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The state health department announced 384 new positive test results for COVID-19 in New Hampshire Saturday, 15 of them in Cheshire County.

A man from Sullivan County, age 60 or older, has died from the disease, the department said in a news release Saturday, bringing the number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the state to 499.

Keene and Rindge have the highest number of current cases in the region, with 30 each.

There are now 2,970 current diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in New Hampshire as case numbers continue to rise. 

The state health department said 277 people tested positive by the PCR test and 107 by the antigen, or rapid, test. The daily positivity rate for the PCR tests is at 2.4 percent, which is still below the 5 percent threshold commonly cited by public health officials as “too high.” The rate for antigen tests is not being provided by the state health department.

There are 68 people currently in hospitals for treatment of COVID-19, the state health department said. This could include people from out of state who are hospitalized in New Hampshire and/or people who have had to be readmitted to the hospital.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, New Hampshire has had 14,311 known cases of novel coronavirus.

Other area towns with cases are Jaffrey with 10, Charlestown with nine, Chesterfield with eight, Hinsdale and Peterborough with seven, Dublin with six, Marlborough with five, and Antrim, Bennington, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Greenfield, Hancock, Richmond, Stoddard, Swanzey, Troy, Westmoreland and Winchester, all with one to four cases. The state does not identify the number of cases in a town if it’s below five.

The governor on Saturday also issued travel guidance from the N.H. Division of Public Health Services for visitors and N.H. residents. Residents need to self-quarantine for 14 days after any high-risk travel, including international travel, cruise ship trips, or non-essential travel outside of the New England states. People can shorten their quarantine by getting a negative PCR test that was taken after seven days of self-quarantine.

Visitors can also quarantine in their home state for 14 days, or quarantine in their home state and get a negative PCR test that was taken after seven days of quarantine, but only if they don't use public transportation to get to New Hampshire.

Even if people test negative after seven days, they must still monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms, the guidance says.