New Hampshire

NH Coronavirus Data Shows Downward Trend in Confirmed Cases

There were eight new deaths in New Hampshire as a result of COVID-19 and 53 new cases, according to the Department of Health and Human Services

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Coronavirus data continues to show a downward trend in the number of confirmed cases in New Hampshire as well as a decrease in community transmission, health officials said Tuesday.

During a news conference, state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan said although the numbers are decreasing, it is still important to practice social distancing and wear cloth face coverings, he said.

There were eight new deaths as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, reported on Tuesday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The death toll stands at 294.

There were 53 new cases reported on Tuesday for a total of 5,132.

During the news conference, Gov. Chris Sununu mentioned the state's ASAP, the Asymptomatic Spread Assessment Program, to help New Hampshire residents get tested for COVID-19. The program will "help identify asymptomatic spread and protect vulnerable populations across the state."

There are nine testing locations available throughout the state and testing is available regardless of insurance status.

The governor said he got his test done Sunday at a Rite Aid.

"It was shockingly easy. Painless, easy. Fast," Sununu said while encouraging residents to make their appointments.

Sunbathing, sandcastle building and other activities are now allowed on New Hampshire beaches on the same day many restrictions are being relaxed in other sectors of the economy.

The governor also reflected on the first one hundred days of the pandemic and said although it was possible there could be a second surge of the virus, he believes the state will be prepared.

"I firmly believe the next hundred (days) will be better than the last hundred," Sununu said.

While Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette announced the closure of four long-term care facilities due to COVID-19 outbreaks, at the same time she said she is working to create guidance to eventually allow outdoor visitation at long-term care facilities.

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