COVID-19 Update October 9

COVID-19 Update October 8

  • Total: 348 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of every 85 Salem residents have been infected
  • Salem Today: 3 new cases, 13 active cases 

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

  • Salem had three more residents who were diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection. 
  • NH saw 97 new cases today. The last time we had this many new cases (excluding data dumps) was last May – over 4 months ago.
  • I count ten days since data became available when NH had more confirmed cases than we had today.
  • The daily average of new cases over the past week is 65. The daily average of new cases for the week ending four weeks ago was 35.5 cases.
  • 31.5% of today’s infections were under 20 years of age. 27 of the new cases were kids under 18. Nine were kids aged up to 9. 20 were kids aged 10-19. 
  • NH DHHS is reporting that our positivity rate is 0.9%. Only one day out of the past five is more than 1%, and then, just barely. [I’d like to see how they come up with that number.]
  • I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to “Persons Being Monitored,” but today the number jumped out at me. For the past few days, that number has been 2,850. Today it is 3,050. It has been as low as 1,625. The last time it was this high was July 31.
  • Communities:
    • Litchfield now has more than 50 cases.
    • There are 23 communities which have 5 or more active cases including four new communities: Litchfield (5), Gilmanton, Warner and Hillsborough (5 each). Those communities with the most include: Nashua (92). Manchester (90). Bedford (81). Merrimack (17). Hooksett (15). Goffstown (14). And Salem (13).
    • Some of the communities with significant increases in cumulative cases: Nashua (11). Bedford (9), Hooksett and Hudson (8 each), Manchester (6), and Exeter and Salem (3 each)
  • NH has lost people every day for the past 6 days, including one more fatality today.
  • MA has had 765 new cases today. Their average over the past week is 581 cases per day.
  • US had 57,991 new cases today. The daily average for the past two weeks is 46,255 new cases per day.
  • The world has seen 4,761 cases per 1M people.
  • The US has seen 23,812 cases per 1M population
  • Only 10 countries have a higher rate than the US: Qatar, Bahrain, Aruba, Andorra, French Guiana, Israel, Panama, Kuwait, Peru and Chile.
  • NH has 6,597 cases per 1M. Only Maine and Vermont are better.

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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 97
    • 77 PCR tests
    • 20 Antigen tests
  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 92
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 27
  • Total positive cases in NH: 8,878
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 0.9%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 2,410
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,496
  • New negative results reported today: 2,410
  • Total negative cases in NH: 281,068

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

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 2,189
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 17
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 5.5
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 4.1
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.4% yesterday
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 78%

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 585
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 101
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 17.3%

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

  • New antibody tests: 57
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 31,441
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 40

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • • (Past week)

  • 0-9: +30 (2.9% of all cases. 8.0% of new cases over the past week.
  • 10-19: +55 (7.6% of all; 14.7% today) 
  • 20-29: +59 (17.2% of all; 15.8% today) 
  • 30-39: +52 (14.0% of all; 13.9% today)
  • 40-49: +55 (12.8% of all; 14.7% today)
  • 50-59: +48 (15.4% of all; 12.9% today)
  • 60-69: +38 (12.0% of all; 10.2% today)
  • 70-79: +19 (7.4% of all; 5.1% today) 
  • 80+: +17 (10.8% of all; 4.6% today)

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

  • I see no changes in Salem schools.
  • From yesterday to today, the total number of schools with kids infected went from 77 to 89. Last Friday, there were 58 schools. Other than the universities and Windham High, the schools are keeping the numbers to three or less kids.

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

  • Announced today: 37
  • Total Recovered: 7,935
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 88.5%

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

  • New: 1
  • Current: 13
  • Total Hospitalized: 748
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 8.34%

• • • • • • 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: 450
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.02%
  • 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.


As we start another weekend, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • There have been 37.1 million COVID19 cases worldwide.
  • There have been 7.9 million COVID-19 cases in the US.
  • The US has more than 21.3% of all of the cases.
  • The US has less than 5% of the world’s population.

NH has 585 active cases. (KNOWN active cases.) Two weeks ago, that count was 304. Today it is more than double what it was a month ago, when it was 272.

COVID-19 is here. You don’t have to be afraid of it, but you do need to respect it. Have a good weekend, but stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie



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