CONCORD, NH — Seven more people have died related to COVID-19 in New Hampshire, according to state health officials.
The State Joint Information Center reported on Wednesday that four men from Hillsborough County, a woman from Rockingham County, and two men from Strafford County have died. About 2 percent or 885 of those who have been infected with coronavirus have died in the state. Only one of the new fatalities was from a long-term care setting while one was 80 years of age or older, four were between 70 and 79, and two were between 60 and 69 years of age.
"We offer our sympathies to the family and friends," the state said.
Another 1,082 new infections were reported from specimens collected across five days: 58 new cases were from Jan. 3, another 31 were from Jan. 4, according to the state. Thirty-two new cases were from tests submitted on Sunday while 463 were from Monday and 498 were from Tuesday. More than two-thirds of the new positive cases came from polymerase chain reaction tests while the rest were antigen tests.
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The cases were split equally between the genders and 114 of the new infections were children.
The majority of cases, 320, were from Hillsborough County outside of Nashua, 220 live in Rockingham County, 100 reside in Merrimack County, and 96 live in Nashua. The state is still trying to find out where 42 of the new infections live.
About 275 people are in the hospital while 46,633 have recovered from the virus. The state has 6,600 active infections. The state said more than 551,000 residents have been tested via more than 1.2 million tests.
There is only one active case at a college or university — at UNH in Durham and 33 cases connected to school settings. The state reported 36 active cases connected to K-12 schools in the state. Active cases in schools in Patch communities include two active cases at Salem High School and one at North Salem Elementary School, one at Peter Woodbury School and McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, one at 2nd Nature Academy/Nature of Things in Nashua, one at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, one at Londonderry Middle School, and one at Merrimack High School.
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 a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to not go out to 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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Guidance to schools can be found here.
Instructions for returning travelers to self-observe for symptoms of COVID-19 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.
To access the state's COVID-19 Interactive Map Dashboard, click on this link here.