We are steps from the finish line of this pandemic, I hope.  It would be horrible if you fall right before you cross the finish line in a race.  Let’s not fall.  According to reporting by patch.com, New Hampshire is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases and fears a ‘spring surge.’ It is hopeful that all those spring break travelers will not spread the virus to New Hampshire but we need to be on guard.

 

Cases are Up

 

The latest report on case counts from the state indicates that 20,000 cases were done on Friday and Saturday last week resulting in 854 new positive cases according to reporting by patch.com.  An interesting statistic in there was that more than half were female.  Although there has been a bit of an uptick in cases from schools and colleges, officials are onto citing any particular reason for the increase in cases.  The New Hampshire county that has been most affected by the latest rise in cases in Hillsborough County.  My little town of Rochester has 67 active cases.

 

How to Prepare

 

We are not without power over this virus.  We can continue to utilize public health measures to prevent the spread of the disease like wearing masks, staying socially distant from others, and getting the vaccine when it becomes available to your gating criteria.  Keep washing those hands!  Avoid large gatherings and if you are feeling sick, stay home.  It really looks like the vaccines become more readily available to all of us soon and the hospitalizations and deaths are going down let’s not trip before we reach the finish line. I'm getting my shot today.

 

 

 

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