COVID-19 in New Hampshire: Latest on cases, vaccine data
Officials detail number of COVID-19 cases
UPDATE TO THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. >> GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE. I WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE CASE COUNTS AND THEN TALK ABOUT VACCINES. WE ARE ANNOUNCING 552 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE HAVE 3763 ACTIVE CASES OF INFECTION. THE CURRENT CENSUS OF HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS IS 130. WE ARE AWARE OF THREE MORE PEOPLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO HAVE DIED DUE TO COMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19. NONE WERE ASSOCIATED WITH A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY. THESE NEW CASES AND DEATHS ARE A REMINDER THAT WE SHOULD ALL CONTINUE TO WHERE MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCE, AND GET VACCINATED. ON THE VACCINE UPDATE SIDE, WE HAVE ADMINISTERED 885,000 DOSES OF THE VACCINE. THIS INCLUDES 587,000 PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECEIVED THEIR FIRST DOSE. OF THOSE, 338,000 ARE CONSIDERED FULLY VACCINATED. THAT IS 25% OF OUR POPULATION. IN THE LAST WEEK WE HAVE ADMINISTERED OVER 100,000 DOSES OF THE VACCINE. IN TERMS OF VACCINE SUPPLY WE RECEIVED ABOUT 50,000 FIRST DOSES OF THE VACCINE. I DO WANT TO ADDRESS THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON AND GENENTECH BIONTECH VACCINE. THERE HAVE BEEN SIX CASES OF A RARE BUT SEVERE SYNDROME OF BLOOD CLOTS WITH LOW PLATELETS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AMONG THE 7 MILLION PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN — YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE J&J VACCINE. THIS DEMONSTRATES THAT OUR PROCESS IS WORKING AS IT SHOULD, AND THIS RARE EVENT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND IS BEING THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED. THE ORGANIZATION IS CURRENTLY REVIEWING THESE EVENTS. DURING THIS TIME OF REVIEW IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THIS USE BE PAUSED. SO IT CAN BE USED IF AND WHEN ITS USE IS RECOMMENDED. WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 10,000 DOSES OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE ON HOLD AND THE CDC HAS INDICATED THEY WILL NOT INDICATE — SHIP ANY ADDITIONAL DOSES TO OUR STATE UNTIL THE PAUSE IS LIFTED. AT THIS TIME THE DEPARTMENT IS COMMUNICATING WITH OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION AND CAN RECOGNIZE AND REPORT ANY OF THESE RARE REACTIONS TO THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE. FOR ANYONE AT HOME WHO IS CONCERNED AND HAS RECENTLY RECEIVED THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE, OUR RECOMMENDATION TO YOU IS THAT IF YOU DO DEVELOP ANY SEVERE HEADACHE, ABDOMINAL PAIN, LEG PAIN OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH YOU SHOULD SEEK MEDICAL EVALUATION. WE ARE NOT EXPECTING TO HAVE THIS RARE COMPLICATION OCCUR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BUT WE WANT YOU TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT. NOTE THAT HEADACHE IS A NORMAL AND EXPECTED SIDE EFFECT OF THE VACCINE. WE EXPECT PEOPLE TO HAVE A MILD TO MODERATE HEADACHE WITHIN THREE DAYS. THE PEOPLE EXPERIENCING THESE RARE BLOOD CLOTS DEVELOPED A VERY SEVERE HEADACHE. A PERSON’S CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THIS SPECIFIC REACTION IS ONE IN A MILLION. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH WE WANT YOU TO SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER. WE RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE GET VACCINATED AND WE HAVE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE PFIZER AND MODERNA VACCINES AVAILABLE TO US RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE 70% OF PEOPLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE 16 AND OLDER WHO HAVE MADE THE CHOICE TO GET VACCINATED. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SIGN UP AND TO GET VACCINATED. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. JUST A QUICK UPDATE. WE ARE ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF TWO OUTBREAKS TODAY. WE HAVE ONE NEW OUTBREAK TO ANNOUNCE. THE FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IN BERLIN IS NOW AN OPEN OUTBREAK. THEY HAVE 85 RESIDENT AND TWO STAFF CASES IN THEIR OUTBREAK. THAT BRINGS THE STAFF TOTAL TO THREE INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS, THE FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AND ROCKINGHAM COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS. >> A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT AND THEN WE WILL OPEN FOR QUESTIONS. ALL IN ALL WE HAVE HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL WEEK HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE KEEP GETTING SHOTS INTO ARMS. AS OF THIS AFTERNOON WE HAVE OVER 120,000 AVAILABLE APPOINTMENTS. IF YOU ARE REGISTERED IN THE SYSTEM BUT YOU HAVE NOT BOOKED OR HAVEN’T EVEN REGISTERED, IT LITERALLY JUST TAKES A COUPLE OF MINUTES. THERE ARE A LOT OF APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE BETWEEN NOW AND MEMORIAL DAY. ON APRIL 19, WE ARE OPENING IT UP TO EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY ARE FROM. IF YOU ARE A NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENT WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THAT FOLKS DO SO ON MONDAY. WE WENT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS THE FIRST SHOT TO GET A SHOT. STARTING ON MONDAY, SCHOOLS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL RETURN TO FULL-TIME IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION FIVE DAYS PER WEEK. IT’S VERY EXCITING SPEAKING IS APPARENT. WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE SACRIFICE. THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS DID A PHENOMENAL JOB. NOW WE ARE GETTING BACK TO THE CLASSROOMS FULL-TIME. WE KNOW THAT GETTING KIDS BACK IS SAFE. THE CDC AND PRESIDENT BIDEN HAVE ALL SAID TO DO SO. IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN. A MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS HAVE ALREADY BEEN BACK IN PERSON FULL-TIME. IN A FEW CASES, I THINK YOUR SIX OVERALL COME THE STATE HAS GRANTED WAIVERS TO DISTRICTS DUE TO THE TEMPORARY STAFFING LIMITATIONS OR TEMPORARY CIRCUMSTANCES THAT RISK THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. SIX OVERALL WAIVERS ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE. A PHENOMENAL JOB OF EVERYBODY MOVING FORWARD MAKING IT HAPPEN JUST KNOWING IT IS MUCH BETTER FOR THE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF THE STUDENTS. WE HAVE A COUPLE MORE SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENTS. