Dec 16 Update

670 new COVID-19 cases reported in NH; daily positivity rate of 6.2%

https://www.wmur.com/article/670-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-nh-daily-positivity-rate-of-62/34981908

New Hampshire Reports 21 COVID-19 Deaths, A New Daily Record

By NHPR STAFF

State health officials announced 21 coronavirus deaths Wednesday (Dec. 16), the highest number of deaths reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The previous record was 19 deaths, recorded on May 6.

The patients were residents of seven New Hampshire counties: Belknap, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Rockingham.

The Department of Health and Human Services also reported 928 new positive test results for COVID-19. There are currently 6.680 active cases of the virus in New Hampshire, continuing a rising trend that signals growing community transmission.

Hospitalizations are also trending upward; there are currently 286 patients hospitalized with the virus in New Hampshire.

FEMA sending staff to assist at some New Hampshire long-term care facilities

https://www.wmur.com/article/fema-sending-staff-to-assist-at-some-new-hampshire-long-term-care-facilities/34981099

Dr. Benjamin Chan answers COVID-19, vaccine questions

https://www.wmur.com/article/tonight-at-530-dr-benjamin-chan-answers-covid-19-vaccine-questions/34979786

Five Elliot Hospital workers roll up their sleeves for first vaccinations

https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/five-elliot-hospital-workers-roll-up-their-sleeves-for-first-vaccinations/article_c1522fdc-c77b-516e-a35b-ef7b67c4d740.html

More Concord schools going remote as staff and students test positive for COVID-19

https://www.concordmonitor.com/schools-covid-update-37806199

As nursing homes wait for COVID-19 vaccines, they face dire staffing, financial challenges

https://www.concordmonitor.com/nursing-home-coronavirus-finance-testing-vaccine-37780386

Infusion of CARES Act funds to keep NH’s unemployment tax at a lower level

https://www.nhbr.com/infusion-of-cares-act-funds-to-keep-nhs-unemployment-tax-at-a-lower-level/

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

(data updated as of December 16, 2020 – 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 133,433
Recovered26,128 (78%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19625 (2%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases6,680
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19870 (3%)
Current Hospitalizations286
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2473,346
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests234,058
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL60,831
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL31,326

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 16, 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 Wednesday, December 16, 2020, DHHS announced 928 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 6.4%. Today’s results include 680 people who tested positive by PCR test and 248 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,680 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today:

  • 12/11: 212 new cases today, for an updated total of  799 cases
  • 12/12: 118 new cases today, for an updated total of  536 cases
  • 12/13: 1 new case today, for an updated total of 725 cases
  • 12/14: 175 new cases today, for an updated total of 560 cases
  • 12/15: 422 new cases

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 three 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 (202), Merrimack (157), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (153), Strafford (74), Belknap (57), Carrol (24), Cheshire (22), Grafton (18), Sullivan (3), and Coos (1) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (95) and Manchester (94). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-eight 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 are either associated with an outbreak setting or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

DHHS has also announced twenty-one additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.

  • 2 male residents of Belknap County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 female resident of Cheshire County, 60 years of age and older
  • 3 female residents of Grafton County, 60 years of age and older
  • 3 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 8 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 male resident of Hillsborough County, less than 60 years of age
  • 1 male resident of Merrimack County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 male resident of Rockingham County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 male resident of Coos County, 60 years of age and older

There are currently 286 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 33,433 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 870 (3%) of those having been hospitalized.

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 6th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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