3 More Elderly Residents Die

CONCORD, NH — Three more Granite Staters have died due to or related to COVID-19, according to state health officials.

Two men lived in Merrimack County and were over the age of 60 while a woman from Hillsborough County over 60 also died.

Another 113 people tested positive for coronavirus including 10 children with more than half being female. About half of the new tests were polymerase chain reaction tests while the others were antigen tests. The positive test results were found after the state collected nearly 8,700 test results Tuesday, other specimen totals upgraded, and 746 tests pending, for a positivity rate of 1.1 percent Wednesday.

“There are now 1,034 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire,” the State Joint Information Center said. “Of those with complete risk information, most of the cases have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.”

Twenty-seven of the new cases live in Rockingham County while 19 reside in Merrimack County, 14 live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, and four live in Nashua. A number of cases are still under investigation.

Four of the new positive tests required hospitalization with 29 individuals still accessing more extensive care.

The state also announced that 9,129 people have recovered from the virus.

More than 336,000 people in New Hampshire have been tested for the coronavirus while 4,550 residents are under public health monitoring.

Editor’s note: Due to technical issues with the state’s website, more information, including school data, was not available for this report.


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

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