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW THIS FRIDAY THE MASK MANDATE IS SET TO EXPIRE. WE HAVE BEEN CAREFUL FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC TO TAKE UP ITEMS INDIVIDUALLY AND TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS. WE NEVER SET ARBITRARY DATES UNSUPPORTED BY DATA AND SCIENCE. TOMORROW, NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL NOT RENEW THE STATE’S MASK MANDATE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HAND-IN-HAND WITH PUBLIC HEALTH TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING. THAT MESSAGE WILL NOT CHANGE. WHAT DOES CHANGE IS THE GOVERNMENT’S IMPOSED REQUIREMENT TO DO SO. THE KEY DATA POINTS THAT WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR, WE CAN TALK ABOUT THOSE SO THAT FOLKS UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. FIRST, THE RATE OF COVID RELATED FATALITIES. THIS IS THE SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE OF FATALITIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE SINCE NOVEMBER 1. THIS IS THE FULL WINTER SURGE THAT WAS SO TOUGH ACROSS THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. AT ONE TIME AVERAGING 12 FATALITIES PER DAY. YOU CAN SEE THIS IS WHEN WE BEGAN THE MASK MANDATE. WE DIDN’T HAVE VACCINES AT THE TIME. WE WERE COMING INTO A PREDICTED SURGE. IF YOU SEE ON THE OTHER SIDE ENDING THE MASK MANDATE ON APRIL 16, WE ARE DOWN — WE STILL AVERAGE ONE FATALITY PER DAY. ONE IS TOO MANY FOR ALL OF US BUT WITH OVER 9% DROP IN FATALITIES WITH VACCINES BEING READILY AVAILABLE, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE MOST VULNERABLE, THIS IS WHAT WE HAD PUT THE MASK MANDATE IN PLACE TO PROTECT FOR, AND IT WORKED. THESE NUMBERS COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE. WE WILL BE ENDING THE MASK MANDATE ON THE 15TH. THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE, I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE A CHART FOR THAT. THAT ONE IS IN DROPPING. WE DON’T HAVE THE CONCERNS THAT WE HAD BEFORE. THERE ARE PLENTY OF BEDS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM — THE WORST OF SHORTAGES THAT WE SAW IN NOVEMBER AND JANUARY. A CRITICAL TIME FOR HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE, BUT NOW A LOT OF THOSE FOLKS ARE BACK AND ARE WORKING IN THE HOSPITALS. THERE ISN’T REALLY ANY CONCERN THAT THE SYSTEM WILL BE OVERRUN AS WE GO FURTHER AND FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD WITH VACCINES. THERE IS A HUGE VARIABLE THAT DIDN’T EVEN EXIST IN NOVEMBER WE PUT THE MANDATES IN PLACE. THIS IS A REALLY GOOD CHART. THIS IS BACK DECEMBER 15 WHEN WE FIRST STARTED RECEIVING VACCINES IN THE STATE. THE FOLKS WITH LONG-TERM CARE AND OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, THOSE ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE. EACH STEP THAT WE TOOK 65 AND UP STARTED IN LATE JANUARY. THEN WE DID TEACHERS AND 16 AND UP. YOU CAN SEE THE RATE OF VACCINE DISTRIBUTION. FOLKS KNOW WE ARE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY, WE ARE AMONG THE TOP IN TERMS OF THE SPEED OF THE VACCINE AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED OVER THE PAST MONTH HAS BEEN A GAME CHANGER. THEY DESERVE SO MUCH CREDIT FOR ALLOWING THIS NEXT STEP TO TAKE PLACE. THE WHITE LINE THAT YOU SEE IS THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED. THE YELLOW LINE IS THOSE WHO HAVE GOT AT LEAST THE FIRST SHOT AND THOSE NUMBERS TOTALED NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE — ONE MILLION SHOTS ADMINISTERED WHICH IS A PHENOMENAL NUMBER. IT’S GOING SUPER FAST WHICH IS WONDERFUL AND WINANT FATALITY RATE IS SO LOW AND WHY WE CAN HAVE THAT FLEXIBILITY MOVING FORWARD. IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE MANDATE GOING AWAY WILL NOT PREVENT THE ABILITY OF A PRIVATE BUSINESS FROM REQUIRING MASKS AS WAS ALWAYS THE CASE BEFORE THE STATEWIDE MANDATE CAME INTO PLACE PRIOR TO THE FALL SURGE. THE STATE MANDATE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE IN PLACE FOR US TO KNOW THAT WEARING A STATE COVERING — IT IS JUST A GOOD IDEA. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CONTINUE TO DO SO. NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS HAVE SHOWN THAT THEY KNOW HOW TO KEEP THEMSELVES AND OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE WITHOUT A STATE MANDATE IN PLACE AS WE DID BEFORE THE SEARCH AND IT’S A GOOD REMINDER — REMINDER TO REMEMBER WHY WE DID THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE. LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS WERE AT GRAVE RISK. WE NEEDED TO INSULATE THOSE INDIVIDUALS BUT NOW THAT THE POPULATION HAS HAD MORE THAN AMPLE TIME TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE WE ARE THRILLED THAT BY A LARGE THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO DO SO AT SUCH A HIGH RATE WHICH GIVES EVERYONE A GOOD PAUSE AND A BREATH THAT WE ARE COMING OUT OF THIS QUICKLY. NEW HAMPSHIRE DOES REMAIN AMONG THE FASTEST IN THE COUNTRY. ALL GRANITE STATER’S WILL SOON HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE THEIR FIRST DOSE OF THE VACCINE. WE WILL BE EXTENDING THE SAFER AT-HOME GUIDANCE ONLY UNTIL MAY 7, AT WHICH TIME IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THOSE RESTRICTIONS FOR BUSINESS OPERATIONS WILL TRANSITION FROM REQUIRED MANDATES TO UNIVERSAL BEST PRACTICES. WE WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR REOPENING TASK FORCE TO SIMPLIFY ALL OF THOSE TECHNIQUES THAT WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED AND LEARNED OVER THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC INTO A SINGLE DOCUMENT THAT CAN BE USED AS AN OPTIONAL GUIDE FOR BUSINESSES TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DATA — AS OF MAY 7, OVER 95% OF NEW HAMPSHIRE CITIZENS WHO WANT TO VACCINE WILL HAVE RECEIVED THEIR FIRST SHOT. THAT IS HOW FAST THE PROCESS IS MOVING. THERE WILL BE A FEW THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO GO TO LATE MAY, BUT VIRTUALLY EVERYBODY WHO HAS WON TODAY VACCINE WILL BE WELL IN THE PROCESS OF RECEIVING IF NOT FULLY VACCINATED BY THAT TIME. IT IS AN AMAZING TESTAMENT TO THE CITIZENS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. NONE OF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE A FEW WEEKS AGO BUT EVERYONE IS DOING THEIR PART AND IT HAS BEEN A PHENOMENAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE STATE. THE PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER AND WE ARE NOT CLAIMING VICTORY BUT OUR SUCCESSES TO DATE HAVE CREATED OPPORTUNITIES, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS TO SHARE ALONGSIDE THE CHALLENGES THAT WE STILL FACE. WE HAVE STORIES AND PICTURES OF GRANDPARENTS SEEING GRANDKIDS FOR THE FIRST TIME. IN A YEAR, KIDS AND TEACHERS ARE BACK IN THE CLASSROOM. SO MANY INDIVIDUALS ARE RECEIVING IT ALONGSIDE HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS. THE NATIONAL GUARD, SO ANY THAT THEY ARE PUTTING IN, WE HAVE TRULY BEEN TOGETHER SINCE MARCH. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD IN A DATA-DRIVEN WAY AS WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE. NEW HAMPSHIRE IS DEFINITELY ON TRACK FOR A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER. GOOD NEWS REALLY HITTING US HERE . STILL A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR APPOINTMENT AS A NEW HAMPSHIRE CITIZEN. IT’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR SECOND HOME OR OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS ARE TEMPORARY WORKERS ARE OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS. WE ARE STILL ONE OF THE FIRST STATES IN THE COUNTRY TO DO THAT. WE ARE LEADING THE CHARGE. WITH THOSE SUCCESSES COME A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY WE WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. WITH THAT WE CAN OPEN IT FOR QUESTIONS. >> GOVERNOR, YESTERDAY I WAS SPEAKING WITH THE HEADS OF TWO HOSPITAL SYSTEMS WHO SAID THEY ARE EXTREMELY BUSY AND HOSPITALS ARE FULL. PART OF IT IS THE INCREASE BUT THERE WAS A LAG IN CARE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE LAST YEAR AND SOME OF THOSE CONDITIONS ARE CATCHING UP WITH THEM. GIVEN THAT THEY WERE SAYING THAT THEY WOULD LOVE TO SEE PEOPLE TO CONTINUE MASK WEARING. >> I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT. THE ONLY THING THAT’S CHANGING IS THAT THE STATE ISN’T COMING DOWN WITH A MANDATE SAYING THAT YOU MUST. I GET A DAILY UPDATE ON EVERY AVAILABLE BED. WE KNOW THOSE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN RISING. I CAN’T THINK OF ANY HOSPITAL THAT IS FULL. TO YOUR POINT A LOT OF FOLKS ARE COMING IN. FROM ALL OF THOSE TRADITIONAL SERVICES. THAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. FOLKS ARE BEING VACCINATED. THEY ARE FEELING MORE COMFORTABLE GOING OUT AND GETTING THOSE PROCEDURES AND THAT IS WHAT WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE. WE WANT FOLKS TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AND TO BE SMART. THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO IN THESE SITUATIONS. HAVING A STATE MANDATE SAYING THAT YOU MUST — THAT IS EIGHT HARSH THING IN A TEMPORARY THING THAT WAS A HARD DECISION. WE DID IT AS PART OF THE FALL SURGE. A LOT OF FOLKS COMING INTO THE HOSPITALS TEND TO BE YOUNGER AND TO HAVE LESS SEVERE SYMPTOMS. THE SEVERITY OF THOSE SYMPTOMS, THE LENGTH OF STAY IS BEING SHORTENED WHICH IS GOOD NEWS. MORE PEOPLE FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL GETTING THAT PREVENTATIVE CARE. THAT IS ALL REALLY GOOD STUFF. WEAR YOUR MASK AND MAINTAIN DISTANCING BUT GIVEN WHERE WE ARE WITH THOSE DATA POINTS, THOSE DATA POINTS ARE REAL, AND WE’RE ON A CONTINUALLY POSITIVE TRACK WITH ALL OF THAT. >> ARE WE WAITING TO SEE SOME OF THE DEATHS INCREASE FROM THIS SPRING SEARCH? HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD WE SEE IN THIS INCREASE? >> COULD FATALITIES BUMP UP AND DOWN? I SUPPOSE SO. ON ANY GIVEN DAY WE COULD HAVE FOUR OR FIVE ENDED IN ZERO AND THEN ONE. WE USUALLY HAVE 15 TO 20 DEATHS PENDING THAT ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION. WE ARE ALWAYS THERE, BUT THE LEVEL OF VACCINE THAT IS OUT THERE, THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU GET VACCINATED YOUR FULLY PROTECTED FROM A FATAL INCIDENT OF COVID AND YOU ADD ON TOP OF THAT THE INCREDIBLY HIGH RATE THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING VACCINATED. I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY — I WAS PREDICTING 55% OF OUR POPULATION GETTING VACCINATED AND I THINK I WILL BE SHORT. I THINK IT WILL BE MUCH HIGHER THAN THAT IN THE 70% RANGE OF INDIVIDUALS WANTING AND GETTING VACCINATED. THE VACCINATION RATE IS POSITIVE HERE. A LOT OF THE CASES YOU ARE SEEING ARE THE YOUNGER POPULATION, NOT THE 60-PLUS WHICH REPRESENTED 90% OF THE FATALITY RATES. MATHEMATICALLY, I THINK WE ARE NOT GOING TO SEE THE NUMBERS SPIKE UP TO WHAT WE WERE SEEING BEFORE. IT WILL BE A MANAGEABLE LEVEL, BACK TO THE PRE-FALL SURGE. >> DOES ANYBODY HAVE AN AGE RANGE ON THE HOSPITALIZATIONS? >> THE AGES ARE GOING DOWN. WE DON’T HAVE EXACT DATA. I TALKED TO A LOT OF THE FOLKS DIRECTLY. IT IS A LITTLE BIT ANECDOTAL BUT I CAN TELL YOU IT IS CONSISTENT. EVERYONE HAS SAID THAT THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE COVID PATIENT IS YOUNGER THAN BEFORE. WHICH MAKES SENSE BECAUSE THE LONGER TERM CARE HAVE HAD MONTHS TO BE VACCINATED. THEY CAME FIRST IN LINE AS THEY SHOULD HAVE AND THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS. >> THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE PROCESS SO THEY HAVE HAD SO MUCH TIME. WHAT WAS THE HARM IN KEEPING IT TWO MORE WEEKS? >> WE ARE ROLLING OUT OF OUR SAFER AT HOME RESTRICTIONS. WE TAKE STEPS WITH EVERYTHING WE DO. WE ONLY PUT THE MASK MANDATE INTO MANAGE THE FALL SURGE OF FATALITIES THAT WE SAW. THAT’S WHY WE ARE MOVING BEYOND THAT BECAUSE ALL OF THE DATA SAYS WE ARE WELL BEYOND THAT. YOU LOOK AT THOSE DATA POINTS. THE DATA SAYS WE ARE BACK TO WHERE WE WERE PRE-FALL SURGE. WE ARE ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT CASES. WE ARE GOING TO SEE HIGH CASES OF COVID IN THE STATE POTENTIALLY FOR YEARS. WE HAVE TO EXPECT AND ACCEPT THAT YOU WILL STILL HAVE A FEW HUNDRED THOUSAND THAT CHOOSE NOT TO GET VACCINATED. USUALLY YOU HAVE A