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Q: How much testing is NH doing in comparison to our neighboring states?
A: We aren’t doing enough tests!
Today’s COVID-19 Statistics:
Salem’s confirmed cases:
- 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
- May 24: 226???; 76 active
Earlier dates have been moved to https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-cases-in-salem/
Weekly report has been moved to https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-weekly-updates/
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
NH News relating to COVID-19
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
Generally, the Act provides that covered employers must provide to all employees:
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor.
A covered employer must provide to employees that it has employed for at least 30 days:
- Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
Covered Employers: The paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to certain public employers, and private employers with fewer than 500 employees. Most employees of the federal government are covered by Title II of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which was not amended by this Act, and are therefore not covered by the expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA. However, federal employees covered by Title II of the Family and Medical Leave Act are covered by the paid sick leave provision.
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern. Read more.
How reliable are the antibody tests?
This video explains COVID IgG sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value. Thanks, Kristin, for sharing. And if you want more info about antibody and PCR diagnostic testing, including locations, you can find the info I’ve compiled here.
Main Street Relief Fund
If you own a small business, and, like the majority of small businesses, have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, don’t forget to apply for relief. This is a grant. You don’t need to pay it back. But you must file by Friday to get back some of the funds that you have lost. Read more.
Resources have been moved. They can now be found at https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-resources/
Sources used to create this report: