CONCORD, NH — State health officials announced another 16 deaths related to the COVID-19 virus.
The deaths include women from Carroll, Cheshire, and Rockingham counties as well as four women and four men from Hillsborough County, three women from Strafford County, and men from both Strafford County and Sullivan County. Eleven lived in long-term care settings while 11 were 80 years of age or older, three were between 70 and 79, and two were between 60 and 69.
There have been 1,022 fatalities in the state of New Hampshire connected to the pandemic.
Another 721 new positive test results were also reported by the state including 481 from polymerase chain reaction tests and 240 from antigen test. The positivity rate for the PCR tests for the day was 3.3 percent while the seven-day rate for all tests was 5.5 percent.
In the latest batch of positive infections, 105 were children while slightly more were female than male. The state said 198 of the new infections came from tests taken on Tuesday while 523 came from tests on Wednesday.
Most of the new infections came from Rockingham County — 196, while 155 live in Hillsborough County outside of Nashua, 65 live in Merrimack County, and 57 reside in Nashua.
“Of those with complete risk information, most of the cases have either had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or are associated with an outbreak setting,” the state said.
Hospitalizations dipped to 222 while recoveries were nearly 58,000 or 90 percent of all infections. Nearly 44 percent of all residents in New Hampshire have been tested via more than 1.36 million tests.
Cases connected to K-12 school settings have dipped to 58. New cases in Patch communities include one connected to the Main Street School in Exeter, one at the James Mastricola Elementary School in Merrimack, and one at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook.
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At colleges and universities, 13 are infected including seven at UNH in Durham, one at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, two at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, two at Dartmouth College, and one at Plymouth State University.
State Begins Texting, Emailing Phase 1B Recipients
In an effort to ensure that the more than 300,000 Granite Staters who have signed up to get a COVID-19 vaccine are being communicated with, the state is sending emails and text messages to people who have registered.
The text is being sent from 769-93 and the email is from email@example.com. Both will ask recipients whether they were able to set up an appointment successfully as well as confirming the time, date, and location to an OnSolve website.
The effort is being done to help identify people who may require more info or assistance. The link is only active for 24 hours.
“Customer service is key,” Gov. Chris Sununu said. “While the vast majority of Granite Staters have successfully scheduled their appointment, a few folks have required additional assistance in their registration process. This proactive message will help ensure that everyone gets an appointment.”
Another follow-up email will be sent from the state of New Hampshire. That email will come from an @nh.gov email account.
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 a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to not go out to 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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