More Than 70,000 Coronavirus Tests Issued In New Hampshire

Tony Schinella

CONCORD, NH — Four more people have died due to or because of complications from the new coronavirus, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Saturday.

All four people, three men and one woman, lived in Hillsborough County. One of the men was under 60 while the others were 60 years of age and older, according to the state. So far, 208 people have died in New Hampshire due to COVID-19.

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The state also said that 77 new positive test results were identified bringing the accumulative cases to 4,089 in New Hampshire. Not all of the new positive test result investigations have been completed but three were children, 55 percent were women, and 45 percent men. Forty-five of the new cases live in Hillsborough County while 19 reside in Rockingham County. Six live in Merrimack County, according to the state.

Eleven of the new cases required hospitalization bringing the total count of those needing more extensive care to 419 or slightly more than 10 percent of the total cases. Ninety-three are still hospitalized, according to the state.

"Thirteen of the new cases have no identified risk factors," the said said. "Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Most of the remaining cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis."

Nearly 2,200, about 54 percent, have recovered from the virus.

The state has conducted more than 70,000 tests including 59,539 Polymerase Chain Reaction tests and 9,062 antibody laboratory tests. More than 1,800 tests are pending.

According to the State Joint Information Center, 4,100 are under public health monitoring while 66,356 or 94.2 percent of all tests had a negative result.

While slightly more than 2,000 tests were performed Friday, the state is still averaging more than 2,600 tests per day.

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According to the State Joint Information Center, Manchester has 1,000 accumulative infections and 80 percent of state's accumulative cases are in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.

Learn More About 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.
  • Anybody who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspect COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.
  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic medical conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Employers need to move to telework as much as possible.
  • There is increasing evidence that this virus can survive for hours or possibly even a few days on surfaces, so 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 when sick (i.e., social distancing).
  • 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