CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Anyone who went to five restaurants in Portsmouth, Concord and Peterborough on certain days this month should get tested for the coronavirus, state health officials said Friday.
The Department of Health and Human Services said at least four people who have tested positive visited Daniel Street Tavern in Portsmouth while potentially infectious, and anyone who was in the bar area on Oct. 9, 14 or 15 should get tested. At least one person has tested positive who visited the Goat Bar and Grill in Portsmouth on Oct. 15.
In Concord, at least five people who have tested positive visited the Draft Sports Bar and Grill on Oct. 9 and 11, and Oct. 14-18. And at the Barley House Restaurant and Tavern, potential exposure via two people may have occurred Oct. 12, 13, 14 and 16.
Exposure also may have occurred Oct. 13 at the Bantam Grill in Peterborough, where at least one person has tested positive.
Health officials have been notifying close contacts of those who have tested positive.
In other coronavirus-related developments:
The University of New Hampshire is extending its winter break for a week but eliminating spring break in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Like many schools, UNH is sending students home for Thanksgiving and then conducting classes and final exams remotely in December. Classes will resume on campus Feb. 1, a week later than originally scheduled, UNH President James Dean said last week.
Given the extra-long break, officials have decided to cancel spring break, but some shorter breaks are planned, he said. Some campus buildings also will be closed in December and January to save money on heating, but arrangements will be made for those who need to work on campus.
Dean said 201 staff members and 44 faculty members have accepted early retirement offers made as the university seeks to recover financially from the pandemic. Lost revenue, plus the cost of testing, cleaning and protective equipment have added up to tens of millions of dollars.
As of Friday, 10,112 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 120 from the previous day. One new death was announced, bringing the total to 471.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has increased over the past two weeks from 80 new cases per day on Oct. 8 to 81 new cases per day on Oct. 22.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.