CONCORD, NH — Around 90 percent of COVID-19 patients in the state of New Hampshire have recovered from the virus, according to the state’s latest new coronavirus update alerts.
The state reported Saturday that current cases of the virus have dropped to 293 with 6,264 of the nearly 6,980 cases recovering.
Seventeen more positive test results were also announced including two children. Most of the new cases were female, 53 percent. Nine of the newly infected live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, three live in Manchester, and two reside in Rockingham County.
None of the new cases required hospitalization — but the state revised its current hospitalization number back up to 15 from 13 reported Friday.
Two of the new infection cases have no identified risk factors like contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19 or traveling.
On Friday, the state conducted 2,800 tests bringing the total number of specimens collected to nearly 213,000.
Approximately 2,750 people are under public health monitoring by the state.
New 5 Steps Info Card Issued
The New Hampshire Department of Education, working with the Division of Public Health, has issued a new 5 step infographic card to assist students, parents, and educators about what to expect if there is a positive COVID-19 case inside of a school.
The department said Friday while New Hampshire has some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in the nation, isolated cases, clusters, or outbreaks were possible during the 2020-2021 school year, at educational facilities that reopen.
The card’s steps focus on how public health officials will work to isolate infections through contact tracing with an interview first, identification of close contacts second, isolating the infected patients, the quarantining of close contacts, and then, a return to school when students or staff are healthy.
“Establishing a communications and response plan is the first recommendation we provided to New Hampshire schools,” said Frank Edelblut, the commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Education. “This card gives staff, students, and parents a clear understanding of how local education officials and state public health professionals will respond to a positive COVID test in order to both protect the public and continue the education of all Granite State students.”
The department is providing copies of the card to all schools and distributing the infographic through social media and on its website.
For more information, visit the department’s COVID-19 Resources for Schools webpage.
Stop The Spread Of COVID-19
The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.
Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:
Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.
Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.
When you can’t practice 6 feet of social distancing, wear a face covering.
Anyone who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.
If you are 60 years or older or have chronic and underlying health conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.
Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
Employers should work from home as much as possible.
There is increasing evidence that the virus can survive for hours or possibly days on surfaces. People should clean frequently touched surfaces, including door handles, grocery carts and grocery basket handles, etc.
Take the same precautions as you would if you were sick:
Stay home and avoid public places.
Wear a face covering.
Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
Wash hands frequently.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
More information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services about coronavirus can be found here on the department’s website.
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This article originally appeared on the Concord Patch