CONCORD, NH — Another 42 Granite Staters are infected with COVID-19 in New Hampshire, the State Joint Information Center announced Friday.
Twelve of the new coronavirus infected cases live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 12 live in Manchester, 10 live in Rockingham County, three live in Nashua, and two reside in Merrimack County. Of the 42 cases, three were children and 54 percent were female and 46 percent male. The cumulative case number in New Hampshire has risen to 6,583 but only 396 are currently infected. Recoveries, which dipped down 1 percent in Thursday's report, are back up to 88 percent — with health officials saying 5,772 have recovered from COVID-19.
Only one of the new patients required hospitalization and only 18 are currently hospitalized — with fewer than 700 patients requiring more extensive care since the pandemic started in March. Nine of the cases had no identified risk factors.
Nearly 1,700 specimens were collected on Thursday bringing the total count of polymerase chain reaction and antibody lab tests to 187,381. A little less than 96.5 percent of the tests have come back negative.
Approximately 3,075 people are under public health monitoring by state health officials.
Emergency Order Extended
Gov. Chris Sununu signed Emergency Order #61 extending the state's COVID-19 emergency order for another 21 days.
More PPE Coming To NH
On Saturday, Sununu will be meeting with inventor Dean Kamen and others to greet and unload the largest cargo flight in the history of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, according to officials.
The Fedex charter flight is bringing 450,000 gowns to be distributed to Veterans Administration hospitals and other facilities around the country. The flight can be tracked here.
Durham To Consider Face Covering Ordinance
The town of Durham will consider an emergency face covering ordinance Monday.
Durham Town Manager Todd Selig called it "crucial" to wear a face covering in certain circumstances to reduce the spread of COVID-19. He said wearing a mask sends a clear message — "I care about your health, in addition to my own."
Durham currently has 1-4 active cases and 34 total cases during the past five months. A two-thirds vote of the town council is needed to approve the requirement.
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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