Coronavirus update: fifth death in N.H., schools weigh cancellation of April vacation


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Groups request closure of the Appalachian Trail

Update, Friday April 3, 2 p.m.

Conservation groups that manage the Appalachian Trail want federal regulators to consider closing the popular hiking route, which crosses the White Mountains of New Hampshire and was crowded during the pandemic.

The Boston Appalachian Mountain Club and the Dartmouth Outing Club are among the groups that sent a letter this week to the US Departments of Home Affairs and Agriculture, as well as the Forest Service and Park Service, which report to the ‘USDA.

The conservatoires say they and their government partners have closed many service areas along the trail to encourage social distancing – but the crowd has persisted. Groups are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus among hikers, rescuers, trail workers and surrounding communities.

The letter calls on federal agencies to close the trail until at least April 30, meeting every two weeks thereafter to consider reopening it.

The CMA has already closed its shelters, drop-in center and other services along the trail in the Whites. Many other recreational areas and facilities in the national forest are also closed.

– Annie Ropeik

Schools Consider Leaving April Break

Update, Friday April 3, 1:44 p.m.

School districts are planning to cancel the April vacation in light of the coronavirus closures. Some districts send surveys to families and teachers before making a final call next week.

In Amherst, almost 80% of parents who responded to a survey said they wanted to cancel the April vacation and go out instead of a week earlier in the summer. The Merrimack school board also voted this week to cancel the April vacation.

Officials from Bedford, Milford and Nashua are reviewing the investigations this weekend before a likely decision early next week. Districts say they are developing a distance learning routine and do not want to interrupt it.

Many families have already had to cancel their travel plans and will therefore remain at home anyway.

“Canceling the holidays would end school a week earlier, when hopefully people can venture out,” said Gorham director David Backler, who plans to make a decision about the April holidays Monday. “We are concerned that by not having school this week, more students and families will leave their homes and come into contact with other people. “

He also believes that maintaining the April vacation could improve people’s mental health and give them a necessary break from the stressful transition to distance learning.

The state’s education ministry says it’s up to the districts to decide what works best, and so far most are continuing their April vacation as planned.

– Sarah Gibson

Sewage treatment plants still fighting hooves

Update, Friday, April 3, 12:11 p.m.

New Hampshire’s wastewater treatment plants continue to face massive blockages, despite repeated reminders that the public should not flush anything other than toilet paper.

According to an industry group, shortages of toilet paper and additional household cleaning are pushing more people to rinse wipes, paper towels and even rubber gloves.

These things do not break down in local pumping systems or septic tanks, even if they are labeled as disposable. They can take more labor to dispose of them before they can deal with the waste.

Workers say the clogging problem is intensifying at a time when treatment plants are already running skeletal teams out of concern for social distancing.

– Annie Ropeik

64 new cases bring the state total to 479; fifth person dies in New Hampshire

Update: Thursday April 2, 2020, 6:20 p.m.

A fifth person died of a coronavirus in New Hampshire. In a statement released Thursday, April 2, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said the patient was a male resident of Hillsborough County and was under the age of 60 with underlying medical conditions.

DHHS also announced 64 new positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the state total to 479.

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The new cases are all adults, 42 women and 22 men. Ten of the new cases resulted in hospitalization.

So far, about 15% of those diagnosed in New Hampshire have been hospitalized, according to the DHHS.

37 of the new cases have no identified risk factors, indicating community transmission of the virus.

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According to DHHS, the regional distribution of new cases is as follows: 17 in Rockingham County, 34 in Hillsborough County (including 19 in Manchester and three in Nashua), six in Strafford County, four in County Merrimack and one in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties.

– NHPR staff

Hanover Hill Nursing Home for Coronavirus

Update: Thursday April 2, 5:15 p.m.

At a press conference on Wednesday, state officials admitted they were aware of COVID-19 cases in a number of New Hampshire health facilities serving the elderly or medically fragile, but they refused to identify these establishments, citing confidentiality concerns.

The NHPR has learned that Hanover Hill, a nursing home and qualified rehabilitation center in Manchester, is among the state health facilities treating COVID-19. It is not known how many patients or facility staff are affected.

Hanover Hill did not return repeated requests from NHPR for additional information.

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State revenues are not affected by the coronavirus … for the moment

Update: Thursday April 2, 4:50 p.m.

The state collected $ 667 million in tax revenue during the month of March … just 1.5% lower than the authorities anticipated.

