24 Die In 48-Hour Period In New Hampshire: Coronavirus Update

Tony Schinella

CONCORD, NH — Late last week, state health officials reported that 24 more New Hampshire residents died due to or related to COVID-19.

The data was reported on Wednesday and Thursday. No information was reported Friday, New Year's Day (information for Saturday and Sunday will be posted Sunday night on Patch in another 48-hour report).

The Granite Staters who died included one woman and one man from Belknap County, one man from Carroll County, six women and six men from Hillsborough County, two women and two men from Merrimack County, a woman and two men from Strafford County, and one man from Sullivan County. According to the state's data dashboard, 14 lived in long-term care settings while 17 were 80 years of age or older. Four were between 70 and 79, and two were between 50 and 59. One other person was 60 years of age or younger (the data dashboard only accounted for 23 of the 24 deaths).

New Infections

The State Joint Information Center also announced during the two-day period that New Hampshire had 1,442 new infections including 183 children.

Nearly 600 of the new infections were found via antigen tests while the rest were from polymerase chain reaction tests. The cases were found from specimens collected during an eight-day period: 92 cases from Dec. 23 bringing the total count from that day to 1,208, the highest one-day total; 52 from Dec. 24; 69 cases from Friday; 45 from Saturday; 49 from Sunday; 112 from Monday; 815 from Tuesday; and 205 from Wednesday.

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The state is investigating the residency of 288 cases but of those with completed investigations, 389 live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester, 322 reside in Rockingham County, and 220 live in Merrimack County; and 109 were from Nashua.

More than 37,000 patients have recovered from the virus while 317 were hospitalized. About 512,000 Granite Staters have been tested via PCRs while another 35,000 have been tested via antibody lab tests.

Institutional Outbreaks

The state reported Wednesday that it had closed five institutional outbreaks at Colonial Poplin Nursing & Rehabilitation, where 19 residents and 10 staffers were infected at one point; the Coos County Nursing Hospital, which had 13 deaths and 135 patients and staff sick; Evergreen Place in Manchester, which lost seven residents; St. Anne's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Dover which has 33 sick; and St. Joseph's Residence Manchester where 11 residents and 11 staffers were sick and two people died.

There are 32 active outbreaks in institutional settings.

Vaccine Update

State health officials reported that New Hampshire had received nearly 65,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with about 48,000 doses distributed and 21,000 administered.

The majority of the vaccines were delivered to hospitals and a long-term care pharmacy partnership program. More than 19,000 will be given to high-risk hospital health workers while high-risk EMTs will receive 13,520 and long-term care facilities will receive more than 25,000. First responders will receive more than 5,000 doses.

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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.

More information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services about coronavirus can be found here on the department's website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Schools, Employers, Employees and Businesses (Can your employer force you to get the vaccine? It depends).

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Healthcare Providers and Public Health Partners

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This article originally appeared on the Concord Patch