COVID Summary for 3/29

I have had a lot of conversations with people regarding the stay at home order and related shutdowns. The consensus is that looking around, we don’t see most people taking every precaution that they can. That is why we have this order now. Please, lead by example. When others see most of their neighbors exercising social distancing, as opposed to throwing barbecues and tailgate parties or traveling en masse with 30 friends to a park, etc., then people will begin to change their behavior. You have to be the change agent. – Steve
NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – March 29, 2020
On Sunday, March 29, 2020, DHHS announced 44 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 258 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. The new cases are 25 adult females and 19 adult males. The new cases reside in Rockingham (14), Strafford (5), Merrimack (4), Carroll (2), Grafton (2), Hillsborough other than Manchester and Nashua (1), Cheshire (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and the cities of Nashua (7) and Manchester (7).
Community Based Transmission
Twenty-one of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to increase in the State and has been identified in all of counties with cases. Most of the remaining cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
Total number of cases with no identified risk factors is now more than 80 which is 31% of total positive tests.
Five of the new cases were hospitalized for their illness; thus far, 39 patients of the 258 positive cases (15%) have been hospitalized.
DHHS has also announced the third death related to COVID-19. The deceased was a female resident of Rockingham County who was over 60 years old with underlying health issues. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.
New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated March 29, 2020, 9:00 AM)
NH Persons with COVID-191 258
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 3 (1%)
Hospitalizations 39 (15%)
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories 4,994
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 3,103
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 144
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 1050
Please note the acceleration in the number of tests being performed, and the dramatic reduction in the number of pending tests, demonstrating the state’s ramped-up testing capabilities.
Governor Sununu on Close Up
DHHS Commissioner on Close Up
New Hampshire toll booth changes take effect midnight Sunday
Toll attendants will no longer be making change for drivers as they move to an exact-change-only standard.

Due to a decrease in traffic volume, lanes will only be staffed from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. That is when toll attendants will explain other options of payment for drivers who do not have exact change. Those include the “7-day to pay” online payment option or calling the EZ-pass customer service center.

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Regional Information (total positive test results)
NH: 258
MA: 4955
ME: 253
VT: 235
CT: 1993
RI: 294
NY:  59,513
March 29 Map

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.
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