CONCORD, NH — The State Joint Information Center announced another 16 deaths related to COVID-19 in New Hampshire on Saturday and Sunday.
According to the latest data, a woman and man who lived in Belknap County died during the past 48 hours. A woman from Carroll County, a man from Cheshire County, two men from Coos County, a woman and four men who lived in Hillsborough County, three men who lived in Rockingham County, and a woman and man from Sullivan County have all died. Six of the fatalities lived in long-term care settings while 13 were 80 years of age or older. Two of the deaths were in the 70 to 79 age bracket while one was in the 50 to 59 category. Only 1.7 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the state were in the 50 to 59 age bracket.
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State health officials also announced 1,444 new positive test results for the coronavirus including 192 children with 1,024 coming for polymerase chain reaction tests. The rest of the infections were discovered via antigen tests. The state said there are 6,122 active cases in New Hampshire with more than 55,000 or 89 percent recovering from the virus.
The cases were found from specimens taken on Thursday (198), Friday (800), and Saturday (446).
"There was an average of 608 cases per day during the most recent seven-day period," the state said. "This is a 19 percent decrease compared to the previous seven-day period."
Slightly more than half of the new cases were female, the state said.
Of the new cases, 370 live in Hillsborough County outside of Nashua, 334 reside in Rockingham County, 149 live in Nashua, and 97 live in Merrimack County.
The state said 239 people were hospitalized with the virus. Since the pandemic started in March, 1,000 Granite Staters have required hospital care.
In New Hampshire, 62,337 people have been infected with the virus, 43 percent of residents have been tested, and 1.32 million tests have been administered.
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.
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