Due to the normal processing lag, tax revenue from restaurants and hotels remained solid last month.

Charlie Arlinghaus, the Commissioner of Administrative Services, says the figures do not yet show the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think this is the last monthly report before the storm, so to speak. Many of these figures refer to activities that took place before states of emergency, “he said.

The Liquor Commission had a solid month of sales in March, exceeding its target of 45%.

– Todd Bookman

Manchester VA to provide beds for non-coronavirus patients

Update: Thursday April 2, 4:25 p.m.

Manchester VA plans to set up a 20-bed unit for patients other than those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The VA cannot support patients on ventilators, so it is preparing to take veteran patients who need basic care from CMC, Elliot and other VA hospitals to help these hospitals open up space for COVID-19 patients.

In a statement, the AV said that during emergencies, hospitals regularly move resources, personnel and supplies as needed to meet demands wherever they arise.

It is not known when the 20 beds will be ready.

– Peter Biello

Sununu calls for accelerated federal aid

Update: Thursday April 2, 4:01 p.m.

Governor Sununu wants the US Department of the Treasury to speed up federal aid to coronaviruses and give states better indications of how it can be spent.

In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Sununu said New Hampshire was trying to act quickly to use funds allocated to the state under recently passed federal law in Washington. He says a lack of clear federal guidelines adds to the challenge.

“It is difficult to move forward when further directions could unravel these plans,” wrote Sununu.

The governor noted that New Hampshire had acted to increase unemployment benefits and child protection, and had provided money to help local hospitals “while waiting for the federal government to assume these costs, but there don’t know when this funding will be available. ”

“What this epidemic has demonstrated is that any delay or failure to take prompt action can have consequences,” said Sununu.

New Hampshire is expected to receive more than $ 1.25 billion in federal aid for coronaviruses.

– Josh Rogers

Tuckerman Ravine, other closed hinterland areas

Update: Thursday April 2, 3:44 p.m.

The Forest Service is closing some high-traffic recreational areas on Mount Washington. Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine and Gulf of Slides will be temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The order also closes the facilities and grounds around the welcome center of the Appalachian Mountain Club at Pinkham Notch. The area is on the southeast side of the mountain peak, across from the Mount Washington Auto Road.

It contains popular high-risk hiking trails that have been crowded with visitors in recent weeks.

Officials say the closure is part of their efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to rescuers, as well as hikers.

– Annie Ropeik

UNH converts leisure center into state-of-the-art site

Update: Thursday April 2, 2:49 p.m.

The University of New Hampshire has converted its recreation center into a medical site to free up more hospital space for COVID-19 patients. UNH also uses 3D printers to help create medical face shields.

The Hamel Recreation Center gym now has 250 beds. It is one of the many overflow sites the state is implementing to increase the capacity to treat patients with coronavirus. The overflow sites are intended to house patients who have already been treated in hospitals but who need a few days of additional care before returning home.

UNH is also deploying a dozen 3D printers to make plastic banners.

Portsmouth shipyard workers attach the headbands – UNH has produced 300 so far – to the clear plastic masks. And the masks go to medical workers in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.

– Josh Rogers

Golfers Call Sununu

Update: Thursday April 2, 2:10 p.m.

Governor Sununu says he is looking for ways to allow New Hampshire golf courses to reopen. But Sununu says that any loosening of the closed political courts in New Hampshire should involve other states.

In a video posted on Twitter, Sununu says he is looking for ways to reopen golf courses closed by one of his decrees. He said it would take time:

“We will explore this in the coming weeks, but please understand that this must be a regional approach. Because if the masses., And Maine and Vermont, don’t take the same approach, then everyone from these states, with sometimes higher cases of COVID and the pandemic will rush into New Hampshire. ”

An online petition launched this week urging Sununu to reopen local courses – called Let NH Golf – has collected more than 8,000 signatures. Thirteen governors have explicitly banned golf in COVID-19 executive orders.

– Josh Rogers

The census extols the importance of the number of heads in 2020

Update: Thursday April 2, 12:46 p.m.

The U.S. Census Bureau says the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for an accurate population count this year.

Regional census director Jeff Bahler said the 2020 census will inform federal decisions about how to fund health care and emergency systems in each state.

“The way these decisions are made – how many hospitals or ambulances, how many vaccines a community needs – these decisions are made based on census data,” he said.

