Aug 27 Update

NH DHHS Announces Potential Community Exposures Connected To Positive Cases Of COVID-19 At Sturgis, SD, Motorcycle Rally – August 26, 2020

The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is notifying residents about potential exposures related to the Sturgis, SD, Motorcycle Rally held August 7-16. There have been more than 100 confirmed cases associated with the Sturgis event, including six New Hampshire residents.

DHHS recommends that all NH residents who traveled to Sturgis for the motorcycle rally get tested for COVID-19. They should also quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon their return to NH, even if they test negative. Per the State’s travel guidance pdf file, all individuals traveling anywhere outside New England are reminded to quarantine for 14 days.

Read the Guidance for Self-Quarantine pdf file.

The South Dakota Department of Health has issued public notifications regarding potential exposures at multiple locations in Sturgis from August 11-17. Because there are multiple locations in Sturgis with potential community exposure and the number of confirmed cases associated with the event will continue to increase, anyone who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have been exposed and potentially contracted COVID-19.

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It’s the latest cheaper, simpler test to hit the U.S. market, providing new options to expand testing as schools and businesses struggle to reopen and flu season approaches. The FDA also recently greenlighted a saliva test from Yale University that bypasses some of the supplies that have led to testing bottlenecks.”

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NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 26th, 2020

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, DHHS announced 8 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 7,159 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there is one individual under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 88% being female and 12% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (3), Coos (1), and Rockingham (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (2) and Nashua (1).


No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 713 (10%) of 7,159 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Three of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


DHHS has also announced one additional death related to COVID-19.

  • 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 122
  • Carroll 100
  • Cheshire 123
  • Coos 18
  • Grafton 110
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,290
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1891
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 811
  • Merrimack 494
  • Rockingham 1777
  • Strafford 377
  • Sullivan 46

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated August 26th, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-19 7,159

  • Recovered 6,510 (91%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 430 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 219
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 713 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 8

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 201,835
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 29,414
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 41,631
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 661
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 1,900

Number of Specimens Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Information above, and archived daily updates are available here:

Regional Information (total positive test results, deaths)

Look-back period is 1 week.

NH: 7,159 positive test results 430 deaths  (1 week ago: 7,036 positive test results 427 deaths) (+123/+3)

MA: 126,756  positive test results 8987 deaths (1 week ago: 124,415  positive test results 8876 deaths) (+2341/+111)

ME: 4,389 positive test results 132 deaths (1 week ago: 4,234 positive test results 127 deaths)

VT: 1,577 positive test results 58 deaths (1 week ago: 1,533 positive test results 58 deaths)

CT:  52,220  positive test results 4,463 deaths (1 week ago: 51,314  positive test results 4,457 deaths)

RI: 21,454 positive test results 1041 deaths (1 week ago: 20,795 positive test results 1027 deaths)

NY:  436,063 positive test results 32,499 deaths (1 week ago: 431,924 positive test results 32,451 deaths) (+4,139/+48)

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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