2 More Men Die; More Children Catch Coronavirus In New Hampshire | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children

CONCORD, NH — Sixty-one more people, including five children, have been infected by the coronavirus in New Hampshire, according to the latest COVID-19 announcement by the state.

Of the new cases, nearly two-thirds were women and a third were men. More than half, 39, reside in Hillsborough County while 13 live in Rockingham County. Three of the new cases live in Merrimack County. Investigations are still under way on some of the cases.

“There have now been 3,071 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire,” the State Joint Information Center said Sunday. “Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates.”

The state currently has 1,709 active cases with 1,229 or around 40 percent of patients recovering from the virus.

Two of the new cases required hospitalization bringing the total number of people needing care to 315 or about 10 percent of all infections. There are currently 113 hospitalized.

Only one of the new cases had no identified risk factors while most of the remaining cases became infected due to travel or being in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with the new coronavirus.

Two more men have passed away due to the new coronavirus, too. Both men were 60 years of age or older and lived in Hillsborough and Merrimack counties. The fatality count is now 133 in New Hampshire.

Approximately 3,150 people are being monitored by health officials while 31,723 residents have tested negative for the virus at both state and commercial labs. About 261 people have tests pending at state labs and around 1,200 specimens are being tested each day, on average.

For the latest maps and other information, visit the state’s COVID-19 website here.

NH Musicians Raise Money

The owner of a Dover recording studio has setup a fundraiser that has raised nearly $10,000 for musicians who are no longer able to earn gig money.

Christopher Chase, the owner of The Noise Floor, created a GoFundMe.com effort a month ago, and is releasing a 50-track compilation, “Pass the Hat, Volume 1,” to accompany the fundraiser. About half of the musicians were past clients of the studio and others offered tunes to lend a hand.

“As the pandemic continues to play a part in all of our daily lives, I anticipate the need for financial assistance within the arts communities will remain for some time,” Chase said. “I have received a huge response already from our community about this project. From additional artists looking to donate songs to our next volume, to resources or time as well as those humbly coming to me for some financial support.”

For a donation of $25, contributors receive a digital download of the collection.

One of the featured artists is Brian Walker of East Kingston, who contributed the track, “Call The Preacher,” to the compilation and tipped Patch off to the effort.

The compilation is expected to be ready for release next week.

Libertarians Consider Lawsuit To Gain Ballot Access

Unable to publicly gather thousands of signatures to gain ballot access with risking infection, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire is considering a lawsuit to gain ballot access.

The party announced Sunday it had, disappointingly, not heard from either Gov. Chris Sununu or Secretary of State Bill Gardner about its request to waive the 3,000 signatures needed to get its statewide candidates onto the ballot, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other states, the party said, have filed lawsuits and successfully gained ballot access.

Jilletta Jarvis, the secretary of the party, said she had made every effort to resolve the issue without having to sue.

“After multiple calls, a formal written request, and several more calls, I am at the point where I begin to believe that the governor’s office likes to talk about being here for the people of NH, but maybe they only mean a select group of those people,” she said. “If you are Independent, Libertarian, Green, Constitutionalist, maybe you just count a little bit less to them.”

Both Darryl Perry, the party’s gubernatorial candidate, and U.S. Senate candidate Justin O’Donnell, said the state needed to waive the requirement so that minor party and indies candidates didn’t have to choose between their health and constitutional right to be candidates.

Learn More About 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.
  • Anybody who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspect COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.
  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic medical conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Employers need to move to telework as much as possible.
  • There is increasing evidence that this virus can survive for hours or possibly even a few days on surfaces, so 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 when sick (i.e., social distancing).
  • 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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