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More Nashua Church Coronavirus Infections; Another NH Woman Dies

CONCORD, NH — Both state and local health officials are requesting people come forward and get tested after more coronavirus cases were discovered connected to the Gate City Church in Nashua.

Nine positive test results of been identified as connected to parishioners who attended services between Sept. 19, and Sept. 28. Officials learned about the outbreak on Oct. 5, according to Bobbie Bagley, the director of the city’s public health department. Health officials are monitoring the situation and requesting anyone connected to the church at that time to be tested.

“We know that we can do this, Nashua,” she said. “We’ve had a low incident rate and a low percent positive rate for months. We also know that we can mitigate and work together to keep those numbers down.”

The department is hosting a free testing clinic from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the church parking lot on Franklin Street for anyone associated with the church. COVID-19 testing is also available at Southern NH Medical Center West Campus, St. Joseph Hospital Milford Medical Center, and the Lamprey Health Care on Prospect Street.

New Cases, Another Death In New Hampshire

Another fatality was reported in the state Thursday.

The woman, who lived in a long-term care facility in Hillsborough County, was 80 years of age or older. She became the 448th fatality in the state.

Public health officials also reported 79 new positive coronavirus test results with a positivity rate of 0.7 percent based on 5,582 specimens collected Wednesday with 1,337 tests pending. Tuesday’s specimen collections were also upgraded to 8,029 from 6,591.

There are 8,878 accumulative cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire with 7,898 recoveries reported about 89 percent of all cases.

Of the new cases, 55 were polymerase chain reaction tests and 24 were antigen tests and their results boosted the state’s active cases to 531.

Fifteen of the new positive test results were children while 45 were female. Twenty live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 19 reside in Rockingham County, 13 live in Nashua, and five live in Merrimack County.

Two of the 79 cases required hospitalization but only 14 people are currently receiving extended care in New Hampshire. The state said Thursday that 10 had no identified risk factors.

Approximately 2,850 people are under public health monitoring with 287,628 people tested via 482,118 PCR tests.

One Outbreak Closes

State health officials said Thursday that one of the state’s institutional associated outbreaks had been closed.

Mountain View Community in Ossipee was removed from the list Wednesday after eight residents and four staffers became infected. There were no deaths at the facility.

Three other outbreaks remain active: The Bedford Hills Center, where 55 residents and 15 staffers have become infected, leading to five deaths; Pine Rock Manor in Warner, a dementia facility, where four residents and one staffer are infected; and Warde Health Center in Windham, where three residents and one staffer have contracted COVID-19.

K-19 School Updates

A number of schools reported new

Potential Coronavirus Outbreak Reported At Nashua Church

NASHUA, NH — State health officials are investigating a potential COVID-19 outbreak at a Nashua church.

Seven people who attend services at the Gate City Church on Main Street in Nashua in September have contracted the virus, according to officials. Those people who became infected attended multi-day prayer sessions held between Sept. 19 and Sept. 28.

“DHHS and the Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services are investigating these illnesses further and the church has moved to hosting virtual services only,” the State Joint Information Center said. “Any individuals who attended events associated with Gate City Church since Sept. 19 may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should observe for illness and seek testing.”

Testing is available for anyone without health insurance or a primary care provider. Tests can be scheduled by calling 603-271-5980 or through completing the online form at the state’s testing website.

Potential symptoms parishioners should be looking for include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell.

Any person who develops new symptoms should stay home, limit their contact with others, immediately contact their healthcare provider, and get tested for COVID-19.

Guidance for self-observation is available here.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in New Hampshire communities, according to health officials, but Granite Staters can protect themselves and help prevent further infections in our communities by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoiding close contact with others. When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. This is known as social distancing.

  • Wearing a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas.

  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Staying home if you have a fever or are not feeling well.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information on COVID-19 in NH, visit https://www.nh.gov/covid19/.

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This article originally appeared on the Nashua Patch

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