NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – March 24, 2020
On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, DHHS announced 7 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 108 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. The new cases are 6 adult males and 1 adult female. The new cases reside in Rockingham (4), Grafton (1), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (1), and Strafford (1) counties. Three of the cases have no identified risk factors. The remaining new cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. Community-based transmission has been identified in the majority of the counties in the State. Six new cases are isolated at home. One of the new cases is currently hospitalized; thus far, 13 patients out of the 108 positive cases (12%) have been hospitalized.
Current Situation in New Hampshire
Number of Persons with COVID‐19: 108 (+7)
Number of Fatalities Attributed to COVID‐19: 1
Number of Hospitalizations: 13
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH Public Health Lab: 2,530
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 804
Number of Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time): 750 (‐150)
Of the 7 newly confirmed test results, 3 had no risk factors, such as travel to domestic or international locations or that have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
Community Based Transmission
DHHS determined that a person with COVID-19 was on the following Concord Coach Lines buses:
• 3/11/20: 3:15 AM bus from Concord, NH – Boston Express Londonderry – South Station – Boston Logan Airport
• 3/13/20: 5:40 PM bus from Boston Logan Airport – South Station – Concord, NH – Tilton – Plymouth – Lincoln – Littleton
• 3/14/20: 5:00 AM bus from Concord, NH – Boston Express Londonderry – Boston Express Salem – South Station – Boston Logan Airport
• 3/16/20: 1:40 PM bus from Boston Logan Airport – South Station – Concord, NH
Any individuals who rode on one of the Concord Coach Line buses above may have been potentially exposed to the novel coronavirus and should stay at home and monitor their health for fever or respiratory illness. Any person who was on those buses and has developed symptoms should stay away from other people, and immediately contact their healthcare provider.
Governor Chris Sununu Mobilizes Three Volunteer Efforts In Response to COVID-19
Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statement after announcing that the State has mobilized three websites to coordinate volunteer efforts in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
“In these unprecedented times, we have been encouraged and inspired by Granite Staters rallying together to help. Whether you are helping a neighbor get groceries, are a retired nurse who wants to help out at potential surge flex facilities, or are a business who is answering the call – we cannot thank you enough.”
NHResponds.org: This effort will serve as a secure online registration system for medical and non-medical volunteers who can quickly mobilize if needed. NHResponds is part of a nationwide volunteer management system that was established after 9/11 to get medical professionals quickly, and properly deploy them during a public health emergency or disaster.
VolunteerNH.org: New Hampshire is blessed to have many amazing non-profits which do critical work 365 days a year – and especially in times like these. Individuals interested in volunteering for a local non-profit can visit volunteernh.org to be connected with an organization in their area.
NHEconomy.com/PPEHelp: This portal will allow for all businesses to see what products the State needs, and reach out to offer assistance. The State has already heard from nearly 100 companies who are ready to adapt and adjust their operations to provide the protection, equipment, and knowledge base to stop the spread of COVID19 by either donating or producing PPE.
Many Granite Staters are chipping in by hand-making suitable masks for medical personnel and first responders.
Dartmouth Hitchcock put out guidance for sewing volunteers on how to make masks, and what materials are required.
About Rep. Steven Smith
Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.