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Coronavirus Blog: Earlier Updates (Nov. 1 through Nov. 30)

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This post gathers NHPR's past updates on coronavirus in New Hampshire in November, 2020.

NOTE: Some of the stories below may contained outdated guidance and stories that have since evolved. Please click the links below for the most up-to-date coverage and guidance. 

Earlier updates:

Londonderry Bar Site Of COVID Outbreak, State Says

Update: Monday, Nov. 30, 8:55 p.m. 

State health officials say a Londonderry bar is the source of a COVID-19 outbreak 19 that infected at least 11 people, including patrons and staff.

Anyone who visited the Stumble Inn Bar and Grill on Rockingham Road between November 11 and 23 may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should seek testing, health officials say. The New Hampshire Health Department is investigating the outbreak and notifying known close contacts directly.

The bar has been temporarily closed.

-NHPR staff

Active COVID cases surge past 5,000

Update: Monday, Nov. 30, 7:35 p.m.

The number of people hospitalized from COVID-19 in New Hampshire has risen sharply in the past few days, reaching 160 people on Monday, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. That's up from roughly 130 people over the weekend and 120 a week ago.

No new deaths were announced Monday. Current COVID cases in the state number 5,145. The state's total cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 20,994. 

So far, 526 New Hampshire residents have died from the virus. 

- NHPR Staff

State reports 3 more deaths from COVID-19

 Update: Sunday, Nov. 29, 5:45 p.m.

State health officials announced three more COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, bringing New Hampshire's total deaths to 526. 

491 new infections were also announced, including 62 cases in patients under the age of 18. There are currently 4,995 active coronavirus cases being monitored by the state. 

Today's totals include 259 positive test results from Friday, Nov. 27.

- NHPR Staff

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N.H. reports 6 additional deaths

Update: Saturday, Nov. 28, 5:47 p.m.

The state on Saturday announced six additional deaths and 702 new COVID-19 cases, representing data from Nov. 26 and Nov. 27.

Of the total new infections, 417 were reported on Thanksgiving Day, and 285 on Friday.

As of the Saturday update, there are 4,837 current cases statewide, and 133 residents hospitalized due to the virus. Since March, 523 residents have died from coronavirus, and the state has tallied 20,002 confirmed cases.

- NHPR Staff

N.H. announces three additional COVID deaths

Update: Friday, Nov. 27, 6:48 p.m.

State health officials announced three additional COVID-19 deaths and 547 new infections on Friday.

The fatalities were residents of Belknap, Merrimack and Rockingham counties - three men who were older than 60, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded 517 deaths from coronavirus and confirmed 19,313 positive test results.

The 547 new cases reported Friday — which is the highest single-day case count to date in New Hampshire — is data for cases and test results received through Wednesday, Nov. 25, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The state says it will report the Nov. 26-27 results in its Saturday update.

There are 4,570 current cases statewide. As of Friday, 131 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Hampshire, surpassing the previous record hospitalization totals logged during the first wave of the virus this spring.

- NHPR Staff

Store, tavern fined for violating emergency orders

Update: Friday, Nov. 27, 9:59 a.m.

A country store in Loudon and a tavern in Lincoln are the latest businesses to be penalized for violating emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic. The attorney general's office on Wednesday fined the Loudon Country Store $2,000 and the White Mountain Tavern $1,000.

It said the store owner had been warned more than 10 times that workers were required to wear masks but instead refused and posted a sign on the building saying the emergency order violates the constitution.

The tavern also was cited for workers not wearing masks and for hosting a musical performance during which customers mingled at the bar.

- AP 

402 new infections, 1 more death

Update: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 7:21 p.m.

State health officials announced Wednesday night that one additional resident has died from coronavirus. A woman from Strafford County, who was older than 60, was the 514th COVID-19 death in New Hampshire since the pandemic began.

The state also reported 402 new cases and 4,293 active cases statewide. There were 125 Granite Staters hospitalized due to coronavirus on Wednesday.

- NHPR Staff

N.H. has 4,311 active cases statewide

Update: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7:01 p.m.

One additional resident has died from the coronavirus. The state announced Tuesday that a man from Coos County, who was older than 60, died from the virus.

There have been 513 residents who have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

State health officials reported 362 new infections Tuesday, with 4,311 current cases statewide. There are 121 people in the hospital due to the virus.

Manchester had 76 of the new cases, and Nashua 20 cases.

The state's geographic breakdown of the new infections: Hillsborough County, other than Manchester and Nashua, 63; Rockingham County, 61; Merrimack County, 43; Belknap County, 36; Strafford County, 22; Cheshire County, 11; Carroll County, eight; Grafton County, three; and Coos and Sullivan counties, two each. The state is working on determining residence for 15 of the cases.

- NHPR Staff

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Panel rejects using relief funds on food stamps

Families receiving food stamps won't get a boost from New Hampshire's federal coronavirus relief aid. The state has allocated all but $990,000 of the $1.25 billion it received.

Any funds not allocated by Dec. 31 must be returned to Washington. Democrats on a spending advisory panel tried to direct the leftovers to the food stamps program, but were defeated.

Taylor Caswell, director of the Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery, said whatever is left as the deadline nears will be put into the state's unemployment trust fund.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from 182 on Nov. 8 to 418 on Sunday.

- Holly Ramer, Kathy McCormack, Associated Press

Study shows holiday risk of gatherings

Update: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1:08 p.m.

A map created by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology can show the risk level of a COVID-19-positive person being present at holiday gatherings.

At events with 10 people, Hillsborough has the highest risk level out of any other county in New Hampshire, at 16 percent. In the same county, an event with 20 people carries a nearly 30 percent change of coming in contact with someone with COVID-19.

Belknap also has significant risk levels, at 27 percent for events with 20 people.

Health experts are discouraging travel and gatherings with people outside of the immediate household this year.

- Jordyn Haime

N.H. sees 445 new infections

Update: Monday, Nov. 23, 4:59 p.m.

There were 445 new COVID-19 infections reported Monday, Nov. 23.

Of the new cases, 49 of the positive tests are residents under the age of 18. The state did not announce any new deaths from the virus.

As of Nov. 23, 121 residents are in the hospital due to coronavirus. There are 4,304 active cases across New Hampshire.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state since March have topped 18,000.

4 COVID deaths bring New Hampshire's total to 512

Update: Sunday, Nov. 22, 5:00 p.m.

State health officials announced Sunday that four more Granite Staters have died as a result of COVID-19, bringing New Hampshire's death toll from the virus to 512. All of the patients were older than 60, and included two male residents of Belknap County, one male resident from Sullivan County, and one female resident of Coos County.

The Department of Health and Human Services also announced 322 new coronavirus infections, including 33 patients who are under 18 years old. The cases span all ten counties in the state.

- NHPR Staff

N.H. sees one more death; 493 new infections

Update: Saturday, Nov. 21, 4:27 p.m.

The state announced a man from Hillsborough County has died from coronavirus.

There are also 493 new COVID-19 infections to report Saturday, with 52 of them residents under 18 years old.

Since March, New Hampshire has confirmed 17,281 cases, with 829 hospitalizations. On Saturday, there were 116 people in the hospital due to the virus.

Hillsborough County is home to almost half of the new cases, with Manchester reporting 120 and Nashua 43. Other cases by county: Rockingham County, 105; Merrimack County, 37; Strafford County, 27; Belknap County, 22; Cheshire County, 16; Grafton County, 11, Carrol and Sullivan counties, six each; and Coos County, three. The state was still trying to determine residence for 15 cases.

There are 4,174 active cases statewide.

-NHPR Staff

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1 additional death; 527 new infections reported

Update: Friday, Nov. 20, 5:47 p.m.

State health officials announced 527 new COVID-19 infections on Friday. And a Hillsborough County resident, a woman older than 60, died from the virus. There have been 507 deaths from coronavirus since March. 

The Friday case count is two fewer than the record daily new infections from a day earlier. Eighty of the new cases are in Manchester, and 31 in Nashua. Of the new cases, 51 are residents under 18 years old.