To date, more than a third of New Hampshire households have completed the US census – mostly online. The office urges residents to complete the online survey if possible, to avoid having mailers or a visit from a census official in the coming months. [See the Census response rate by state]

– Sarah Gibson

The market basket changes the purchasing rules

Update: Thursday April 2, 12:00 p.m.

The market basket changes store protocols to increase social distance in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As of today (Thursday, April 2), the grocery chain will at the same time limit the number of customers allowed to enter its stores.

The store will also designate a single entrance and exit for customers.

Market Basket says its intensified disinfection program continues, focusing on high-contact surfaces, including cash registers, counters and shopping carts.

– Mary McIntyre

4th death in New Hampshire, 48 new cases bring state total to 415

Update: Wednesday April 1, 9:00 p.m.

A fourth person died from COVID-19 in New Hampshire. The news came on the day that 48 other cases of illness were identified in the state, bringing the total number to 415.

At a press conference on Wednesday, state epidemiologist Ben Chan said the fourth person to die was an adult, but declined to provide further information about them.

Fifty-nine of New Hampshire’s patients – about 15% – had to be hospitalized.

The vast majority of state cases are concentrated in the Manchester-Nashua area and in cities along the southeast border with Massachusetts (see map, left).

But Chan warned that COVID-19 remains “widespread and present throughout our state.” He said the virus could remain in New Hampshire for several more months and cautioned against complacency.

Less than a week since the state’s stay at home order came into effect, Chan said he understood that people could become restless. But, he said, it is difficult to predict how a pandemic will unfold and that the coronavirus could be with us for weeks or months to come.

“We understand the difficulties this epidemic is causing people and families,” said Chan, “but it is important not to be complacent in our measures regarding social distance.

Sununu Orders Emergency Funding For Victims Of Sexual And Domestic Violence, Child Abuse

Governor Chris Sununu announced two new orders to support some of the most vulnerable residents of the state at a press conference on Wednesday, victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse.

While families stay at home as part of state efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, officials fear that cases of abuse will go unreported.

“We know that calls to law enforcement are down, we know that reports of child abuse are down,” said Sununu at the press conference on Wednesday. “What is not broken down is the actual instance of occurrence. “

Sununu has ordered emergency funding of $ 600,000 to support crisis centers for sexual and domestic violence, as well as $ 2 million to strengthen child protection in the state. Sununu said that some part-time staff at DCYF will be employed full-time and that the age limit for children benefiting from the state’s “Strength to Succeed” program will be raised from 6 to 10 years.

Sununu encouraged all residents of the state to act as “mandatory reporters” for domestic and sexual violence and child abuse.

– NHPR staff

Helpline for domestic violence in N.H .: 1 (800) 277-5570

Helpline for abused children: 1 (800) 894-5533 or

Three hospitals requiring staff to wear masks at all times

Update: Wednesday April 1, 4:10 p.m.

Three New Hampshire hospitals now require that all staff working in patient care areas wear a mask at all times.

The Hospital Corporation of America’s decision affects Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Parkland Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Dr. David Itkin is chief of infectious diseases at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He says the decision was prompted in part by new evidence suggesting that some people with COVID-19 spread the virus before they start showing symptoms.

“If someone is incubating the virus and is not yet symptomatic and working, the presence of the mask will limit the amount of virus it spreads in the environment,” says Itkin.

The move comes as the CDC is reportedly considering amending its recommendations as to whether the general public should use masks.

– Jason Moon

Crotched Mountain School Coronavirus Outbreak

Update: Wednesday, April 1, 3:20 p.m.

Greenfield’s Crotched Mountain School is fighting a COVID-19 outbreak on its campus that killed one resident and infected five others. The facility, which offers residential and day programs for people with disabilities, says the epidemic is linked to a group home on its campus.

So far, three residents and three staff have been positive.

The resident who died on March 29 was a 46-year-old man with significant disabilities and a history of breathing problems, the school said.

“The Crotched Mountain family mourns the loss of one of our residents,” said Ned Olney, president and chief executive officer of the Crotched Mountain Foundation in a statement. “As an individual with a difficult medical profile, he was particularly sensitive to the insidiousness of this virus. Together, we cry and remain vigilant to limit the spread of COVID-19. “

State health officials work with the facility as it puts a quarantine in the residence.

The visit is currently prohibited and meals are served in the rooms rather than in the cafeteria. It’s unclear why the city-by-city map of coronavirus cases from the Department of Health and Social Services shows zero for Greenfield.

