CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday announced 31 new positive test results for COVID-19 and no additional deaths.
There have now been 5,747 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. The state reported 4,412 people are confirmed as recovered (about 77% of all cases.)
The state’s death toll remained 367 (about 6% of all cases).
Of those with complete information among the 31 new cases, there were two people under age 18 and the rest are adults, with 61% female and 39% male. The new cases are people who reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (5) Rockingham (4), Carroll (1), Grafton (1), and Strafford (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (14) and Nashua (5).
Three new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 565 (about 10% of all cases). Four 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. Most of the remaining cases have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or are associated with an outbreak setting.
Thee state reported 117,330 tests have been conducted.
State health officials reported 37 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and no new deaths.
The new cases brings to the total number of cases in Maine to more than 3,000. The death toll remains at 104, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, officials in Portland are warning bars and restaurants in the city's Old Port that police and code enforcement officials will be out enforcing the state’s pandemic restrictions following reports of large crowds in the popular nightlife district in recent days.
And meat prices are on the rise in Maine as the result of temporary shutdowns of meat-processing plants around the country from COVID-19 outbreaks among workers, according to a Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram analysis of prices at the state's two largest grocery store chains, Shaw’s and Hannaford Supermarkets.
The survey found ground beef prices increased as much as 30% from May 15 to June 15, and boneless chicken breasts prices rose as much as 50% during the time period.
The city of Cambridge is reopening playgrounds, splash pads and other recreational areas starting Monday.
Basketball courts are among the facilities also allowed to reopen, though pick-up games, scrimmages and other large group play won't be permitted, city officials said.
Courts will be open for non-contact play only and people must wait outside the court until others leave. People should also stay six feet apart, wear a face mask when possible and monitor children at all times to make they're following the guidelines.
Gov. Ned Lamont reported five new coronavirus deaths and 97 new confirmed cases on Sunday.
There were a total of 46,303 cases to date and 4,316 deaths, with 103 currently hospitalized.
Health officials reported two new positive cases of the virus but no new deaths on Sunday. Two people are also currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health.
Vermont has had more than 1,200 cases of the virus and 96 deaths since the pandemic started.
State lawmakers also approved more than $576 million in spending from the $1.25 billion Vermont received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act.
Among the spending approved late Friday as the legislature adjourned until August was more than $200 million on broadband expansion, housing, and economic relief for towns and about $327 million for health care and human services-related expenses, including a "hazard pay" grant program for frontline workers and support for refugees and immigrants, and support for the legislature and state parks.
Meanwhile, two central Vermont employers have laid off a total of roughly 100 workers due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
National Life Group in Montpelier said this week it has laid off 53 employees, and sock manufacturer Darn Tough, in Northfield, said it let go of just under 50 workers.
National Life, which offers life insurance and annuity products, also laid off another 30 employees in Addison, Texas, and 12 in other remote locations, according to Mehran Assadi, the company's CEO.
He said the company does not expect further job cuts and that affected workers will be given severance pay and healthcare reimbursements.
State beaches have boosted their parking capacity this weekend to accommodate more beach goers as the state continues to reopen.
The state Department of Environmental Management announced Saturday that state beaches will now be operating at 75%, up from 50% last weekend. The agency also began providing live parking updates at riparks.com this weekend to help ease congestion.
The agency stressed people still need to follow social distancing rules, including wearing masks around parking lots, bathrooms, concessions and other high traffic areas.
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