COVID-19 Sunday Update: Numbers continue to increase in Vermont, NH

Published: 11/29/2020 9:07:23 PM
Modified: 11/29/2020 9:07:21 PM

New Hampshire health officials announced Sunday that 491 Granite Staters tested positive for COVID-19 over two days last week.

Of the new cases, 259 are from Friday while another 232 are from Saturday, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Those are in addition to 285 cases from Friday that DHHS already announced.

Health officials said test results from they expect more Saturday cases to be reported this week because test results are still being processed.

Meanwhile, three new deaths from coronavirus-related illness were reported Saturday.

Those who died include one man from Belknap County, a woman from Coos County and a man from Rockingham County.

All of those who died were at least 60 years old, according to DHHS.The state also reported 146 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and 4,955 active cases.

In neighboring Vermont, health officials announced 67 new cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s total active caseload to 1,606.

There are currently 16 Vermonters hospitalized with the virus, with four of those in an intensive care unit, according to the state Department of Health.

Border communities seek uptick in visitors

Officials in Nashua say they’ve noticed an increase in people driving in from Massachusetts to avoid that state’s restrictions on serving time at bars and restaurants.

The uptick in visitors has prompted city officials in Nashua to consider imposing a curfew of their own, though so far no action has been taken.

“It’s nice to have that injection of cash but at the same time we know why they’re coming here and we know the possibility of catastrophe it brings,” Nashua Alderman Brandon Laws, a bartender, told WXFT-TV.

Officials urge Northeast Kingdom church parishioners to get tested

The Vermont Health Department is urging people who attended services at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg, Vt., on Nov. 22 to get tested for the coronavirus.

At least one person who attended services that day was infectious, officials said.

It can take as many as 14 days from exposure for symptoms to show, so the Health Department wants people who attended to take precautions now to help limit the spread.

“Even if you are feeling well and don’t have symptoms, consider getting tested,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said in a written statement. “If you do have symptoms or concerns about your health, call your primary care provider.”

Contact tracers have been unable to get all the information they need to inform other people who may have been exposed.

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