Sunday COVID-19 update: Cases climb as N.H. opens up

  • Kennett High School graduate Cole Bradley rides with his parents on a ski chairlift to the summit of Cranmore Mountain Resort to receive his diploma Saturday in North Conway. AP — Robert F. Bukaty

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Published: 6/14/2020 8:01:22 PM

New Hampshire officials announced Saturday that an additional three people died of COVID-19, while another 49 people tested positive for the virus.

The deaths include two men and one woman from Hillsborough County. All of them were age 60 or older, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

So far, 318 people have died of the novel coronavirus in the Granite State, which has seen 5,299 people test positive for the virus. Of those cases, 513, or roughly 10%, required hospital care.

Health officials say there are currently 1,076 active cases and 71 people hospitalized.

The new cases confirmed Saturday continue to show community transmission, particularly in southern New Hampshire, according to DHHS.

Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua saw 30 new cases, while Manchester was home to 11 cases, according to the state figures. Rockingham County saw five cases while Merrimack County had one.

Stay-at-home ending

New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order and ban on gatherings of 10 or more people will expire at midnight Monday.

Gov. Chris Sununu announced last week that the expiration of his “Stay at Home 2.0” mandate would allow businesses — including museums, libraries and private gyms to reopen.

However, almost all industries will face restrictions, with many requiring customers and employees will be asked to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

In-person dining also resumes Monday, although in a more limited capacity in four Granite State counties hit hardest by the coronavirus.

Those in Rockingham, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Strafford counties will be limited to 50% capacity, while the remaining six counties will be allowed to open at full capacity. State rules require tables to be spread at 6 feet apart.

N.H. students take to slopes for graduation

It’s all downhill from here for New Hampshire high school seniors who got their diplomas atop a mountain before riding a chairlift back to the ski area’s base.

With high school graduation ceremonies in jeopardy because of the coronavirus pandemic, Kennett High School Principal Kevin Carpenter said he wanted to use the community’s resources to make the best of a horrible situation. Cranmore Mountain ski resort offered its services at no cost for the in North Conway school’s Saturday’s ceremony.

The 174 seniors each were allowed to have four guests join them for a 10-minute ride on the chairlift to the mountain summit, where they got their diploma and were photographed.

(Tim Camerato can be reached at tcamerato@vnews.com or 603-727-3223. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.)

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