CONCORD, NH — The State Joint Information Center announced two more deaths due to COVID-19 in New Hampshire Saturday.

The woman and man were both connected to long-term care settings and were 80 years of age or older. The woman lived in Merrimack County while the man lived in Hillsborough County.

Another 45 positive test results were also released Saturday bringing the accumulative case number in the state to 6,415 cases. The state has 568 current cases of COVID-19. According to the state, 5,438 people or 85 percent have recovered from the virus.

Twelve of the new patients live in Manchester, 10 reside in Rockingham County, eight live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, five live in Nashua, and two live in Merrimack County.

Only one of the new patients required hospitalization bringing the current hospital count to 27 in the state and 686 overall or about 11 percent of cases.

Ten of the cases have no identified risk factors.

On Saturday, 2,372 tests were collected with 178,927 specimens collected since January. More than 96.4 percent of the tests have yielded a negative result.

About 3,500 people are under public health monitoring by the state.

Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.

Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:

  • Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.

  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.

  • When you can’t practice 6 feet of social distancing, wear a face covering.

  • Anyone who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.

  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic and underlying health conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.

  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.

  • Employers should work from home as much as possible.

  • There is increasing evidence that the virus can survive for hours or possibly days on surfaces. People should clean frequently touched surfaces, including door handles, grocery carts and grocery basket handles, etc.

Take the same precautions as you would if you were sick:

  • Stay home and avoid public places.

  • Wear a face covering.

  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

  • Wash hands frequently.

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

More information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services about coronavirus can be found here on the department’s website.

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This article originally appeared on the Concord Patch