Coronavirus Update: 2,500 Infected In 2 Months In New Hampshire

Tony Schinella

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced two more deaths related to COVID-19 Sunday. The new coronavirus took the life of a woman from Hillsborough County who was 60 years of age or older and a man from Rockingham County who was also 60 years or older.

So far, 86 people in New Hampshire have died — about 3 percent of those who have been stricken with the virus. Two of those deaths, according to the state, have been health care workers. About 60 percent of the deaths have been people 80 years of age or older while another 20 percent were between the ages of 70 and 79.

Only four deaths were under the age of 60.

Ninety more people have tested positive for the virus bringing the count to 2,518 diagnosed cases — with 1,415 currently active cases in the state.

Some of the new cases are still being investigated but of those with completed information, one was a child, 51 percent were women, and 49 percent men. Forty-three live in Hillsborough County while 32 reside in Rockingham County. Merrimack County reported three new cases.

The location of residency for 19 cases is unknown.

"Nine of the new cases have no identified risk factors," the state said. "Community-based transmission continues to increase in the state and has been identified in all counties with cases. Most of the remaining cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis."

About 40 percent, 1,017 people, have recovered from the virus while 282, around 11 percent, have been hospitalized. The State Joint Information Center also announced 110 are currently hospitalized.

About 244 tests are pending at the state's labs with 10,371 people tested at state labs alone. Another 28,318 people have tested negative for the virus at the state and numerous commercial labs during the past two months. Between state and commercial labs, nearly 1,100 tests are being completed daily, on average.

According to contact tracing investigations, a period of as much as three weeks can occur between the onset of the illness and reporting to the state. During those three weeks, a patient can be exposed to the virus, develop the virus of anywhere from two to 14 days, although typically, it is five to six days, and then another seven days between sickness and the report being received by the health department.

The state's Public Health Services also reported nine communities in the state have more than 50 cases: Manchester with 529, Nashua with 229, Derry has 226, Salem 173, Londonderry 82, Dover with 73, Bedford 58, Hudson 54, and Concord has 53. Another 14 communities — Auburn, Franklin, Goffstown, Hampstead, Hampton, Hooksett, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Pelham, Portsmouth, Rochester, Seabrook, and Windham — have had 20 or more cases each during the past two months.

About 86 percent of New Hampshire's cases were contracted in three of the state's 10 counties.

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.

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