The Department of Health and Human Services says investigation has indicated most of the cases have had contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, or are associated with an existing outbreak setting.

The state reports 108 residents in the hospital due to the virus, and there are 4,089 active cases statewide.

The latest update also showcases the level of testing. As of Nov. 20, about 400,000 PCR tests have been conducted.

- NHPR Staff

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State sets daily record for new COVID cases, Sununu announces mask mandate

Update: Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:00 p.m.

New Hampshire has lost two more residents to the coronavirus, state health officials announced Thursday. The state also reported 529 new COVID-19 infections, a new daily record for reported cases.

There are currently 4,006 active cases of COVID in the state, and 506 people have died.

In response to the surge in cases and what health officials call "substantial spread" of the virus in all ten New Hampshire counties, Gov. Chris Sununu has announced a statewide mask mandate effective tomorrow, Nov. 20. The mandate covers all indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Five new outbreaks at long-term care facilities were also announced, at Colonial Poplin Nursing and Rehabilitation in Fremont, Maple Leaf HealthCare Center in Manchester, Oceanside Genesis in Hampton, Ridgewood Center in Bedford, and the Studley Home in Rochester.

- NHPR Staff

Read the mask mandate executive order here.

Hospitalizations surge with COVID cases

New Hampshire health officials announced 98 current hospitalizations from COVID-19 today. That number has doubled in two weeks.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette said hospitals currently have the capacity for more COVID-19 patients, but that could change very quickly.

"If we doubled our hospital capacity in two weeks, if we double again in another two weeks, that's going to start to strain us."

Shibinette said the statewide mask mandate announced by Gov. Sununu may help slow the rise in hospitalizations from coronavirus.

- Jordyn Haime

PPE being sent to North Country businesses

Business owners in the North Country are getting a big shipment of PPE and hand sanitizer Friday in order to continue operating safely during the pandemic. The Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the initiative. It plans to distribute thousand of masks and rubber gloves to its members in a drive-through in downtown Berlin.

The materials are paid for with money from the state's share of federal CARES Act money. Business leaders say the free PPE is especially helpful now with new local and state mask mandates in place. Restaurants and businesses will have disposable masks for clients indoors, and will also receive a limited amount of more durable masks and face shields for employees.

- Sarah Gibson

2 deaths, 447 new COVID cases reported

Update: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:45 p.m.

State health officials reported two deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday. Both patients were older than 60, one a female resident of Merrimack County, and the other a male resident of Belknap County.

447 new cases were also announced, 45 of which are in patients younger than 18. There are currently 3,767 active cases in New Hampshire, with 91 residents hospitalized.

- NHPR Staff

Governor requests authorization for 900 Guardsmen to stay on

Update: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:21 p.m.

Gov. Chris Sununu has requested President Trump authorize deployment status for up to 900 New Hampshire National Guard members through March 31. Guardsmen are working in several ways to support the state's response to COVID-19, including testing and distributing personal protective equipment.

In his letter, Sununu notes they will also play a key role in vaccine distribution, and therefore should also be classified as a FEMA mission operation.

This represents more than double the number of Guard members included in the existing call-up for coronavirus response. The previous approval identified 400 members through Dec. 31.

Sununu also requests the Trump administration reinstate the 100% federal cost share for the Guard's role.

Read Sununu's letter here.

AG fines 3 food service businesses on face coverings rule

Update: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:20 p.m.

The state Attorney General's office has issued violations and assessed $500 fines to three food service businesses after investigating complaints employees were not wearing face masks. One of the state's executive orders in response to COVID-19 requires staff working with food and customers to wear face coverings.

The AG said it sent violation letters to Simply Delicious Baking Co. in Bedford, Checkmate Pizza in Concord, and What A Bagel in Nashua.

The businesses can challenge the penalties, either negotiating a settlement or requesting a hearing.

NHPR will have additional reporting on the Attorney General's latest violation letters in response to the state's emergency orders amid the pandemic.

- NHPR Staff

Two additional deaths announced in N.H.

Update: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:29 p.m.

Two additional residents have died from COVID-19, the state announced Tuesday. Health officials identified the two as a female from Hillsborough County and a female from Merrimack County, both of whom were 60 or older. The state's coronavirus death toll is now 502. 

