4 More In New Hampshire Die Due To Coronavirus: Update

Tony Schinella
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CONCORD, NH — Four more people have died in New Hampshire due to or from complications of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to the state.

Three men and a woman, all 60 years or age or older, died. Two men lived in Belknap County, one lived in Sullivan County, and the woman lived in Coos County. There have been 512 fatalities in New Hampshire since the pandemic started in March.

Another 322 new positive test results for the coronavirus were also reported including 33 children Sunday. More than two-thirds were discovered via polymerase chain reaction test while 107 used antigen test. There are now 4,199 people with the illness.

The state is still trying to find out information about 23 cases but of the other cases, 81 live in Rockingham County, 38 live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 32 live in Merrimack County, and 20 reside in Nashua. About 53 percent of the identified cases were female.

The new positive test results were found after nearly 8,900 PCR specimens were collected Saturday. Another 1,535 tests have pending results for a 2.3 percent positivity rate.

More than 404,000 Granite Staters have been tested via PCR test while another 33,000 were tested via antibody lab test.

Public health officials are monitoring 6,800 New Hampshire residents.

Anti-Maskers Protest Outside Governor's Home

Demonstrators, led by "Nobody," the pro-pot activist who received 0.85 percent of the vote during the Republican 2020 gubernatorial primary, were outside of Gov. Chris Sununu's home in Newfields Sunday, protesting the statewide mask ordinance which began Friday.

Political reporter Paul Steinhauser posted this video of the protest on Twitter:

New Cases At New Hampshire Schools, Colleges

In K-12 schools, there are 80 active cases, while at colleges and universities, schools report 33 active cases.

New cases include two at the East Derry Memorial Elementary School; a new positive patient at Goffstown High School; another new case at the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School; three cases at the Laconia Christian Academy; one case at the Lisbon Regional Elementary School; a new positive test results at Manchester West High School; three active cases at Milford High School; another new case at Penacook Elementary School; two new cases at Rundlett Middle School in Concord; and a new case at the Stratham Memorial School.

Active cases at colleges and universities include 23 cases at University of New Hampshire in Durham, three cases at Rivier University in Nashua, six cases at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, and one case at Nashua Community College.

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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.

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This article originally appeared on the Concord Patch