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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
- May 28: 239; 70 active
- May 29: 239; 68 active
Earlier dates for Salem have been moved to https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-cases-in-salem/
The weekly report has been moved to https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-weekly-updates/. This is a summary of the info from NH DHHS; with more demographics than provided on a daily 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 https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-update-nh-towns/I’m updating this information weekly. The last update was May 24.
Today (or Recent) News pertaining to COVID-19
Scientists Are Frustrated Sununu Refuses Mandatory Mask Order
Local scientists who have urged Gov. Chris Sununu to mandate face coverings for almost two months believe “lives definitely could have been saved,” and more saved going forward except that Sununu ignores their advice. Read more.
Governor Sununu’s Press Conference
Main Street Relief Fund.
- Midnight tonight is the deadline.
- 10K applications have been received.
- Demand for tests has dropped, and test sites at 70% capacity. There is now capacity to test anyone. Now anybody who wants a test, can get a test. No reason needed. [Note that if everyone rushes out to get this, “just because,” it will affect the positive/negative ratio.]
- CVS is now offering drive-through testing in Concord (2 locations), Hampton, Hooksett and Nashua. Go to https://www.cvs.com/ (The website at this writing is not yet recognizing this.
Infections at Facilities
- DHHS says that 45-50% of the 107 new cases are residents and staff members identified during the nursing home testing program.
- One new outbreak: Carmel Rehab & Nursing Home, Manchester (31 residents, 1 staff)
- Three outbreaks at long-term care facilities are now closed. (No new cases for 14 days.)
- Two new clusters: Inpatient floors at both CMC and Elliot Hospitals
- Baseline testing: 95% of the results are back. Staff is all completed.
- Sentinel testing program. Beginning 10-day testing (all staff, 10% residents ) next week. [“Contracting out” Still negotiating?]
- One childcare center has one staff member that tested positive. More investigation is being done
Questions about revisions in data.
- Numbers are revised if someone’s location is not NH. Ten or less per day.
- In patient hospital tests take longer to be reported, which throws off numbers.
- I’m glad to not be the only one questioning this. [Mindi Messmer is, too.]
- Launching today!
- It will be updated daily, with real-time info.
- As I’m typing this, it’s not available yet.
- I’m really, really hoping it’s on par with what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been using for quite a while.
- The new info be found at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
- Updated a few hours later: It’s now live. And it’s very disappointing.
Announcements re: Industries allowed to reopen
- Drivers Ed: Effective immediately
- Places of Worship: Effective immediately, with no more than 40% occupancy, social distancing.
- Lodging: Open June 5, with restrictions
- Day Camps (i.e. YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs): Open June 22
- Overnight Camps: June 28, but guidance documents not completed
- Tourism: Announcing next week
- Restaurants: Watching what other states are doing. Will know more in about 2 weeks. Maybe 50% capacity.
- Outdoor gatherings of more than 10: Not ready to lift yet.
- All guidance for industries that have already opened can be found at https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov
- Will be extended for at least another 2 weeks as we flex-open new businesses.
- Goal to lift the Stay-at-Home recommendation: June 15.
- Some unemployment eligibility requirements will need to be changed at that time.
My accumulation of resources has been moved. These can now be found at https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-resources/
Sources used to create this report: