COVID-19 Update September 17

COVID-19 Update September 17

  • Total: 321 or more? confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of every 92 Salem residents have been infected
  • Salem Today: ? new cases, ? active cases


• • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT • • • • • •

  • Once again, someone at NH DHHS forgot to upload some of the data, so we have no updated information about any NH communities, schools or most of the kid details. I have reached out to them, and hope we can get that info before it is replaced with tomorrow’s data.
  • Salem parents were sent a letter from the Salem Superintendent of Schools, Michael Delahanty, expressing frustration a communication problem between the state and district about who does contact tracing. The district has recently been given directions that contradicted earlier protocols communicated through state guidance. From this point forward, when the school learns of a positive case, they will identify the close contacts, notify parents, and dismiss the students from school. The school will provide an anticipated return date based upon the students’ last known close contact. DHHS is then expected to follow up with families during the quarantine period.
  • Dr. Delahanty has also been given another new directive from state officials: When a student tests positive, siblings will have to quarantine up to 28 days. This represents their own 14-day quarantine period of possible infection as well as the initial 14-day sibling’s quarantine.
  • 35 NH Residents had positive test results today.
  • The positivity rate today is 1.91.
  • 21 more people have been reported as “recovered;” and the number of active cases in NH is back up to 272.
  • Two more people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, but the number of hospitalized patients has gone down by one.
  • There were no new COVID-19-related deaths in NH in the 24 hours covered by this report.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 35
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 34
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 3
  • Total positive cases in NH: 7,814
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive: 1.91%
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 1,779
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,174
  • New negative results reported today: 1,745
  • Total negative cases in NH: 227,696


• • • • Rockingham County • • • • • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: ?
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 9
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 2.9
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 3.3
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: ???%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: ?%

• • • • Active Cases• • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 272
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: ???
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: ???%


• • • • OTHER TEST RESULTS• • • • • •

  • New antibody tests: 61
  • Total antibody tests (No break downs of positive vs. negative): 30,576
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 42
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1

• • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Announced today: 21
  • Total Recovered: 7,104
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 90.9%

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

  • New: 2
  • Current: 7
  • Total Hospitalized: 725
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 9.28%

• • • • 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: 438
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.61%
  • 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.


I’ve always been an overachiever. I usually had more than one job at a time. Even doing volunteer work, an 80-hour workweek has frequently been my norm. I set high expectations for myself, and expect others to meet those same standards. When they don’t, it frustrates me.

Yesterday, and over the last few days, I reported frustration that NH DHHS has not kept the school part of the dashboard up-to-date, and expressed concern about the contact tracing process. Today, there is the story about contact tracing not happening properly for our school kids. Tonight, NH DHHS forgot to do the final step in their reporting. (Even though this website was explained as having live updates, it’s only updated once per day, when they remember.) Come on, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Let’s do better!

I’m trying to be patient. I’m trying to be respectful. I hope you can, too. Stay safe, and always, be kind.

How our numbers have changed over time


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Sources used to create this report:

  • COVID-19 Update September 17

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