*** TODAY’s HIGHLIGHTS
* Globally: 5,271,047 cases; 340,197 deaths
* US: 1,613,476 cases; 96,662 deaths
* Manchester now has 1,000 cases.
* Hooksett now has more than 50 cases, the 16th municipality to pass the 50 case mark.
* All communities with more than 20 cases are still east from Concord to Rochester, and south from Concord to Milford/Nashua, except for Franklin.
* Only six communities have more than 50 active cases: Manchester (460); Derry (154); Nashua (126); Bedford (84); Salem (74) and Goffstown (61)
* From Sunday through today, NH added 493 positive cases, averaging 70.4 per day. During the previous week, NH added 485 cases; the week before that, the NH added 493 cases. Yes, the same number as this past week.
* Of the sixteen communities that have passed 50 cases, all have had increases in cases over the past week. From last Sunday until today, Salem had 16 new cases this week.: Manchester added the most cases in a week. (168). Others: Nashua (42); Bedford (36); and Derry (29). All of the other communities that I’m watching have added less than 20 cases.
* Since the big purge of recovered cases on Thursday, more recovered cases have been reported. Only one community (Hooksett) has more active cases today. Goffstown and Hooksett are the only two with more active cases than one week ago.
* Antibody testing: NH has now tested more than 9K people for antibodies. Daily average from May 15: 572 tests per day.
* The number of current hospitalizations went down from last Saturday to yesterday. Today the number went back up again.
* COVID-19 pandemic threatens progress in substance abuse recovery communities in N.H.
* NH lawmakers concerned over the possibility that National Guard assistance in COVID-19 response could end
* I updated the graph showing Salem’s confirmed cases.
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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:
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
- May 11: 193; 102 active
- May 12: 195; 103 active
- May 13: 197; 104 active
- May 14: 201; 108 active
- May 15: 206; 112 active
- May 16: 211; 117 active
- May 17: 211; 116 active
- May 18: 212; 117 active
- May 19: 213; 118 active
- May 20: 218; 116 active
- May 21: 220; 86 active
- May 22: 225; 77 active
- May 23: 227; 74 active.
NH Hot Spots (As of Saturday, May 24. The increase is from last Saturday, May 16.)
NH has 13 NH municipalities that have more than 50 confirmed cases.
- Manchester: 1000 (+149); 89 per 10K residents; 460 current
- Nashua: 469 (370); 47 per 10K residents; 126 current
- Derry: 298; (+31); 89 cases per 10K residents; 154 current
- Salem: 227 (+16); 77 cases per 10K residents; 74 current
- Bedford: 168 (+38); 74 cases per 10K; 84 current
- Concord: 88 (+10); 20 cases per 10K; 37 current
- Dover: 92 (+3); 29 cases per 10K; 14 current
- Franklin: 61 (+3); 70 cases per 10K; 44 current
- Goffstown: 87 (+20); 48 cases per 10K; 61 current
- Hooksett: 51 (new to list since last week); 35 cases per 10K; 28 current
- Hudson: 78 (+8); 31 cases per 10K; 32 current
- Londonderry: 122 (+18); 46 cases per 10K; 43 current
- Milford: 84 (+8); 52 cases per 10K; 31 current
- Pelham: 51 (new to list since last week); 36 cases per 10K; 15 current
- Portsmouth: 59 (+2); 26 cases per 10K; 21 current
- Rochester: 51 (new to the list since last week) 16 cases per 10K; 24 current
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 Sat., May 16. Increases from last Saturday, May 9.)
- Hillsborough (inc. Manchester and Nashua): 2,049 (+326); 49 per 10K residents
- Rockingham (inc. Salem & Derry): 1,218 (+131); 39 per 10K
About 80% of all of those in NH who have tested positive to COVID-19 live in these two counties.
Our neighboring towns:
- Methuen on May 22: 777 (+75 from May 16); 168 confirmed cases per 10K residents. 496 recovered (+120). 45 deaths (+8)
- Lawrence on May 22: 2,756 (+492 from May 15). 340 cases per 10K residents. 112 deaths (+13)
- Haverhill on May 20: 1066 cases (up 116 from May 13). 166 cases per 10K
If more people were tested, the numbers would be higher.