Crotched Mountain says it is facing a decrease in personal protective equipment and is asking for donations from the public.

The picturesque mountain-top school opened in 1953. It currently serves 66 residents on its campus and employs approximately 200 people.

In 2017, Crotched Mountain closed its medical facilities for financial reasons.

(This story will be updated as more information becomes available.)

– Todd Bookman

Driving test site launched at Pease Tradeport

Update: Wednesday April 1, 2:05 p.m.

A new driving test site for COVID-19 opens today (Wednesday, April 1) at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

Currently, the site will only accept patients referred by a telehealth provider with the Convenient ® chain of emergency care. The company worked with the state and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to set up the test facility.

Anthem currently covers all costs of coronavirus testing for its members.

A spokesperson for Convenient MD said the test site could expand to receive referrals from outside the company if more test supplies and protective equipment became available.

– Annie Ropeik

Shaheen requests accelerated test results for first responders

Update: Wednesday April 1, 1:50 p.m.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she is asking the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC to speed up the results of the COVID-19 tests for first responders.

Police, firefighters or emergency medical technicians who come into contact with potential cases should be quarantined for 14 days. Senator Shaheen says it has been a huge challenge for emergency workers in New Hampshire.

“Give priority to these tests, get these tests back and find out if these people have really tested positive.” If that’s the case, then we know we need to quarantine the first responders. But if they haven’t, we don’t need to go first the responders have left their jobs for such a long period of time, “she said.

Nine Concord firefighters were placed in quarantine earlier this week after being in contact with a potential COVID-19 case. Firefighters were released on Wednesday after the patient received a negative test result.

– Alex McOwen

Dartmouth-Hitchcock to test COVID-19 treatment

Update: Wednesday April 1, 11:50 a.m.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is expected to begin testing a potential treatment for COVID-19. The hospital is one of nearly 100 sites involved in clinical trials worldwide.

Researchers are testing an intravenous antiviral drug that was used in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa several years ago. The drug has also shown promise in the treatment of diseases caused by other coronaviruses, such as SARS.

The drug will be tested in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Researchers will test 5 and 10 day treatments of the drug in people with severe and moderate infections.

Around a thousand patients worldwide are participating in the study. Researchers say this type of test usually takes weeks to organize. Dartmouth-Hitchcock prepared for theirs in six days, including installing personal protective equipment for about two dozen nurses who will administer the medication to patients.

– Annie Ropeik

N.H. prisons release inmates to help prevent spread of coronavirus

Update: Wednesday April 1, 11:45 a.m.

State correctional facilities release some detainees accused or convicted of non-violent crimes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Social distance is almost impossible to maintain in prisons or prisons, and some inmates may be at risk for severe or life-threatening symptoms of the coronavirus.

Belknap County Correctional Manager Keith Gray said on the NHPR this morning (Wednesday April 1) that his prison population was the lowest in 20 years after the inmates were released. Gray says his officers are still monitoring many of those who have been released, sometimes electronically.

Learn more about this story here

-Mary McIntyre

53 new cases reported; N.H. total rises to 367

Update: Tuesday March 31, 6:51 p.m.

The state has announced that an additional 53 people in New Hampshire have tested positive for the coronavirus. The new statistics bring the total number of cases to 367.

One of 53 people is a man under the age of 18, and four of the new cases have been hospitalized. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that 24 of the new cases have no identified risk factors, indicating that community transmission continues to increase in New Hampshire.

Of the 367 confirmed cases, 56, or 15%, have recovered. Another 1,250 people are being watched in the state.

– NHPR staff

MTA suspends regular bus service

Update: Tuesday March 31, 5:11 p.m.

Manchester suspends its regular public bus service in response to the coronavirus. Starting Wednesday, April 1, the Manchester Transit Authority will no longer run public buses on its fixed route.

Passengers who require transportation to travel should call 603-623-8801 to book a trip with the MTA from 5:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

MTA reports that the number of users dropped by about 70% during the pandemic and that many of its buses were running empty.

The change is in effect until May 4.

– Sarah Gibson

COAST suspends its bus service

The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation has decided to suspend all fixed bus lines until May 4.

COAST says it will work with customers to reimburse those who have already purchased a monthly pass for April, and it will continue to operate paratransit services for those who qualify.

New applicants for these services will continue to have their applications screened normally.

