Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak, Update # 22

On October 14, 2020, NH DHHS issued health alert COVID-19 outbreak update #22 regarding Community Transmission of COVID-19 Increasing in NH

NH DPHS Health AlertsKey Points and Recommendations:

  • Community transmission of COVID-19 is increasing in New Hampshire (see Community Level Transmission map). Healthcare providers should monitor their respective community’s transmission level, and review CDC’s Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations, which has connected recommendations on universal use of certain personal protective equipment (PPE) to level of transmission (see below for further information and recommendations).       
  • Most SARS-CoV-2 point-of-care tests, often called “rapid” tests, are not automatically reported to the NH Division of Public Health Services (DPHS). Therefore, healthcare providers must report test results from point-of-care testing (including nucleic acid amplification- and antigen-based tests) to NH DPHS. Examples of point-of-care tests currently in use include: 
    • Abbott IDNow Nucleic Acid Amplification Test 
    • BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 
    • BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card 
    • LumiraDx SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test 
    • Sofia SARS Antigen FIA 
  • Reporting all personally identifiable information for COVID-19 test results is required by federal and state law. This includes reporting positive, negative, and invalid results. Results must be submitted at least daily and within 24 hours of the result being available. 
  • Organizations performing point-of-care testing have two options for submitting test results: 
  1. Enter test results for each patient tested via an online form
  2. Submit daily results for multiple patients via a specially formatted file submitted through a secure file transfer solution. Instructions for this method are online
  • People diagnosed with COVID-19 must be reported to NH DPHS by filling out and faxing the COVID-19 Case Report Form to our confidential fax at 603-271-0545. 
    • Submission of a positive test result through the online process outlined above meets the requirement to report cases; however, healthcare providers that have additional clinical and risk factor information beyond the positive test result are encouraged to also submit a COVID-19 Case Report Form
    • This form should also be used to report COVID-19 cases who become hospitalized or who die in your facility even if they were previously diagnosed and reported.

Communication and Partner Engagement:
• Webinar for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and congregate living settings every Wednesday from 11:45 – 1:00 pm:

• Webinar for school partners every Wednesday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm:

• Webinar for healthcare providers and local partners every Thursday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm: