COVID-19 Update September 3

COVID-19 Update September 3

  • Total: 302 confirmed cases in Salem
  • 1 out of every 98 Salem residents has been infected
  • Salem Today: 0 new cases, 10 active cases


• • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT • • • • • •

  • Many towns surrounding Salem had a slight increase in the number of active cases, but, for the seventh day in a row, Salem did not have anyone who tested positive. One week! Great job, Salem!
  • NH DHHS has reported 41 new cases today, with a cumulative total of 38 new cases. We have to go back to August 14 to find a day with more new people diagnosed with this virus.
  • The biggest increases were Manchester (+9 new cases), Durham (+5), and Nashua (+3).
  • Four more NH kids under 18 have been infected, per NH DHHS’s press release. The dashboard shows an increase of two kids, aged 0-9, and seven youth, aged 10-19, for a total of nine. Unless there were adjustments, this works out to be two kids aged 0-9, two aged 10-17, and five kids aged 18-19.
  • Yesterday there was a message from NH Department of Health & Human Services that the data reported only included confirmed positive tests, and negative testing data would be included in today’s update. Today’s number of negatives and the number of total tests reflect yesterday’s omissions.
  • Here is an unusual pattern: NH DHHS did not report any new hospitalizations, but for the third day in a row, the number of currently hospitalized patients has increased by one. This suggests that a previous patient was released, and then re-admitted. We see this occasionally for a day, and rarely, for two consecutive days. I don’t recall seeing a period with three days in a row.
  • There were no new COVID-19 fat­alities in NH in the 24-hour period covered by this report.


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

  • New positive cases per DHHS: 41
  • My new positive cases (Total of today’s cases minus yesterday’s total): 38
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 4
  • Total positive cases in NH: 7,347
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive: 1.09% over the last two days
  • Total PCR tests results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 4,594 for the last two days
  • The daily average of diagnostic (PCR) tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 1,976
  • New negative PCR cases in NH: 4,544 over the past two days
  • Total negative cases in NH: 208,528


• • • • • Rockingham County • • • • • •

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 1,821
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 4
  • Rockingham County: New cases per 100K residents: 1.3
  • Rockingham County 1-week average per 100K residents: 1.7
  • Percent of all cases from Rockingham County: 24.8%
  • Percent of all cases from either Hillsborough County or Rockingham County: 80%

• • • • • Active Cases • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 240
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 74
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 30.8%


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

  • New antibody tests: 164
  • Total antibody tests (No break down of positive vs. negative): 29,925
  • The daily average of antibody tests reported from 7 days ago to today: 64
  • Children diagnosed with MIS-C: (as of 5/22/2020): 1


• • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • •

  • Announced today: 22
  • Total Recovered: 6,675
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 90.9%


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

  • New: 0
  • Current: 10
  • Total Hospitalized: 715
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 9.73%


• • • • • 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: 432
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 5.88­­%
  • 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.


NH’s positive numbers may be creeping up a little, but so are our testing numbers. Our positivity rate jumped up a bit two days ago, but other than that, it seems to be fairly stable at under 2%. Right now, NH looks pretty good, as far as I can see.

So this is a good time to ask: How ARE you doing?

These are trying times that we are living in. COVID-19 has affected many people in many ways. If you are struggling, don’t be ashamed to seek help. You are not alone.

If you are struggling with housing expenses because of COVID-19, it is still not too late to apply for a grant here.

Food pantries are available for those who have food insecurity. Salem NH Farmers Market is helping families who receive SNAP benefits. (I’m happy to provide info about the Market!)

If you are struggling with feelings of isolation or depression, seek help. You might start with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Health, which can be found here. They can be called on their 24-hour hotline at 1-800-950-6264.

If you, or someone you care about, is near the limit, call the #SuicideAwareness number at 1-800-273-8255.

There is more than one way to stay safe. Take advantage of the resources available to you. Please do what you need to do to protect you and your family. Please, in every way, stay safe, and always, be kind.


How our numbers have changed over time



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