CONCORD, NH — Thirty-seven more people have contracted the new coronavirus in New Hampshire, according to state health officials.
All but one of new patients, including a child as well as 54 percent women and 46 percent men, contracted the virus due to contact with an infected person, travel, or an outbreak setting. Twenty-three of the patients live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester or Nashua. Another three people live in Manchester, three live in Merrimack County, three reside in Rockingham County, and one lives in Nashua.
Two more Granite Staters, a man and a woman, both 80 years of age or older, who live in Hillsborough County and were connected to long-term care settings, died Saturday. They bring the fatality count to 339 in New Hampshire or about 6 percent of cases — including 210 who were 80 or older, 81 between 70 and 79, and 32 who were between 60 and 69, or more than 95 percent of all deaths in the state.
Also, two of the new patients needed hospitalization. About 10 percent of all infections needed expanded hospital care but the state reported only 55 people were currently hospitalized as of Saturday.
About 77 percent of all people who have been infected, 4,244, have recovered from the virus. Approximately 3,450 residents are under public health monitoring.
Another 1,450 specimens were collected by the state Friday bringing the total to around 123,500 collected — with more than 95 percent of those tests coming back negative.
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.
- 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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