N.H. doctor: 'If you're younger you can get it, and you can die from it'; Market Basket to limit in-store customers

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CONCORD - State health officials announced on Wednesday that the state had recorded its fourth COVID-19 death, a Sullivan County woman over 60 who had underlying health conditions.

Locally, Rochester is still listed in the 1-4 range of those testing positive. Neither city officials nor their public information office have disclosed any new cases. City Councilor Doug Lachance is the only resident who has tested positive. He is now free of the virus after spending several days at a Boston hospital last month.

Regionally, Dover has 10-19 positive test cases while Farmington and Barrington are in the 1-4 range. Milton has no recorded cases.

Strafford County's total number of positive cases is now at 30, up two from the previous day.

Dr.Keith Stahl

Meanwhile Catholic Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer said today that young people are getting the coronavirus just like older people. Dr. Keith Stahl made the comments on WGIR's New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath.

"They are getting it, that's always been the case," said Dr. Stahl. "We didn't talk about it because we wanted to focus more on the older folk. But yes if you're younger you can get it, and you can die from it. There are fatalities in younger people."

In a recent graph produced by Massachusetts health officials they listed COVID-19 positive test resulted by age groups as follows:

101 in the less than 19 group,

842 in the 20-29 group

866 in the 30-39 group

810 in the 40-49 group

953 in the 50-59 group

686 in the 60-69 group

and 70 and over, 690

Statewide, DHHS on Wednesday announced 48 new positive test results for a total of 415 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire.

The new cases are 30 adult males and 18 adult females. The new cases reside in Rockingham (17), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (5), Cheshire (3), Carroll (2), Grafton (2), Strafford (2), Belknap (1), and Merrimack (1) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (9) and Manchester (6).

Eight of the new cases were hospitalized for their illness; thus far, 58 (14%) of the 415 positive cases have been hospitalized.

Fifteen of the new cases have no identified risk factors, meaning they are likely community-based transmissions.

Other New Hampshire case numbers include:

NH Persons with COVID-191 415

Recovered 91 (22%)

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 4 (1%)

Total Current COVID-19 Cases 320

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 58 (14%)

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 1,325

In Maine statewide, they have seen 376 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, with 68 hospitalized and 94 recovered with seven deaths.

York County positive test cases stood at 74.

Market Basket's new policy to prevent COVID-19 spread.

Market Basket announced on Wednesday that beginning today they will be limiting the number of customers in the stores at one time.

Here are the major changes to expect, according to a Market Basket press release.

* The number of customers shopping at one time will be limited, based on the size of the store, to ensure customers have personal space and can practice social distancing

* A single entrance and exit will be designated for customers' use. All fire safety measures will remain in place.

* Upon entrance, each shopper will be greeted by an associate who will clean and sanitize a carriage for them.

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