CONCORD, NH — Another 140 people have contracted COVID-19 in New Hampshire, according to state health officials.
After collecting nearly 8,300 polymerase chain reaction specimens Monday and previous counts being upgraded slightly along with 373 tests pending, the state reported a 0.9 percent PCR positivity rate Tuesday. Another 28 positive tests were found via antigen test.
Currently there are 1,067 active cases of coronavirus in the state.
Of the new cases, about three-fifths were male and 14 were children. Nearly a third — 39, reside in Rockingham County while 19 live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 13 live in Merrimack County, and 12 live in Nashua. Some test results are still being investigated by contact tracers.
"There are currently 31 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19," the State Joint Information Center said. "This census may include out of state residents hospitalized in NH and/or individuals readmitted to the hospital — therefore increases in the daily hospital census may not always equal the number of new hospitalizations reported in a given day."
More than 770 Granite Staters have been hospitalized due to the pandemic while recoveries are just shy of 9,000.
The state did not report how many of the new infections carried no identified risk factors but did say that community-based transmission was continuing in New Hampshire.
"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 have recently traveled," the state said.
More than 334,400 residents or 22.4 percent of the state have been tested via 590,364 PCR tests.
About 4,600 people are under public health monitoring.
On the statewide Community Level Transmission Metrics, New Hampshire is currently in a "moderate" level of transmission due to 93 new cases per 100,000 residents during a 14-day period. Hospitalizations and positivity rates remain low. Manchester, Nashua, Merrimack, and Rockingham counties are all in "substantial" mode while Belknap, Coos, Hillsborough, and Strafford counties are in "moderate" mode.
In New Hampshire, 54 K-12 schools have cases connected to the facilities or their activities including several new school infections reported during the past 48 hours.
Winnacunnet High School in Hampton has its first case; Parker Academy in Concord has its first case; Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown reported its second case; Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in New London reported its second case; Hills Garrison Elementary School in Hudson reported its first case; Goffstown High School has its fourth positive test result; the Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon has its first case; the Campbell High School in Litchfield has its first infection; and Bedford High School has its fourth positive test result.
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.
Got a news tip? Send it to email@example.com. View videos on Tony Schinella's YouTube channel.