COVID by the Numbers—October Recap.
What a month October has been! And Halloween ended on a scary note, with 6 new cases in Cheshire County. Here is a recap of the month.
At the beginning of the month, Cheshire County had had 152 total COVID-19 cases, with 10 cases being active on October 1. By Halloween, the total number of cases had climbed to 206, and the number of active cases had gone up to 32; Keene(9) Jaffrey(7) Rindge(6) and 1-4in each of Hinsdale, Swanzey, Dublin and Harrisville. The 7 day average of new cases per 100,00 went from 1.7 to 3.2 as of October 29. That number went down as low as 0.6 on the 7th and 8th, but then came rocketing back again.
The state went from 52 new cases on the 1st to 205 new cases on the 30th —the first time that New Hampshire reported more than 200 cases in a single day. Hospitalizations went from 15 to 42. And the number of lives lost went from 441 to 483—42 souls departed.
Transmission has been through youth hockey, restaurants/bars, and according to DHHS, mostly through small gatherings of family and friends. It is so easy to let your guard down when visiting with family and friends. But even there, please be sure to keep up the precautions, especially if travelling or entertaining others over the upcoming holidays.
On a positive note, there were no new cases in Cheshire County on November 1. Let’s do all we can to keep it that way. And another interesting idea—some are suggesting that the precautions taken to avoid COVID, along with an extra push to get the flu shot, may also lead to a lighter flu season. Here’s hoping they are correct.
Keep on wearing the mask, even when distancing;
Keep your distance, even when masked;
Wash your hands,
And keep well.
~Representative Lucy Weber