31 New Patients Including 2 Children Catch COVID-19 In NH

Tony Schinella

CONCORD, NH — Thirty-one more people have contracted the new coronavirus in the state after more than 2,050 specimens were collected Saturday, according to state health officials.

Two children have also tested positive for COVID-19 while the breakdown of the gender of the new cases was 61 percent women and 39 percent men. Fourteen of the new cases live in Manchester while five live in Nashua and five reside in Rockingham County. Another four live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua.

Accumulatively, 5,747 have contracted the virus in New Hampshire since March 1.

Three of the new patients required hospitalization bringing the total number of people who needed more care to 565 or less than 10 percent of all cases. Currently, there are 37 people in hospitals.

Nearly 137,000 specimens have been collected with 95.8 percent of tests offering negative result. There are around 420 tests pending after 2,056 test samples were collected Saturday and nearly 1,500 new people getting tested.

The state said 4,412 people have recovered from the virus about 77 percent.

Approximately 3,500 people are under public health monitoring by the state.

Learn More About 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.
  • Anybody who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspect COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.
  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic medical conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Employers need to move to telework as much as possible.
  • There is increasing evidence that this virus can survive for hours or possibly even a few days on surfaces, so 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 when sick (i.e., social distancing).
  • 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.

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This article originally appeared on the Concord Patch