COVID-19 Update October 10

COVID-19 Update October 10

  • Total: 348 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of every 85 Salem residents have been infected
  • Salem Today: 0 new cases, 13 active cases 

Community Transmission 

(per NH Department of Health and Human Services)

The overall level of community transmission is defined using three metrics.  A community is then assigned an overall level based on the highest-level determination for any specific metric.  

  • Community Transmission Metrics:
    • New Cases per 100k over 14 days
      • Scale: Minimal: <50; Moderate: 50 – 100; Substantial: >100. 
      • Today: 886 cases; Daily average: 65.3 (Moderate)
    • New hospitalizations per 100k over 14 days:
      • Scale: Minimal: <10; Moderate: 10 – 20; Substantial: >20, 
      • Today: Total hospitalizations: 14 total; Daily average: 1.0
    • Average PCR Test Positivity Rate over 7 days:
      • Scale: Minimal: <5%; Moderate: 5% – 10%; Substantial: >10%
      • Today: Tests over last 7 days: 410; Total PCR Tests over last 7 days: 31,323. Daily average: 1.3%
  • Today’s Level of Transmission: Moderate

• • • • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT • • • • • •

  • Salem had no new residents who were diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection today. That’s the good news. The rest is staggering.
  • NH saw 123 new cases today. The last time we had this many new cases (excluding data dumps) was mid-May – 5 months ago. My records aren’t complete for March and April, but I’m only seeing two days with more new cases.
  • 35 of the new cases are associated with an outbreak at a long- term care facility 
  • The daily average of new cases over the past week is 73. Yesterday it was 65. 
  • Communities:
    • Yesterday, Bedford showed a HUGE jump (26 additional active cases). Today it is back down by 22, for a net gain of two new infections over two days.
    • Warner had 5 active cases yesterday. Today they show as 35. Why? Long-term Care facility? Or error?
    • Some of the communities with significant increases in cumulative cases: Nashua (19). Manchester (11). Pelham (8)
    • Communities that now have 5 or more active cases, but had less than 5 yesterday: Amherst, Henniker, Milford, North Hampton, Seabrook
    • Three days ago, we had 20 communities with more than 5 active infections. Those communities had 394 of the 531active cases. Yesterday, there were 23 communities that had 453 of the 585 active cases. Today it is 29, accounting for 539 of the 692 active cases.
  • NH has lost people every day for the past 7 days, including five more fatalities today. The daily average is 1.86 people per day.

• • • • • • DIAGNOSTIC TESTS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 123
    • 102 PCR tests
    • 12 Antigen tests
  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 122
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 123
    • 102 PCR tests
    • 12 Antigen tests
  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 122

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • • • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 2,210
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 22
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 7.1
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 4.8
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.3% yesterday
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 78%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 692
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 121
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 17.5%

• • • • • • OTHER TEST RESULTS • • • • • • 

  • New antibody tests: 62
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 31,503
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 44

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • • 

  • 0-9: +30 (2.9% of all cases. 3.3% of new cases
  • 10-19: +55 (7.7% of all; 17.2% today) 
  • 20-29: +59 (17.2% of all; 12.3% today) 
  • 30-39: +52 (13.9% of all; 9.0% today)
  • 40-49: +55 (12.8% of all; 15.6% today)
  • 50-59: +48 (15.4% of all; 13.9% today)
  • 60-69: +38 (11.9% of all; 4.1% today)
  • 70-79: +19 (7.4% of all; 10.7% today) 
  • 80+: +17 (10.9% of all; 13.9% today)

• • • • • • CHANGES IN SCHOOLS  • • • • • • 

  • There are no changes in Salem schools.
  • Most schools have been able to keep their counts down to less than three. The exceptions are Windham High, several universities, and now the David R. Cawley Middle School (Hooksett) with five kids and the Griffin Memorial (Elementary) School in Litchfield, which has 4 kids that have been infected at school or at school functions. 
  • From Tuesday to today – five days – we have gone from 71 schools which have had infections to 91 schools.

• • • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Announced today: 10
  • Total Recovered: 7,945
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 87.4%

• • • • • • HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • New: 2
  • Current: 21
  • Total Hospitalized: 750
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 8.25%

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 5
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 5
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 455
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.00%
  • 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.


There’s been a lot of chatter on Facebook about COVID-19 lately. Today, DJ Bettencourt (Governor Sununu’s Policy Director), put out an explanation of why our numbers are increasing. With his permission, I have posted it on my website. I recommend reading this article.

Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie



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