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Coronavirus Update: N.H. Reports 361 New COVID-19 Cases

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The most recent update from the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services on Nov. 14: 

  • No new deaths reported. 
  • 361 new cases reported.
  • The state's COVID-19 deaths total 499.
  • Active cases total 3,306.

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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.

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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 are...how 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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