Coronavirus

New Hampshire health officials this weekend announced the COVID-19-related deaths of two more men from Cheshire County.

Like the other 23 New Hampshire residents whose deaths from coronavirus complications were reported Saturday and Sunday, they were 60 or older.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Keene Center said Monday that two more residents of the nursing home have died from complications of COVID-19 amid an outbreak there. The state didn’t specify if that’s where the two Cheshire County deaths came from.

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for Genesis Healthcare, which owns Keene Center and several other area nursing homes, reported that a resident had died from complications of COVID-19.

As of Friday, 51 residents and 15 staff members at the facility had tested positive for the virus during the outbreak.

Other deaths in the state involved two Belknap County men, a Grafton County man, two Coos County women, five men and three women from Hillsborough County, three men and three women from Merrimack County, a man and a woman from Rockingham County, a Strafford County woman and a Sullivan County man.

Also during their daily updates Saturday and Sunday, state health officials announced a total of 1,424 more positive tests statewide for COVID-19. These newly reported positives stretch back to Jan. 5. Some test results were still being processed, the state said. Among the 1,424 were 85 from Cheshire County, 44 from Sullivan County, 224 from parts of Hillsborough County outside Manchester and Nashua and 54 for which the county of residence was still being determined.

A total of 56,864 people statewide have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, about 87 percent (49,544 people) of whom have recovered, according to the latest data from the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services. About 11 percent (6,387 people) have active infections whereas the deaths of about two percent (933 people) have been attributed to COVID-19.

The current cases include 425 in Cheshire County, 252 in Sullivan County, 1,121 in parts of Hillsborough County outside Manchester and Nashua and 156 for which the county of residence wasn’t yet known.

Keene leads the area in number of active cases with 133, followed by Winchester with 41, Rindge with 36, Swanzey with 34, Charlestown with 33 and Hillsborough with 30.

The current PCR test positivity rate was listed Sunday at 6.4 percent. State health officials don’t list the antigen positivity rate in their daily updates.

As of Sunday morning, 243 people were in New Hampshire hospitals for COVID-19.