Although overall numbers remain low, health officials said Thursday that community transmission of COVID-19 is on the rise in New Hampshire.
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State health officials said there were 79 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the state. There have been 8,879 cases over the course of the pandemic.
Two more people have been hospitalized, and officials said one more Granite Stater, a resident of a long-term care facility, has died. There have been 449 deaths linked to the coronavirus in New Hampshire.
The new cases announced Thursday were confirmed with either PCR or antigen tests. Officials said that even though the number of confirmed cases has been rising, the positivity rate of tests is still just about 1%.
But health officials said they’re concerned because contact tracing shows evidence of increasing community transmission in the southern counties of Hillsborough,