CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Sunday that three more people have died due to complications related to COVID-19. The two women and one man were all 60 years or older. It’s unknown whether or not they had underlying health conditions like nearly all the other deaths in New Hampshire.
One woman lived in Hillsborough County while another woman and the man lived in Rockingham County.
The state also announced 50 new people testing positive for the new coronavirus bringing the count to 1,392 in the state. Not all the investigations of the new cases have been finished but the breakdown of those with completed information is 52 percent women and 48 percent men. Seventeen live in Manchester while 13 live in Rockingham County. Eight live in Nashua and four live in other communities in Hillsborough County. Two live in Merrimack County.
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According to the latest data, 13 communities now have 20 or more cases in their communities: Bedford, Concord, Derry, Dover, Hudson, Londonderry, Manchester, Nashua, Pelham, Portsmouth, Salem, Seabrook, and Windham — some of the most populated cities and towns in New Hampshire. The state does not know where two of the cases resided before they became infected.
Six of the new cases, according to the State Joint Information Center, were hospitalized, bringing the number of people needing hospital care to 198 or 14 percent of the nearly 1,400 people in the state. Seventy-nine people remain hospitalized.
With the new cases, seven have no identified risk factors while most of the remaining cases either contracted the virus while traveling or due to being in contact with someone who was infected.
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The state also announced that 12,726 people have tested negative for the virus more than 90 percent of those with results while 298 tests are pending at state labs. It is unknown how many tests are pending in the commercial labs. More than half of all tests have been performed in the state labs while others have been tested in commercial labs.
About 2,300 people are under public health monitoring.
Stop The Spread Of COVID-19!
COVID-19, not unlike the flu and other respiratory illnesses, 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.