COVID by the Numbers, October 12, 2020 Edition
The numbers since my last report have gone up alarmingly. The NH statewide 7 day average of new cases per 100,000, as of October 10, is 5.3, up from 2.8 on September 28. That is nearly double, in less than two weeks. We are still the 3rd lowest state, behind Vermont and Maine. The US as a whole has gone from an average of 13 cases per 100,000 to 15 per 100,000. 13 states are now in the bright red “over 25 per 100,000” category on the Harvard Global Health Initiative map. They range from Wyoming, at 26.9, to North Dakota at a whopping 65.5 per 100,000.
On September 28, there were 339 active cases in the state; 16 of those were in hospital. As of today, there are 738 active cases. That’s the “Yikes!” number for this week—nearly double. The hospitalization number is not so bad; it has gone from 16 to 17 today, with a high of 23 in between.
In Cheshire County, we had 9 active cases on September 28, and we are still at 9 active cases. They are spread out between Westmoreland, Keene, Swanzey, Jaffrey and Rindge, with today’s 2 new cases being in Keene and Jaffrey. It looks like only 1 case this month was associated with Keene State, and 0 new cases with Franklin Pierce. Only Cheshire and Coos Counties are colored green on the Harvard, with Cheshire at 0.9 cases per 100,000, but we fluctuate over and under the 1 case per 100,000 level, so we toggle between green and yellow. When the HGHI map catches up with our two latest cases, we will be in the yellow zone again. Hillsborough County, home to Manchester and Nashua, is up to 8.6 cases per 100,000.
Think about staying close to home again. We’re all tired of this, but there really is only one way to control the virus. Sing the chorus with me:
Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.
~Representative Lucy Weber