CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced the second presumptive positive test result in New Hampshire for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new 2019 coronavirus. This individual is an adult male from Grafton County who was in close contact with the first person to test positive for COVID-19 and is currently isolated at home. DHHS is awaiting confirmation of two presumptive positive test results by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DHHS has begun a contact investigation for the second person who tested positive. We expect additional cases may be identified that are related to this investigation.
contact investigation for the first person identified as a presumptive
positive case of the new coronavirus, COVID-19 was initiated as soon as
the person was identified
for testing. Through the course of the investigation, DHHS has
determined that the first patient, despite having been directed to
self-isolate, attended an invitation-only private event on Friday,
February 28. DHHS has issued an official order of isolation
to the first patient under RSA-141-C:11. DHHS is contacting attendees
who had close contact with the person during the event and notifying
them to follow the recommended 14-day self-isolation.
Medical Center (DHMC) has announced that the first person identified as
a positive case is an employee. DHMC has identified staff who may have
through close contact with the patient and will monitor those
individuals’ self-monitoring or self-isolating. At this time, DHMC is
not aware of exposure to any patients in clinical areas.
is managing the investigation into individuals in the community who may
have been exposed to the virus. Any people determined to have been in
close contact with the
patient have been identified and are being notified. DHHS recommends
that those individuals self-quarantine for 14 days after the day they
were potentially exposed. Any person who develops fever or respiratory
symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) should
stay home away from other people and seek health advice by phone from
either a healthcare provider or the NH DHHS at 603-271-4496 (after-hours
person who has not been contacted by DHHS but is concerned they may
have been exposed to the virus should self-observe for symptoms.
Instructions for people to self-observe
for symptoms of COVID-19 are available here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/2019-coronavirus-self-observation-guidelines.pdf.
people develop symptoms such as fever or respiratory symptoms, they
should contact a healthcare provider or the DHHS Division of Public
Health Services at 603-271-4496.
continues to test for COVID-19 in the NH Public Health Laboratories. In
addition to the presumptive positive test result, six tests have been
conducted and identified
as negative for the virus, and four tests are pending. DHHS is updating
its website each morning by 9:00 am to include a current summary of
COVID-19, and all respiratory illnesses, are most commonly spread
through respiratory droplets, residents should take the same precautions
as those recommended to
prevent the spread of influenza:
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