As we get closer to Thanksgiving, people are gong to have to make some hard choices. I have an elderly relative relative with a variety of health issues. He has spent the last three years in a hospital because of heart and respiratory issues. Ironically, this is the first year in a while that he is not hospitalized. My only guess, beyond coincidence, is that the precations he has taken due to C-19 have protected him from whatever he usually gets in October of each year. Now, we have a decision to make. For me Thanksgiving is the holiday of going home. It is a time when even busy families like mine take a day to just be together. Leaving him alone on this holiday is almost unthinkable. We also do not want him to die. I’m not sure how we will work out, and maybe families wiill understandably take risks to be together. We all should consider it, because being together is important. What we should not do is make believe there is no risk. Make a plan, and do the best you can. Be as diligent about not getting infected as you can before the gathering. ~ Steve
By NHPR STAFF• NOV 4, 2020
New Hampshire identified its first case of COVID-19 on March 2. NHPR has been tracking new developments since then, as the number of confirmed cases and testing capacity — at public and private labs — has expanded.
Risk of COVID-19 spread now ‘substantial’ in NH
“The state Department of Health and Human Services now lists the statewide risk for community transmission of the deadly virus as “substantial,” the highest of three levels. New Hampshire has seen an average of 124 new COVID-19 cases a day for the past week, and the numbers are rising.” – https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/risk-of-covid-19-spread-now-substantial-in-nh/article_b3b53c6c-9f0a-506b-815a-0d30e3cc73e9.html
NH health officials say another look at travel guidelines might be needed as COVID-19 cases rise
New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated as of November 5, 2020 – 9:00 AM)
|Number of Persons with COVID-19 1||11,808|
|Deaths Attributed to COVID-19||486 (4%)|
|Total Current COVID-19 Cases||1,546|
|Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19||546 (7%)|
|Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2||356,358|
|Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2||32,326|
|Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL||52,911|
|Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3||167|
|Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)||4,875|
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 5, 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 Thursday, November 5, 2020, DHHS announced 252 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 1.8%. Today’s results include 204 people who tested positive by PCR test and 48 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,546 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 thirty-five individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 53% being female and 47% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (65), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (33), Strafford (32), Merrimack (21), Coos (18), Belknap (7), Carroll (7), Grafton (6), Cheshire (5), and Sullivan (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (21) and Nashua (20). The county of residence is being determined for thirteen new cases.
One new hospitalized case was reported. There are currently 44 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. 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.
DHHS has also announced two additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.
- 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, younger than 60 years of age
- 1 male resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 11,808 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 788 (7%) of those having been hospitalized.