21,126 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered; 848 New Cases, 18 Deaths

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CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 848 new positive test results for COVID-19 and 18 deaths, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 5.7%.

Today’s results include 479 people who tested positive by PCR test and 369 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 5,919 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today:

  • 12/25: 69new cases today, for an updated total of 357 cases
  • 12/26: 39new cases today, for an updated total of 534 cases
  • 12/27: 48new cases today, for an updated total of 586 cases
  • 12/28: 1new case today, for an updated total of 559 cases
  • 12/29: 486new cases today, for an updated total of 813 cases
  • 12/30: 205 new cases

Test results for previous days are still being processed and the total number of new positives for those days are not yet complete. Updated case counts for prior days will be reflected on the COVID-19 interactive dashboard.

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 one hundred and eighteen individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 53% being female and 47% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (193), Rockingham (162), Merrimack (110), Strafford (101), Belknap (33), Coos (23), Carroll (22), Cheshire (10), Sullivan (10), and Grafton (9) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (68) and Manchester (60). The county of residence is being determined for forty-seven 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.

The deaths include:

  • 1 male resident of Belknap County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 male resident of Carroll County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 female resident of Cheshire County, 60 years of age and older
  • 4 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, younger than 60 years of age
  • 4 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 2 female residents of Merrimack County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 male resident of Merrimack County, younger than 60 years of age
  • 1 female resident of Strafford County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 male resident of Strafford County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 male resident of Sullivan County, 60 years of age and older

There are currently 317 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 44,028 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 902 (2%) of those having been hospitalized.

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
updated December 31, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-1944,028
Recovered37,350 (85%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19759 (2%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases5,919
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19902 (2%)
Current Hospitalizations317
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2512,286
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests234,6712
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL63,237
       Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3843

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, 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Update

Among the 64,755 doses of vaccine allocated to New Hampshire, 47,645 doses have been distributed to vaccination sites across the state and 21,126 doses have been administered to date. New Hampshire expects to receive 17,175 additional doses next week, which will be allocated to the long-term care pharmacy partnership program, hospitals, Regional Public Health Networks, and the state-managed fixed sites.

Vaccine Doses Allocated, Distributed, and Administered by Vaccination Site through Wednesday December 30, 2020

Vaccination SitesDosesAvailable for Site to Order1Doses Ordered and Delivered2Doses Administered to Patients
Long-term care pharmacy partnership program*24,37514,6255,065
State-managed fixed sites14,36014,2602,253
Regional public health network mobile sites1,420500153

1 Doses available for site to order are the number of doses that have been made available to the site to order.

2 Doses distributed are the number of doses that the site has ordered and received at their location. Orders are based on clinic schedules and average uptake of vaccine by participants.

* The LTCF PPP is a federal program that sends pharmacies into LTCF to vaccinate residents and staff. In order for LTCF to access this program in New Hampshire, NH DHHS was required by the CDC to allocate a fixed number of doses to guarantee that pharmacies would have enough vaccine to complete vaccination administration within a four-week time frame. This program remains on schedule as originally anticipated and will be continually monitored to ensure completeness.

Phase 1a Allocation Summary through Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Phase 1a GroupsDoses allocatedto dateEstimated persons in group% of needed amount allocated
Hospital health workers – High risk19,27020,69493%
Hospital health workers – Moderate risk05,4170%
Ambulatory care health workers – High risk**13,52034,20140%
Ambulatory care health workers – Moderate risk03,9630%
Long-term care facilities in PPP24,37533,15074%
Long-term care facilities not in PPP980980100%
First responders5,01012,89039%
Public health workers***520520100%
State reserve for outbreaks or emergency needs1,1001,100100%

** Includes outpatient healthcare providers, dentists, home health care, K-12 school nurses, funeral services, retail pharmacists, corrections medical personnel, and homeless quarantine/isolation shelter personnel, etc.

*** Includes public health response personnel with contact with cases, contacts, or conduct testing or vaccine administration.

Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests
Testing Laboratory12/2412/2512/2612/2712/2812/2912/30Daily Average
NH Public Health Laboratories1,5850708529413575746651
Quest Diagnostics1,4251,4127761,011431576488874
Mako Medical529695656902621,169398
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center8235861153222958594429
Other NH Hospital Laboratory428194432352440621467419
Other Laboratory*2,1754831,1298201,3401,8052,0161,395
University of New Hampshire**110101,2061,070805442
Antibody Laboratory Tests
Testing Laboratory12/2412/2512/2612/2712/2812/2912/30Daily Average
Quest Diagnostics2820011253715
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center305061204
Other Laboratory*6015012266

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