Oct. 16 NH DHHS COVID-19 update: 90 new positive results with 10 in Manchester; 2 deaths reported

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CONCORD, NH – On Friday, October 16, 2020, DHHS announced 90 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 1.1 percent. Today’s results include 64 people who tested positive by PCR test and 26 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 894 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire.

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 sixteen individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 51 percent being female and 49 percent being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (25), Rockingham (19), Merrimack (15), Strafford (6), Cheshire (4), Grafton (2), Belknap (1), Coos (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (10) and Nashua (6).

No new hospitalized cases were reported. There are currently ­16 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Seven of the new cases had no identified risk factors. 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 are associated with an outbreak setting.

DHHS has also announced two additional deaths related to COVID-19.

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

In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 9,514 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 761 (8%) of those having been hospitalized.


Current Situation in New Hampshire

 New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report (data updated October 16, 2020, 9 a.m.)

NH Persons with COVID-19 (see 1 below) 9,514
Recovered 8,155 (86%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 465 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 894
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 761 (8%)
Current Hospitalizations 16
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) (see 2 below) 305,815
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests (see 2 below) 31,675
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 49,373
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL (see 3 below) 1,328
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 4,050

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, Mako, certain hospital laboratories, the University of New Hampshire and their contracted laboratory, 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 Laboratory 10/9 10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14 10/15 Daily Average
NH Public Health Laboratories 1,053 979 633 1,149 718 362 777 810
LabCorp 975 715 1,241 405 1,007 1,070 697 873
Quest Diagnostics 1,320 1,371 2,769 2,431 1,355 1,833 1,113 1,742
Mako Medical 36 7 0 27 0 0 73 20
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 1,094 847 215 77 760 134 0 447
Other NH Hospital Laboratory 747 225 241 289 398 315 283 357
Other Laboratory* 243 162 334 732 1,567 1,265 429 676
University of New Hampshire** 3,799 2,902 3 4,250 3,889 3,402 3,908 3,165
Total 9,267 7,208 5,436 9,360 9,694 8,381 7,280 8,089
Antibody Laboratory Tests
Testing Laboratory 10/9 10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14 10/15 Daily Average
LabCorp 10 11 3 0 8 5 0 5
Quest Diagnostics 35 15 4 27 24 23 19 21
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 9 1 0 3 11 1 0 4
Other Laboratory* 10 0 0 9 7 2 1 4
Total 64 27 7 39 50 31 20 34

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

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