The state reported 279 new infections and the number of active cases statewide increased to 3,551. There are 77 residents hospitalized due to the virus.

Since the pandemic began, New Hampshire has confirmed 15,303 positive cases of COVID-19.

- NHPR Staff

Berlin Adopts Mask Ordinance

Berlin is the latest New Hampshire community to adopt a mask ordinance. Mayor Paul Grenier, in a plea to his city about the need for the ordinance, noted that there were more than 80 cases of COVID-19 in the Colebrook-West Stewartstown area, and two deaths.

"This is real and it's past crisis stage," Grenier wrote. 

Read his letter to the city of Berlin.

- NHPR Staff

Court: Remote House sessions OK under quorum provision

Update: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 4:21 p.m.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court says holding House sessions remotely would not violate a constitutional provision about what constituents a quorum.

The House has been meeting at the University of New Hampshire to allow for greater social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats voted in September to ask the court to weigh in on the possibility of remote sessions. Opponents argued that doing so would violate other provisions of the constitution, particularly one guaranteeing public access to government.

The court, however, limited its answer to the narrow question regarding quorum requirements.

- Holly Ramer, Kathy McCormack, Associated Press

Potential exposure in Salem and Wolfeboro

Update: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2:50 p.m.

Anyone who attended the 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services at Calvary Wolfeboro Church on Nov. 1 may have been exposed to coronavirus. The state says that, to date, 25 people with COVID-19 have been identified with connections to the church community. 

The state Department of Health and Human Services also announced potential exposures related to confirmed cases at Chasers Poker Room and Casino in Salem. The potential exposures occurred Nov. 4-7, and Nov. 9-12.

DHHS has conducted contact tracing on cases associated with these possible exposures, and is notifying known close contacts. The state advises any additional people at those locations during the dates and times noted to monitor for possible symptoms.

- NHPR Staff

State reports 500th death

Update: Monday, Nov. 16, 5:50 p.m.

New Hampshire has now lost 500 residents to the coronavirus. State health officials announced one patient death Monday, a male resident of Coos County.

State health officials also reported 358 new COVID infections, including 64 cases in patients under 18 years old. The new infections span all of New Hampshire's ten counties.

- NHPR Staff

State announces 361 new COVID cases

 Update: Sunday, Nov. 15, 5:10 p.m.

State health officials reported 361 new COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire Sunday. No new deaths were announced. So far, 499 residents have died from the virus.

Fifty of the new positive results are in patients under the age of 18. Currently, there are 3,306 people in New Hampshire with COVID. 69 people are hospitalized.

- NHPR Staff

N.H. has 2,970 active COVID cases

Update: Saturday, Nov. 14, 5:35 p.m.

The state reported one additional death Saturday from the coronavirus. There have been 499 deaths due to COVID-19 in New Hampshire since March. The latest fatality is a man from Sullivan County, who was 60 or older.

There are currently 68 residents hospitalized due to the virus, and there are 2,970 active cases statewide.

Health officials announced 384 new infections on Saturday, one of the highest daily case numbers during the pandemic, but 78 fewer than reported Friday.. Since March, the state has recorded 14,311 cases.

As of Nov. 14, the state reports 381,412 tests conducted via the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, and 32,612 antibody tests. Explore the Data: Tracking COVID-19 in New Hampshire.

- NHPR Staff

N.H. reports 3 more deaths - new infections soar

Update: Friday, Nov. 13, 6:31 p.m.

State health officials announced 462 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, a big increase from a day earlier, which had already broken the previous high for daily new cases. The number of new cases is almost three times as many as the highest daily number in May.

There are 2,743 active cases statewide. 

The state reported three additional deaths, bringing the total since March to 498. The three fatalities were from Coos, Grafton, and Hillsborough counties.

Seven new hospitalizations were reported, and there are 69 residents currently in the hospital due to the virus.

Of the new cases Friday, 48 are under 18 years old. Click here to view the state's map of current cases by town, and click here to see the map of cumulative cases since March 1.

