Oct 23 Update – School kids, Europe, Remdesivir

Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges, Scientists Say

Researchers once feared that school reopenings might spread the virus through communities. But so far there is little evidence that it’s happening.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/health/coronavirus-schools-children.html

82 new COVID-19 cases reported in NH, though positivity rate remains low

https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-coronavirus-update-october-22-2020/32674304

Investigation shows 39 COVID-19 cases linked to Nashua church outbreak

https://www.wmur.com/article/investigation-shows-39-covid-19-cases-linked-to-nashua-church-outbreak/34455026

The Food and Drug Administration formally approved remdesivir as the first drug to treat Covid-19.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/us/remdesivir-fda-approved.html

New state hockey guidance expected to include recommendation for testing

https://www.wmur.com/article/new-state-hockey-guidance-expected-to-include-recommendation-for-testing/34456862

Hospitalizations in Europe are rising steadily.

LONDON — Poland has turned its largest stadium into an emergency field hospital. The numbers of Covid-19 patients in Belgium and Britain have doubled in two weeks. And doctors and nurses in the Czech Republic are falling ill at an alarming rate. More at https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/22/world/europe/europe-hospitals-covid.html

Antigen testing: All about the rapid test NH now uses in its COVID counts

https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/antigen-testing-all-about-the-rapid-test-nh-now-uses-in-its-covid-counts/article_a6161208-f618-5676-b5d1-4c30af09d559.html

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – October 22nd, 2020 

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, DHHS announced 82 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 0.8%. Today’s results include 58 people who tested positive by PCR test and 24 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 832 current COVID-19 cases 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 are twelve individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 56% being female and 44% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (28), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (14), Merrimack (7), Strafford (6), Coos (2), Grafton (2), Sullivan (2), Belknap (1), and Cheshire (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (8) and Nashua (8). The county of residence is being determined for three new cases.

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 202
  • Carroll 137
  • Cheshire 178
  • Coos 36
  • Grafton 189
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,782
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 2316
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 1,130
  • Merrimack 814
  • Rockingham 2,452
  • Strafford 671
  • Sullivan 72

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

(data updated as of October 22, 2020 – 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 19,994
Recovered8,692 (87%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19470 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases832
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19765 (8%)
Current Hospitalizations18
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2323,173
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests231,879
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL50,751
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3417
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)4,200

1 Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.
2 Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Mako, certain hospital laboratories, the University of New Hampshire and their contracted laboratory, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.
3 Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his fifth term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Chairman of the Sullivan County Delegation.
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