The number of positive COVID-19 cases is going up here in New Hampshire.  Three counties, Rockingham, Merrimack and Hillsborough counties have the highest number of cases in the state, according to a story from WMUR.

The Tuckaway Tavern, located in Rockingham County, just had a COVID-19 outbreak at the restaurant, with several employees testing positive for the virus. 

Dr. Benjamin Chan, the NH State Epidemiologist was quoted in the report:

We know that people are letting their guard down, we know that people are coming into close contact with others.

The increase in numbers has got to be because people are getting tired of wearing their masks and staying away from their loved ones.  The holidays are coming up and I wonder if people will get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas without practicing good social distancing?

It's eye-opening when you see the data for NH and who this virus affects.  The numbers show there is no group that is exempt.  There is an increase of numbers for the population over 80 and the age group 20-29 is the next highest.  Also, the split of male and female is slightly more female  All this information is according to NH.gov COVID-19 dashboard.

The over 80 years of age population is really the most "at risk" because COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system.  My husband, who is well below 80 years of age, has respiratory issues, so we are careful with who we allow in the house.  He would be very sick if he caught this virus, so, unfortunately, so we are opting to cook at home, go to work, come back, sanitize, sleep and repeat.