– Daniela Allee

State Grants Liquor Store Employees 10% Increase

Update: Tuesday March 31, 4:31 p.m.

The state temporarily grants a 10% pay raise to employees of the N.H. State Liquor Store.

In an executive decree announced Tuesday, Governor Chris Sununu cites liquor stores as a vital business that provides essential revenue for state coffers.

Due to staff shortages, the state’s 77 retail stores operate on reduced hours. A notice on the Liquor Commission website indicates that the agency is currently looking for part-time workers.

Under the emergency order, store managers, clerks and workers will receive a 10% wage increase for the duration of the state of emergency, which dates back to March 13.

Sununu says closing the liquor stores would further jeopardize public health, as it would force residents to go to other states to obtain alcohol.

– Todd Bookman

Child care providers can request an emergency designation

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications from child care providers who wish to be designated as emergency child care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DHHS partners with the Charitable Foundation to provide $ 4 million in federal funding to an emergency child care cooperative. La collaboration offrira des services de garde d’urgence aux parents qui fournissent des services essentiels pendant COVID-19, comme les travailleurs de la santé.

Les programmes de garde d’enfants bénéficiant d’une désignation d’urgence seront admissibles à des paiements pour couvrir les frais de personnel et de fonctionnement supplémentaires.

– Alex McOwen

L’État obtient 82 millions de dollars pour les écoles grâce aux fonds de relance fédéraux

Mise à jour: mardi 31 mars, 13 h 35

Le New Hampshire reçoit plus de 82 millions de dollars de fonds fédéraux pour aider K à travers 12 écoles et collèges pendant la pandémie de coronavirus.

L’argent fait partie de la loi « CARES », que le président Trump a signée vendredi.

Environ la moitié de l’aide ira au ministère de l’Éducation de l’État, qui sera distribuée sous forme de subventions à chaque district scolaire. Les collèges et universités comptant un pourcentage élevé d’étudiants à faible revenu recevront environ 36 millions de dollars, dont une grande partie sera versée aux étudiants sous la forme d’une aide financière d’urgence.

– Sarah Gibson

Sununu demande au gouvernement fédéral une dérogation sur l’utilisation des hôpitaux de réadaptation

Mise à jour: mardi 31 mars, 12 h 30

Le gouverneur Chris Sununu demande au gouvernement fédéral une dérogation pour autoriser les patients non réadaptés à utiliser les hôpitaux de réadaptation du New Hampshire.

La demande vise le Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network, qui possède des installations à Portsmouth, Manchester, Nashua et Salem.

Dans sa lettre aux Centers for Medicare et Medicaid Services, le gouverneur a déclaré que, comme les scénarios d’intervention d’urgence à la crise de santé publique actuelle se sont développés «il est devenu clair que nos hôpitaux ont besoin d’un allégement supplémentaire de certaines règles et réglementations de la CMS afin de respecter les demandes de tous les Medicare, Medicaid et autres bénéficiaires cherchant des soins. “

Le gouverneur dit que ces hôpitaux travaillent avec leurs hôpitaux d’accueil et leurs partenaires hospitaliers stratégiques pour fournir une capacité supplémentaire de pointe pour soigner les patients ayant des besoins médicaux aigus.

– Daniela Allee

De nouvelles données d’état montrent COVID-19 au niveau communautaire

Mise à jour: lundi 30 mars, 20 h 15

56 autres personnes ont été diagnostiquées avec un coronavirus dans le New Hampshire, portant le nombre total de cas à 314. L’épidémiologiste d’État, le Dr Benjamin Chan, a annoncé la plus forte augmentation d’une journée depuis le début de la pandémie lors d’une conférence de presse lundi.

« Je tiens à souligner à nouveau que, même si vous vivez dans une ville où une carte ne montre pas que COVID-19 circule, nous encourageons les gens à opérer en supposant que COVID-19 circule dans votre communauté « , a déclaré Chan.

Jusqu’à présent, trois personnes sont décédées de COVID-19 dans l’état, toutes avec des conditions médicales préexistantes. Chan a déclaré que 46 des personnes diagnostiquées se sont rétablies. Chan a également déclaré qu’environ 5 700 tests pour COVID-19 ont été effectués à ce jour dans le New Hampshire.

Lundi, pour la première fois, les autorités sanitaires de l’État ont fourni des détails sur la prévalence des cas confirmés de COVID-19 au niveau de la ville (voir la carte à gauche).

