CONCORD, NH — Two more elderly men have died due to or from COVID-19, according to New Hampshire health officials.
The men both lived in long-term care settings in Hillsborough County and were 80 years of age or older. The State Joint Information Center offered sympathies to family members and friends of the men. The state said 475 deaths are related to COVID-19 exposure.
Another 77 people in the Granite State tested positive for the coronavirus including eight children after more than 5,200 specimens were collected Sunday. Slightly more than half the cases were male. About 800 tests are pending for a polymerase chain reaction test positivity rate of 1.6 percent Monday. About two-thirds of the new positive test results were discovered by PCR rests.
The new positive test results bring the accumulative county to 10.397 with 8,920 or about 86 percent recovered.
Most of the new cases were from Rockingham County — 18, while 15 live in Merrimack County, 10 reside in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, and seven live in Nashua.
Twenty-five people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 1,002 people are current cases.
The state said Monday that 333,115 people have been tested via PCR tests and 32,015 have been tested by antibody lab tests. More than 585,000 PCR tests have been administered in New Hampshire.
About 4,450 residents are under public health monitoring.
Editor’s note: Due to technical problems with the state’s COVID-19 charts, more data and information was not available at post time.
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