- NHPR Staff

Hospitality industry says more COVID aid is needed

Update: Friday, Nov. 13, 5:01 p.m.

Representatives of New Hampshire's hospitality industry say they will need a new round of federal coronavirus relief aid as outdoor dining has come to a close and there's no way of knowing when active business travel will resume.

Mike Somers, of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, said the next few months is going to be the toughest stretch. He spoke during a virtual meeting with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Friday.

Tom Boucher, CEO of Great New Hampshire Restaurants, said outdoor dining accounted for about 35% of his restaurants' revenue in the third quarter. But business was down at about 30% at every location this week, and more losses are expected.

- AP

3 deaths, 3 new outbreaks, record case numbers, and potential exposure at polling places

Update: Thursday, Nov. 12, 1:35 p.m.

State health officials reported three new COVID-19 deaths Thursday, bringing New Hampshire's total deaths to 495. All three patients were connected to long-term healthcare facilities.

Thursday also saw a record number of new infections reported, at 323. Active COVID cases number 2,528 in New Hampshire.

Potential exposure at polling places

Department of Health and Human Services commissioner Lori Shibinette announced potential community exposure at four New Hampshire polling places on Election Day. The state is advising that voters who visited Souhegan High School, Pembroke Academy, Newfields Elementary School, or Belmont High School should self monitor for coronavirus symptoms.

New outbreaks at residential facilities

The state announced three new outbreaks, at the Coos County Nursing Home, the New Hampshire Veterans Home, and the Prospect-Woodward Home - Assisted Living at Hillside Village in Keene. A previous outbreak at Bedford Hills Nursing Home has been closed.

There are currently seven active outbreaks at New Hampshire residential facilities.

New contact tracing protocols

The state will no longer conduct all contact tracing in New Hampshire, according to Shibinette, and will institute a protocol that prioritizes contract tracing when infections involve patients under 18 years old or over 65 years old, when they involve minority communities, when they take place at long-term healthcare facilities, and when health workers are infected. 

According to Shibinette, the state will rely on community partners and health care providers to take part in contact tracing going forward.

Note: This is a developing story and NHPR will be publishing updates

- NHPR Staff

N.H. joins other states in suspending interstate hockey through the end of the year

Update: Thursday, Nov. 12, 10:10 a.m.

New Hampshire is joining several northeastern states in suspending interstate hockey competitions for public schools, private schools, and youth leagues.

In a statement, Gov. Chris Sununu says he joined a coalition of governors from Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey in halting competitions starting this Saturday, November 14, through at least the end of the calendar year.

"Given the support for this agreement from our regional neighbors, New Hampshire made the practical decision to join this effort," Sununu said.

- NHPR Staff

State reports 3 additional deaths; 2,394 active cases

Update: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7:01 p.m.

The state reported three additional fatalities from COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number dead since the pandemic began to 492.

According the health officials, two of the deaths were in Sullivan County, with the third in Coos County.

There were 233 additional cases reported, and four new hospitalizations.

The current number of hospitalized patients climbed to 69 as community transmission of the virus continues to amplify. 

Of the new cases, 28 residents are under 18 years old. The state says the new cases are from: Hillsborough County, 38; Rockingham County, 37; Merrimack County, 24; Belknap County, 17; Coos County, 14; Strafford County, 13; Cheshire County, nine; Grafton County, nine; Sullivan County, five; Carroll County, four; Manchester, 20; and Nashua, 15. The state did not have an immediate residence for 28 of the cases.

The confirmed coronavirus cases since March increased to 13,148.

- NHPR Staff

Significant community transmission of coronavirus in New Hampshire

Update: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 3:20 p.m.

Every county in New Hampshire is now classified as having a substantial level of community transmission of COVID-19.

The state defines substantial as having over 100 cases per 100,000 people. Carroll and Cheshire counties recently eclipsed that threshold.

Coos County, which took a lesser hit compared to southern counties in the spring, is now seeing the highest rate of community transmission in the state, with over 400 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Experts are now saying community transmission is a primary source of new infections.

Outbreak at Newport facility leads to stigma in community

A COVID-19 outbreak at a long term care facility in Newport has grown to 23 cases and three fatalities. The Woodlawn Care Center says staffing has become a major concern, with 9 current employees in isolation after testing positive.

There has also been reaction to those employees and their families in the broader community.

Read more on this story here.

Woodlawn's head administrator Chris Martin said one staff member's child was sent home from school, even though she didn't test positive. And some spouses of employees have also been sent home from work.

"I wasn't expecting all of that community stigmatization and how COVID-fatigued folks that's affected our staff."

Martin said the state has been helpful with intervening in these situations.

- Jordyn Haime

Strafford County jury trial canceled due to rising case rate

 Update: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7:45 a.m.

A jury trial scheduled for this week in Strafford County has been canceled because of rising COVID-19 infection rates and limited air circulation in the Dover courthouse.

New Hampshire Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau says the decision was difficult and made to ensure continued health and safety in the court. The infection rate in the county was 16.8 cases per 100,000 as of Tuesday.

Also, several investigators in the case of a man charged with capital murder are either in quarantine or have tested positive for COVID-19, causing some delays in gathering reports and in forensic testing.

- Kathy McCormack, Associated Press

222 new COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire

Update: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5:50 p.m.

New Hampshire health officials announced 222 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday, bringing the state's total cases since the start of the pandemic to 12,919. No new deaths were announced.

The new cases span all ten of New Hampshire's counties, and 29 of the patients are under the age of 18.

Two new hospitalizations were announced Tuesday, bringing current hospitalizations to 64.

- NHPR Staff

Current Caseload Rises Above 2,000 For First Time Since Spring

Update: Monday, Nov. 9, 9:30 p.m.

State health officials announced 215 new cases of COVID-19 today. There are now more than 2,000 known active cases of the illness in New Hampshire, the highest number since May. Fifty-six people are currently hospitalized in the state from COVID-19; that number has been increasing steadily over the past three weeks. Nearly 500 people have died from the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

Health official: N.H. prepared to distribute a vaccine

Update: Monday, Nov. 9, 3:50 p.m.  

Daily cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire have reached record highs, but health experts say they got some optimistic news this week. The drug company Pfizer announced that an early analysis found that its COVID-19 vaccine may be more than 90 percent effective.

Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, New Hampshire's deputy state epidemiologist, said that's encouraging news, and that New Hampshire is prepared to distribute it.

"We have been engaged in preparation for months and have decades of experience in delivering emergency pharmaceuticals for our state," she said. "So this is just encouragement in a process that's been underway for a very long time in New Hampshire."

Medical workers, first responders and older adults will be first priority once the vaccine is available, according to the state's distribution plan.

- Jordyn Haime

249 COVID cases reported in New Hampshire

Update: Sunday, Nov. 8, 3:15 p.m.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported 249 new COVID-19 infections Sunday, continuing a trend of increasing case numbers in New Hampshire.

55 patients in the state are currently hospitalized. 489 residents have died since the start of the pandemic.

- NHPR Staff

N.H. has 1 additional death, 230 new infections

Update: Saturday, Nov. 7, 5:11 p.m.

State health officials announced an additional death Saturday due to COVID-19. A resident of Belknap County, who was identified only as a male 60 or older, was the 489th coronavirus death in New Hampshire since the pandemic.

New Hampshire continues to see higher daily reports of new infections: 230 new cases were reported Nov. 7, and there are 1,772 current cases statewide, which is also trending up over the past seven days.

One new hospitalization was announced, and there are 49 residents currently in the hospital due to the virus. Of the new cases reported Saturday, 26 are under the age of 18. 

The state said the new cases are from: Rockingham County, 58; Strafford County, 30; Hillsborough County, 20; Merrimack County, 21; Cheshire County, nine; Coos, Sullivan and Grafton counties, nine a piece; Grafton County, eight; Belknap County, six; Carroll County, three; Nashua, 23; Manchester, 16; and 11 cases are still being determined. 

- NHPR Staff

N.H.'s COVID cases surpass 12,000 since March

Update: Friday, Nov. 6, 5:11 p.m.

