It's difficult to believe, but the world has been dealing with COVID-19 for nearly a full calendar year.

As 2020 was captivated by a highly contagious virus that at the time of publication had taken the lives of $1.8 million people across the globe, it became increasingly difficult as the months went on not to find your own personal connection with the coronavirus.

And even now as the year turns to 2021, the world, as well as the United States, finds itself navigating a crisis.

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New Hampshire has been no exception to the pandemic. As of Wednesday, over 43,000 people had been infected with the virus that shut down the economy in the spring and yielded a statewide mask mandate in the fall.

On any scale, statistics show that the majority of persons who become infected with COVID-19 do recover. In New Hampshire, this trend also proved true.

Out of the more than 43,000 people who tested positive for the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, there were 36,739 people who were deemed to have recovered by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

That means, according to DHHS, that as of Wednesday 85% of people infected with COVID-19 recovered from the disease. The state reported 741 deaths attributed to COVID-19, which is 2% of the total infection number.

Recovery rates per municipality were not available on the DHHS website, but cumulative case numbers per county do exist. In Rockingham County, there have been 10,761 cases and 140 deaths. In Strafford County, there have been 3,391 cases and 30 deaths.

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