COVID-19 Update October 12

COVID-19 Update October 12

  • Total: 354 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of every 83 Salem residents have been infected
  • Salem Today: 5 new cases, 18 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: 902 cases; Daily average: 66.5 (Moderate)
    • New hospitalizations per 100k over 14 days:
      • Scale: Minimal: <10; Moderate: 10 – 20; Substantial: >20, 
      • Today: Total hospitalizations: 13 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: 430; Total PCR Tests over last 7 days: 33,453 Daily average: 1.3%
  • Today’s Level of Transmission: Moderate

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

  • Five more people from Salem have been diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection. We have had 14 new cases in the past week, and 29 in the past two weeks. Currently, 18 people are still considered to be infectious.
  • Communities:
    • Notable changes in active cases: 
      • Epping, Exeter, Greenland, Laconia, Milford, and Weare had less than five activee cases yesterday, but have more than 5 today.
      • Milford and Pelham had more than 5 active cases yesterday, but have less than 5 today.
      • Other communities: Nashua (+9) Manchester (7). Exeter (6 or more—from less than 5 to 10). Salem (+5). Londonderry (+4).  Bedford and Belmont (+3 each)
      • Yesterday there were 31 communities with more than 5 active cases, today there are 36, which account for 598 active cases.
    • Some of the communities with significant changes in cumulative cases: Nashua (+12). Salem (+5). Londonderry (+4). Bedford (+3). A pleasant surprise: Manchester (just 1!)
  • No one has been hospitalized in NH for COVID-19 today, and 5 patients were discharged since yesterday. 
  • After 8 consecutive days of losing at least one NH resident from COVID-19, we finally have a break.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 65
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 65
    • 45 PCR tests
    • 20 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 10
  • Total positive cases in NH: 9,208
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 1.20%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,345
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,779
  • New negative results reported today: 2,280
  • Total negative cases in NH: 286,713

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 2,247
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 22
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 7.1
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 5.5
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.3% yesterday: 24.4%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 78%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 738
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 147
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 19.9%

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

  • New antibody tests: 14
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 31,543
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 37

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

  • 0-9: +2 (3% of all cases. 3% of new cases
  • 10-19: +12 (8% of all; 17% today) 
  • 20-29: +14 (17% of all; 22% today) 
  • 30-39: +5 (14% of all; 8% today)
  • 40-49: +8 (13% of all; 12% today)
  • 50-59: +8 (15% of all; 12% today)
  • 60-69: +11 (12% of all; 17% today)
  • 70-79: +5 (7% of all; 8% today) 
  • 80+: +0 (11% of all; 0% today)

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

  • There are no changes in Salem’s traditional public schools.
  • Granite State Arts Academy, a public chartered high school in Salem, has one new student with an infection.
  • There are two more schools with infections, bringing the total to 98; some no longer have active cases. 

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

  • Announced today: 12
  • Total Recovered: 8,014
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 87.0%

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

  • New: 0
  • Current: 17
  • Total Hospitalized: 752
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 8.17%

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 0
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 456
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 4.95%
  • 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.


Why do I do these daily updates? We need to know what is happening around us, so we can act appropriately. 

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”

While often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, this exact quotation has not been found in any of his writings. It is, however, a generally accurate paraphrase of Jefferson’s views on education. It makes sense to me!

Be smart. Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie




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