In New Hampshire, 491 More People Have Coronavirus: Update

Tony Schinella

CONCORD, NH — Three more elderly residents in New Hampshire have died from COVID-19, according to the State Joint Information Center.

A man, who lived in Belknap County, a woman from Coos County, and a man from Rockingham County, were all 60 years of age or older. There have been 526 fatalities in New Hampshire connected to the pandemic since March.

Another 491 positive test results were announced Sunday after around 6,100 polymerase chain reaction test specimens were gathered. Another 2,231 tests are pending. Including the 269 tests from Friday that were not completely analyzed, the positivity rate was 5.2 percent for Sunday. Not all of test results have been processed for Saturday including 23 new cases with incomplete residency and investigatory information.

Of the completed patient information, 62 were identified as children with 53 percent of them being male. The state said 145 of the new patients live in Hillsborough County outside of Nashua, 142 reside in Rockingham County, 47 live in Merrimack County, and 41 live in Nashua.

Hospitalizations stand at 146 with 839 or about 4 percent of all cases receiving more extensive care.

In New Hampshire, 20,480 people have tested positive for coronavirus, 14,999 or 73 percent have recovered, 418,976 Granite Staters have been tested via PCR test, about 28.5 percent of the state's residents, and another 33,152 have been tested via antibody test. More than 810,000 PCR tests have been administered in the state. Approximately 7,450 people are under public health monitoring by officials.

Despite some comments online that tests are taking a long time to come back with results, the state said Sunday that the median time period to receive results was two days.

Manchester, the state's largest city, currently has 973 active cases. Nashua is second in the state with 445. Concord has 129 while Salem has 119, Merrimack has 112, Londonderry has 109, and Bedford has 108. On Sunday, the state said Hampton had 92 active patients while Portsmouth had 73. Windham reported 45 patients, Exeter with 39 cases, Milford had 34, Amherst had 19, and North Hampton with 15.

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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.

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