COVID-19 Update May 31

COVID-19 Update May 31
Salem Total: 244confirmed cases, 1 out of every 121 residents
Salem Today: 3 new cases; 68 active cases.
****** TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ******
* Globally: 6,263,905 cases; 373,899 deaths
* US: 1,837,170 confirmed cases; 106,195 deaths.
* More than 450 people in NH have been hospitalized in NH because of COVID-related issues.
* It’s been five days, but the number of people who are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 issues is back down under 100.
* On April 16 or 17, the Governor’s appointees announced that NH had stabilized, because we had averaged about 70 hospitalizations for a few days. On April 18, that number started to go up, it hasn’t been that low since. Today is the seventh day in May that it has been under 100.
* NH Public Health officials have been monitoring an average of over 4,000 people per day for the past week, over 3,900 per day for the past two weeks, and over 3,700 per day for the past three weeks.
* NH DHHS said that we would be doing over 2,000 tests per day. We have hit it a few times, including today, but the daily average for the last week is only 1,581.
* 83% of all cases in NH are residents of either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County.
* One more NH city north of Concord, Laconia, now has more than 20 cases. Prior to this Franklin was the only location that was not in the southeast corner of the state.
* Bedford is the fifth community to have more than 200 confirmed cases.
* New positive cases per DHHS: 106
* My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 106
* Children under 18 in new cases: 3
* Total positive cases in NH: 4,651
* Percentage of tests that are positive: 4.87%
* Active cases: 1,458
* Percentage of positive cases that are still active: 31.3%
* New cases in Rockingham County: 13
* Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,306
* Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 83%
* Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,176
* Daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,345
* New negative PCR cases in NH: 2.070
* Total negative cases in NH (as reported by DHHS): 67,805
****** OTHER TEST RESULTS ******
* New antibody tests: 370
* Total antibody tests: 11,838
* Daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 538
* Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1
****** RECOVERED IN NH ******
* Announced today: 8
* Total: 2,948
* Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 64.7%
* New: 2
* Current: 96
* Total: 451
* Percentage of all confirmed cases that have been hospitalized: 10%
* Percentage of those who have been hospitalized that are still in the hospital: 21.3%
****** DEATHS IN NH ******
* Lives lost today: 4
* Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 3
* Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
* Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 245
* NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.3%
* NH Residents hospitalized with COVID-19 that died: 54.3%
* Lives lost in Rockingham: 2 people, one male, one female, both 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. Read details in the article ******
* Should I Get Tested For Coronavirus Just For The Heck Of It?
* Coronavirus Clusters At New Hampshire Hospitals Under Investigation
* Portland Maine’s major hospitals return to peak levels of COVID-19 patients
* Justice Department says Maine’s 2-Week Quarantine Rule Discriminates Against Tourists


* I updated the chart showing the cases per 100,000 residents in NH and three other states.
I had a good weekend. I hope you did, too. As we start a new week, 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
  • May 28: 239; 70 active
  • May 29: 239; 68 active
  • May 30: 241, 65 active
  • May 31: 244; 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 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’m updating this information weekly. The last update was May 24.

Today (or Recent) News pertaining to COVID-19

Should I Get Tested For Coronavirus Just For The Heck Of It?

Earlier in this pandemic, the shortage of tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, was a major problem in fighting the spread of COVID-19. The shortage was such that many hospitals and clinics would test only someone who had traveled to a country with an outbreak, had a known exposure to a positive case or showed symptoms of the disease. But access to tests has improved significantly, and in now in NH people anyone can get tested without having to show any symptoms at all. So now that you can get tested, should you? Read more.

Coronavirus Clusters At New Hampshire Hospitals Under Investigation

Two hospitals in Manchester, New Hampshire are looking into clusters of patients and staff who have tested positive for coronavirus. Catholic Medical Center and Elliot Hospital are working with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Humans Services. Read more.

Portland Maine’s major hospitals return to peak levels of COVID-19 patients

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 increased for a second week at Portland’s largest hospitals, matching or exceeding the peak levels of early April, when the first wave of the disease crested in southern Maine. Maine Medical Center’s numbers match the early-April peak, while Mercy Hospital sets a new high. Read more.

Justice Department says Maine’s 2-Week Quarantine Rule Discriminates Against Tourists 

The U.S. Department of Justice is siding with campground and restaurant owners in Maine who sued the state over a two-week self-quarantine policy for out-of-state visitors. Read more. It will be interesting to see how this might affect some of NH’s decisions.



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