PERCENTAGE THAT MIGHT STILL GET COVID BECAUSE IT IS NOT 100% BUT IT DOES PROTECT YOU FROM DYING OR HAVING THOSE SEVERE SYSTEMS THAT WOULD PUT YOU IN A HOSPITAL. COVID IS LIKELY GOING TO BE WITH US FOR SOME TIME. >> SAFER AT HOME GUIDANCE, IT ALL FLIPS? >> IN TERMS OF REQUIREMENTS, YES. BUSINESSES OR PRACTICES, THOSE ETERNAL REMINDERS THAT COVID IS WITH US. TO BE SAFE, TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE . TO USE MASKS WHEN APPROPRIATE. IT IS A MATTER OF THE STATE IMPOSING THESE RIGID RESTRICTIONS GOING FORWARD WHEN THAT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE THE CASE. GIVEN THE SUCCESS WE HAVE HAD MY MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY, WE ARE DATA DRIVEN IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO AND WE ARE AT A POINT WHERE THE DATA SAYS THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD. >> WHAT WE DIDN’T WANT TO DO WAS TO WAIT A FEW WEEKS AND THEN TO UNDO EVERYTHING AT ONCE. WE NEED TO MOVE IT THE SPEED OF THE COMMUNITIES A LITTLE BIT. THE OTHER BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS, I NEED TO KEEP IT IN PLACE FOR EMPLOYEES. THERE MIGHT BE EMPLOYEES WORKING RETAIL WRITER RESTAURANT OR HAVE NOT HAD THEIR FIRST SHOT YET. BY MAY 7, 97% OF THE STATE THAT ONCE I VACCINE WILL HAVE HAD THAT FIRST SHOT. IT’S NOT AN ARBITRARY DAY THAT WE HAVE PICKED. THE MATH JUST WORKS OUT. IT’S A POSITIVE MOVEMENT FOR EVERYBODY. >> YOU EXPRESSED SOME CONCERN ABOUT THE PAUSE IN J&J AND WHAT IT COULD DO TO PUBLIC CONFIDENCE. IT SHOULD COME UP WITH A REVISED — REVISED AND RESUMPTION OF CHANGE, AND IF THEY DON’T EVEN MORE PUBLIC HESITATION. >> I THINK THAT I EXPRESSED THE FRUSTRATIONS OF EVERY GOVERNOR, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE. DR. FAUCI WAS CLEAR. THIS WAS A ONE IN A MILLION EVENT. YOUR ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING THEN YOU ARE TO GET A BLOOD CLOT. FOR THOSE SIX INDIVIDUALS IT IS SEVERE BUT TO STOP AN ENTIRE VACCINE, THE MOST POPULAR VACCINE FOR THE BIGGEST PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THIS COUNTRY HAS FACED IS AN EXTREME STEP. MY QUESTION TO DR. FAUCI IS WHAT ELSE IS THERE? YOU MUST BE SEEING OTHER DATA OTHER THAN A ONE AND A MILLION EVENT TO PAUSE THE ENTIRE THING. THE CDC AND THE FDA HAVE TO DO THEIR JOB, BUT THEY COULDN’T EVEN EXPLAIN WHAT ELSE THEY WERE GOING TO LOOK FOR. THEY HAVE TO DO THEIR JOB. I JUST THINK IT WAS A BIT THROWN UPON US. I FOUND OUT BECAUSE I READ THE AP STORY. THE WHITE HOUSE DIDN’T CALL US, WE READ THE NEWS THAT MORNING. THE COMMUNICATION OUT OF WASHINGTON HAS BEEN TERRIBLE LATELY. THAT WAS MORE THE FRUSTRATION. WE HAVE TO INSTILL CONFIDENCE BACK. IF THEY CAN SHOW THAT IT IS SAFE, I HOPE THAT IT IS TODAY. IT IS SUCH A POWERFUL TOOL IN GETTING THROUGH THIS PROCESS. THAT BEING SAID THEY HAVE TO DO THEIR JOB. IT IS MY JOB TO REASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT IT IS SAFE. IF YOU HEARD MY COMMENTS, I SAID THE CHALLENGE IN RE-INSTILLING CONFIDENCE IN SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN PULLED IS SO MUCH HARDER THAN DOING THE PAUSE ARE GETTING IT GOING. I PUT A LOT OF DOUBT INTO FOLKS MINDS. WHEN THE GOVERNMENT PULL SOMETHING OFF THE SHELF ABRUPTLY, EVERYONE GOES IT MUST BE SERIOUS. OUR QUESTION WAS, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU SEEING THAT DEEMS IT TO BE SERIOUS? WE HOPE THAT THE CDC AND THE FDA DOES THEIR WORK AND THAT IT COMES BACK ON AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN BE BACK RE-INSTILLING CONFIDENCE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE EQUITY POPULATION, A POPULATION THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN PROACTIVE TO WANT US TO REACH OUT TO, AND WE AGREE, THE HOMEBOUND INDIVIDUALS, THE HOMELESS POPULATION, OTHER FOLKS AS PART OF THAT. THAT ONE SHOT AND DONE IS POWERFUL BECAUSE YOU ARE REALLY ONE AND DONE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO COME BACK, YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIND THOSE INDIVIDUALS AGAIN. THERE IS A REASON IT HAS PREVENTED THEM BEING PART OF A MORE ROBUST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON SHOT IS SUCH A POWERFUL TOOL. THAT POPULATION WILL FACE THE BRUNT OF PULLING BACK. ANYBODY OR THE VAST MAJORITY OF FOLKS WHO WERE SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE A JOHNSON & JOHNSON SHOT THROUGH THE PHARMACY SYSTEM OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO, WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN. THEY’VE BEEN DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO GET THEM THAT MODERNA OR THE PFIZER. THEY MIGHT NOT GET EVERYBODY BUT THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO GET AS MANY FOLKS AS POSSIBLE RESCHEDULED INTO A DIFFERENT PRESENTATION OF THE VACCINE. KAMIL YOU HAD THE VACCINE THIS WEEKEND. ANY SYMPTOMS? >> NO. THERE WERE FOLKS WHO WERE A LITTLE BIT ACHY OR WHO DID NOT FEEL GREAT AND I THINK THAT HAS BECOME NORMAL FOR ALL THREE PRESENTATIONS OF THE VACCINE BUT I WAS VERY FORTUNATE. KAMIL YOU MIGHT HAVE SAID THIS, BUT THE MASK MANDATE IN ADDITION TO — HOW DO THE RESTRICTIONS AFFECT BUSINESSES LIKE RESTAURANTS TO HAVE DISTANCING IN-PLACE PLACE AND PLASTIC SHEETS IN PLACE. DOES THAT EXPIRE? >> ALL OF THOSE ARE PART OF OUR REOPEN GUIDANCE THAT WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL MAY 7. THE RESTRICTIONS THAT WE HAVE IN A RETAIL STORE OR A LARGER VENUE, ALL OF THAT STAYS IN PLACE UNTIL MAY 7. THEN WE WILL WORK ALL OF THOSE RESTRICTIONS INTO A COMPREHENSIVE BEST PRACTICES. THE REASON THAT WE ARE TELEGRAPHING THAT A LITTLE BIT IS THAT WE KNOW THAT BUSINESSES NEED A LITTLE BIT OF TIME. WE DON’T JUST WENT TO SAY BY THE WAY ALL YOUR RESTRICTIONS ARE DONE. IT GIVES US TIME TO GET A LARGER PERCENTAGE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES VACCINATED. A LOT OF BUSINESSES SHOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE ABOUT HAVING A MASK MANDATE IN THEIR STORES OR FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. THAT IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS CHOICE. >> SO THE BEST PRACTICES, THAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD RESTATE IN A DOCUMENT OR SOMETHING AFTER MAY 7? , THOSE ARE SUGGESTIONS BUT IF A BUSINESS DOESN’T WANT TO? >> THAT IS THEIR CHOICE. ALL OF THE DIFFERENT GUIDELINE DOCUMENTS CURRENTLY ON