State health officials announced two additional deaths from COVID-19 on Friday. 

A man and a woman from Merrimack County, both 60 or older, died from the virus, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. New Hampshire has had 488 coronavirus deaths since March.

The state also reported 209 new infections Friday, and two new hospitalizations. There are 48 residents currently in the hospital due to COVID-19, and there are 1,630 active cases statewide. Of the new cases, 25 individuals are under the age of 18.

The state's geographic breakdown for the new cases: Rockingham County, 56; Hillsborough County, 26; Strafford County, 24; Merrimack County, 21; Grafton County, 12; Carroll County, seven, Cheshire County, seven; Sullivan County, six; Belknap County, five; and Coos County, three. Nashua had 18, and Manchester had 12; the state on Friday was still trying to determine residence for another 12 people.

- NHPR Staff

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State revenues continue to lag amid pandemic

Update: Friday, Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m.

The pandemic continues to drag down New Hampshire’s tourism industry.

New figures from the state show New Hampshire collected nearly 20 percent LESS in meals and rooms taxes than it had forecast for the month of October.

Hotel collections were down about 19 percent as compared to the same month last year. Restaurants fared a bit better, dropping less than 5 percent.

- Todd Bookman

2 deaths, 252 new COVID cases in New Hampshire

Update: Thursday, Nov. 5, 3:45 p.m.

New Hampshire health officials announced 252 new COVID-19 cases today, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. But state epidemiologist Ben Chan noted that approximately 50 of the cases should have been reported earlier in the week, but weren't because of a technical delay.

The state also reported two additional deaths, neither associated with long-term care facilities.

Officials are tracking three new outbreaks, including one at Mt. Prospect Academy, a school for children with special needs. 20 people have tested positive there, including nine students.

- Jordyn Haime

New restrictions in New England states, but not New Hampshire

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike, states in New England are implementing new restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But at the moment, New Hampshire is holding out on any new restrictions.

Maine and Massachusetts both tightened their state mask policies in the past week in order to require that people wear face coverings at all times. Previously, masks were not required if six feet of social distancing was possible.

Rhode island issued a wave of new restrictions Thursday, including a stay-at-home advisory, and Vermont has added new restrictions for its ski resorts.

When asked during Thursday's press conference, Gov. Chris Sununu said that he has no plans for additional restrictions at this time, but that he's watching the numbers closely.

New Hampshire remains the only state in New England without a mask mandate. The state is averaging about 150 new cases per day.

- Jordyn Haime

State announces 120 new cases, 1 additional death

Update: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3;11 p.m.

The state announced one additional death from COVID-19 on Nov. 4. A resident from Merrimack County, further identified only Wednesday as a female 60 or older, became the 484th person to die from the coronavirus in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported 120 new positive test results. There were three new hospitalizations, and 42 residents are currently in the hospital for treatment.

Since the pandemic began, the state has confirmed 11,563 cases of COVID-19.

- NHPR Staff

132 new infections, 3 new hospitalizations

Update: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 8:51 p.m.

State health officials announced 132 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday. There are 1,450 current cases across New Hampshire, 43 more than on Monday. There were no new deaths reported.

Eighteen of the new cases are residents under the age of 18. There are three new hospitalizations, and 41 people currently in the hospital due to the virus.

Coos County, the state's northernmost county, had 18 of the new cases - second most only to Rockingham County with 33.

- NHPR Staff

105 new infections, no new deaths

Update: Monday, Nov. 2, 5:45 p.m.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported 105 new COVID-19 infections Monday. The cases span nine of New Hampshire's ten counties, and include ten patients younger than 18 years old.

No new deaths were reported.

There are currently 41 New Hampshire residents hospitalized with the coronavirus. So far, there have been a total of 11,320 cases in the state, and 483 people have died.

- NHPR Staff

133 new COVID infections reported in New Hampshire

Update: Sunday, Nov. 1, 6:45 p.m.

State health officials reported 133 new COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire Sunday. Of the new cases, twenty-one patients are under the age of 18.

No new deaths were reported. So far, 483 Granite Staters have died from the coronavirus.

- NHPR Staff

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