An Up-date from Lucy – 9/20/20

COVID by the Numbers, September 20, 2020 Edition

The COVID-19 numbers are still confusing. 

Yesterday, DHHS reported a whopping 61 new positive test results.  We haven’t had that many in a single day since mid-June. There is a difference, though.  

On June 17, there were 1002 active cases of COVID in the state; of those, 56were in hospital.  And on June 17, just over 1500 people were tested.  

Yesterday, there were 318 active cases in the state;  8 of those were in hospital.  And last week’s average was over 3000 tests a day.  On a couple of days, over 5000 test results were reported. It’s hard to draw conclusions, as a certain number of the tests are retests, and some of the increase is associated with the reopening of colleges.  I have always looked to the number of hospitalized cases as the best indicator of what is happening in the state, as those numbers are the most solid.

Statewide, the 7 day average of new cases per 100,000 population is currently 2.6, up from 1.1 at the beginning of the month.  That is still 3rd best in the nation, after Vermont and Maine.

The best news is right here in Cheshire County.  In the past week, only 2 new cases were reported in the county.  And there are only 3 active cases currently, located in Keene and Winchester.  One of those cases is associated with Keene State College.  On the Harvard Global Health Initiative map, Cheshire is now colored green, because at a 7 day average of 0.4 cases per 100,000 population, we are currently “On Track for Containment.”  Sullivan County, to our north has 0.3 cases per 100,000, and Windham County VT, to our west, is now holding at a solid 0 cases per 100,000.  All this can change rapidly, and does, so be careful out there, and be more careful the further from home you go.

Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.

~Representative Lucy Weber


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