Five new outbreaks at New Hampshire long-term care facilities, including two on the Seacoast, have been identified and were announced by state officials on Thursday.

The two Seacoast facilities are Studley Home in Rochester, which had 21 cases (19 residents, two staff) as of Thursday, and Colonial Poplin in Fremont, which had eight cases (six residents, two staff members).

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The announcement comes on the same day Gov. Chris Sununu announced a statewide mask mandate that will take effect on Friday. New Hampshire also announced 529 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily high for positive infections in the Granite State.

“With rising cases, substantial statewide community transmission, and an increase in hospitalizations – the data supports enacting a statewide mask mandate,” Sununu said in a statement. “Instituting this commonsense mask mandate today will allow us to keep our economy open and help ensure our health care system has the capacity and workforce it needs in the coming weeks. By wearing a mask, Granite Staters can keep our friends, family, neighbors, and critical workforce members and those they care for safe – without shutting down the economy.”

The mandate states that all persons in New Hampshire over 5 years old shall wear masks or cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they are unable to or do not consistently maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from persons outside their own households.

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