Without better testing and reporting, 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
N.H. Sees First Case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
State health officials have confirmed the first case in New Hampshire of an inflammatory syndrome that the CDC says affects children who have been infected with or exposed to the coronavirus. As of May 18, there had been a total of 191 confirmed COVID-19 cases among children ages 0-19. Read more about NH’s case. Read more about MIS-C.
Manchester man, 29, with no underlying conditions, in COVID-19-related medically induced coma
A Manchester father is fighting for his life on a ventilator battling COVID-19. Corey Martin, 29, is a husband, son, and proud father. He had no underlying health conditions, but when COVID-19 swept through Hampshire House, the halfway house in Manchester where he works 60-hour weeks, he contracted the virus. It progressed from neck pain on May 3 to a point last week where his family no longer recognized him.
“We just want to make it known that just because you’re young and healthy does not mean that you can’t get sick,” said his wife. “My husband is literally fighting for his life and he’s healthy.” A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover medical expenses.
Nashua approves facemask mandate, defiant could face fines up to $1,000
Face masks will now be required when customers visit stores, restaurants, and other business establishments in Nashua. Several city officials said that because Nashua is a border city, it must be extra vigilant because of the high number of cases in Massachusetts.
The new ordinance does not require children under 10 to wear a face covering, and is not required for anyone who can show that a medical professional has advised that wearing a face covering may pose a risk because of a health reason. Masks must be worn while entering restaurants, they may be removed once diners sit down at a table. Read more. NHPR says “Nashua is believed to be the first city in the state to enact such an order.”
Gubernatorial Candidate Andru Volinsky Says State Liquor Store COVID Case Bolsters Case for Mask Order. Why Did It Take a Week to Release This Information?
CONCORD, N.H. — In response to today’s revelation of a case of COVID-19 contracted by a Manchester state liquor store employee a week ago, Andru Volinsky released the following statement:
“I viewed state liquor stores as a dangerous vector for the spread of the virus at the start of the pandemic. Today’s announcement of a week-old positive test result for a Manchester liquor store employee raises both the question of the overall safety of customers who visited the store and the question of why this information wasn’t released a week ago, when customers should have received notice. The infection also underscores the need for employees and customers alike to wear protective face coverings if they want to buy liquor in New Hampshire. That’s why I called for a mask order enforced by businesses this Monday. The Governor must now take the step that public health scientists tell us is appropriate; order the wearing of masks in public. I fear that the pandemic will only become worse without this reasonable step, especially as we prepare for out-of-state tourists to visit our state.”
Can I get tested? Where do I go?
On Wednesday, the Governor announced new criteria for testing, as well as a new location in Londonderry. Sign up for an appointment on the NH’s Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Program’s website. I have included everything you might want to know about diagnostic testing and antibody testing at https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-testing/ My webpage has been updated to reflect the newest information.
The Town of Salem’s Emergency Operations Center Team (EOC) will be making weekly reports most Monday evening at 7:00. Their reports can be seen at http://sctv-17.com/CablecastPublicSite/?channel=1
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.
NH scientist and politician, Mindi Messmer, PG, CG wrote on her Facebook page: “… The testing penetration is so low in NH … I don’t want to give the false impression that we know what’s going on in NH.”
I’ll add to that by sharing that my numbers are computed based on reports from NH Department of Human Services, and, on way too many occasions, their numbers simply don’t make sense. , but have had no response. They have been told that there are several times that they have had obvious errors, and I’ve asked for clarification, but I’ve had no response. I do not know how much we can trust these numbers, and how much we can rely on decisions based on statistics riddled with errors.
On April 8, the National Academy of Sciences reported that 16 out of 51 tests were inaccurate. (false negatives). Others also have concerns about both false negatives and false positives.
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)
About SNAP: https://govtbenefits.org/snap-vs-food-stamps/
NH SNAP: http://www.benefitsapplication.com/program_info/NH/Food%20Stamps
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
CDC: Cleaning: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
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
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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