L’État a publié une carte avec des plages au niveau communautaire pour les cas confirmés de coronavirus dans le cadre de sa mise à jour quotidienne sur les tests, les hospitalisations et d’autres données concernant la propagation du virus.

Bien que la carte fournie ne répertorie pas le nombre exact de cas confirmés dans chaque ville, elle éclaire davantage les endroits où l’épidémie a été la plus aiguë au New Hampshire.

Alors qu’un communiqué de presse accompagnant la nouvelle carte indiquait que l’État fournissait également des données sur la répartition par âge et par sexe des personnes diagnostiquées avec COVID-19 dans le New Hampshire « avec effet immédiat », un porte-parole de l’agence de santé de l’État a précisé plus tard que les données étaient toujours en préparation et devrait être publié mardi.

– Personnel NHPR

Fermeture de certains magasins d’alcools d’État

Mise à jour: lundi 30 mars, 17 h 40

La New Hampshire Liquor Commission ferme temporairement au moins huit magasins et recrute de nouveaux employés à temps partiel pour faire face aux pénuries de personnel exacerbées par COVID-19.

Les magasins d’alcools de Milford, Jaffrey, Wolfeboro, Walpole, Lincoln, Hinsdale, Winchester et Swanzey resteront fermés jusqu’à nouvel ordre, selon la commission.

Les magasins d’alcool de l’État sont officiellement considérés comme une «entreprise essentielle» pendant l’urgence COVID, et la plupart des emplacements restent ouverts – bien qu’avec des heures réduites.

Il n’y a pas eu de cas confirmé de COVID-19 lié à l’un des magasins d’alcools de l’État pour le moment. Mais les employés à plusieurs endroits ont choisi de rester à la maison en raison de préoccupations concernant leur propre santé ou celle des membres de leur famille.

– Casey McDermott

Sununu annonce une augmentation des allocations de chômage

Mise à jour: lundi 30 mars, 16 h 55

Lors d’une conférence de presse lundi, le gouverneur Chris Sununu a déclaré que l’État utiliserait des fonds de relance fédéraux pour augmenter les avantages pour les résidents du New Hampshire qui ont perdu des revenus à cause du COVID-19.

« Pour ceux qui reçoivent une aide en cas de pandémie de chômage, nous augmentons la prestation minimale hebdomadaire de 32 $ par semaine à 168 $ par semaine, par personne, à leur prestation hebdomadaire, le tout à 100% financé par le gouvernement fédéral. “

Sununu dit que les gens recevront des prestations pendant 39 semaines. Il a également déclaré qu’à l’heure actuelle, l’État devait recevoir 1,25 milliard de dollars d’aide fédérale pour atténuer les effets de la pandémie de coronavirus.

– Josh Rogers

Connexes: le gouverneur Sununu a tweeté ce graphique, qui comprend plus de détails sur les avantages étendus:

Les petites entreprises auront à retarder le dépôt de leurs impôts d’État

Sununu a également annoncé un report de la date limite de dépôt des impôts sur les entreprises d’État, la repoussant au 15 juin, la même que la nouvelle échéance fiscale fédérale.

Le changement, selon Sununu, affecterait « environ 98% des petites entreprises du New Hampshire, car beaucoup continuent de s’adapter à ces malheureuses nouvelles réalités de la crise COVID-19.

– Jason Moon

Les élèves du New Hampshire ne passeront pas de tests standardisés cette année scolaire

Mise à jour: lundi 30 mars, 16 h 05

Students in New Hampshire will not take annual statewide assessments this spring because of coronavirus-related school closures. Governor Sununu announced today (Monday, March 30) that the state has a waiver from the federal government allowing it to postpone the tests.

The state’s Department of Education got pushback last week from administrators and teachers for being one of the last states to ask for this exemption.

Department of Education commissioner Frank Edelblut says he is still looking into ways to measure student performance. He says the state will help 11th graders who had planned to take the SAT this spring take it later on this year.

– Sarah Gibson

Municipal leaders ask Sununu to waive interest on property taxes

Update: Monday, March 30, 2:55 p.m.

Local leaders in Keene, Rochester, and Durham are asking Gov. Sununu to allow cities and towns to waive interest charges on property tax bills for up to three months.

Keene City Manager Elizabeth Dragon says without an executive order from Sununu, it’s unclear whether she has the authority to waive the normal charges for late property tax payments.

