447 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Deaths Wednesday

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CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 447 new positive test results for COVID-19 on Wednesday, and two new deaths.

The deaths included a man from Belknap County and a woman from Merrimack County, both over age 60.

The highest number of active cases were in Manchester (446), Nashua, (396), and Durham (137) on Wednesday.

The PCR test positivity rate was 2.4%. Today’s results include 326 people who tested positive by PCR test and 121 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 3,767 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire.

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 forty-five individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 50% being female and 50% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (117), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (53), Strafford (34), Coos (26), Belknap (24), Merrimack (21), Cheshire (15), Grafton (11), Carroll (4), and Sullivan (3) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (50) and Nashua (43). The county of residence is being determined for forty-six 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.

There are currently 91 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 15,749 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 822 (5%) of those having been hospitalized.

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated November 18, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-19115,749
Recovered11,478 (73%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19504 (3%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases3,767
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19822 (5%)
Current Hospitalizations91
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2391,151
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests232,709
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL54,802
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3831
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)6,375

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 Laboratory11/1111/1211/1311/1411/1511/1611/17Daily Average
NH Public Health Laboratories1,051869970907958388683832
Quest Diagnostics1,9592,6477501,1501,9992,3911,7041,800
Mako Medical1327976441182365
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center6486138475762532815460
Other NH Hospital Laboratory752566506309255404334447
Other Laboratory*2,2732,0332,4052,3285231,3861,6761,803
University of New Hampshire**3,4154,4893,7073,103143,4953,3173,077
Antibody Laboratory Tests
Testing Laboratory11/1111/1211/1311/1411/1511/1611/17Daily Average
Quest Diagnostics132823206101817
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center911200424
Other Laboratory*5132301076

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