129 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 New Deaths on Saturday

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CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 129 new positive test results for COVID-19 on Saturday and two new deaths, one Man from Merrimack County and one man from Hillsborough County, both older than 60.

The daily PCR test positivity rate was 1.3%. Today’s results include 111 people who tested positive by PCR test and 18 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 946 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire.

Check number of COVID-19 cases by school every day. Under the “show” pull down and click “schools with cases.” https://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/schools.htm. You can also download the community transmission level map there.

Manchester (126), Nashua (74), Bedford (49), Warner (44) and Concord (46) had the most active cases of COVID-19, and Nashua and Manchester were both still listed Saturday with community transmission level’s highest label “substantial.”

On Saturday, Merrimack County, Manchester and Nashua were in the red as having “substantial” community transmission.

On Saturday, Strafford, Belknap, Rockingham and all of Hillsborough Counties except Nashua, Manchester, were labeled “moderate” and the rest of the state “minimal” for overall community transmission of the virus.

The overall level of community transmission is defined using three metrics: New Cases per 100k over 14 days; New Hospitalizations per 100k over 14 days; and 7-Day PCR Test Positivity Rate.

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 nineteen individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 59% being female and 41% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (28), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (24), Strafford (12), Merrimack (11), Belknap (8), Grafton (3), Carroll (2), Cheshire (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (30) and Nashua (5). The county of residence is being determined for four new cases.

No new hospitalized cases were reported. There are currently ­19 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Two of the new cases had no identified risk factors. 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 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 male resident of Merrimack County, 60 years of age and older

In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 10,238 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 765 (7%) of those having been hospitalized.

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated October 24, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-19110,238
Recovered8,819 (86%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19473 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases946
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19765 (7%)
Current Hospitalizations19
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2329,057
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests231,958
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL51,087
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3248
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)4,350

1Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.

2Includes 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.

3Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests
Testing Laboratory10/1710/1810/1910/2010/2110/2210/23Daily Average
NH Public Health Laboratories693846888687850656519734
Quest Diagnostics1,5741,9352,4041,0501,3841,2448641,494
Mako Medical14000231419138
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center957215157513870659901610
Other NH Hospital Laboratory325138304428442450422358
Other Laboratory*1,9314009441,6721,6862,0302,0501,530
University of New Hampshire**1,9927684,2853,5294,4684,1753,1563,196
Antibody Laboratory Tests
Testing Laboratory10/1710/1810/1910/2010/2110/2210/23Daily Average
Quest Diagnostics182163414202118
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center31492814
Other Laboratory*301373645

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