OUR WEBSITE WILL FALL INTO A SINGLE HOPEFULLY EASY TO READ THESIS. SOMETHING THAT IS EASY AND WORKABLE FOR THOSE BUSINESSES. SONY FOLKS IN OUR POPULATION WILL HAVE BEEN VACCINATED. THOSE THAT HAVEN’T ARE CHOOSING NOT TO. >> HAD ANOTHER TOPIC RELATED TO COVID. THIS WEEK THERE WERE TWO HIGH PROFILE SWEEPS OF HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS IN PRIVATE PROPERTY AND A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WERE MOVED WHICH MEANS THAT THEY WILL SET UP CAMP SOMEPLACE ELSE. A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE WHO CANNOT GO TO A SHELTER OR WHO DID NOT WANT TO GO TO A SHELTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH OR OTHER ISSUES, BUT EVEN IF THEY WANTED TO THE SHELTER SYSTEM HAS BEEN OVERCAPACITY FOR THE LAST YEAR. KNOW THAT YOUR HOUSING STABILITY COUNCIL IS DUE TO RELEASE A STATEWIDE PLAN. ARE YOU ON TRACK FOR THAT JUNE 1 PRESENTATION? >> I BELIEVE SO. I HAVEN’T HEARD ANY DIFFERENTLY. >> CAN YOU SPEAK TO SOME OF THE SHORT-TERM RECOMMENDATIONS OR ACTION I BELIEVE THAT WAS ONE OF THEIR SHORT-TERM ASKS TO PUT THINGS IN PLACE. CAN YOU SPEAK TO ANYTHING YOU ARE AWARE OF THAT HAS COME OUT OF THAT COUNSEL SINCE DECEMBER? >> THEY GIVE A LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN MANCHESTER AND SOME OF THE OTHER COMMUNITIES, EVERYTHING FROM TRYING TO EXPAND CAPACITY WITHIN THOSE SPECIFIC VENUES. I THINK THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY ON HOMELESSNESS COMES WITH ALL OF THIS FEDERAL MONEY WE WILL RECEIVE. UNFORTUNATELY THAT 200 MILLION DOLLARS WE HAVE PARENTAL ASSISTANCE, NOT A SINGLE DOLLAR IS ALLOWED TO BE USED TO CREATE BRICK-AND-MORTAR AND MORE HOMELESS SHELTERS AND BEDS. I’VE TALKED TO GOVERNORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY, AND I AM HOPING THAT THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS LISTENING. THEY DON’T SEEM TO WANT TO GIVE A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY, BUT THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY. WE WON’T USE THAT 200 MILLION DOLLARS IN RENTAL ASSISTANCE. NOT ENOUGH FOLKS WILL LIKELY COME FORWARD TO ASK FOR THAT, SO WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO REUSE IT FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES. WE MADE A LOT OF INVESTMENTS AT THE STATE LEVEL. I WOULD HOPE THAT THEY GO ABOUT IT THE RIGHT WAY. MAKING SURE THAT THERE GIVING FOLKS ENOUGH TIME, NOT JUST MAKING OFFERS FOR A PLACE TO GO, BUT FOR THE RIGHT SERVICES. WE DID THAT WHEN THE CITY HAD AN ISSUE WITH FOLKS FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS AND WE WORKED WITH THEM FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS UNTIL WE GOT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM PLACED INTO FACILITIES OR LOCATIONS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY HAVE TO DO IT IN THE RIGHT WAY AND WE HAVE A LOT OF MONEY COMING IN TO DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES. WE JUST NEED SOME FLEXIBILITY TO CAPITALIZE ON IT. >> WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT RESTRICTIONS IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WAS DISCUSSED — TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO PUT IN FOR A WAIVER TO LIFT RESTRICTIONS? >> YES. WE HAVE ALMOST NO GUIDANCE IN TERMS OF HOW TO SPEND IT. A LOT OF THE MONEY WAS DONE IN DECEMBER AND IT IS OUT AND IT IS AVAILABLE TODAY. FOLKS CAN GO TO THE CAP AGENCY FOR HOUSING FINANCE BUT TODAY THOSE DOLLARS ARE RESTRICTED ONLY FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE. THOSE DOLLARS CANNOT BE USED TO CREATE MORE SHELTERS OR BEDS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. IT’S THE GUIDANCE AND FLEXIBILITY OUT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT ALLOWS STATES TO — TO DESIGN THINGS AS THEY NEED NOT AS WASHINGTON SEEDS FIT. WHEN OUR NEEDS ARE MIGHT BE DIFFERENT AND WE CONSTANTLY MAKE THAT PITCH TO THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION. >> IS THAT SEPARATE FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN? >> THE $200 MILLION WAS PASSED AS PART OF THE DECEMBER PACKAGE WITH THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION . THE RULES ON HOW THOSE DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT ARE DECIDED BY THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. WHETHER YOU ARE TALKING AT THE MONEY PAST AND AUTHORIZED LAST DECEMBER, WE HAVE VERY LITTLE GUIDANCE AND FLEXIBILITY ON ANY OF THOSE DOLLARS NOW. THEY PROMISED US THE FINAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. WE ARE IN A WAIT AND SEE MODE. >> WOULD YOU BE PREPARED TO PUT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN MONEY TOWARD SOLVING THIS PROBLEM, RATHER THAN STOPGAP MEASURES? >> OF COURSE. STOPGAP MEASURES DON’T GET ANYBODY ANYWHERE BUT WHEN THE ONE POINT $9 TRILLION PUT FORWARD, YOU HAVE OVER $1 BILLION COMING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND HAVE ANOTHER FOR $50 MILLION JUST GOING TO THE CITIES IN THE TOWNS AND THE COUNTIES. MANCHESTER IS ON TRACK TO RECEIVE $40 MILLION. MANCHESTER CONCORD OR NASHUA, THEY WILL HAVE IMMENSE RESOURCES TO PUT TO THIS. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE HOMELESSNESS ISSUE, WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO IT BUT IT IS A LOCALIZED PROBLEM. WE WANT TO WORK WITH THE LOCALS TO FIND OUT WHAT THE PROVIDERS CAN DO, WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE AND WHERE THE GAPS ARE. >> SPEAKING WITH SOME OF THE MAYORS WHO HAVE BEEN SERVING ON THE COUNCIL, THE CONCERN IS THAT THERE ISN’T A STATEWIDE DATABASE OF RESOURCES OR SHELTERS OR HOUSING CAP — MONEY HOW IT IS ALLOCATED AND SPENT. TO SAY IT’S A LOCAL ISSUE IS PART OF THE PUZZLE OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO PLAN FOR TO SAY THAT THERE IS A STATEWIDE PLAN. >> WE DO HAVE A STATEWIDE PLAN. