Nov 2 Update

COVID Fatigue

I know you’re tired of all this, but you have to hang in a little longer. It is kind of ironic that while getting my degree during 2018 and 2019, a required class was Pandemics of the 20th Century. I thought at the time, “when will I ever need this?” Here we are. The second wave of the 1918 pandemic case was worse, and largely due to the fact that people thought it was over and went to back to normal life. We also had WW1 troops returning and great celebrations in cities. Cases are on the rise again. If we can be strong, and each do the things we that can do, it will end faster. Sullivan County is now a yellow zone, we need to dial that back. Thanksgiving is a very special holiday for me. My kids have their own lives, and we are all busy. Thanksgiving is the one holiday where we hve to figure out how to fit everyone in the house for dinner. Ny father-in-law is elderly and has a lot of health issues making any respiratory issue a life threatening issue. We are still working through a balanced solution and honestly have not gotten there yet. I don’t know yet what the right choice is, but at least we’re talking about it. ~ Steve

133 new positive cases of COVID-19 announced by NH health officials

https://www.wmur.com/article/133-new-positive-cases-of-covid-19-announced-by-nh-health-officials/34545073 

NH doctors say COVID fatigue, indoor gatherings contributing to rise in cases

https://www.wmur.com/article/nh-doctors-say-covid-fatigue-indoor-gatherings-contributing-to-rise-in-cases/34544756 264fbd3b2f60.html 

Coos County impacted by rising cases; schools going to remote learning, restaurants close

https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/coos-county-impacted-by-rising-cases-schools-going-to-remote-learning-restaurants-close/article_72bcb83e-4249-513c-a0c7-92f6672ac2d5.html?block_id=897573 

Official: Many new people expected to shop for health plans

https://apnews.com/article/jeremy-smith-new-hampshire-medicaid-ff805462360538f022601fa5f2b7abf8 

Rochester schools hit with COVID-19 cases, going remote

https://www.fosters.com/story/news/education/2020/11/01/rochester-schools-hit-covid-19-cases-going-remote/6115069002/ 

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

(data updated as of November 1, 2020 – 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 111,214
Recovered9,379 (84%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19483 (4%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases1,352
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19780 (7%)
Current Hospitalizations38
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2347,135
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests232,206
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL52,479
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3575
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 – November 1, 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, November 1, 2020, DHHS announced 133 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 1.4%. Today’s results include 105 people who tested positive by PCR test and 28 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,352 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 twenty-one individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 54% being female and 46% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (40), Strafford (19), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (16), Grafton (12), Merrimack (12), Coos (11), Carroll (3), Sullivan (2), and Belknap (1) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (4) and Manchester (3). The county of residence is being determined for ten new cases.

One new hospitalized case was reported. There are currently 38 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. This census may include out of state residents hospitalized in NH and/or individuals readmitted to the hospital, therefore increases in the daily hospital census may not always equal the number of new hospitalizations reported in a given day. One 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 or are associated with an outbreak setting.

In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 11,214 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 780 (7%) of those having been hospitalized.

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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