CONCORD, NH — New positive test results in the state have moved New Hampshire into the "moderate" community level transmission metric while two more elderly residents have died due to COVID-19.
The man and woman were both 80 years of age or older and lived in Hillsborough County. The number of fatalities in the state has now reach 446 people with more than 81.4 percent connected to a long-term care setting and 87.5 percent at 70 years of age or older.
The state's schools data dashboard also moved New Hampshire from "minimal" community level transmission metric to "moderate" due to 50.1 new cases per 100,000 during the past two weeks. That designation change is primarily due to increases outside of schools in both Manchester and Nashua. The state's largest city has 66 active cases while 84 active cases are active in Nashua. Every other community in the state has 19 or fewer active cases sans Bedford which has 46.
The state also reported 53 new positive test results or 0.6 percent of the polymerase chain reaction tests conducted Monday. More than 6,600 specimens were collected with around 429 results pending.
Of the new results, 15 were children while 28 were male. Thirty-four were tested by PCR test and 19 were antigen tests.
There are 500 active cases of COVID-19 while 7,785 have recovered from the virus.
Ten of the new cases reside in Rockingham County while nine live in Nashua, eight live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, and three live in Merrimack County.
Twenty people are still hospitalized.
"Twelve of the new cases had no identified risk factors," the State Joint Information Center said. "Community-based transmission continues to occur in the state and has been identified in all counties. Of those with complete risk information, most of the cases have either had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or recently traveled."
About 2,825 people are under public health monitoring.
39 Active Cases In NH Schools
Eleven new cases were reported at K-12 schools cases Tuesday bringing the total number of active cases to 39.
The Troy Elementary School is reporting its first case as is Timberlane Regional Middle School. The Three Rivers Middle School in Pembroke while Phillips Exeter Academy reported its first two cases. The Paul Elementary School in Wakefield reported its first case while the Hollis Primary School reported its second case. The Epping Elementary School now has its second active case while Exeter High School has its second case. A third case was also reported at Concord High School. The Broad Street Elementary School in Nashua also has its first case while the Beech Street School in Manchester has its second case. The Amherst Middle School has its third active case while Bedford High School is reporting its first case.
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.
To access the state's COVID-19 Interactive Map Dashboard, click on this link here.
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