CONCORD, NH — Another two people have died but only 18 new infections were reported Sunday by the state of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
The deaths were a woman from Hillsborough County and a man from Belknap County. Both were 60 years of age or older. The fatality count in the state is 398 cumulative or about 6 percent of all infections.
Of the new positive test results, two were children and most were women: 56 percent compared to 44 percent men. Six of the new patients live in Manchester, three live in Nashua, two reside in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, two live in Merrimack County, and one lives in Rockingham County.
The new positive cases brings the total to 6,203 cases since March in New Hampshire. The state also announced that 5,251 or 85 percent of all cases have recovered from COVID-19 while the state only has 554 active cases — the lowest since April.
One new patient required hospitalization while four had no identified risk factors. The state currently has only 17 hospitalized patients — the fewest number of people in the hospital since the state begin releasing the data in mid-April.
The state has collected 169,759 specimens with more than 96.3 percent of them offering a negative test result. Another 2,878 tests were collected Saturday. The state is averaging around 2,500 polymerase chain reaction tests and 143 antibody laboratory tests each day.
Public health officials have around 3,450 Granite Staters under monitoring for possible virus exposure.
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.
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