CONCORD, NH — State health officials announced Sunday that another six deaths related to COVID-19 in New Hampshire have been reported.
A man and woman were from Hillsborough County, three men were from Merrimack County, and another woman lived in Rockingham County. Five lived in long-term care settings, according to the state's data dashboard, and all were 80 years of age or older.
Fatalities in New Hampshire remain at 2 percent of all cases or 656 patients.
The state said 261 people remained hospitalized in the state while nearly 29,000 or 79 percent have recovered from the virus. Only 2 percent of those who became infected required hospitalization, according to the state.
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Another 947 positive test results were released Sunday from specimens collected the previous five days. About one-quarter of the patients were found by antigen test after 4,815 polymerase chain reaction tests were administered on Saturday. A positivity rate of 6.7 percent for PCRs was posted on Sunday.
According to the state's data dashboard, 1,003,589 coronavirus tests have been administered in New Hampshire. Nearly 485,000 Granite Staters have been tested via PCR tests.
Twenty-three of Saturday's positive test results were collected Tuesday bringing that day's total to 806 cases while 80 were from Wednesday and 74 were Thursday. Another 287 were from Friday and 483 were from Saturday.
There are slightly less than 7,000 active infections in New Hampshire.
Most of the new cases, about 52 percent, were male while 103 new infections were children.
The state is still investigating where 31 of the new patients live but of those with completed investigations, 289 live in Hillsborough County outside of Nashua, 209 reside in Rockingham County, 121 live in Merrimack County, and 95 live in Nashua.
Stop The Spread Of COVID-19
The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.
Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:
Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.
Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.
When you can't practice 6 feet of social distancing, wear a face covering.
Anyone who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.
If you are 60 years or older or have chronic and underlying health conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.
Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
Employers should work from home as much as possible.
There is increasing evidence that the virus can survive for hours or possibly days on surfaces. People should clean frequently touched surfaces, including door handles, grocery carts and grocery basket handles, etc.
Take the same precautions as you would if you were sick:
Stay home and avoid public places.
Wear a face covering.
Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
Wash hands frequently.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Guidance to schools can be found can be found here.
Instructions for returning travelers to self-observe for symptoms of COVID-19 are available are available here.
For more information on COVID-19 in NH, visit its site here.
For the latest information from the CDC, visit its site here.
To access the state's COVID-19 data dashboard, click on this link here.
To access the state's COVID-19 Interactive Map Dashboard, click on this link here.