More Than 270K Tested For COVID-19 In New Hampshire: Data Update

CONCORD, NH — State health officials reported 28 new positive test results Tuesday including two children.

The state said 52 percent of the new cases were male while 13 reside in Rockingham County, two live in Nashua, two live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, and one live Merrimack County.

The state has 8,233 confirmed positive tests since March with nearly 7,500 recovering from the virus.

One of the new positive tests required hospitalization while five had no identified risk factors meaning they had not traveled recently or been in contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Only 13 people remain hospitalized.

According to the state, 270,204 people have been tested for the virus after 5,764 specimens were gathered Monday. The state also reported 438,972 polymerase chain reaction tests have been performed in New Hampshire.

Approximately 2,725 people are under public health monitoring.

More School Infections Reported

The health department’s data dashboard reported a handful of new cases in New Hampshire.

Henry Wilson Memorial School in Litchfield reported a new case Monday bringing the school to two active cases and a recovered case. One of the two cases at Hopkinton High School has recovered. Merrimack High School also reported its third case Tuesday. North Londonderry Elementary School also reported its first case Tuesday. The Riddle Brook Elementary School in Bedford, which had two recovered cases, reported a new active case this week. Weston Elementary School in Manchester also reported its first case Monday.

Cases At Colleges Recover

A number of colleges have reported recovered cases of COVID-19.

Colby Sawyer College still has an active case while Dartmouth College has one active case and five recovered cases. Franklin Pierce University has six positive infections and 10 recoveries. New England College has two active cases and five recovered cases while its Manchester campus has three recoveries. Keene State College has eight recoveries and a single active case. Nashua Community College also has a new positive test result as well as a single recovered case. Rivier University in Nashua has two recovered cases. At UNH School of Law, three students have active positive test results. University of New Hampshire has 108 recoveries and 37 active cases. Three students at the Manchester campus of the school have also tested positive.

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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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