New Hampshire plans to set up five new public coronavirus testing sites with the goal of more than doubling the number of people tested each day, state officials said Monday.
Gov. Chris Sununu said the state hopes to expanding its testing capacity to 1,500 people per day. In April, the state has averaged just over 650 people each day, according to data from the New Hampshire Department of Health. The public sites will still require that people be referred by a physician, but providers are now being advised to recommend testing for anyone with even slight symptoms of COVID-19.
“The goal is to make it as easy as possible to test residents close to home and ensure that a more complete and comprehensive map of COVID throughout the state is available, not just in the counties but really working to identify additional potentials for community based transmission,” Gov. Sununu said.
According to the state health officials, more than 1,900 people have tested positive for the virus and 60 people have died. On Monday, the state reported 721 tests were performed by state and commercial labs.
The five new testing sites will include locations in Claremont, Lancaster and Plymouth. The state also plans to expand testing for workersin long-term care facilities.
Meanwhile, Sununu says a task force on reopening the economy will start making recommendations by the end of the week.