CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Twelve coronavirus outbreaks at long-term care facilities in New Hampshire have ended, and there currently are no new outbreaks to report, state Health Commissioner Lori Shibinette said Tuesday.
That’s “definitely a positive trend that we’ve been looking for over the last several weeks,” Shibinette said at Gov. Chris Sununu’s weekly news conference on coronavirus-related updates.
On the list of closed cases is the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, which lost over 30 residents to the virus.
The majority of deaths caused by the virus in the state have happened to residents in long-term care facilities.
An estimated 18,000 people in the facilities have received their first dose, and 5,000 have received their second. There are an estimated 33,000 people in this population, Shibinette said.
In other coronavirus-related developments in New Hampshire:
More than 200,000 people have signed up for the COVID-19 vaccination as part of Phase 1B, and more than 130,000 of them have already scheduled a location and time for their first shot, said Beth Daly, chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at the state Health Department.
The group, which started receiving vaccinations on Tuesday, includes those age 65 and older, people with multiple qualifying medical conditions, corrections workers and those living and working in residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities. An estimated 300,000 people are in this category in New Hampshire.
People in this group have booked appointments through February, Daly said.
There are currently 22 sites open to receive vaccinations.
So far, a total of 83,000 people in New Hampshire have received their first dose of the vaccine and 15,000 have received their second dose.
The state has received about 17,575 vaccines this week, as expected, and it expects to receive about the same amount next week, Daly said.
“We do anticipate some increases in the coming weeks,” Gov. Chris Sununu said, adding, “We are designing our system to only meet the expectations that we know the federal government has guaranteed us. As they send more vaccine, we’ll definitely be able to open up more sites.”
More than 63,000 people have tested positive for the virus, including 435 cases announced Tuesday that included cases from several days. Four additional deaths were announced, bringing the total to 994.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has decreased over the past two weeks from 711 new cases per day on Jan. 11 to 701 new cases per day on Monday.
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