Community Services COVID-19 Service Status Level

chartYouth Sports – Statewide Data Trends for COVID

At this time, we find daily statewide cases substantially exceed the number as compared to last year (see above chart). Our approach is to not simply measure the current and recent trends. The peak in January caused a substantial rise in the baseline data which means the data is  already elevated over the prior year. We compare data from last year to this year to demonstrate the trends over the entire COVID span. The prime concern at this time is the higher rate of cases when compared to last year and an increasing trend. Additionally, the data for the age groups associated with youth sports demonstrates a rise in cases in New Hampshire.

  • Youth ages 0-9 show an increase over last year:
    • April 5, 2020- 2 new cases,
    • April 5, 2021- 36 new cases
  • Youth ages 10-19 show an increase over last year:
    • April 5, 2020- 2 new cases,
    • April 5, 2021- 65 new cases
  • Hospitalizations indicate an increase over last year (all ages):
    • April 5, 2020- 55 confirmed cases,
    • April 5, 2021- 94 confirmed cases
  • Statewide Cases indicate a substantial increase over last year (all ages):
    • April 5, 2020- Daily Total 47
    • April 5, 2021- Daily Total 399

Holidays, school vacations, and summer breaks may impact data trends. Therefore, we track these issues every two weeks. The second consideration with the mask requirement is the consistency in policy. We understand that the School Department is requiring masks for anyone using their facilities. A rise in cases, with a rise specifically in youth cases, warrants a consistent policy across all Town facilities requiring the use of masks.

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The Community Services Department programs for Recreation and Senior Services take a considerable amount of coordination to effectively implement. That work requires lead time to create, advertise, obtain participant interest, collect payment, and then to hold the program. Under COVID circumstances that lead time is challenging due to the possibility of needing to cancel a program in mid-development, due to heightened COVID concerns, in any given month. As many of you ask about your favorite programs, we are tracking COVID activity to determine the best opportunity to provide them safely.

Please understand that we may be in one STATUS LEVEL when we see demonstrated trends in COVID reductions planning for opening under another category. Regardless of the status, we will be requesting safety measures that are applicable to protecting our residents/participants. We would need to see a downward trend for two months to change the STATUS LEVEL.

Specific programming guidance will be developed with community leagues and other sports organizations prior to the applicable season.

Severe Service Limitation Status

  • COVID Activity: Under this Status the COVID cases, and activity, nationally, regionally, and locally is increasing or is on a downward trend for less than two months, as per indicators from sources cited herein. During this period gatherings remain as restricted as per State or Federal mandates.
  • Program Options: Programs which are online, by phone, SCTV, or other medium where no gathering is required, or that does not encourage a gathering of any number of persons not from the same household, will be operated. Programs which are run by staff for services which can be limited contact services are allowed, such as Meals on Wheels, nursing programs etc.

CLICK BELOW for Severe Status Program Lists:

RECREATION PROGRAMS                                   SENIOR PROGRAMS



Restricted Service Limitation Status: CURRENT STATUS

  • COVID Activity: Under this Status the COVID cases nationally, regionally, and locally would be required to demonstrate a clear downward trend for more than two months, as determined from recognized data sources such as cited herein. Restrictions, laws, regulations, and governmental orders, on gatherings, business, State to State travel and other indicators would need to show a reduction in restrictive policies.
  • Program Options: Substantial social distancing across larger open space areas, access by individual vehicles with same household occupants.  Smaller indoor programs allowing for minimal by appointment attendance are allowed, dependent on the participant loads. Social distancing, masks, programs by appointments, small classes are all approaches that may allow in building programming. Limited programming in the building may proceed as the downward trends continues.
  • Masks are required by all participants, athletes, spectators, coaches, and others when using public fields and/or playing areas for organized sports. This is similar the Salem School District’s policy regarding school facilities and field space. This policy is commensurate with the COVID-19 increase in cases, the higher number of cases this year as compared to last year, and the consistent climb in cases in the past month (see graphic above). We are working with each of the leagues and will assess the situation and continue to work cooperatively with the Salem School District toward establishing consistency across all of the facilities and field spaces. Therefore, in keeping with the consistent policy, masks are required when using Town facilities for leagues and organized sports.  

CLICK BELOW for Restricted Status Program Lists:

RECREATION PROGRAMS                                   SENIOR PROGRAMS

Cautioned Service Limitation Status

  • COVID Activity: Under this Status the COVID activity nationally, regionally, and locally would be required to demonstrate a downward trend for at least four months without any local and regional spikes as determined from recognized data sources cited herein. This downward COVID trend must demonstrate a reduction in cases. The trend must have a clear indication of continuing by virtue of demonstrated trends in societal behavior, vaccine use, governmental programs, or other independent factors that would demonstrate a rationale for the trend and that it is not an anomaly. Restrictions on gatherings, business, State to State travel and other indicators would need to show a continued reduction in restrictive policies.
  • Program Options: Those programs organized by, or operated in, facilities as managed by or through Community Services will be subject to COVID protocols for the operation of such programming. Larger class sizes may be available for indoor programming. Programs for outdoor venues socially distanced owned by the Town for Community Services programs may proceed under this Status.

Sources to Determine Status

Working with the Town Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Health Department the Community Services Departments will assess the COVID conditions as related to the above Status categories and monthly, or more frequently, make determinations to the STATUS LEVEL to set the category. Additional sources such as State, Federal, and agencies from other States will also be considered. Here are a few links you should consider:

For reference purposes, Salem is in Rockingham County.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 in NEW HAMPSHIRE: Cumulative Results Map

COVID-19 in NEW HAMPSHIRE: Total Current Cases

NEW HAMPSHIRE Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19

NEW HAMPSHIRE Department of Health and Human Services: Daily Updates