BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the state has nine new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 26.
On Tuesday, Health officials said some of the new cases have no identified risk factors, indicating the state is now experiencing community-spread transmission of the virus.
On Tuesday, New Hampshire State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benajmin Chan gave a statement on the new cases:
“The increasing number of cases and new evidence of community-based transmission raises concern that the COVID-19 outbreak is intensifying in New Hampshire. The State has put into place measures to help prevent larger scale transmission at schools and larger gatherings; however, it is critical for everybody to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and practice social distancing. We know that this novel coronavirus can be spread very easily through close contact, and the virus can be spread even when people are only having very mild early symptoms of illness."
The new cases announced on Tuesday are five men and four women. Four are in Rockingham county, three are in Hillsborough county, and two are in Grafton county.
DHHS said all nine new patients are isolating at home, and so far have not required hospitalization.