CONCORD, NH — Another 37 new positive test results for COVID-19 were reported by state health officials Thursday bringing the total accumulative case count to 8,044.
Nine of the new infections were children with 57 percent of them being male. Eight reside in Rockingham County while seven live in Manchester, six live in Hillsborough County outside of Nashua and Manchester, three live in Nashua, and one resides in Merrimack County. Investigators are still attempting to determine the residency of one case.
Four of the cases required hospitalization with about 9 percent of all cases needing more extensive care.
The state reported that 4,562 polymerase chain reaction tests were submitted Wednesday with a total of 417,689 PCR tests issued in New Hampshire.
Lori Shibinette, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, said Thursday during the weekly news conference that negative tests from the University of New Hampshire were still not being regularly included into the count. Health officials hope to have the issue resolved in the next two weeks, she said.
Three of the new cases had no identified risk factors, the state said.
“Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties,” the State Joint Information Center said. “Of those with complete risk information, most of the cases have either had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, are associated with an outbreak setting, or have recently traveled.”
Approximately 2,350 people are under public health monitoring.
School Infection Data Updated
The state corrected its school data dashboard including lowering the number of cases at one school.
Concord Christian Academy had three cases listed in the data Wednesday but that information was incorrect. On Thursday, the number was revised down to one case.
A second case was also announced at the Henry Wilson Memorial School in Litchfield Thursday.
Two cases were also posted at Memorial School in Bedford. Riddle Brook School in Bedford also has another active case.
Kearsarge Regional Middle School also has its first case in the 6-1 cluster, according to school Superintendent Winfried Feneberg, forcing the sixth grade to move to remote learning instead of in-person learning, until further notice. All other grades will remain in-person, she said.
The district serves students in Bradford, New London, Newbury, Springfield, Sutton, Warner, and Wilmot. It is unknown which community the infected student lives in.
Stratham Memorial School announced its first case, too.
There are 18 total active cases of COVID-19 in the state’s K-12 schools.
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.
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