COVID-19 spreading more quickly in Nashua, Manchester – WMUR Manchester

Newly released state data shows coronavirus is spreading exponentially quicker in Nashua and Manchester compared to the rest of the state, but health officials said they predicted the trend and are ready to handle it.>> Download the free WMUR appState data shows Manchester with twice the positivity rate and Nashua with four times the positivity rate as the rest of the state.”We did expect for there to be a rise in cases around this time of year,” said Bobbie Bagley, Nashua public health director.Health officials said there are a couple reasons why.”People are back to doing their everyday things,” Bagley said. “Lots of things have opened up. Restaurants have gone from 50% to 100% capacity.”Health officials said they are seeing an uptick in asymptomatic transmission. A free test clinic held on Tuesdays is swabbing up to 170 people per week. “We know we have a significant amount of asymptomatic people, so we are encouraging anyone to come if they have been involved in any activities where they have been in large groups,” Bagley said. “If they have questions or concerns, we are encouraging them to come out and get tested.”Drenching rain and raw temperatures Tuesday kept downtown Nashua deserted, which means people were indoors together. Another shift in the spread of COVID-19 is much closer to home.”We’ve noticed that sometimes, it’s an entire family that are coming in,” said Dr. Deepak Vatti, of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “A couple people have symptoms, and the others want to get tested.”The emergency department at St. Joseph’s Hospital started see an uptick in patients seven to 10 days ago. Health officials are urging testing and vigilance in paying attention to symptoms that might seem like allergies or a cold.”It’s the very mild symptoms that people are having that they are not actually attributing to COVID,” Vatti said.Vatti said that as the weather becomes colder and wetter, transmission will likely shift from community spread to familial spread.

Newly released state data shows coronavirus is spreading exponentially quicker in Nashua and Manchester compared to the rest of the state, but health officials said they predicted the trend and are ready to handle it.

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State data shows Manchester with twice the positivity rate and Nashua with four times the positivity rate as the rest of the state.

“We did expect for there to be a rise in cases around this time of year,” said Bobbie Bagley, Nashua public health director.

Health officials said there are a couple reasons why.

“People are back to doing their everyday things,” Bagley said. “Lots of things have opened up. Restaurants have gone from 50% to 100% capacity.”

Health officials said they are seeing an uptick in asymptomatic transmission. A free test clinic held on Tuesdays is swabbing up to 170 people per week.

“We know we have a significant amount of asymptomatic people, so we are encouraging anyone to come if they have been involved in any activities where they have been in large groups,” Bagley said. “If they have questions or concerns, we are encouraging them to come out and get tested.”

Drenching rain and raw temperatures Tuesday kept downtown Nashua deserted, which means people were indoors together. Another shift in the spread of COVID-19 is much closer to home.

“We’ve noticed that sometimes, it’s an entire family that are coming in,” said Dr. Deepak Vatti, of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “A couple people have symptoms, and the others want to get tested.”

The emergency department at St. Joseph’s Hospital started see an uptick in patients seven to 10 days ago. Health officials are urging testing and vigilance in paying attention to symptoms that might seem like allergies or a cold.

“It’s the very mild symptoms that people are having that they are not actually attributing to COVID,” Vatti said.

Vatti said that as the weather becomes colder and wetter, transmission will likely shift from community spread to familial spread.