COVID by the Numbers—March 7 Edition
Walpole had 8 active cases at the end of last week. As of this writing, we are down to 5 active cases. Last week we had 4 new cases of COVID in town; that number remained the same this week.
In Cheshire County, our seven day average of reported cases per 100,000 is going in the wrong direction. The county went from an average of 23.1 cases per 100,000 last week up to an average of 24.8this week. Congratulations …we have gone back to having the highest infection rate in the state. The infection rate for the county which was 0.67 at the beginning of February, has been holding steady at about 1.00. The infection rate reflects the average number of other people that each infected person passes the virus on to. If it stays 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 149 up to 156. One more COVID case was 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 statewide has gone down from 21.1 to 16.1. Active cases have gone from 2,532 down to 2,062. Hospitalizations have gone from 89 to 88. We lost 16 citizens statewide last week; this week the number was 14. As of this writing, 75,861 cases of COVID have been confirmed in the state.
The numbers in NH are still significantly higher than those in California, so we can still do much better.
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