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12 More Deaths; 925 New Coronavirus Infections In New Hampshire

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graphical user interface: The latest active case count published on Jan. 21. © New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services The latest active case count published on Jan. 21.

CONCORD, NH — The State Joint Information Center announced another 12 residents have died related to COVID-19.

The state said about 2 percent of all infections, 962, have died from the disease. The deaths included two men from Belknap County, a woman from Cheshire County, two women and a man from Hillsborough County, four men from Rockingham County, and a man from both Strafford and Sullivan counties. Seven of the fatalities lived in long-term care settings while eight were 80 years of age or older, three were 70 to 79 years of age, and one was 60 to 69.

"We offer our sympathies to the family and friends," the state said.

The state also announced that 925 new positive test results were found mostly via polymerase chain reaction tests and about a third from antigen tests. The positivity rate for PCR tests for the day was 2.9 percent. The seven-day test positivity rate was 6.6 percent. Another 119 children were infected while slightly more than half were female.

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Dozens of the new infections are still being investigated but most of the new cases, 242, live in Hillsborough County outside of Nashua, 226 live in Rockingham County, 82 reside in Nashua, and 67 live in Merrimack.

The new infections were from specimens taken during five days: 17 on Jan. 15; 29 on Jan. 17; 57 on Monday, 395 on Tuesday, and 427 on Wednesday, the report said.

Accumulatively, 60,294 people have become infected with the virus while 53,128 or 88 percent have recovered. The state said 240 people are in the hospital. About 42.4 percent of Granite Staters have been tested via more than 1.29 million tests.

Outbreaks in six long-term settings have ended, according to the state. They include: Wentworth Senior Living in Portsmouth had 11 residents and six staffers infected and one death; Pheasant Wood Center in Peterborough, which had 32 residents and two staffers infected and seven deaths; Keystone Hall, Cynthia Day Program in Nashua, where 19 staffers and six staff were sick; Epsom Healthcare, which had 66 residents and 30 employees sick and eight deaths; Crestwood Center in Milford where 26 residents and 13 employees became sick and three died; and Colonial Poplin Nursing & Rehabilitation in Fremont where four residents and staffer became ill. The state said 44 institutions are active on the outbreak list.

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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 a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to not go out to 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.

More information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services about coronavirus can be found here on the department's website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Schools, Employers, Employees and Businesses (Can your employer force you to get the vaccine? It depends).

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Healthcare Providers and Public Health Partners

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