State health officials announced 21 coronavirus deaths Wednesday (Dec. 16), the highest number of deaths reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The previous record was 19 deaths, recorded on May 6.
The patients were residents of seven New Hampshire counties: Belknap, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Rockingham.
The Department of Health and Human Services also reported 928 new positive test results for COVID-19. There are currently 6.680 active cases of the virus in New Hampshire, continuing a rising trend that signals growing community transmission.
Hospitalizations are also trending upward; there are currently 286 patients hospitalized with the virus in New Hampshire.