COVID-19 Update May 7
Salem: 186 confirmed cases, 101 cases are still active.
Today Salem saw an increase of 8 more confirmed cases of COVID-19. 63 people out of every 10,000 Salem residents have been diagnosed. 85 of the Salem cases have been told that they have recovered, but more than half of those here in town who have been infected are still waiting to recover.
While the Salem numbers are higher than we would like, it was a good day for the state, as there were no hospitalizations and no deaths. The number of current cases went up by 45. 41% of those who have been diagnosed in NH have recovered; 55% are still fighting this disease.
How are you doing? Do you need any help? Let me know! Stay safe, and, always, be kind.
Key points covered below in today’s report:
- NH’s weekly Demographic Data has been released
- Ongoing issues with the State Joint Information Center
- NH Department of Education
- NH Unemployment Rates
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Q: How much testing is NH doing in comparison to our neighboring states?
A: We aren’t doing enough tests!
Mindi does an excellent report daily. You can sign up to get it here.
Could this be the answer?
On April 19, this was posted on Facebook:
The Governor maintains that we don’t have enough supplies (test availability).
#End of NHPR’s charts.
Additional charts can be found at https://www.nhpr.org/post/updated-tracking-covid-19-cases-and-testing-new-hampshire
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:
May 7 May 6 Change from yesterday
Total Confirmed Cases 2,843 2,740 +103
Recovered 1,165 41%
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19
111 4% 111 0
Active Cases 1,564 1,519 +45
Total Hospitalized 308 11% 307 +1
Current Hospitalized 113 113 0
Tested Negative 27,829 26,066 1,763
Persons with specimens submitted to NH PHL 11,797 11,174 623
Persons with test pending at NH PHL 532 345 187
Being Monitored (Approximate) 3,050 2,900 150
Total Tested (Confirmed Cases + Tested Negative) 30,672 28,806 1,866
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
NH Hot Spots
With today’s addition of Milford, now 11 NH municipalities have more than 50 confirmed cases:
- Manchester: 629 (+26 from yesterday); 56 per 10K residents
- Nashua: 258 (+6); 20 per 10K residents
- Derry: 239; (+3); 71 cases per 10K residents
- Salem: 186 (+8); 63 cases per 10K residents
- Londonderry: 86 (+1); 33 cases per 10K residents
- Bedford: 87 (5); 38 cases per 10K.
- Dover: 78 (+1); 25 cases per 10K residents
- Hudson: 60 (+2); 23 cases per 10K
- Milford: 60 (+22); 37 cases per 10K
- Concord: 59 (+2); 14 cases pr 10K
- Franklin: 52 (0); 60 cases per 10K
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.
- Hillsborough (inc. Manchester and Nashua): 1,308 (+56); 31 per 10K residents
- Rockingham (inc. Salem & Derry): 933 (+30); 30 per 10K
These two counties make up about 79% of all confirmed cases in NH.
Our two closest counties in Massachusetts are much higher. Middlesex has 16,676 cases; up 349 from yesterday. They have 134 cases per 10K residents. Essex has 10,610 confirmed cases, up by 266 cases, for a total of 134 cases per 10K.
Our neighboring towns:
- Methuen: 665 (+16); 261 recovered (+4). 31 deaths (+0); 131 confirmed cases per 10K residents
- Lawrence: 2,183 (+207). 90 deaths (+4); 272 cases per 10K residents
- Haverhill: 833 cases (May 6), up 233 from April 29. 130 cases per 10K.
If more people were tested, the numbers would be higher.
Without better testing, 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
Ongoing issues with the State Joint Information Center
I have not heard any more regarding my Freedom of Information request from the Dept of Health and Human Services / State Joint Information Center regarding the errors and discrepancies that I have found in their reports.
NH Department of Education
The NH DOE has offered year-end planning guidance. “The Department wishes to clarify that the declared state of emergency and the related emergency orders do not necessitate the cancellation of all year-end events. If held, however, such events will require substantial modification from their traditional formats in order to comply with the Governor’s Emergency Orders and to ensure the safety of all participants. “ The DOE says schools can host in-person ceremonies, if all attendees can easily maintain proper social distancing (i.e. a drive-up ceremony), but suggests car parades and virtual graduations as a substitute. Read more.
NH Unemployment Rates
11,834 New Hampshire residents filed new unemployment claims last week. This makes the fourth consecutive week with declining numbers. For the week ending April 11, 25,273 people filed as a new claim. For the week ending April 18, NH saw 20,414 people. April 25 was 15,001 new claims. Total in four weeks: 111,724.
I’m not convinced that a reduction in “NEW” unemployment figures is a reason to celebrate. One of the things that people are sharing with me is their frustration in being able to work through the process to begin receiving these benefits. I suspect many of these new claims are people who have been trying to get into the system for weeks.
There are about 115,000 active weekly claims, which would indicate that approximately 3,276 were unemployed before the week ending April 11. Richard Lavers, deputy commissioner of New Hampshire Employment Security says, “We don’t yet know if [the number or active claims] has stabilized or not.” Read more.
The Town of Salem’s Emergency Operations Center Team (EOC) will be making weekly reports every 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.
On April 7, NH scientist and politician, Mindi Messmer, PG, CG wrote on her Facebook page: “… testing has pretty much stopped at the NH PHL. The testing penetration is so low in NH, only 1/2% of the 1.3M people, meaning 99.5% of the 1.3M have not been tested, that I am not putting up projections or tests for NH because the graphs would be meaningless and I don’t want to give the false impression that we know what’s going on in NH.”
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:
- WMUR: https://www.wmur.com
- NHPR: https://www.nhpr.org
- 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)
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
- SBA: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/281d439
- SBA: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
- CDC: Cleaning: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
- OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
- 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
- Unemployment: https://www.mclane.com/Coronavirus-Employment-Webinar-3-26-2020
- 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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