« Doing it city-wide I think could be problematic, » she said. « And instead of facing a potential legal challenge, it would make it a lot easier if the governor would grant us this authority. “

Dragon says granting an additional three months for property tax payments would not pose a serious threat to city finances in Keene. But she acknowledges that might not be the case in every community.

– Jason Moon

State won’t waive annual vehicle inspection requirement

Update: Monday, March 30, 1:45 p.m.

The state says it will not waive the annual vehicle inspection requirement for drivers. That’s despite the governor’s order that people should stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

A Department of Safety spokesperson says drivers are already able to request a two-day extension or a longer term one if they are out-of-state. Automobile mechanics are considered essential workers in New Hampshire, which means they can continue working during the stay-at-home order.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts is giving a 60-day extension to drivers who have inspections due in March or April.

– Todd Bookman

A balancing act for New Hampshire’s mental health providers

Update: Monday, March 30, 1:30 p.m.

Mental health providers in the state say they’re struggling to balance client needs with protecting people’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jay Couture is CEO of Seacoast Mental Health, and president of the state Community Behavioral Health Association. She says some services in her field *have* successfully transitioned to tele-health. But it doesn’t work for everything.

« If you are receiving a medication by injection, which we have probably 150 to 170 individuals for whom that’s the case, you need to have a direct interaction with a healthcare provider who can give you that injection, » she says.

Couture says her colleagues are still figuring out how to work in-person at group homes and injection clinics… without access to personal protective equipment.

– The Exchange

Number of N.H. healthcare workers with COVID-19 on the rise

Update: Monday, March 30, 12:05 p.m.

State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan says that confirmed cases of COVID-19 among New Hampshire’s health care workers have increased since last week, but he doesn’t have an exact number.

Appearing on today’s (March 30) edition of NHPR’s The Exchange, Chan said this increase is to be expected.

« One of the groups that we’re prioritizing testing for – where we’re asking facilities and providers to provide testing for – are our healthcare providers, » Chan said. « So we can expect that as testing increases, we can expect an increasing health care workers that do test positive. “

As of last Thursday (March 26), the total case count for New Hampshire’s health care workers was 33.

Chan says health care workers are coming into contact with the virus in a number of ways, including through travel and community-transmission, and that these numbers doesn’t mean they’re necessarily coming into contact with the virus in health care settings.

Click here to listen to the full interview on today’s episode The Exchange.

Toll collection process changes in New Hampshire

Update: Monday, March 30, 11:25 a.m.

In response to COVID-19, the state is changing the way it collects money at toll plazas.

Starting today, New Hampshire toll workers will only accept exact change in cash lanes. If a customer doesn’t have the exact toll fare, they can pay online or by phone within seven days.

The Department of Transportation says there’s been less traffic traveling through the tolls, and cash lanes no longer need to be staffed 24 hours a day. Toll attendants will only be present from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

– Mary McIntyre

Third death from COVID-19 in New Hampshire; 44 new cases bring state’s total to 258

Update: Sunday, March 29, 6:40 p.m.

A Rockingham County woman is the third person to die of coronavirus in New Hampshire. In a release issued Sunday, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said the woman was over 60 years old and had underlying health issues before contracting COVID-19.

In what is by far the largest jump in case numbers so far, state health officials also announced 44 new positive test results for COVID-19 in the state.

The new cases are all adults, 25 women and 19 men. Five of the new patients were hospitalized for the illness. According to health officials, 15 percent of the positive cases identified in New Hampshire have required hospitalization so far.

The regional breakdown of the new cases spans the state, with 14 in Rockingham County, five in Strafford County, four in Merrimack County, two in Carroll County, two in Grafton County, one each in Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, and 15 in Hillsborough County. Of the Hillsborough County cases, seven are in Nashua and seven are in Manchester.

– NHPR Staff

Note: We will continue to update this developing story.

Manchester mayor’s daughter tests positive for COVID-19

Update: Sunday, March 29, 6:20 p.m.

One of the daughters of Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig has tested positive for COVID-19.

In an email Sunday afternoon, Craig said her daughter learned last week that a friend from a recent study abroad program had tested positive. Craig said, given her interaction with the public, she and her daughter were tested for the illness. Craig said her test came back negative.

Craig said her entire household remains in self-quarantine and that none of her family members are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

A spokeswoman for Craig said the mayor has been working from home since the beginning of last week and will continue to do so, including delivering her budget address Monday from home and calling into this week’s aldermen meeting.

