COVID-19 Update November 14 – The 225th update
- Total: 505 confirmed cases in Salem today (495 yesterday)
- 1 out of 59 Salem residents have been infected
- Salem Today: 10 new cases today; 14 new yesterday; 85 active cases
300 days ago, the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in the United States. The first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in New Hampshire. Today is the 225th consecutive, daily update that I’ve issued.
NH DHHS’s website is still down. I’ve lost track, but I believe it has been erratic for the past five days. At least we now know that the dashboard service is “currently undergoing system maintenance” and “will be restored by (Monday), November 16 at 4:00 PM EST.”
The data for this section is not available tonight and is not expected until Monday night. There is no doubt in my mind that we are still at a substantial level of community transmission in every county, as well as both of our major cities.
• • • • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT • • • • • •
- Today in NH, the number of new cases is 384 per NH DHHS, although the cumulative case count only went up by 382. This is the day with the second most new cases since the pandemic began. The good news is that this is 78 fewer new cases than yesterday. However, yesterday, the positivity rate was 1.6%, today it is 2.4%.
- Thanks to WMUR, we now know that yesterday Salem had 495 cumulative cases, a one-day increase of 14, which is the biggest increase since we’ve had access to the town data. Today, Salem has passed a landmark, with 505 total cases.
- Yesterday Salem had 81 active cases. Today we are up to 85. The last time we this many active cases was May 21. A month and a half ago, we had less than five active cases.
- 76 of today’s new infections were in Rockingham County, 1/5th of all cases.
- Approximately 6,100 persons are being monitored in NH, even though contact tracing has been restricted. This is the 12thday out of the past 15 that we had an increase in this datum.
- There were 2,970 active cases today, the 4th consecutive day of exceeding the old record (2,290) which we saw on May 19, and the 15th consecutive day with an increase. (1,713 people recovered during these 15 days.)
- NH DHHS did not announce that any new people were hospitalized in the 24-hours covered by this report. However, the number of unique NH hospitalizations increased from 811 to 813 since the beginning of the pandemic.
- The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is now 68. One week ago, NH had 49 COVID-19 hospitalized patients, an increase of 19 in seven days.
- We lost another person today due to COVID-19. We have lost ten people because of COVID-19 over the past four days.
I am unable to do my normal update in this section today, because we don’t have access to the numbers that allow me to do these calculations.
- Today, NH DHHS says that the new cases reside in Rockingham (76), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (58), Strafford (50), Belknap (21), Merrimack (20), Cheshire (15), Grafton (15), Sullivan (8), Coos (6), and Carroll (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (48) and Nashua (38). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-eight new cases.
- Yesterday DHHS reported that the new cases reside in Rockingham (87), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (54), Merrimack (34), Strafford (29), Grafton (19), Belknap (15), Cheshire (15), Carroll (10), Coos (6), and Sullivan (6) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (92) and Manchester (62). The county of residence is being determined for thirty-three new cases.
- Based on info from WMUR, these are yesterday’s numbers for NH communities that either have 20 or more active cases or have had 50 or more cumulative cases. (Listed alphabetically, with #active cases/#cumulative cases.) Today’s numbers became available at midnight; they can be found on WMUR’s website. Sorry, but it’s too late to prepare this info tonight, other than the Salem numbers.
- Amherst: 10/59. Atkinson: 8/55. Auburn: 16/72. Barrington: 10/70. Bedford: 73/506. Berlin: 19/58. Bow: 13/59. Concord: 62/353. Derry: 58/538. Dover: 71/293. Durham: 117/285. Epping: 20/69. Exeter: 25/113. Farmington: 13/52. Franklin: 5/95. Goffstown: 36/350. Hampstead: 14/90. Hampton: 37/143. Hooksett: 38/178. Hudson: 61/300. Keene: 29/87. Laconia: 31/97. Litchfield: 9/72. Londonderry: 43/301. Manchester: 236/2701. Merrimack: 41/249. Milford: 24/178. Nashua: 270/1493. Newmarket: 16/56. Newport: 35/47. Pelham: 31/163. Pembroke: 24/76. Plaistow: 9/102. Plymouth: 53/95. Portsmouth: 63/250. Raymond: 29/110. Rindge: 24/67. Rochester: 59/213. Salem: 81/495. Sandown: 23/89. Seabrook: 11/85. Somersworth: 13/68. Stewartstown: 42/49. Warner: 46/65. Weare: 15/88. Windham: 50/193.
