CONCORD, NH — Fifty-five more New Hampshire residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to state health officials.
Fourteen of the new positive tests were children and 30 of them were female. Sixteen reside in Rockingham County, 11 live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, five live in Merrimack, and three live in Nashua. The state is still investigating the residency of three cases.
A few more than 6,900 specimens were collected Saturday with a little more than 1,100 tests pending. The state said 0.8 percent of the polymerase chain reaction tests were positive. Sunday’s positive tests were a mix of both PCR and antigen tests. More than 293,000 New Hampshire residents about 19.5 percent of all residents have been tested. The state has administered nearly 498,000 PCR tests.
Accumulatively, 9,143 people have contracted the coronavirus while 8,002 or 88 percent have recovered.
Two of the Granite Staters who have tested positive required hospitalization while 22 are currently hospitalized. All of the new positive cases have identified risk factors — meaning they were in close contact with a confirmed case or associated with an outbreak setting.
Another elderly resident of Hillsborough County has also died, according to health officials. He lived in a long-term care setting and was between 70 and 79 years of age.
Approximately 3,300 Granite Staters are under public health monitoring.
A few new cases were connected to K-12 school settings in the state.
The Tabernacle Christian School in Hudson has reported its first case. The Riddle Brook Elementary School in Bedford now has its third active cases. The Ellis Elementary School in Fremont also reported its first infection.
There are 53 active cases of COVID-19 in K-12 schools in New Hampshire.
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 confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into 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.
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This article originally appeared on the Concord Patch