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132 new COVID-19 cases as community transmission increases Tuesday

By Staff | Nov 4, 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 132 new positive test results for COVID-19 Tuesdat and no new deaths, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 1.2%.

Today’s results include 73 people who tested positive by PCR test and 59 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,450 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 (125), Nashua (76), and Concord (53) had the most active cases of COVID-19 Monday.

On Thursday, Coos County joined Rockingham, Hillsborough and Merrimack Counties, Manchester and Nashua as being in the red for having “substantial” community transmission and remained there Tuesday, according to state data. Strafford County was also in the red on Tuesday.

Belknap, Carroll, Sullivan and Grafton Counties were labeled yellow “moderate.” Only Cheshire County was in the green “minimal” category for overall community transmission of the virus Tuesday.

The overall level of community transmission is defined using three metrics: new cases per 100,000 over 14 days; new hospitalizations per 100,000 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 eighteen 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 (33), Coos (18), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (17), Merrimack (12), Strafford (6), Belknap (5), Cheshire (5), Grafton (5), Sullivan (4), and Carroll (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (11) and Nashua (8). The county of residence is being determined for six new cases.

Three new hospitalized cases were reported. There are currently 41 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. This census may include out of state residents hospitalized in NH and/or individuals readmitted to the hospital, therefore increases in the daily hospital census may not always equal the number of new hospitalizations reported in a given day. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. 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.

In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 11,448 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 784 (7%) of those having been hospitalized.

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