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Two deaths, state releases vaccination update

By Staff | Feb 20, 2021

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19. According to research released in 2021, evidence is mounting that having COVID-19 may not protect against getting infected again with some of the new variants. People also can get second infections with earlier versions of the coronavirus if they mounted a weak defense the first time. (Hannah A. Bullock, Azaibi Tamin/CDC via AP)

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 379 new positive test results for COVID-19 and two deaths Friday, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 1.3%.

The deaths include:

1 male resident of Cheshire County, 60 years of age and older

1 male resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Today’s results include 206 people who tested positive by PCR test and 173 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,056 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today:

2/18: 379 new cases

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 fifty-six individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 48% being female and 52% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (90), Strafford (58), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (50), Merrimack (31), Grafton (30), Cheshire (15), Carroll (10), Coos (10), Belknap (7), and Sullivan (7) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (33) and Nashua (17). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-one new cases.

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, are associated with an outbreak setting, or have recently traveled.

There are currently 116 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 72,767 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed.

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