CONCORD, NH — The new coronavirus pandemic hit two new milestones in the state of New Hampshire Saturday with accumulative positive cases and recoveries after the announcement of 33 new positive test results.
The new positive test results bring the accumulative positive case count in the state to 6,024 while 5,013, or more than 83 percent of all cases, have recovered from the virus.
“Several (of the 33) cases are still under investigation,” the State Joint Information Center said. “Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates.”
Three children have become infected while the new cases break down by gender as 63 percent women and 37 percent men. Nine live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, seven live in Nashua, six reside in Rockingham County, three live in Manchester, and two are from Merrimack County.
Four of the new cases required hospitalization bringing the number of current cases in the hospital to 22 — with 589 or about 9.7 percent needing more extensive care since the start of the pandemic.
The state said nine of the new cases have no identified risk factors meaning they did not have close contact with a confirmed case, have not traveled, and were not connected to an outbreak setting. Most of the other new positive patients have risk factors.
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On Friday, more than 1,800 new specimens were collected including from 1,028 Granite Staters who had never been tested before. More than 155,600 specimens have been collected since late January with 96.1 percent offering a negative result.
About 3,525 people are under public health monitoring by the state.
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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