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Community transmission: Rockingham County now ‘substantial’, Coos up to ‘moderate’ Sunday

By Staff | Oct 26, 2020

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, the top U.S. public health agency said that coronavirus can spread greater distances through the air than 6 feet, particularly in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. But agency officials continued to say such spread is uncommon, and current social distancing guidelines still make sense. (NIAID-RML via AP)

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 92 new positive test results for COVID-19 and no new deaths Sunday, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 0.8%.

Today’s results include 69 people who tested positive by PCR test and 23 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,032 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire.

Check number of COVID-19 cases by school every day. Under the “show” pull down and click “schools with cases.” https://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/schools.htm. You can also download the community transmission level map there.

Manchester (128), Nashua (83), Bedford (51), and Concord (51) had the most active cases of COVID-19, and Nashua and Manchester were both still listed Sunday with community transmission level’s highest label “substantial.”

On Sunday, Rockingham County joined Merrimack County, Manchester and Nashua in the red as having “substantial” community transmission.

On Sunday, for the first time, Coos County joined Strafford, Belknap, and all of Hillsborough Counties except Nashua, Manchester, as labeled “moderate” and the rest of the state “minimal” for overall community transmission of the virus.

The overall level of community transmission is defined using three metrics: New Cases per 100k over 14 days; New Hospitalizations per 100k over 14 days; and 7-Day PCR Test Positivity Rate.

Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there are twelve individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 49% being female and 51% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (23), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (20), Merrimack (10), Strafford (7), Belknap (5), Carroll (2), Coos (2), Grafton (2), Cheshire (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (9) and Manchester (5). The county of residence is being determined for five new cases.

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