-NHPR staff

Hikers flock to popular N.H. spots

Update: Sunday, March 29, 4:15 p.m.

The first weekend of Gov. Chris Sununu’s stay-at-home order saw a surge of hikers heading to popular trails in New Hampshire.

Some officials and conservation groups say that crowded trails could become a problem. Click here for more on this story.

Relief funds set up at UNH and Dartmouth

Update: Sunday, March 29, 1:20 p.m.

Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire have each set up emergency relief funds for their students affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dartmouth says the fund will provide support to undergraduates of « limited financial means » who are dealing with unexpected pandemic-related expenses not covered by the college’s financial aid packages.

Dartmouth also says it hopes to raise half a million dollars for critical needs and says hundreds of students have sought financial help.

– Daniela Allee

27 more cases bring state’s total to 214

Update: Saturday, March 28, 9:00 p.m.

State health officials announced 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire Saturday evening. That brings the state’s total number of known cases to 214.

The new cases are 17 adult females, 9 adult males, and one male younger than 18.

The majority of the cases were in Rockingham (11 cases) and Hillsborough (10 cases) counties, including three cases each in Manchester and Nashua. The remainder were in Merrimack (3), Grafton (2), and Strafford (1) counties.

Three of the new cases were hospitalized for their illness. To date, 33 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 in New Hampshire, and two people have died.

-NHPR staff

Shaw’s workers test positive

Update: Saturday, March 28, 4:47 p.m.

Employees at Shaw’s grocery stores in Dover, Littleton, and Woodsville have tested positive for COVID-19. The company declined to say how many employees tested positive for the disease.

In an email, a Shaw’s spokesperson said additional cleaning and disinfecting has been done at those stores, in addition to regular daily cleaning and disinfecting.

Shaw’s says that employees must follow CDC guidelines for frequent hand washing and are asked to stay home if they’re not feeling well.

Two Massachusetts Shaw’s have also had employees test positive for coronavirus.

– Daniela Allee

Governor asks extended visitors to self-quarantine

Update: Saturday, March 28, 4:10 p.m.

Gov. Chris Sununu on Saturday issued a request for out-of-state visitors who arrive for non-work reasons and stay for an extended period to voluntarily self-quarantine. Governors around the country, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, have issued similar requests with the goal of limiting the spread of coronavirus.

The rest of Sununu’s statement Saturday:

« This applies to individuals who come to New Hampshire for an extended stay at a hotel, vacation home, other vacation or home rental, or an extended stay with family or friends. This does not apply to individuals making same-day trips to New Hampshire for work, to purchase essential goods or services, or to check in on a close family member or friend. “

– Dan Tuohy

N.H. courts limit access to buildings through May 4

Update: Saturday, March 28, 3:10 p.m.

The state’s courts are limiting access to buildings through May 4, the same date for the end of Governor Sununu’s stay-at-home order.

People will be allowed inside for a limited number of reasons, such as seeking emergency relief or participating in a scheduled hearing.

People who need to file documents can do so in areas at the entrance to each courthouse. Each person entering a courthouse will be screened by security for potential exposure to COVID-19.

-Daniela Allee

Hopkinton school employee tests positive for COVID-19

Update, Saturday, March 28, 12:01 p.m.

An employee at the Harold Martin School in Hopkinton has tested positive for COVID-19.

The school district says the staff member’s test does not coincide with any day students were at the school.

The individual was not involved in handing out school materials to families for remote learning.

The state Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that the school’s faculty and staff self-monitor, by checking their temperatures and remaining alert for coughing or difficulty breathing.

– Daniela Allee

Additional guidance for N.H. retailers, realtors

Update, Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m.

The state is offering additional guidance to retailers and real estate professionals amid New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order, which is now in effect.

Retailers’ facilities must be closed to the public, but retailers who are not otherwise deemed essential may choose to conduct business via curbside pick up or delivery for orders taken online, by phone, or by other remote means. On-site cash transactions are not permitted.

Under the updated order and directive from Gov. Chris Sununu, meetings for real estate transactions cannot occur at physical offices, but may take place with social distancing or remotely by phone, video, or other electronic means. Home showings may take place by appointment, and with social distancing. Real estate closings can continue, either by remote means or with the recommended social distancing.

Open houses are not permitted.

The list of essential businesses and employees is a living document, and it will continue to be updated, Sununu has noted.

– Dan Tuohy




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