State wide hospitalizations, case numbers and percent positives are all continuing to improve significantly and have dropped to the lowest numbers we have seen in 2022.
While State wide numbers are dropping they are still very high and significantly above all indications of pandemic control. In addition the Seacoast region is stubbornly declining at a slower rate than the State as a whole. Both Exeter and WDH still have approximately 18% of our inpatient census made up of active COVID patients while the I93 corridor hospitals have improved beyond that in aggregate. In addition yesterday there were only 4 reported available ICU beds on the NH seacoast.
Our COVID census is now at 16 and we have 4 COVID patients in recovery meaning that 20% of our normal inpatient capacity is still filled with COVID patients.
Exeter continues operating under its Incident Command (IC), crisis response structure.
All of us at Exeter Health Resources want to thank everyone who has been involved in efforts to reduce the spread of COVID in the Community. While State wide numbers have improved significantly, they remain extremely high, well above thresholds for pandemic control. According to the State’s website we still have 40% of the NH population who are unvaccinated and therefore at serious risk from the virus. Therefore we strongly encourage our legislators, towns, schools and local businesses to continue to support masking, vaccinations, boosters, social distancing, handwashing and staying home when people are experiencing symptoms. All of us want to get the pandemic under control as quickly as possible and the worst thing we can do is pause our efforts too early and sacrifice the progress we are now making.
Public Masking Statement: A copy of our updated leadership statement on recommended public mask utilization which is in alignment with current, clear CDC guidelines can be found here.
Media Coverage: COVID-19 hospitalizations fall significantly in NH (wmur.com)