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N.H. Man Over 60 Dies Of Coronavirus, Marking State's First Death

A New Hampshire resident has died of coronavirus, state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan announced Monday.

The male patient was over the age of 60 and a resident of Hillsborough County, Chan said, adding that he had several underlying medical conditions. The man is the first known person in the state that has died of complications related the virus.

Chan also announced that there are 23 new cases of coronavirus in New Hampshire, bringing the state's total to 101.

Earlier today, the mayors of Manchester and Nashua asked Gov. Chris Sununu to issue a shelter in place order to slow the spread of the virus. Mayors Joyce Craig and Jim Donchess are the latest to join a growing number of public officials asking Sununu to issue such an order.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday that Massachusetts Department of Public Health was issuing a stay-at-home advisory, after facing similar pressure from legislators and other officials. Baker ordered all non-essential businesses to close.

Sununu said during the press conference that New Hampshire residents must practice social distancing and "be accountable to each other," but did not announce such an order.

This story is a production of New England News Collaborative. A version of this story was originally published by New Hampshire Public Radio on March 23, 2020.

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