July 10 Update – The Cost

The Cost

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a lot of cost involved in dealing with a pandemic, and your neighbors are paying it. In the midst of the Reopen vs. Don’t Reopen debates, I think that many of the debaters don’t realize that there is a cost, in lives, for both paths. People making the decisions are responsible for deaths either way. We are not collecting data on how many people are dying or having increased addiction problems because of our restrictions, and we should. There is always a cost. If you want further insight into the morbid decisions required at this time, try reading this – Challenges Estimating Total Lives Lost in COVID-19 Decisions Consideration of Mortality Related to Unemployment, Social Isolation, and Depression For those who say simply, lift all restrictions… how many deaths make that plan acceptable? Does your opinion change if a relative is affected, like your Mom?

My father in law is 80 years old and in very poor health. He can’t get around by himself and lives in a small apartment in Claremont. He used to see his friends 4 or 5 days a week. He has been living in isolation, sitting in his chair, since March. He may decide to start going out. If he catches COVID, he will most likely die. If he continues to live in his chair, he may die of depression. That risk evaluation is his to make. How much risk he faces if he goes out is your decision to make.

What I will leave you with is, do what you can, but don’t do nothing. Wear a mask when you go to the store. Be careful what you touch. Wash your hands. Don’t throw big parties. Do what you can to get us back to normal as quickly as possible. The cost is stacking up and I am worried that we may never actually count it. If you can’t be 100% in compliance with best practices, do what you can, and let’s take a moment to support our neighbors receiving very bad news today. ~ Steve

I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything; but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

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NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 9th, 2020

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, DHHS announced 21 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 5,973 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, all are adults with 57% being female and 43% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (5), Carroll (1), Cheshire (1), Merrimack (1), and Strafford (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (8) and Nashua (4).


Three new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 581 (10%) of 5,973 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Of the new cases, none of them were considered to have no identified risk.


DHHS has also announced one new death related to COVID-19.

• 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 87
  • Carroll 65
  • Cheshire 75
  • Coos 9
  • Grafton 90
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,139
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1590
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 658
  • Merrimack 422
  • Rockingham 1505
  • Strafford 297
  • Sullivan 35
  • County TBD 1

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated July 9, 2020, 9:00 AM)

  • NH Persons with COVID-191 5,973
  • Recovered 4,831 (81%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 387 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 755
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 581 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 24

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 131,051
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 20,931
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 33,243
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 869
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,425

Number of Specimens Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive Cases

Information above, and archived daily updates are available here: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/news/updates.htm

Regional Information (total positive test results, deaths)

Look-back period is 1 week.

NH: 5,973 positive test results 387 deaths  (1 week ago: 5,897 positive test results 381 deaths) (+76/+6)

MA: 110,897  positive test results 8268 deaths (1 week ago: 109,974  positive test results 8183 deaths) (+923/+85)

ME: 3,486 positive test results 111 deaths (1 week ago: 3,415 positive test results 109 deaths)

VT: 1,272 positive test results 56 deaths (1 week ago: 1,249 positive test results 56 deaths)

CT:  47,209  positive test results 4,348 deaths (1 week ago: 46,717  positive test results 4,335 deaths)

RI: 17,243 positive test results 974 deaths (1 week ago: 16,991 positive test results 960 deaths)

NY:  404,207 positive test results 31,979 deaths (1 week ago: 401,822 positive test results 31,895  deaths) (+2,385/+84)


About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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