under 18: https://sau57.org/covid19/meals
- Town of Salem COVID-29 Info: https://www.townofsalemnh.org/home/covid-19-information
- COVID-19 Salem Community Hotline & Email: https://www.townofsalemnh.org/home/news/covid-19-community-hotline-and-email
- Salem Police: Dial 911 for emergencies or (603) 893-1911 for non-emergency issues.
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services:
Office of the Governor: https://www.governor.nh.gov
- List of NH “essential” services: https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-17-ex-a.pdf
Mindi Messmer: A scientist who is reporting frequently on COVID-19, Mindi is also a candidate for Executive Council, District 3 (including Salem). https://www.facebook.com/Mindi4NH/ Sign up for her “Daily or So COVID-19 Updates” https://actionnetwork.org/forms/daily-or-so-covid-19-updates
More info about COVID-19
COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint. https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-part1_0.pdfhttps://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-part1_0.pdf
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
COVID Symptom Tracker:
This is a project of Mass General Hospital. In the absence of proper testing, let’s let them know how we are doing. https://covid.joinzoe.com/us?fbclid=IwAR2IsoxZ9RBKC4uPQscKiuUUTJCA3cCt3dUr9tjNSsFqOU1rv10jmysmt4Y
Tuft’s University: COVID-19 Convalescent (Recovered) Patient Registry
- COVI-19 Tracker: https://bing.com/covid/local/newhampshire_unitedstates
- Live statistics: https://ncov2019.live/data
- US Coronavirus Tracking https://infection2020.com
- The COVID Tracking Project https://covidtracking.com/data/state/new-hampshire#historical
The World Health Organization:
Media with NH COVID-19 news:
- NH landlords cannot start eviction proceedings for any tenant unable to pay due to the impact of the coronavirus. Foreclosures are also frozen. https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-4.pdf
- Housing and Urban Development: https://www.hud.gov/states/new_hampshire
- NH Housing: https://www.nhhfa.org
- If you were working in NH: https://www.nhes.nh.gov
- If you worked in MA: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-unemployment-assistance
- Coronavirus Tax Relief: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments
- SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Formerly Food Stamps)
Link to other NH benefits:
Businesses and Employers: Guidance for Small Businesses
- New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA): (resources): https://businesshelp.nheconomy.com/hc/en-us
- NH DHHS: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/businesses.htm
- SBA: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/281d439
- SBA: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
- CDC: Cleaning: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
- OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
- Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce: http://www.gschamber.com
- McLane Middleton: An extensive list of resources for businesses: https://www.mclane.com/Coronavirus-Resource-Center
- The CARES Act: https://www.mclane.com/The-CARES-Act-QA-Webinar-Replay-4/2/2020
- Unemployment: https://www.mclane.com/Coronavirus-Employment-Webinar-3-26-2020
- Resource for Nonprofit businesses: https://www.nhnonprofits.org/page/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-nonprofits
Sources for data included in these reports:
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