Concord Monitor Summary

Like many states in New England, new COVID-19 cases are on the rise. As of Wednesday, there were 787 active cases in the state.

Cases are still concentrated in Hillsborough county, though in Warner, which is in Merrimack County, health officials are seeing uncharacteristically high numbers. This is likely because of an outbreak at an assisted living facility, as I reported earlier this week.

As of Monday, there are 23 active cases of the virus at the University of New Hampshire, the majority of which are staff and faculty (you can find out why below).

There are three current outbreaks:

Warde Health Center Windham

Pine Rock Manor

Bedford Hills Center

Stay safe and, as always, I welcome emails and calls.

Teddy Rosenbluth | @teddyrosenbluth | 484-723-3549

With antigen tests now included, state’s case count jumpsThe state has just started counting positive test results from rapid antigen tests in its COVID-19 tallies and the result is already apparent: 28 such positives were reported Wednesday on top of 43 positives from the slower PCR tests.That combined tally raises the state’s two-week average for new cases to 50, the highest it has been since June 14 and close to the level of 54, or 4 cases per 100,000 people, that the Monitor is using as an indication of statewide community transmission of the virus.READ MORE
Caring for patients with dementia amid COVID-19 is a challenge for elder care facilitiesRay Blanchard lived at the Edgewood Centre for almost 11 years before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.He enjoyed summer afternoons sitting on the facility’s large sun porch that overlooked a pond. His wife of 52 years, Maryann, often read to him when she visited – over the span of several weeks they worke…READ MORE

Faculty and staff driving COVID-19 cases at UNHFor weeks, administrators at the University of New Hampshire have cautioned students against violating the school’s COVID-19 safety policies. In a video welcoming students to campus, James Dean, the president of UNH, explained that a failure to wear masks could shut the university down mid-semester….READ MOREWarner long-term care facility hit hard by virus

The N.H Department of Health and Human Services has announced three new outbreaks of COVID-19 in the last two weeks in long-term care facilities, including one in Warner that reported dozens of new cases over the weekend.For many nursing homes, the new cases could threaten to reverse their reopening…READ MORE

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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