Claremont COVID 19 Update January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021


The City of Claremont continues to closely monitor the recent increase in active COVID-19 cases. As many of you may know, the active cases in the City of Claremont have been hovering between 90 and 100 cases this week. The City is seeing a slight decline in numbers as active cases from a couple of weeks ago start to come off the list, but we are still seeing new positive cases on a daily basis.

The City of Claremont is still experiencing widespread community transmission. The current infection rate is 1.31% which is down slightly from earlier in the week. This means that currently every infected person is spreading the virus to 1.31 people. We need to work together to bring this number down to under 1 before we will see numbers start to truly be reduced. In an effort to do this, we ask all residents and visitors in the City of Claremont to:

1. Stay at home as much as possible
2. Maintain social distance
3. Wear masks when around anyone not living with you
4. Wash your hands often
5. Wipe down touch surfaces on a regular basis

By staying vigilant in these efforts, we will be able to reduce the spread of the virus, and reduce the infection rate here in the City of Claremont and surrounding areas.

With the increase in active cases in Claremont, Valley Regional Hospital has seen an increase in COVID testing. Because of this, it may take 3-5 days before a testing time may be available. The City would like to inform people that Alice Peck Day Hospital is also a State of New Hampshire testing site, and appointments can be scheduled online or by calling (603) 442-5665. There is also testing available through Keady Family Practice (603) 863-7777, CVS Pharmacy (603)542-7742. Please call ahead to set up scheduling and/or get payment details.

On January 14, 2021, Governor Sununu announced that the State of NH has a new updated vaccination plan. Beginning January 22, anyone age 65 or older can visit the website vaccines.nh.gov and register to get vaccinated. Anyone who doesn't have access to a computer or the internet can call 211 or talk to their doctor about scheduling an appointment. Vaccinations are scheduled to start January 26, and the phase is expected to last into March. Anyone with vaccine related questions can also call 211 or visit nh.gov/covid19.
Thank you all for your patience and support as we work our way through this pandemic. I want to assure all in Claremont that City Staff is engaged in this process and is working hard to protect the safety and health of our citizens.


Ed Morris
City Manager
 

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