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NH contact tracing shows community spread of COVID-19 continuing – WMUR Manchester

SUMMER. FOR MORE ON THAT, LET’S GO LIVE NOW TO MIKE CRONIN. >> ESTATE HAS MORE THAN 100 CONTACT TRACERS WHO HAVE TRACKED EVERY SINGLE CASE OF COVID-19 IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. THEY FOUND THAT 25 TO 30% OF PEOPLE HAVE NO IDENTIFYING RISK FACTOR, SHOWING CLEARLY TRANSMISSION IS STILL A THREAT. OF NEW HAMPSHIRE’S 8000 CASES OF COVID NIG SCENE, TRACERS IDENTIFIED 22,000 COAST — CLOSE CONTACTS AND SAID THE MAIN RISK FACTOR FOR THE VIRUS IS CLOSE CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED CASE. THE STATE SAYS THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF CLOSE CONTACTS IS ALSO INCREASING AND SPIKED AROUND THE FOURTH OF JULY AND HOLIDAYS. THEY ARE CONCERNED PEOPLE MIGHT BE LETTING THEIR GUARD DOWN AT BACKYARD BARBECUES OR BIRTHDAY PARTIES. >> IT IS INCUMBENT UPON ALL OF US TO MAKE SURE WE ARE TAKING OUR OWN PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE THOSE MEASURES OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AT THOSE TYPES OF EVENTS AND IF YOU CANNOT, BEING SURE TO WEAR A MASK. >> LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES CONTINUE TO SEE THE MOST NUMBER OF CASES IN PUBLIC SETTINGS. COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND OTHER PUBLIC

NH contact tracing shows community spread of COVID-19 continuing

Health officials say Granite Staters might be letting guard down

New Hampshire health officials said Thursday their contact tracing efforts have shown that the average number of close contacts is increasing.>> Download the free WMUR appThe state has more than 100 contact tracers who have tracked every case of COVID-19 in New Hampshire. They found that 25-30% of people with the virus have no identified risk factor, showing that community transmission is still a threat.Of New Hampshire’s 8,044 cases of COVID-19, tracers identified 22,000 close contacts of those people and said the main risk factor for the virus is close contact with a confirmed case.>> New Hampshire’s contact tracing program explainedThe state said the average number of close contacts to each case is increasing and spiked around the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Health officials are concerned people might be letting their guard down at backyard barbecues or birthday parties.”It’s incumbent upon all of us to make sure that we’re taking our own personal responsibility to take those measures of social distancing at these types of events, and if you can’t social distance, then be sure to wear a mask,” said Beth Daly, chief of the state Bureau of Infectious Diseases.Long-term care facilities continue to see the most cases of the virus in public settings. Numbers at colleges, schools and restaurants remain low.

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New Hampshire health officials said Thursday their contact tracing efforts have shown that the average number of close contacts is increasing.

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The state has more than 100 contact tracers who have tracked every case of COVID-19 in New Hampshire. They found that 25-30% of people with the virus have no identified risk factor, showing that community transmission is still a threat.

Of New Hampshire’s 8,044 cases of COVID-19, tracers identified 22,000 close contacts of those people and said the main risk factor for the virus is close contact with a confirmed case.

>> New Hampshire’s contact tracing program explained

The state said the average number of close contacts to each case is increasing and spiked around the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Health officials are concerned people might be letting their guard down at backyard barbecues or birthday parties.

“It’s incumbent upon all of us to make sure that we’re taking our own personal responsibility to take those measures of social distancing at these types of events, and if you can’t social distance, then be sure to wear a mask,” said Beth Daly, chief of the state Bureau of Infectious Diseases.

Long-term care facilities continue to see the most cases of the virus in public settings. Numbers at colleges, schools and restaurants remain low.

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