Coronavirus

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Another Cheshire County resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, New Hampshire health officials announced Thursday night, along with 20 other new diagnoses in the state.

Thursday’s update brings the total number of confirmed cases among Cheshire County residents to two. Two residents of Sullivan County have also tested positive for the disease, according to the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services. As in Cheshire County, one of those cases was reported previously, whereas the other is among those newly announced.

The other new positives — which bring the state’s official tally to 158 — were among residents of Rockingham County (11), Merrimack County (2), Manchester (4), an area of Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua (1) and Grafton County (1). Three of those patients were hospitalized as of Thursday, as have been patients in 22 previously announced cases, according to the state health department.

Other than Manchester and Nashua, Thursday’s news release doesn’t specify which city or town the patients live in or provide details about whether they had any underlying medical conditions. It also doesn’t specify their ages, except to note that all but one are adults. The other patient is identified only as a boy under the age of 18.

So far, New Hampshire has confirmed one death from COVID-19 — of a Hillsborough County man over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions, according to State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan.

Potential sites of exposure listed

Also Thursday, state health officials announced two specific places — both outside the Monadnock Region — where community members could have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

One of them is the Honey Dew Donuts at Seasons Corner Market at 501 South Broadway in Salem on three days last week. Those days are:

Tuesday, March 17, 5 to 6 a.m.

Wednesday, March 18, 5 to 10 a.m.

Thursday, March 19, 5 to 7:30 a.m.

The second place is the Garrish Gym at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in Northwood during an event that started at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. The risk pertains only to that specific event and not to attendance at the school or other activities, according to health officials.

The state health department advises anyone who was at either location during those times to monitor themselves for fever or respiratory issues, and — if they start to experience symptoms — to stay away from others and contact their health-care provider right away.

Additional information about self-observation is available at https://bit.ly/39o2QGT