CONCORD, NH — After several days of posting positive test results in the two-dozen range, New Hampshire posted 36 new positive results Wednesday as well as two more deaths related to COVID-19.
The two deaths were residents of long-term care facilities including a man from Rockingham County who was 80 years of age or older and a Carroll County man who was between 50 and 59, according to the state's data dashboard.
There have been 402 deaths connected to the new coronavirus in New Hampshire.
The three-dozen new positive test results including six children with 58 percent of the tests being men and 42 percent women. Eight live in Manchester, seven live in Nashua, six live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, six reside in Rockingham County, and two live in Merrimack County.
Nearly 6,300 Granite Staters have contracted the virus since March 1 with recoveries at 5,341 or 85 percent.
Three of the new cases required hospitalization bringing active hospital cases in the state to 24. A total of 680 people or about 11 percent of all cases have required more extensive care.
Nine of the cases also revealed no identified risk factors, according to contact tracing, while most of the remaining cases contracted the virus due to travel or being in close contact with a confirmed case.
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The state 1,607 test specimens Tuesday bringing the total number of tests to 173,545 with 96.4 percent offering a negative result.
About 3,400 people are under public health monitoring by the state.
Equity Response Team Calls For Disparity Data Dashboard
Gov. Chris Sununu released the Governor’s COVID-19 Equity Response Team’s report and recommendations Wednesday after the task force called for more information, testing, and food and housing resources.
Some of the recommendations the state will immediately implement or work toward implementing include a robust disparity data dashboard; written protocols for community outreach and demographic identifier data; an equity review analysis; healthy food access; community channels "to hear community voices"; and isolation and quarantine housing support.
"I would like to thank the Equity Response Team for their hard work," Sununu said. "While our office continues to review their report, we have identified numerous recommendations that are currently either underway or that can prompt immediate action from the state. We will continue to work with members of the Equity Response Team as well as the Governor's Council on Diversity and Inclusion to identify additional action items."
The report can be found here.
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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