COVID by the Numbers—February 28 Edition
From a low of 5 active cases of COVID at the beginning of the week, Walpole rocketed back up to 10 active cases on the 27th, before backing down to 8 active cases as of this writing. Last week we had 4 new cases of COVID in town; this week we are up to 9 new cases for the week.
In Cheshire County, our seven day average of reported cases per 100,000 is also going in the wrong direction. The county went from an average of 20.5 cases per 100,000 last week back up to an average of 23.1 this week. This makes our county rate the 4th highest in the state. More worrying, the infection rate for the county which was 0.67 towards the beginning of the month, has gone up to 1.00 or just above. The infection rate reflects the average number of other people that each infected person passes the virus on to. If it stay around 1.00, the numbers or new cases are likely to remain the same. When the infection rate goes above 1.00, the numbers are likely to rise.
Active cases in Cheshire County went from 135 up to 149. Two more COVID cases were hospitalized this week, and we have lost one more citizen to the pandemic this week.
Statewide, the numbers are significantly better. The seven-day average of reported cases has gone down from 27.9 to 21.1. Active cases have gone from 2,940 down to 2, 532. Hospitalizations have gone from 109 down to 89, a real milestone. We lost 23 citizens statewide last week; this week the number was 16. We did, however, cross the 75,000 mark in total numbers of cases. As of this writing, 75,424 cases of COVID have been confirmed in the state.
Still, the numbers in NH are significantly higher than those in California in general and Los Angeles County in particular, which is not a good place to be.
Please keep on taking good care of yourselves, and each other. Don’t let down your guard. Be careful out there. There is still work to do.
Wear your mask, keep your distance-even when wearing a mask, wash your hands, and keep well.
~Representative Lucy Weber