City officials are recommending all residents of Manchester get tested for COVID-19 and wear cloth masks whenever they are out in public.

The Manchester Emergency Operations Center (EOC) warned Monday that the state’s largest city continues to “experience community-wide transmission of COVID-19 in neighborhood businesses and the community at large.”

State health officials report 1,525 cases — or 26.5% of all COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire — involve Manchester residents.

“Many positive cases do not know that they have the virus,” EOC officials said in a statement. “To protect yourself and your loved ones, you are encouraged to get tested.”

Wearing a mask in public is not a substitute for social-distancing, the EOC said, noting: “You still need to stay at least 6 feet away from people, even when wearing a face covering.”

The recommendations come as state health officials reported another 14 new cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire, including three in Manchester.

No new deaths were reported Monday. There have been 367 deaths in New Hampshire due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

There have been 5,760 cases in New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic; 958 cases are currently active.

Manchester residents can call the Manchester COVID-19 Hotline at 668-1547 to speak with a health professional for assistance. They can also call their doctor.

The city’s mobile testing site offers free testing every Tuesday in July for all ages. There are East and West Side locations for those in vehicles and on foot. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 603-668-1547.

Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1631 Elm St., has free testing for those 18 and up. Appointments are required for the drive-through testing site and can be scheduled online at

CVS Pharmacy, 432 South Main St., has a drive-through testing site for those 18 and up. Health insurance will be processed; ID is required. Appointments can be scheduled online:

For other testing options, visit

State health officials reported no additional hospitalizations for coronavirus on Monday, putting the total number of hospitalizations at 565 — or 10% of all cases in the state — during the pandemic. There are currently 34 people hospitalized for COVID-19.

Several new cases remain under investigation. Of those with complete information, one individual is under 18. The rest are adults, with 43% being female and 57% being male.

The new cases are in Hillsborough County in communities other than Manchester and Nashua (4), Cheshire County (2), Merrimack County (2), Rockingham County (1), and the cities of Manchester (3) and Nashua (2).


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