CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced an additional 20 deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The announcement was the second highest one-day death announcement since the pandemic started in March. According to officials, 735 Granite Staters have died since that time due to or connected to the coronavirus.
Two of the residents were women from Belknap County while six were women and four were men from Hillsborough County. One man died from Merrimack County while one man and two women died in Rockingham County. Four more, three women and a man, lived in Strafford County, according to the State Joint Information Center. Fifteen of the 20 people lived in long-term care settings while 14 were 80 years of age or older, four were between 70 and 79, and two were between 60 and 69, according to the state's data dashboard.
"We offer our sympathies to the family and friends," health officials said.
State health officials also announced 1,029 new positive test results for the coronavirus.
Close to 400 were found via antigen test and the rest were polymerase chain reaction tests. The state has slightly less than 5,900 active cases.
The new test results were found across five days: 99 of the new cases with positive results Tuesday were from tests taken on Dec. 23 — raising that single-day total to 1,119, or the second-highest testing day. Two cases were from Thursday and nine were from Saturday. Another 435 were from specimens on Sunday and 484 were from Monday. Of the new cases, 125 were children and 52 percent were women. Hillsborough County outside of Nashua had the most new positive tests — 310, while 252 patients reside in Rockingham County, 105 live in Merrimack County, and 87 live in Nashua.
Manchester still has the most active cases in New Hampshire — 670, while Nashua is second with 474 and Concord third with 233. Many of Concord's cases, however, are in the New Hampshire Prison for Men and not in the general city population. Salem has 166 active cases while Londonderry has 142, Bedford has 122, and Merrimack has 111. Portsmouth has 85, Milford has 59, Exeter has 53, Hampton has 52, Amherst has 50, and North Hampton has 11.
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The state is still investigating where 266 cases live.
Health officials said 295 patients were hospitalized while nearly 508,000 residents have been tested in New Hampshire via PCR test and another 34,597 via antibody lab test. More than 1.065 million tests have been administered in the state.
The seven-day test positivity rate was 7.6 percent while Tuesday's PCR positivity rate was 7.3 percent.
Active K-12 school setting cases have dropped to 36, according to the state.
New active cases connected to schools in Patch communities include the first case at William Lancaster School in Salem, two active cases at North Salem Elementary School, the first case at the Clark-Wilkins School in Amherst, an active case at Salem High School, active cases at Ross Lurgio, Riddle Brook, and McKelvie Intermediate schools in Bedford, a single case at the Little Harbour School in Portsmouth and a case at the Hampton Centre School.
Colleges and universities in New Hampshire have nine active cases including eight at UNH in Durham and one at Rivier University in Nashua.
The daily case trend data published on Dec. 29, 2020. Source: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
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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