NH COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase 60% in 9 Days

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CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 322 new positive test results for COVID-19 Sunday and four deaths.

They include two men from Belknap County, one man from Sullivan County and a woman from Coos County, all over age 60.

The state no longer reports the new number of patients hospitalized in their daily news release, just the total number in the hospital for COVID-19.

The last time the state reported the daily number was Nov. 13 and said there were 7 new hospitalizations for a total of 69 people in the hospital for COVID-19.

On Sunday, the state didn’t report the new daily number, but said there were 116 hospitalizations, an increase of 60 percent in 9 days.

That’s a daily PCR test positivity rate of 2.3%. Today’s results include 215 people who tested positive by PCR test and 107 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 4,199 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 thirty-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 (81), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (38), Merrimack (32), Belknap (22), Cheshire (12), Grafton (12), Strafford (10), Carroll (8), Coos (4), and Sullivan (3) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (57) and Nashua (20). The county of residence is being determined for twenty-three 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 have either had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or are associated with an outbreak setting.

There are currently 117 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 17,598 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 830 (5%) of those having been hospitalized.

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated 
November 22, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-19117,598
Recovered12,887 (73%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19512 (3%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases4,199
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19830 (5%)
Current Hospitalizations117
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2404,324
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests232,909
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHLN/A
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL31,535
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)6,800

Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests
 11/1511/1611/1711/1811/1911/2011/21Daily Average
NH Public Health Laboratories9593886847781,0281,2311,237901
Quest Diagnostics2,0002,3901,7851,5922,4031,8651,3591,913
Mako Medical11823129421943796
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center2532826551,0456595914498
Other NH Hospital Laboratory250389496541632503332449
Other Laboratory*4631,2931,9432,8201,1993,1842,3811,898
University of New Hampshire**154,0603,9062,8753,9272,2911,6172,670
Antibody Laboratory Tests
 11/1511/1611/1711/1811/1911/2011/21Daily Average
Quest Diagnostics610194334161921
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center04567514
Other Laboratory*01074101206

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