- Yesterday there were 31 NH communities with more than 20 active cases. Between them, these 31 communities had 1,832 active cases, accounting for 67% of all active cases.
- Notable changes in active cases from yesterday to today:
- 154 people were reported as “recovered” today, and 241 people were “recovered” yesterday.
- No new communities have been added to the list. Yesterday, Berlin had less than 20 people and today Colebrook dropped below 20; both have been removed from this list.
• • • • • • DIAGNOSTIC TESTS IN NH • • • • • •
- New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 382
- New positive cases per DHHS: 384
- 277 PCR tests
- 197 Antigen tests
- Children under 18 in new cases: 38
- Total positive cases in NH: 14,311
- Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 2.4%
- Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,107
- The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,655
- New negative results reported today: 2,725
- Total negative cases in NH: 367,101
• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • • • •
- Total cases in Rockingham County: 3,436+/- (Presumed based on last known, plus new changes))
- New cases in Rockingham County: 76
- Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 24.5
- Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 18.8
- Rockingham County Positivity Rate: Was 3.8% on Thursday
- Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: Was 24.3% on Thursday.
- Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: Was 71% on Thursday.
• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •
- Active cases in NH: 2,970
- Active cases in Rockingham County: Was 573 on Thursday.
- Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: Was 22.7% on Thursday.
• • • • • • OTHER TEST RESULTS • • • • • •
- New antibody tests: 50
- Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 32,612
- The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 32
• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •
(Because we don’t have access to this info today, nor did we have it on Wednesday, the changes are from Tuesday to Thursday.)
- 0-9: +24 (4% of all cases; 4% of new cases)
- 10-19: +74 (10% of all, was 9%; 13% today)
- 20-29: +109 (19% of all, was 19%; 20% today)
- 30-39: +70 (14% of all; +13% today)
- 40-49: +68 (13% of all; 12% today)
- 50-59: +77 (15% of all; 14% today)
- 60-69: +70 (11% of all; 13% of today)
- 70-79: +31 (6% of all; 6% today)
- 80+: +27 (9% of all; 5% today)
- Unknown: +1 (0% of all; 0% today)
• • • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •
- Announced today: 154
- Total Recovered: 10,842
- Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 75.8%
• • • • • • HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NH • • • • • •
- New: 2? (NH DHHS reports no new cases, but the cumulative count has gone up by two.)
- Current: 68
- Total Hospitalized: 813
- Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 5.68%
• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • •
- Lives lost today: 1
- Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 1
- Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
- Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 499
- NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 3.49%
- Lives lost in Rockingham today: 0
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.
This is my fourth attempt at writing tonight’s message. This is day 225 of consecutive daily updates. Like so many of you, I’m tired and frustrated. I need a change of scenery, but that’s not smart. I’m grumpy. It’s hard to not show that in my writing.
I’m tired of seeing the numbers running up. I’m frustrated at what those numbers mean to me and my family, especially with the holiday’s approaching.
It’s frustrating to not have access to the data that we normally have. Hopefully the State’s Department of Information Technology is able to keep to their schedule to have the website back up by Monday afternoon, so I can get back to my normal updates. It would be nice to have SOMETHING feel like “normal,” whatever that is.
I hope you can enjoy the rest of your weekend. Tomorrow is a new day. The beginning of a new week. It WILL be better. Let’s make it so!
Try to stay positive, stay patient, stay safe, and always, be kind.
This screenshot comes from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6942e2.htm?s_cid=mm6942e2_w
This report is explained here:
- Rent or mortgage assistance because of COVID-19, help can be found here.
- Salem Resource Center of Southern NH Services: Housing relief and fuel assistance. 603-893-9172. https://www.snhs.org
- Unemployment resources: https://www.bonnie4salem.us/unemployed/
- COVID-19 testing: https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-testing/
- Complications of COVID-19: https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-consequences/
- COVID-19 is not the flu. Here are the numbers: https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-pneumonia-flu/
- The Science Behind Masks: https://www.bonnie4salem.us/science-behind-masks/
- Resources for Salem residents: https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-cases-in-salem/
- Safer at Home guidance documents on the State’s website.
- Other COVID resources from NH DHHS on the State’s website.
- Other COVID resources: https://www.bonnie4salem.us/covid-19-resources/
- Mental health resources
- NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Health. 24-hour hotline: 1-800-950-6264. https://www.nami.org/Home
- Center for Life Management (603) 434-1577, Option 1. https://www.centerforlifemanagement.org/
- #SuicideAwareness: 1-800-273-8255.
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