NH DHHS COVID-19 update: 259 positive results with 21 in Manchester; 1 death reported

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CONCORD, NH – On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, DHHS announced 259 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.6%. Today’s results include 136 people who tested positive by PCR test and 123 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 2,728 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today:

  • 2/22: 259 new cases

Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there are 36 individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 49% being female and 51% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (53), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (49), Grafton (23), Strafford (18), Merrimack (17), Carroll (15), Cheshire (11), Coos (8), Belknap (7), and Sullivan (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (21) and Nashua (13). The county of residence is being determined for twenty new cases.

Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Of those with complete risk information, most of the cases have either had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or have recently traveled.

DHHS has also announced one additional death related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.

  • 1 female resident of Cheshire County, 60 years of age and older

There are currently 112 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 73,923 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed.

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report (updated February 23, 2021, 9 a.m.)

NH Persons with COVID-1973,923 
Recovered70,040 (95%) 
Deaths Attributed to COVID-191,155 (2%) 
Total Current COVID-19 Cases2,728 
Current Hospitalizations112 
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) (see 2 below)623,954 
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests (see 2 below)37,467 
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL68,376 
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL (see 3 below)288 

1 Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.

2 Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.

3 Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

 Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests
Testing Laboratory2/162/172/182/192/202/212/22Daily Average
NH Public Health Laboratories927707794634762203400
Quest Diagnostics595635719582671442304564
Mako Medical37729110283087112
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center664398448351374186314391
NorDX Laboratory69038566836025716753369
Broad Institute4,8463,1063,8214,6144,1576991,1713,202
Other NH Hospital Laboratory406343742421357269332410
Other Laboratory*538257297274303201213298
University of New Hampshire**3,9133,6363,9123,4992,408703,8303,038
Antibody Laboratory Tests
Testing Laboratory2/162/172/182/192/202/212/22Daily Average
Quest Diagnostics25171317200714
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center378530105
NorDX Laboratory10001000
Other Laboratory*959152046

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not already listed in the table.

Note: Patients who had both antibody and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are accounted for in both tables.

** Includes tests conducted at the UNH laboratory and their contracted lab Veritas.

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