Oct 26 Update


Saturday was not a great day. New Hampshire recorded the most cases in a single day (129) since May and there were two more deaths. Despite this, we are still in a favorable condition compared to other states.

“It’s going up, and I think it’s going to keep going up, frankly,” Gov. Chris Sununu said Friday. “We might not get the drastic spikes you’re seeing in the Midwest right now. Folks need to be prepared over the holidays and into the winter. We’re not out of this yet.”

While our current situation is managable, it is important to remain careful to avoid an exponential increase in cases. Please, do what you can to stop the spread. ~ Steve

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2020 Severe Drought Likely to Slow Tree Growth Next Year

Red oak and white pine trees could experience slower growth next year as a result of the severe drought in New Hampshire and most of New England that began in mid-August, according to a researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Learn More


COVID tracker: Coming of winter and flu season make it hard to control

“In some ways, late October is looking alarmingly like late April when it comes to COVID-19 in New Hampshire. The number of new cases each day is rising just as fast now as it did then and will probably go higher than it ever did in the spring, although that’s partly due to increased amounts of testing.” More at https://www.concordmonitor.com/covid-coronavirus-nh-new-hampshire-36936311

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

(data updated as of October 25, 2020 – 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 110,328
Recovered8,823 (85%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19473 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases1032
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19766 (7%)
Current Hospitalizations23
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2331,561
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests231,995
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL51,194
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3896
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)4,450

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.

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – October 25, 2020

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

On Sunday, October 25, 2020, DHHS announced 92 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 0.8%. Today’s results include 69 people who tested positive by PCR test and 23 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,032 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 49% being female and 51% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (23), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (20), Merrimack (10), Strafford (7), Belknap (5), Carroll (2), Coos (2), Grafton (2), Cheshire (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (9) and Manchester (5). The county of residence is being determined for five new cases.

One new hospitalized case was reported. There are currently 23 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Five of the new cases had no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Of those with complete risk information, most of the cases have either had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, are associated with an outbreak setting, or have recently traveled.

DHHS has no additional deaths to report.

In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 10,328 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 766 (7%) of those having been hospitalized.

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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