Coronavirus

The state health department on Tuesday announced 222 new positive test results for COVID-19, 13 of them in Cheshire County.

The county had 79 active cases of the virus as of Tuesday, 21 of them in Keene and 20 in Rindge.

There are now 2,197 current diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in New Hampshire as case numbers continue to rise. The health department says community-based transmission is occurring in all 10 counties.

Cheshire County added a record 24 cases in two days last weekend, including a one-day high of 15 on Sunday. Tuesday’s total of 13 is the second-highest single-day total to date for the county.

In addition to Keene and Rindge, other area towns with cases are Jaffrey with eight, Charlestown with five, and Antrim, Bennington, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Marlborough, Peterborough, Richmond, Stoddard, Surry, 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.

Statewide, cases have continued their upward trajectory and are now averaging more than 200 per day.

About half of the active cases in the state are in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.

The state health department said 174 people tested positive by the PCR test and 48 by the antigen, or rapid, test. The positivity rate for the PCR tests is at 2 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.

Two new hospitalized cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 64 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 or people who have had to be readmitted to the hospital.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, New Hampshire has had 12,919 known cases of novel coronavirus, with a 6 percent hospitalization rate. Four hundred and eighty-nine people in the state have died from the disease.