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COVID-19 testing expanded


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
May 28, 2020
REGION — All New Hampshire residents with suspected Covid-19 symptoms can now get tested. The data gained from a greater testing capacity has been a bench mark for Gov. Sununu's plan to re-open the state.

Recently, five new drive up testing sites were announced in Lancaster, Tamworth, Claremont, Plymouth and Rochester. Lancaster's test site had low averages at first, averaging between two to four per day, however that number has since increased slightly.

Marketing Director for North Country Healthcare, James Patry did relay that the two new confirmed cases in Cos County were tested at the National Guard site.

"It's my understanding that they went through the National Guard testing site in Lancaster, and aren't ill enough to be hospitalized and can recover from home," she said.

Cos has confirmed four cases since the pandemic hit, including two in Whitefield, one in Randolph and one in Northumberland.

New Hampshire now has the capability to test up to 1,500 people per day. Sununu attributed quick action to shut the state down, to decreased cases that could have come in via Massachusetts. The Bay State had an influx of cases as early as February.

As of press time, there have been 3,868 confirmed cases in the state, with outbreaks largely focused in more heavily populated areas south and east of Concord. Of those diagnosed, 1,388 have recovered. There are currently 2,290 active cases, with only 103 hospitalized. Total deaths attributed to Covid-19 in New Hampshire are at 190.

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