COVID by the Numbers—April 18 Edition
A couple of milestones this week: The grimmest is that worldwide, we crossed the 3,000,000 mark of number of lives lost to COVID. Here in NH, a total of more than 90,000 people have had reported cases of COVID. On a more hopeful note, in the US, over 50% of adults have received at least one dose of vaccine. In NH, that figure is over 58%, with 24.6% having been fully vaccinated.
As of Friday, Governor Sununu lifted the statewide mask mandate. Cities and towns may still have their own mandates, so there will be a patchwork of regulation for a while.
And as of today, anyone over 16 may sign up for a vaccine, anywhere in the country.
It is hard to figure out what to make of the numbers this week.
Statewide last week, the numbers rose from a seven day average of reported cases of just over 31 per 100,000, to an average of 32.4 per 100,000 on the 16th, before falling back to an average of 29.8 on the 18th. We had a high of 552 new cases on the 15th, and a low of 308 new cases on the 18th. Hospitalizations in the state rose from 87 two weeks ago to 110 last week, to 133 this week. There were 13 new deaths in the state this week, up from 10 last week.
In Cheshire County, the county average of reported cases rose from 14.6 per 100,000 two weeks ago to 17.3 per 100,000 last week, to 19.0 this week.That is still the second best rate in the state. There were 0 new deaths in Cheshire County this week, and 0 new hospitalizations. There are 110 reported active cases in the county, up from 99 last week.
In Walpole, we have had only 1 new case this week, the same as last week, and there remain 1-4 reported active cases in town.
So please continue to take good care of yourselves and each other.
Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.
~Representative Lucy Weber