COVID-19 Update October 26

COVID-19 Update October 26

  • Total: 390 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of 76 Salem residents have been infected
  • Salem Today: 1 new case, 30 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. The metric which is changing the most right now is the number of new cases.

  • NH Community Transmission Metrics:
    • New Cases per 100k over 14 days
      • Scale: Minimal: <50; Moderate: 50 – 100; Substantial: >100. 
      • Today: 1,201 cases; Daily average: 88.5 (Moderate)
    • New hospitalizations per 100k over 14 days:
      • Scale: Minimal: <10; Moderate: 10 – 20; Substantial: >20, 
      • Today: Total hospitalizations: 10 total; Daily average: 0.7%
    • Average PCR Test Positivity Rate over 7 days:
      • Scale: Minimal: <5%; Moderate: 5% – 10%; Substantial: >10%
      • Today: Tests over last 7 days: 571.  Total. PCR Tests over last 7 days: 39,860 Daily average: 1.4%
    • Today’s Level of Transmission: Moderate
  • Rockingham County Transmission:
    • New Cases per 100k over 14 days99.6
    • New hospitalizations per 100k over 14 days: 1.0
    • Average PCR Test Positivity Rate over 7 days: 2.0
    • Rockingham County Transmission: Moderate
  • Other NH Locations, with changes from yesterday
    • Manchester: Substantial. (144.2 new case average; 2.7 hospitalizations; 2.5% positivity.) 
    • Nashua: Substantial (122 new case average; 2.2 hospitalizations; 2.1% positivity.)
    • Merrimack: Substantial (117.1 new case average; 0.7 hospitalizations; 1.9% positivity)
    • Hillsborough County excluding Manchester and Nashua (97.6 new case average): Moderate
    • Belknap County (70.5 new case average): Moderate
    • Strafford County (59.2 new case average): Moderate
    • Coos County (50.7 new case average): Moderate
    • Grafton County (33.4 new case average): Minimal
    • Carroll County (28.7 new case average): Minimal
    • Sullivan County (27.8 new case average): Minimal
    • Cheshire County (38.2 new case average): Minimal
  • Changes to New Cases per 100K for NH, all counties, and our two largest cities:
    • Rockingham, Hillsboro County excluding Nashua and Manchester, Belknap County, Strafford County, Coos County and Nashua went down. 
    • There was no change in Grafton County.
    • Carroll, Cheshire, Merrimack and Sullivan counties and Manchester all went up.

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

  • One more Salem residents was diagnosed with COVID-19 as of 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning.  I am clarifying the time, because of the news from Salem schools. (NH DHHS closes their numbers at 9 o’clock in the morning, but they don’t share the info until the end of the day.)
  • Salem now has 30 people who are considered to be infectious, a decrease of 3 from yesterday, but 11 more than we had a week ago.
  • NH has over 1,000 active cases; a dozen municipalities account for more than half of the active cases in the state.
  • We still have approximately 4,450 persons being monitored in NH, the highest I’ve ever seen. At
  • We only had one new hospital patient today, but we are now up to 23 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, up from yesterday’s 19.
  • Communities:
    • Notable changes in active cases from yesterday to today:
      • 97 people were pulled off the active list today. These recovered cases are reflected in todays changes.
      • We now have 12 communities with more than 20 active cases. Between them, these 12 communities have 510 active cases, accounting for 51% of all active cases. (Shown: # of active cases and change from yesterday). 
        • Manchester: 122 (-6). Nashua: 79 (-4). Salem: 30 (-3). Derry: 31 (-2). Concord: 49 (-2). Derry: 31 (-2). Portsmouth: 26 (-2). Bedford: 50 (-1). Hudson: 35 (No change). Durham: 22 (No change). Warner: 45 (+1) 
        • Londonderry is now back to having more than 20 active cases, so is back in this list.
    • Some of the communities with significant changes in cumulative cases: 
      • Manchester (+8). Nashua (+7). Concord (+7). Londonderry (+5). Windham (+4). Merrimack (+3).
      • Dover reached their 200th case yesterday.

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 69
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 77
    • 56 PCR tests
    • 20 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 8
  • Total positive cases in NH: 10,397
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 1.6%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results: 1,554
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 2,432
  • New negative results reported today: 1,485
  • Total negative cases in NH: 322,718

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 2,551
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 18
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 5.8
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 8.0
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 2.0%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.5%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 76%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 1,002
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 233
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 23.3%. 

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

  • New antibody tests: 20
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 32,015
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 35

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

  • 0-9: +4 (3% of all cases. 6% of new cases)
  • 10-19: +7 (8% of all; 13% today) 
  • 20-29: +15 (18% of all0; 22% today) 
  • 30-39: +10 (14% of all; +14% today)
  • 40-49: +7 (13% of all; 10% today)
  • 50-59: +14 (15% of all; 20% today)
  • 60-69: +6 (12% of all; 9% today)
  • 70-79: +3 (7% of all; 4% today) 
  • 80+: +3 (10% of all; 4% today)
  • Unknown: 0 (0% of all; 0% today)

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

  • Announced today: 97
  • Total Recovered: 8,920
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 85.8%

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

  • New: 2
  • Current: 25
  • Total Hospitalized: 768
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 7.39%

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 2
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 2
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 475
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 4.57%
  • 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.


Hello, Salem!

Two news items caught my eye today:
1.) Our Salem students have done well with COVID-19 … at least until now. Today we learned that two students – one from Fisk and one from Woodbury – have tested positive. There seems to be no concern about the elementary student; they haven’t been in school for a little while. The Middle School student was in class when they learned that they were contagious. Now, approximately a dozen kids need to stay home and quarantine. Read the story here.  

2.) Although 15 states are seeing record hospitalizations, those numbers remain fairly low here in NH. Before we celebrate, note that it often takes a week or two before a COVID patient requires hospitalization.

Smarten up! Stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie




This screenshot comes from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6942e2.htm?s_cid=mm6942e2_w

This report is explained here:
https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/2020/10/20/cdc-from-january-to-october-us-had-299k-more-deaths-than-in-previous-years/



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