Dec 7 Update

Pearl Harbor

Today flags are at half staff in remembrance of the despicable attack on Pearl Harbor. New Hampshire had at least two survivors living here the last time I checked.


It has been a lot of good news/bad news stories lately. Vaccines appear to be way ahead of schedule. On the other hand, numbers are not going the right way and all indicators are that January is going to be a challenging month.

New COVID infections soar in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported five COVID-19 deaths Sunday, bringing the state’s total deaths to 564 since the start of the pandemic. The patients, who resided in Belknap, Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford counties, were all over 60 years old.

The state also announced 656 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total of current cases to 4,654. Of the new infections, 71 patients are younger than 18. There are currently 169 Granite Staters hospitalized with the virus.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hampshire has seen 24,771 positive test results for the virus.

– NHPR Staff

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

(data updated as of December 7, 2020 – 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 125,816
Recovered19,864 (77%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19566 (2%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases5,386
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19849 (3%)
Current Hospitalizations185
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2443,890
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests233,589
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL58,824
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL31,165

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 – December 7, 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 Monday, December 7, 2020, DHHS announced 1,045 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 6.8%. Today’s results include 765 people who tested positive by PCR test and 280 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 5,386 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today, 78 new positive test results are from Wednesday, 12/2 (for a new daily total of 1,157); 244 new positive test results are from Thursday, 12/3 (for a new daily total of 798); 423 new positive test results are from Saturday, 12/5 (for a daily total of 485); and 300 new positive test results are from Sunday, 12/6. Test results for previous days are still being processed and the total number of new positives for those days are not yet complete. Updated case counts for prior days will be reflected on the COVID-19 interactive dashboard.

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 one hundred and sixteen 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 (243), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (176), Merrimack (122), Strafford (54), Belknap (49), Grafton (41), Cheshire (39), Sullivan (15), Carrol (13), and Coos (8) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (145) and Nashua (79). The county of residence is being determined for sixty-one new cases.

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 male resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

There are currently 185 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 25,816 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 849 (3%) 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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