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NH DHHS Announces New Presumptive Positive Test Results for COVID-19
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Issued By Division of Public Health Services
Publish Date:
March 15, 2020

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced six new presumptive positive test results for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This brings the total in New Hampshire to 13 cases. The affected persons are adults, 4 females and 2 males, and all have traveled to domestic or international locations.

  • Two of the persons are adult women from Rockingham County who traveled to multiple countries in Europe on the same trip with an earlier COVID-19 case announced in New Hampshire.
  • Two adult females from Rockingham County who recently traveled to different U.S. states experiencing community transmission.
  • The fifth person is an adult male from Rockingham County who traveled to multiple European countries.
  • The sixth individual is an adult male from the city of Nashua in Hillsborough County who recently traveled to Central America.

All patients are isolating at home and household contacts have self-quarantined.

DHHS conducted an investigation into these persons’ activities and is in the process of notifying anyone who may have been in close contact with these persons while infectious.

Any New Hampshire resident who has developed fever, respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) or even mild flu-like symptoms need to limit community exposure. Stay home, limit contact with other people, and immediately contact your healthcare provider to discuss symptoms and any risk factors for COVID-19. Any individual who is symptomatic but does not have a healthcare provider should contact DHHS at (603) 271-4496.

Any person who has returned from Europe should immediately comply with CDC recommendations to self-quarantine. People who have returned from any other travel setting with cases, such as other states, should self-observe for possible symptoms. Self-observation guidance can be found here.

Given the increasing spread of COVID-19 worldwide and in the United States, all people should take the following precautions to protect themselves and help prevent further community spread:

  • Stay home and avoid public places when sick (i.e. social distancing)
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid being within 6 feet (close contact) of a person who is sick
  • Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices, or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

For more information on COVID-19 in NH, please visit https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm. For the latest information from the CDC, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 
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