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE UPDATED IT IN FIVE OR 10 YEARS. LET’S UPDATED FROM A STATE PERSPECTIVE WHERE THE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE GAPS IN THE SYSTEM ARE. EVERYBODY HAS A RESPONSIBILITY IN THAT. WE CAN HEAR A LOT FROM CITIES AND MANCHESTER IS ONE WHO SAYS WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, TELL THE STATE TO DO IT. THAT’S NOT A SOLUTION. WE ALL HAVE TO BE A PARTNER IN THAT. >> ONE MORE BUT THEN WE HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS HERE. >> YOU MENTIONED DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY. YOU HAD A COUPLE PULL AWAY FROM THE COURTHOUSE IN VANS WITH 20 PEOPLE. AND I FIND THAT THERE WERE NONE OF THEM WHO REMAIN — >> THAT WAS THEIR CHOICE. WE DON’T HOLD PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL. THEY WENT TO A SHELTER WITH OPPORTUNITIES. WE HAD GREAT PROVIDERS COME OUT AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES BUT WE DON’T LOCK PEOPLE IN THE SHELTER. >> THE ISSUE RIGHT THERE IS THAT IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE EXPENSE TO TAKE SOMEBODY OUT OF THE WOODS AND PUT THEM INTO TREATMENT. >> LET’S BE CLEAR. WE DIDN’T TAKE ANYONE ANYWHERE, WE SAID IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME BUT WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE SHELTER AND PROGRAMS AND IF THEY CHOSE TO COME THEY COULD COME. WE DON’T FORCE ANYONE TO DO ANYTHING. IT IS ABSOLUTELY THEIR CHOICE AND A LOT OF THEM CHOSE TO COME. SOME OF THEM ULTIMATELY CHOSE NOT TO STAY, AND THAT IS THEIR CHOICE. >> WHAT ABOUT THE LACK OF AVAILABLE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICES THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE STABILIZE. >> IN NO CIRCUMSTANCE WAS ANYBODY DENIED A SERVICE. NOTE HE WAS DENIED A MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE OR OPPORTUNITY. WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE POPULATION THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT , THOSE HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE OFFERED A PLACE TO GO AND CHOSE TO GO THERE, IT WASN’T JUST A ROOM SITTING THERE. AND ALL OF THOSE CASES THERE WERE ADDITIONAL SERVICES PROVIDED. >> GOVERNOR WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE. THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM HOLLY RAYMER. >> I HAVE TWO COVID QUESTIONS AND EVERY RELATED QUESTION BUT THEY WILL BE BRIEF. I UNDERSTAND THAT PRIVATE BUSINESSES CAN STILL REQUIRE MASKS, BUT CAN YOU CLARIFY IF THAT WOULD APPLY TO SCHOOLS AND INDIVIDUAL APARTMENTS? >> YES. THEY WOULD ALL BE GIVEN THAT FLEXIBILITY. SCHOOLS HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE FLEX ABILITY OF MASKS AND HOWEVER THEY WANT TO MANAGE. >> MY SECOND QUESTION, HE SAID BY MAY 7 95% OF THOSE WHO WANT THE FIRST SHOT WILL HAVE IT BY THEN. IF THAT SET THE SAME AS THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE — HOW DO YOU MEASURE IT? >> WE LOOK AT HOW ANY PEOPLE HAVE — HOW MANY ARE IN THE SYSTEM, HOW MANY ARE SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE A SHOT BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 7 AND HOW MANY ARE SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE A SHOT AFTER MAY 7. THE RATIO OF THOSE WHO WILL HAVE THE SHOT TO THE 15,000 FOLKS WHO ARE STILL SCHEDULED FOR THE FIRST SHOT POST MAY 7. BY THAT TIME YOU WILL HAVE HAD 650,000 THAT HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THEIR FIRST SHOT. OUR SYSTEMS ARE GOOD. WE CAN SEE HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS HAVE A SHOT, ARE SCHEDULED FOR A SHOT. EVERYBODY ELSE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE UP, SO THAT IS THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE SYSTEM. >> DO YOU HAVE A SENSE WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION IS SAYING I DON’T WANT TO SHOT? >> WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE SCHEDULED THEMSELVES FOR A SHOT TO DATE IT IS SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF 700,000 INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE RECEIVED THE FIRST SHOT OR WILL RECEIVE THE FIRST SHOT BETWEEN NOW AND MEMORIAL DAY. WE HAVE 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE TOTAL BUT YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE KIDS OUT OF THE EQUATION BECAUSE THE UNDER 16’S CANNOT RECEIVE A SHOT. WE WILL HAVE SOME FOLKS COME INTO THE SYSTEM AFTER THE FACT. WE HOPE THAT 70% AT THE END OF THE DAY WILL HAVE THE VACCINE OR MORE. IT’S OVER 700,000 THAT WE CAN IDENTIFY TO DATE AND THAT NUMBER WILL ONLY GROW AS WE GO FORWARD. >> MIGHT RELATED QUESTION — WE HAVE A LAW THAT SAYS IF YOU HIT A DOG WITH YOUR CAR YOU HAVE TO NOTIFY THE OWNER OR THE POLICE AND THE BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE RECENTLY WOULD EXPAND THAT REPORTING REQUIREMENT. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WOULD SIGN THAT BILL IF IT GETS TO YOUR DESK. >> YOU BET I WILL. CATS AND DOGS. YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER. I THINK IT IS A PARITY BILL. UNLESS THEY WERE TO CHANGE SOMETHING IN THE BILL, I HAVE FULL INTENTION OF SIGNING IT. >> THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM PAULA TRACY. GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE 13 CITIES AND TOWNS IN THE STATES THAT HAVE MASK MANDATES. WILL THEY CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THOSE MANDATES? AND A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION, YOU USED THE ANALOGY OF A MARATHON OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, CAN YOU TELL US WHAT MILE MARKER WE ARE AT? >> SHARE. THE FIRST QUESTION CITIES AND TOWNS, AS THEY HAVE BEEN SINCE MARCH AND INSTILL THEIR OWN MASK MANDATES. THEY HAVE EVERY ABILITY TO DO THAT. SCHOOLS AND EVERYBODY HAS THE FLEXIBILITY, EXTRA NOT A STATEWIDE REQUIREMENT. THE SECOND QUESTION? >> MILE MARKER. >> WHAT MILE MARKER ARE WE AT? PROBABLY ON, AS SOMEWHERE. IT’S STILL A CHALLENGE, STILL A STRUGGLE, BUT THE FINISH LINE IS INSIGHT. THE CROWD IS GETTING LOUDER. THE CHEERS AS YOU GET TO DOWNTOWN BOSTON. SOMEWHERE AROUND COMM AVE. >> THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM AMANDA GOPI. PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. THANK YOU I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. WHAT PART OF THE ECONOMY DO YOU SEE AS BEING RESTRICTED? >> AFTER MAY 7, VIRTUALLY NONE FROM ESTATE PERSPECTIVE. WE’RE GOING TO A BEST PRACTICES GUIDELINE. I THINK WE WILL BE A FEW WEEKS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE BECAUSE THE VACCINE IS COMING OUT SO FAST. >> THE SECOND QUESTION IS THE STATES PLAN IS TO PROVIDE 10% OF VACCINES. VACCINATION RATES ARE LAGGING BEHIND. HUMAN DR. DALY CAN ADD HER TWO CENTS. THAT POPULATION THAT YOU DISCUSSED IS THE POPULATION THAT DOESN’T HAVE THE BEST ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE