COVID-19 Update May 28

COVID-19 Update May 28
Salem Total: 239 confirmed cases, 81 cases per 10,000 residents
Salem Today: 4 new cases; 70 active cases.
****** TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ******
* Globally: 5,904,285 cases; 361,996 deaths
* US: 1,768,461 confirmed cases; 103,330 deaths.
* The number of positive cases in NH has been climbing. It averaged 3.25% from May 22-May 26. On May 25 and 26, positive test results were less than three percent of all tests. On May 27, it was 4.03%. Today it was almost 8%. It’s too early to say that this is a trend. Let’s hope it’s not.
* The number of hospitalizations is inching up. The average of current hospitalizations over the past week is 96; today it is up to 110.
* The number of deaths in NH related to COVID 19 has decreased from an average of 7 per day last week, to an average of 5 per day over the past week, including yesterday and today; NH has lost 9 people for each of the last two days.
* Haverhill MA and Manchester both just passed the 1,100 confirmed case mark; they essentially have the same number of cases. The difference? In Haverhill, 1 out of 58 people has been infected. In Manchester, it’s 1 out of 101.
* In Salem, 1 out of 124 people have been infected. In Rockingham County, it’s 1 out of 243. In NH, it’s 1 out of 310 people.
* NH DHHS said that we would be doing over 2,000 tests per day, but we have not hit the 2,000 goal for the past six days; the daily average for the past week is 1,241.
* The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history because of the coronavirus pandemic,
* Governor Sununu is expected to make some major announcements tomorrow, but the Stay-at-Home Order will continue at least until mid-June. Watch on WMUR at 3:00.
* New positive cases per DHHS: 101
* My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 100
* Children under 18 in new cases: 2
* Total positive cases in NH: 4,386
• Percentage of tests that are positive: 7.9%
* Active cases: 1,424
* Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 32%
* New cases in Rockingham County: 23
* Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,277
* Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 81%
* Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,266
* Daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,295
* New negative PCR cases in NH: 1,166
* Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 62,476
****** OTHER TEST RESULTS ******
* New antibody tests: 291
* Total antibody tests: 10,553
* Daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 514
* Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1
****** RECOVERED IN NH ******
* Announced today: 39
* Total: 2,730
* Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 62.2%
* New: 12
* Current: 110
* Total: 438
* Percentage of all confirmed cases that have been hospitalized: 10%
* Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 25.1%
****** DEATHS IN NH ******
* Lives lost today: 9
* Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 7
* Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 2
* Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 232
* NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.3%
* NH Residents hospitalized with COVID-19 that died: 53.0%
* Lives lost in Rockingham: 1 person over 60 years of age.
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.
****** Key points covered in today’s report ******
* For Some, A Case of COVID-19 Can Be Life-Changing, Long After The Diagnosis
* N.H. Courts Now Accepting Electronic Filings For Domestic Violence Protection
* NHPR Mini-Stories
* Unemployment
* Riverside Speedway and Adventure Park in Groveton
* Explore the Data: Tracking COVID-19 in New Hampshire
* Governor’s Q&A on WMUR this evening
It’s only Thursday, but it feels like Friday to me. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the weekend. In the meantime, stay safe, and always, be kind.

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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 (The highest number of active cases.)
  • 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
  • May 25: 228; 67 active
  • May 26: 235; 73 active
  • May 27: 235; 68 active

Earlier dates for Salem have been moved to

The weekly report has been moved to This is a summary of the info from NH DHHS; with more demographics than provided on a weekly basis. They last updated this info on May 18.

The report containing information about other towns, counties and our MA neighbors has been moved to’m updating this information weekly. The last update was May 24.

Today (or Recent) News pertaining to COVID-19

For Some, A Case of COVID-19 Can Be Life-Changing, Long After The Diagnosis 

  • A dry cough, shortness of breath, a fever: These are the most well-known symptoms of COVID-19. But for some people who test positive, that’s just the beginning of what can be a life-changing ordeal. Read more.

N.H. Courts Now Accepting Electronic Filings For Domestic Violence Protection 

  • New Hampshire Circuit Courts are now accepting electronically filed petitions for protection from domestic violence and stalking. #StaySafe. Read more.

NHPR Mini-Stories

  • Coronavirus Update: N.H. to Close 10 of 14 Surge Sites; Sununu Launches Equity Response Team. NH has received almost $8B in federal funds. Read more.


  • 1 in 4 American workers has filed for unemployment benefits during the pandemic Staggering numbers. Are you one of them? How are you doing? Read more.

Riverside Speedway and Adventure Park in Groveton

  • Last weekend, the race track defied the state’s stay-at-home orders and warnings from the New Hampshire attorney general and held a race with spectators. Now they have announced that the 2020 racing season has been postponed until further notice. Read more.

Explore the Data: Tracking COVID-19 in New Hampshire 

  • NHPR has some nifty charts. From diagnosis to hospitalization, to recovery or death,  you can see them here.

Governor’s Q&A on WMUR this evening:

  • Stay at home will stay in effect at least until mid-June. Staying at home, physical distancing, and masks keep the numbers down as we flex business opening.
  • Social gatherings are still limited to 10 or less, for now.
  • Emergency Order will be updated every three weeks for some time.
  • Datapoint for NH to fully reopen without restrictions? We are watching the percent of positive cases and beds used by COVID patients in hospitals. It will be a while before every restriction is fully lifted.
  • The DMV is now scheduling drivers’ licenses/road tests, with appointments for next week.
  • Why are masks not mandatory? We don’t have the accelerated numbers of COVID that other places have; the numbers are going down. Towns can do it if they want to.
  • Evictions started before COVID can still happen, based on the Court’s schedule. New eviction issues have not increased.
  • Assisted living facilities that are not Medicaid facilities will be able to share $30M in federal funds, but workers won’t get additional funding directly like those who work at Medicaid facilities
  • Remote learning next year? Not the first choice, if kids can be healthy and safe. Survey is open until 8:00 pm on Friday, May 29.
  • Indoor seating in restaurants? Let’s see what happens with outdoor seating. The next step will likely be 50% capacity.
  • Theaters? Problematic. One of the last things to open.
  • Announcements coming tomorrow: (Probably on WMUR, probably at 3:00). Camps, weddings, and other big events and houses of worship.
  • Watch today’s Q&A’s on WMUR.



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