CONCORD, NH — Twelve more Granite Staters have died due to complications from contracting COVID-19, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
The announcement Saturday was one of the highest reported cases of fatalities in a single day and brought the death count attributed to the new coronavirus to 171 in New Hampshire. According to the data, seven were men and five were women. Eleven of the 12 were 60 years of age or older with 10 living in Hillsborough County. It is unknown at post time whether the 12 victims had chronic or underlying health conditions.
Only nine people under the age of 60 have died during the pandemic and at least seven had comorbidity.
Another 98 new positive test results were also announced bringing the accumulative count of infections in the state to 3,556 since March 1. About 35 percent, 1,258, have recovered from the virus.
Three of the 98 new cases were children while 66 percent were women and 34 percent men. Forty-seven of the new cases live in Hillsborough County while 27 reside in Rockingham County and six live in Merrimack County.
“The county of residence is being determined for five new cases,” the state said.
Twelve of the new cases required hospitalization for a total of 347 less than 10 percent of positive cases requiring hospital care. Currently, 115 are in the hospital.
“Eight of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the state and has been identified in all counties,” the said reported. “Most of the remaining cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.”
On Friday, specimens for 1,981 polymerase chain reaction tests and 522 antibody laboratory tests were gathered. The daily average for testing during the past week was around 2,100 tests. According to the state, 44,752 people have been tested with polymerase chain reaction tests while 4,435 have been tested by antibody tests.
Approximately 3,575 people are under public health monitoring while 45,631 tests revealed a negative result, about 93 percent of all tests.
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Religious Leaders Rally In Concord
Worshippers attended a rally at the Statehouse calling for the preservation of religious freedom and the elimination of the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.
During the course of about 90 minutes, around 200 people attended the event, with children running around the plaza and some families holding picnics. A number of spiritual leaders offered prayers and said, people who considered themselves Christians needed to join the battle to preserve religious liberty.
David Berman, a pastor from Swanzey, even offered a direct prayer for Gov. Chris Sununu, leading the faithful to request strength and safety to him and his family — but also to do the right thing when it came to preserving the constitution and people’s rights.
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League of NH Craftsmen Cancel On-Site Fair
The League of NH Craftsmen have decided to cancel its annual fair at Mount Sunapee due to the new coronavirus.
This year’s fair, the 87th one held, will be virtual instead of from the resort between Aug. 1, and Aug. 8.
“The show must go on, but we are bringing our show into peoples’ homes,” said Miriam Carter, the executive director of the org. “We surveyed our members and decided we can still showcase the incredible works created by the talented men and women of the League, but we need to do it in a virtual fair. We remain hopeful that supporters will log on and shop with the same enthusiasm they bring every year to our mountainside venue.”
The League’s website will be the source for information about the event as plans come together over the next two month, she said.
Learn More About 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.
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.