COVID by the Numbers—May 9 Edition
Okay, so I missed the report last week. I’m wondering if all of you are as tired of reading these numbers as I am compiling them.
I think that after this week, my reports will be more occasional. As you know, the Governor has dropped the “Safer at Home” mandates, and now individual businesses are urged to follow CDC guidelines, but there is no longer a mandate that they do so. A number of towns still have their own mask mandates. Keene is one of them. Vermont continues to have a statewide mask mandate. Travel restrictions have eased, and many of us are looking forward to travelling a bit more this summer.
The really good news is that overall, the numbers in New Hampshire are continuing to decline.
Statewide, the seven day average of reported cases per 100,000, was 23.8 as of Sunday the 25th. On May 1, that number was down to 17.4, and today, the state is down to 14.1. The number of reported currently active cases in the state was 2,960 on April 25. That number fell to 2,459on May 1, and is now down to 1,577. Hospitalizations in the state declined from 91 on April 25, to 84 on May 1, and declined further to 74 as of this writing. There were 6 new deaths in the state this week, down from 13 last week.
In Cheshire County, the news is not so good. The county average of reported cases was 18.0 on April 25. The county average dropped to 16.0 as of May 1, but it is back up to 18.2 this week. This puts us back up to the second highest rate in the state, behind only Coos County, which is at 19.5. There were 0 new deaths in Cheshire County since April 25, but there were 2 new hospitalizations this week. Current active reported cases in the county were 128 on April 25. That number went down to 111 on May 1, and bounced a little to 112 currently.
In Walpole, there remain 1-4 reported active cases in town. We seem to be reporting 1 new case every 3 days or so. On April 25, we had a cumulative total of 137 reported cases in Walpole since the start of the pandemic. As of this writing, that total is up to 141.
Please continue to take good care of yourselves and each other. Remember that even when fully vaccinated, there is a small chance that you might contract COVID, and if so, you could pass it on to others, especially if you have an asymptomatic case.
Thank you to every single person in this town for all your efforts these past 14 extraordinary months to keep COVID under control, to help each other, and to keep each other safe.
Wear your mask when you cannot distance, keep your distance when not wearing your mask, enjoy being outdoors, wash your hands, and keep well.
~Representative Lucy Weber