COVID-19 Update October 28

COVID-19 Update October 28

  • Total: 398 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of 74 Salem residents have been infected
  • Salem Today: 2 new cases, 35 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: 1,309 cases; Daily average: 96.5 (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: 605.  Total. PCR Tests over last 7 days: 39,811 Daily average: 1.5%
    • Today’s Level of Transmission: Moderate
  • Rockingham County Transmission:
    • New Cases per 100k over 14 days107.7
    • New hospitalizations per 100k over 14 days: 1.3
    • Average PCR Test Positivity Rate over 7 days: 2.1
    • Rockingham County Transmission: Substantial
  • Other NH Locations, with changes from yesterday
    • Manchester: (156.7 new case average; 2.7 hospitalizations; 3.2% positivity). Substantial
    • Nashua: (120.9 new case average; 3.4 hospitalizations; 2.2% positivity). Substantial
    • Merrimack: (126.4 new case average; 0.7 hospitalizations; 1.9% positivity). Substantial
    • Hillsborough County excluding Manchester and Nashua (101.8 new case average). Substantial
    • Belknap County (83.6 new case average): Moderate
    • Strafford County (69.2 new case average): Moderate
    • Coos County (82.3 new case average): Moderate
    • Grafton County (45.7 new case average): Minimal
    • Carroll County (36.9 new case average): Minimal
    • Sullivan County (37.1 new case average): Minimal
    • Cheshire County (34.0 new case average): Minimal
  • Changes to New Cases per 100K for NH, all counties, and our two largest cities:
    • Nashua and Cheshire County went down.
    • The rest of the State, every county and the other major city all went up. 
    • Substantial increases were in Coos County (+19.0) and Manchester (10.7).
    • The slowest change was Hillsborough County excluding Manchester and Nashua. They only went up by 2.4 new cases, but that moved them from Moderate to Substantial.

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

  • Two more Salem residents was diagnosed with COVID-19. 
  • Salem still has 35 people who are considered to be infectious.
  • We now have approximately 4,550 persons being monitored in NH, the first time in nine days that this number has gone down, although it is still the 2nd highest of all time.
  • Today there were 4 new hospital patients, but we are now up to 29 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease of 2.
  • About hospitalizations, NH DHHS says, “This census may include out of state residents hospitalized in NH and/or individuals readmitted to the hospital, therefore increases in the daily hospital census may not always equal the number of new hospitalizations reported in a given day.”
  • Three people died today, making a total of nine for the past week.
  • Communities:
    • Notable changes in active cases from yesterday to today:
      • 140 people were reported as “recovered;” these are reflected in today’s changes. Only three of these communities have more active cases than yesterday. 
      • We now have 14 communities with more than 20 active cases. Between them, these 14 communities have 568 active cases, accounting for 55% of all active cases. (Shown: # of active cases and change from yesterday). 
        • Manchester: 122 (+2). Nashua: 74 (-7). Concord: 50 (-3). Bedford: 45 (-5). Warner: 43 (-2). Salem: 35 (+0). Hudson: 32 (-6). Windham: 29 (+2). Derry: 27 (-5). Portsmouth: 26 (+0). Londonderry: 23 (+1). Durham: 21 (-1). Dover: 21 (+?)   Exeter: 20 (+?)
        • Dover and Exeter both now have more than 20 active cases. Bedford has dropped down to less than 50 active cases. 
    • Some of the communities with significant changes in cumulative cases: 
      • Manchester (+19). Nashua (+5). Concord (+7).  And Dover, Goffstown, Portsmouth and Sandown, with +4 each. 
    • From yesterday to today, 18 healthcare workers had been infected. Only 3 people from long-term care facilities have been infected in the past 24-hours. 

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

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 110
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 113
    • 59 PCR tests
    • 54 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 10
  • Total positive cases in NH: 10,641
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 1.1%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results: 1,654
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,841
  • New negative results reported today: 1,544
  • Total negative cases in NH: 325,422

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 2,617
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 27
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 8.7
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 9.0
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 2.1%
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.6%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 76%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 1,034
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 258
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 25.0%. 

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

  • New antibody tests: 78
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 32,082
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 33

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

  • 0-9: +8 (3% of all cases. 7% of new cases)
  • 10-19: +8 (8% of all; 7% today) 
  • 20-29: +27 (18% of all0; 24% today) 
  • 30-39: +22 (14% of all; +20% today)
  • 40-49: +18 (13% of all; 16% today)
  • 50-59: +16 (15% of all; 14% today)
  • 60-69: +4 (11% of all; 4% today) (Was 12% of all)
  • 70-79: +6 (7% of all; 5% today) 
  • 80+: +2 (10% of all; 2% today)
  • Unknown: 0 (0% of all; 0% today)

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

  • Announced today: 140
  • Total Recovered: 9,129
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 85.8%

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

  • New: 4
  • Current: 29
  • Total Hospitalized: 775
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 7.28%

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 3
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 3
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 478
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 4.49%
  • 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.



Hello, Salem!

Another new article about long-term consequences caught my eye. Researchers are claiming that those recovering from COVID-19 may suffer significant brain function impacts, with the worst cases of the infection linked to mental decline equivalent to the brain aging by 10 years.

In this non-peer-reviewed study, over 84,000 people with a previous coronavirus infection were linked to substantial cognitive deficits. People who had recovered, including those no longer reporting symptoms, exhibited significant cognitive deficits for months. It is one more argument for trying to avoid COVID-19.

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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