MAKING THOSE EXTRA EFFORTS TO BE IN THAT COMMUNITY, TO TALK ABOUT THE VACCINE AND THE SAFETY OF THE VACCINE. IN A LOT OF PARTS OF THAT EQUITY POPULATION IT IS ONE-ON-ONE. I THINK THE COMMISSIONER HAS BEEN HERE A FEW TIMES TALKING ABOUT THE TIME THAT IT TAKES TO SOMETIMES GO TO EACH PERSON’S HOUSE. OR THE TIME THAT IT TAKES TO WORK WITH THE HOMELESS POPULATION, TO EDUCATE THEM AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME IN AND TO COME IN AND TO BE PART OF THOSE PROGRAMS. WE’VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT THAT AREA OF THE ELATION BEING A STRONG POINT OF EMPHASIS. WE ALLOCATED 10% TO PLAY IT SAFE. WE HAVE A BIT OF A BACKLOG. WE NEVER WANT TO BE SHORT OF THAT. IT’S A LITTLE UNFORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE TO HOLD BACK ON THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE. YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THOSE POPULATIONS. WE ARE HAPPY TO DO SO BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE SAME ACCESS AS EVERYBODY ELSE. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. I WILL ADD A COUPLE OF DATA POINTS SINCE YOU ASKED WHERE THE VACCINE IS GOING. TO DATE THERE HAVE BEEN 136 CLINICS THAT WE WOULD CLASSIFY UNDER THE EQUITY ALLOCATION THAT HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT ALL OVER THE STATE. SOME AREAS HAVE MORE VULNERABLE CENSUS TRACTS THAN OTHERS WHICH IS HOW WE ARE IDENTIFYING SOME OF THE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, BUT ALL COUNTIES HAVE HAD SOME OF THESE CLINICS HELD AND WE HAVE VACCINATED SOME 23,000 PEOPLE, AND IN PARTICULAR WE HAVE VACCINATED PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, LOW INCOME, SENIOR HOUSING AND RESIDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. WE ARE RELEASING THIS DATA WEEKLY ON THE WEBSITE AS PART OF THE DAILY UPDATES THAT WE DO. THE LAST REPORT DOES SHOW IMPROVEMENT IN TERMS OF CLOSING THE GAP, HOWEVER THE GAP IS STILL THERE. PEOPLE WHO ARE NONWHITE, THERE VACCINATION COVERAGES HALF OF THAT WHO ARE WHITE. WHILE WE ARE MAKING SOME PROGRESS THERE IS MORE ROOM THERE. THE LAST POINT I WANTED TO MAKE ABOUT RACE AND ETHNICITY DATA IS THAT OUR POPULATION IS MORE DIVERSE THE YOUNGER THAT YOU GET AND WE ARE JUST NOW OPENING UP VACCINATION FOR ALL OF THE AGE GROUP SO I EXPECT THAT THE GAP WILL LESSEN IN THE COMING WEEKS. >> I KNOW THAT WE TALKED ABOUT SHOWING THE RACE AND ETHNICITY DATA BY AGE DEMOGRAPHIC STOP I DON’T KNOW IF WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT. SOME OF THAT IS A GREAT POINT THAT DR. DALY BRINGS UP, MORE OF THAT POPULATION DOES TEND TO BE YOUNGER. WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO THE STATE AS A WHOLE EVEN THOUGH MORE OF THE VACCINE HAS BEEN GIVEN UP THE OLDER POPULATIONS. A LOT OF IT IS EDUCATION WITH THE AMOUNT OF DOLLARS WE HAVE PUT IN AND THE TEAMWORK THAT HAS GONE INTO TALKING TO FOLKS ONE-ON-ONE AND ALL THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS. SOME OF THESE INEQUITIES EXIST AND THEY HAVE DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB. ALL STATES ARE DOING IS BEST THEY CAN WITH THESE CHALLENGES OF MAKING SURE THAT THE OPPORTUNITY EXISTS IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE COMMUNITY. WHEN NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM ALLIE PHAM. GO AHEAD. >> THANK YOU. I HAVE TWO QUESTIO — VACCINATING INMATES, DO YOU RECOMMEND THOSE FACILITIES ARE THE MODERNA AND PFIZER INSTEAD AND WHERE YOU ABLE TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO THEM? IN THE STATES PSA CAMPAIGN INCLUDES BILLBOARDS AND FOCUSES ON DIGITAL OUTREACH THROUGH MEDIA. I’M WONDERING IF THAT INCLUDES ANY TARGETED OUTREACH TO SHARE VACCINE INFORMATION WITH PEOPLE IN THOSE MOBILE COMMUNITIES THAT YOU WERE JUST MENTIONING WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE ACCESS AND ESPECIALLY WITH THESE HESITANCY CONCERNS WITH JOHNSON & JOHNSON. I WILL ANSWER THE SECOND QUESTION. BUT PSA CAMPAIGN WE HAVE BEEN PUTTING OUT HAS BEEN ROBUST. IT’S BILLBOARDS, WRITTEN MATERIAL, PAMPHLETS. THEY HAVE CREATED SOMETHING THAT COVERS THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF OPPORTUNITY IN TERMS OF GETTING THE INFORMATION OUT AND ENCOURAGING FOLKS TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS, TO DO MORE RESEARCH OR TO HOPEFULLY COME IN AND TO SIGN UP FOR THE VACCINE. OUR MOBILE SITES — WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE AS AVAILABLE AS WE CAN. WE WILL ASK THE COMMISSIONER TO TALK ABOUT IT. >> WE HAD FIVE JAILS THAT WERE SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE JOHNSON & JOHNSON THIS WEEK. ONE OF THE JAILS DECIDED TO ORDER MODERNA INSTEAD SO WE DID FACILITATE THEM GETTING THE MODERNA VACCINE. WE WILL EVALUATE WITH THEM NEXT WEEK TO SEE HOW LONG THAT PAUSE IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND WHETHER THEY WILL SWITCH TO A MODERNA OR PFIZER MAKEUP. >> GOVERNOR HOW MUCH LONGER IS THE STATE OF EMERGENCY GOING TO PERSIST? >> WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE STATE OF EMERGENCY WILL LIKELY EXIST UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY FEDERAL STIPULATIONS THAT ARE ATTACHED TO THAT AND TERMS OF US ACCEPTING AND EXPENDING’S DOLLARS. ALL OF THE DIFFERENT ORDERS THAT ARE ATTACHED THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, WHETHER THEY BE FLEXIBILITIES IN RECIPROCITY AND LICENSING. ULTIMATELY A LOT OF THAT WILL GO AWAY AS WELL. THERE WILL BE A FEW OF THE ORDERS THAT WILL EXIST. THE WHOLE POINT IS TO PAIR ALL OF THAT BACK AND TO HAVE THE LEGISLATURE TAKE IT UP OR REMOVING THE RESTRICTIONS AND THE FLEXIBILITIES THAT WE CAN HAVE AS WE HEAD TO THE SUMMER AND EVERYBODY WHO WANTS TO BE VACCINATED GETS VACCINATED. >> AND HAVE YOU CONSIDERED ALLOWING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO MANDATE THE VACCINE? >> THEIR PRIVATE AND THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT. WE WILL KEEP TALKING TO THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. WE ARE TRYING NOT TO GET TO THE POINT OF VACCINE PASSPORTS, AT LEAST IN A PUBLIC SETTING WE ARE SAYING IF YOU ARE VACCINATED YOU CAN DO THIS AND IF YOU ARE NOT, YOU CAN’T AND NOW WE ARE CONSTRUCTIVELY IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUALS WHO CHOSE NOT TO GET A VACCINE. WE ARE CREATING A SITUATION OF HAVE AND HAVE NOT STOP ULTIMATELY THE GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO WANT TO PROTECT THEM SELVES HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO SO. IN SOME SITUATIONS, YOU COULD SEE HALF THE STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM AND HALF HAVE TO GO REMOTE BECAUSE THEY ARE VACCINATED. THAT IS NOT A GOOD SITUATION. IT’S NOT VERY EFFICIENT. WE ARE TRYING TO DISCOURAGE THAT AND TO WORK WITH THE SYSTEM SO THAT THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE. I KNOW IT IS APRIL 16 TODAY. BY SEPTEMBER 16 WE WILL BE WELL THROUGH THE VACCINATION PROCESS. