NH COVID information: New updates, data

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MANCHESTER, N.H. —
Get the latest information below about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on New Hampshire. This page is updated daily.

Full press conference in the video above was held Dec. 22, 2020

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New Hampshire data:

Number of people diagnosed with COVID-19: 38,008
Most-recent daily PCR test positivity rate (data released 12/22): 5.9%
Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 656
Number of active cases: 6,485
Number of patients who have recovered: 30,867
Number of current hospitalizations: 297
Number of people who have been hospitalized: 889
Number of total PCR tests for COVID-19: 489,261
Number of total antibody tests: 34,355
Number of MIS-C cases: 1
** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data **

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RECENT POSSIBLE COMMUNITY EXPOSURES

The following is a list of recent potential community exposures to COVID-19 in the state:

Stumble Inn Bar and Grill in Londonderry — Nov. 11-23
Filotimo Casino & DraftKings Sportsbook — Nov. 19-29
MacDougall’s Tavern in Keene — Nov. 20-24
Chop Shop Pub in Seabrook — Nov. 21
ACTIVE OUTBREAKS AT FACILITIES IN STATE

The following facilities have seen confirmed cases in residents and/or staff in recent days or weeks, according to officials:

The Arbors at Bedford
Benchmark Senior Living at Nashua Crossings in Nashua
Colonial Poplin Nursing & Rehabilitation
Community Bridges Concord
Coos County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown
Country Village Center
Courville at Bedford (Carlyle Place) in Bedford
Crestwood Center in Milford
Elms Center in Milford
Epsom HealthCare Center in Epsom
Fairview Senior Living in Hudson
Grace House of Windham in Windham
Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham
Hanover Hill Health Care in Manchester
Hanover Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hanover
Harris Hill Center
Keystone Hall, Cynthia Day Program
Lakes Region Community Center (Fairview Home) in Laconia
Merrimack County Jail
Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen
Mt. Prospect Academy Seacoast Treatment & Stabilization Center
Nashua Crossings Benchmark
New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord
New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton
Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin
Oceanside Center – Genesis
Pines of Newmarket
Pleasant View Center in Concord
Riverside Rest Home in Dover
The Secure Psychiatric Unit at the Department of Corrections
Strafford County Jail
Warde Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Windham
Wentworth Senior Living
HOW NEW HAMPSHIRE COMPARES TO THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES

Daily U.S. Deaths:

7-Day Average for U.S. Cases:

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KEY LOCAL INFORMATION

LATEST NEWS: Coronavirus coverage from WMUR
TOWN-BY-TOWN: Town-by-town coronavirus cases
QUARANTINING: Guidance for quarantining
TESTING: Information about coronavirus testing
MASKS: Statewide mandate | Guidelines announced in April
LOCAL RESOURCES

DHHS Information: Coronavirus in New Hampshire
Volunteering opportunities
How to donate PPEs
NATIONAL RESOURCES

Latest worldwide coronavirus data
Interactive map from Johns Hopkins University
CDC guidelines on coronavirus

TIMELINE: NOTABLE DATES

On Dec. 15, Elliot Hospital ICU nurse Heidi Kukla became the first person in New Hampshire to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
As of Dec. 5, the state has temporarily paused daily monitoring of people who might have been exposed to COVID-19.
On Dec. 3, the state updated its guidance for quarantining, reducing the 14-day window for most situations down to 10 days.
On Nov. 19, the governor announced a statewide mask mandate, effective Nov. 20. Anyone over the age of 5 in a public space, indoors or outdoors, who cannot physically distance from others not in their own household shall wear a mask, according to the emergency order.
On Nov. 12, the state announced that all interstate youth hockey competitions in New England and New Jersey have been suspended until Dec. 31 at the earliest. Plus, due to a rise in cases, state officials said they will no longer conduct contact tracing for every single case and instead will focus on certain populations.
On Oct. 23, the state released new guidance for indoor hockey and ice rink activities that includes mandatory testing for all those involved.
On Oct. 15, the governor announced that all indoor hockey activities would be paused for two weeks after officials noted increased community transmission that is likely connected to hockey.
On Oct. 2, health officials began adding antigen test results to the totals because the rapid tests are becoming more widely used. That resulted in an apparent spike in positive cases, as positive antigen tests from over the course of the pandemic were added. One additional death and five hospitalizations related to positive antigen tests were also added.
On Sept. 24, the governor said that all restaurants can move tables closer than 6 feet as long as there is a protective divider in place between tables.
On Aug. 21, the governor announced that all New Hampshire restaurants could open at 100% capacity, though they still must following distancing and mask guidelines.
On Aug. 11, the governor announced that masks would be required at all scheduled gatherings of 100 or more people.
On June 15, the stay-at-home order expired and was replaced by a safer-at-home advisory. A key difference is that the requirement that all groups must be fewer than 10 people is no longer in place.
On May 22, officials announced the state’s first case of MIS-C in a child.
On March 23, officials announced the state’s first death of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19.
On March 13, the governor first declared a state of emergency, which ensures resources will be ready so the state is able to respond quickly, as needed. This has been renewed and is currently active. It needs to be renewed every three weeks while an emergency is ongoing in order to remain active.
SYMPTOMS

Officials said symptoms might appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Symptoms include:

Fever or chills
Cough
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea
According to the CDC, emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
PROTECTING YOURSELF

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, officials said.

Here are ways to protect yourself:

Frequent hand-washing with soap and water (or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) for at least 20 seconds
Avoid close contact through social distancing (at least 6 feet from someone)
Stay home
PREVENTING THE SPREAD

There are steps that can be taken to avoid spreading coronavirus:

Covering coughs and sneezes and then washing hands afterward
Stay home and avoid public places when sick
Avoid being within 6 feet of a person when sick
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva
Wear cloth face coverings when near other people in public
CURRENT TESTING PROCEDURES

More information about testing <<

Testing is available for active COVID-19 infections and for antibodies, which would indicate evidence of past infection.

All Granite Staters, whether they have symptoms or not, are allowed to get tested and are being encouraged to do so. Visit this link to learn more.

QUARANTINING

The quarantine period is now 10 days, down from 14 days as was previously required by the CDC and state health officials. Here’s what you need to know about each situation that might lead to being asked to quarantine or isolate.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Tens of thousands of Granite Staters have filed for unemployment, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out.

How to apply:

Visit https://www.nhes.nh.gov/ — Claims can be filed 24/7
File an initial claim: https://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov/file-my-initial-claim
File a weekly continued claim: https://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov/file-my-weekly-continued-claim
Check existing claim status: https://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov/check-my-existing-claim-status
Or call 603-271-7700 — Hotline open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

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