COVID by the Numbers, November 29 Edition
Hello, everyone. I’m a little late with the current report, but that is because the NH Department of Health and Human Services is a bit behind with their numbers, both because of the Thanksgiving holiday, and also because the numbers just keep on going up.
The good news is that Walpole still has only had 11 total cases, up 2 from last week, and now has 8 confirmed active cases. That is pretty much the best news in a very mixed week.
In Cheshire County, there were 127 new cases this week. (DHHS still has not finished compiling the cases reported Saturday.) That is up from 72 last week, and is four times the weekly total from the beginning of the month.
The 7 day moving average of cases per 100,000 in Cheshire County has gone from 3.0 at the beginning of the month to 18.0 last week, to 34.6 as of November 27.
Here is where the active cases are located: Keene-87; Jaffrey-16; Rindge-15; Swanzey-11; Chesterfield-9; Winchester-9; Walpole-8. Towns with 1-4 active cases: Westmoreland, Hinsdale, Fitzwilliam, Troy, Marlborough, Nelson, Sullivan, Stoddard, and Surry. Currently, seven towns have 0 active cases: Alstead, Marlow, Gilsum, Stoddard, Harrisville, Dublin, and Roxbury. While some towns are actually doing better, the cases in Keene have doubled in a week.
The statewide number of new confirmed cases this week is actually down just a tad from last week, but then there are those still untabulated cases from Saturday, so let’s say the statewide moving average is stable at 2949 new cases, for a daily average of 421.3.
Nationally, the number of cases per 100,000 has gone from 51 to 52, so that is slowing down.
The other troubling number for the state is that our hospitalizations have gone from 116 to 146, higher than at any other time.
This next week will begin to show us the effects of Thanksgiving holiday travel on the numbers, so stay tuned.
We learned today that the NH House will NOT hold its Organization Day in person in the Whittemore Center on Wednesday. The session will still be held in person, but it will be held outdoors at UNH instead. This is at least a step in the right direction, as it greatly lessens the chances of us being turned into disease vectors to be returned to all corners of the state, but it still begs the question what happens in January?
I’ll be the one in the pale yellow parka, relatively near the back on the right-hand side as you face the podium. I will be double masked, and I will step away from anyone approaching closer than six feet. And I will be stepping away from other people when I get back to Walpole, too.
Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and be careful out there.