NH opens new Seacoast COVID-19 vaccination site

Governor Chris Sununu announced the opening of new walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state, including a second in the Seacoast region during his coronavirus briefing on Wednesday.

The announcement came as the number of active COVID-19 cases fell again to just under 19,000, but still among the highest levels of the pandemic. The number of hospitalizations rose to 410 with 24 deaths. State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan said the numbers were incomplete due to delays in processing tests.

SUnunu said Omicron has become the dominant strain in New Hampshire and although its symptoms are less severe, people aren’t even aware they are infected.

“We want to urge people to really watch for symptoms and make sure you take them very seriously. Anyone who is sick should really stay home,” Sununu said, adding that sick children should also stay out of the house. school.

Sununu continued to urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and get vaccinated.

“It makes all the difference in the world in terms of the severity of symptoms if and when you should get infected. It can be the difference between going back to work and going back to school quickly or being immobilized for weeks and weeks,” , Sununu said.

A new state COVID-19 vaccination site at Kings Highway Plaza on Portsmouth Ave in Stratham opened on Wednesday, joining a site in Rochester on the coast. They are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. New locations in Concord, Keene, Manchester and Salem will also be opening soon.

Fixed COVID-19 vaccination sites in NH

Fixed COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in NH (NH DHHS)

As the federal government makes free COVID-19 test kits available, Sununu said the state will also make a third round of free tests available to residents if the legislative tax committee approves $10 million to be spent on the tests.

Sununu admitted that the increase in testing has caused the return of results to slow down as labs across the country are inundated.

“We are trying to keep our contractors within 24 hours as best we can, but they have all been inundated with an unprecedented amount of testing requests, which is why home testing is so important. at least as a first brushstroke,” says Sununu.

Contact journalist Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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