N.H. COVID update: Sharp rise in new cases over the weekend; almost 500 people have the disease

Monitor staff
Published: 10/5/2020 11:12:17 AM

The recent slow rise in new COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire became noticeably faster over the weekend.

The state reported 218 new cases from Friday through Sunday, the most we’ve seen in three consecutive days since June 4-6, four months ago.

The spike appears to have been driven largely by cases in the southern tier and UNH. The state’s COVID-19 dashboard says the town of Durham, for example, has an active caseload of 151 per 100,000 people, Nashua has 86 and Manchester 60, compared to 19 active cases per 100,000 people in Concord. Durham’s results may be higher because the large-scale testing at UNH has not yet been fully integrated into the state’s reporting.

Nashua is currently the only place in the state where the school system is classified as having “substantial” community-level transmission of the disease, the highest of three categories, because of the number of cases over the past two weeks. Most of the state, including Merrimack County, is classified as having “minimal” transmission, while Hillsborough County and Stafford County are “moderate.”

The new cases reported over the weekend raised the statewide two-week average to 44, the highest in 3½ months.

That figure remains well below 54, which signifies four new cases per 100,000 people each day, which the Monitor is using as a measure of whether the pandemic is under control. However, the two-week average has risen sharply since schools and colleges reopened.

As a sign of the increase, on Sunday there were 492 people with active COVID-19 cases in the state, more than was the case all summer.

Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 remain very low in the state, with fewer than one person admitted to the hospital on a typical day and only about two deaths reported each week.




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