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TEENAGERS, BUT THAT WOULD NOT ACCOUNT FOR THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POPULATION. TO PUT YOURSELF INTO THAT MINDSET, TO START CREATING CONTROLS AND SYSTEMS TO CONTROL WHERE KIDS GO AND HOW, TODAY, THAT WOULD BE IN PLACE DOWN THE ROAD, THAT’S A CHALLENGE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH FOLKS ON THE PUBLIC SIDE. FOR THE PRIVATE SIDE, THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT. >> WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE MANDATES EXPIRE FOR MUMPS AND RUBELLA AND OTHERS. >> THOSE ARE NOT IN THE EXPERIMENTAL PHASE. LET’S LOOK AT THE K-12 SYSTEM. THE LEGISLATURE PUTS THEM INTO A VACCINE REGISTRY OR A VACCINE SYSTEM WHERE KIDS ARE REQUIRED TO GET VACCINES TO ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND IT SHOULD STAY IN PLACE. WE ARE TALKING NOW ABOUT AN EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE. MAYBE THERE’S ANOTHER DISCUSSION TO BE HAD. TO SAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO MANDATE A VACCINE THAT IS STILL IN AN EXPERIMENTAL PHASE — I THINK THAT IS A CHALLENGE FOR INDIVIDUALS. >> WE HEARD ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING AN ACCIDENTALLY WRONG SECOND DOSE. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU ARE LOOKING INTO? DO I WILL GIVE A QUICK ANSWER AND IF DR. DALY WOULD LIKE TO ANSWER THAT. THERE HAD BEEN A COUPLE CASES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY HAVE GOT PFIZER OR MODERNA AND THEN — OR MODERNA AND PFIZER. THE STATE HAS DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT IS OK, FROM A SAFETY PERSPECTIVE IT IS NOT IDEAL OR RECOMMENDED AND WE ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY AVOID THAT FROM HAPPENING AND I THINK WE HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB BUT FROM A SAFETY PERSPECTIVE THE CDC AND FDA HAVE BEEN CLEARLY DON’T BELIEVE IT IMPOSES ADDITIONAL RISK IN THOSE FOLKS ARE CONSIDERED FULLY VACCINATED. >> QUESTION ABOUT THE VARIANCE OF COVID-19 IF THERE ARE PROJECTIONS IN WHICH OF THE PUBLIC KNOW ABOUT THE VARIANCE AND IF WE ARE CONCERNED ON SOME LEVEL ABOUT THAT? >> WE ARE WATCHING IT CLOSELY AS MUCH AS WE CAN. NOT EVERYONE WHO GETS A TEST FOR COVID IS TESTED FOR A VARIANT, BUT THEY DO TESTING THROUGHOUT A SPECTRUM OF THE POSITIVE CASES THAT COME IN TO SEE WHICH ONES HAVE IT. CERTAIN VARIANTS ARE MORE COMMON. THERE ARE SOME VARIANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA OR SOUTH AMERICA THAT HAVE PRESENTED IN THE AREA, OR EVEN IN VERY RARE CASES HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THOSE. IF THE CDC COMES UP WITH ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS — RIGHT NOW THEY APPEAR TO BE MORE CONTAGIOUS, BUT NOT NECESSARILY MORE RESISTANT TO THE VACCINE. I THINK IT IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN VARIANT THAT IS MORE RESISTANT, BUT WE WILL KEEP MONITORING IT ON A NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL AS WELL. >> WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS A YEAR. WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE TREPIDATIONS? >> IF YOU HAVE TREPIDATIONS ABOUT THINGS LIKE STEPPING BACK FROM THE MASK REQUIREMENTS AND THE RESTRICTIONS, I ASSUME THOSE FOLKS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED AND THEY PROTECTED THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONES. WE KNOW FOLKS HAVE GOTTEN USE TO THESE TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS. LET’S REMIND OURSELVES THAT THIS ISN’T THE NORM. GETTING THROUGH THE VACCINE PROCESS GETS US BACK TO NORMAL. IT’S VERY NATURAL TO SAY WE ARE UNDOING THE MASK ORDER — WE ARE STILL ENCOURAGING FOLKS TO WEAR MASKS TO BE SMART IN THE SETTINGS THAT THEY ARE IN. PUBLIC HEALTH HAS THAT CHARGE AND WE ARE BEHIND THEM 110%. IT’S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT THE STATE IS FORCING OR REQUIRING, SENDING THE COVID POLICE — THAT IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME. WE HAD TO MAKE THOSE EXTREME DECISIONS DURING EXTREME TIMES. IT’S VERY NATURAL FOR FOLKS TO HAVE TREPIDATIONS AND CONCERNS, BUT THAT IS WITH THE VACCINE IS FOR. IF WE WERE NOT FAST ABOUT IT WE WOULD BE IN A DIFFERENT POSITION. FOLKS WANT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. THAT IS THEIR JOB AND IF THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS CHOOSING NOT TO GET THE VACCINE, THAT IS THEIR CHOICE. >> IF I’M RUNNING A RESTAURANT ON MAY 8, I CAN TAKE DOWN MY PLASTIC SHIELDS AND I CAN SEE PEOPLE CLOSER THAN FOUR TO SIX FEET IF I WANT? MOSHER. >> IT IS A VERY BIG DEAL AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE GIVING IT A FEW WEEKS. I REALIZE THAT SOME OF THE GUIDES THAT WE HAVE PUT INTO PLACE, THEY HAVE ADAPTED REALLY WELL. SOME OF THE CUSTOMERS FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH IT AND THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO KEEP THOSE UP IF THEY WANT. BUT EVERY BUSINESS WILL BE ABLE TO GO BACK IN TO MAKE THEIR CHOICES. >> GOVERNOR AS WE WERE REMINDED OVER THE WEEKE — WHAT IS DONE TO EMERGENCY POWERS. IS THERE ANY CHANGE IN THE CURRENT STATUTE? >> IVAN WORKING WITH JETTE BRADLEY AND A FEW FOLKS ON TAKING A LOT OF WHAT WE DID WITH OUR EMERGENCY ORDERS AND PUTTING THEM INTO A LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. HOT DOG DAY IS DIFFERENT. I LOVE HOT DOG DAY. I TOLD JOHN BURT I WOULD HELP HIM DO IT. THAT’S A GREAT UNIFIER. WHO CAN BE MAN HAVING A HOT DOG AND AN ICE CREAM ON A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER DAY. WHERE THE LEGISLATURE WENT WITH THE BUDGET REALLY SAYS EVERYTHING GETS STRIPPED OUT. IF WE GET RID OF THESE EMERGENCY ORDERS — I KNOW THEY TRIED TO GET CREATIVE WITH KEEPING A TEMPORARY EMERGENCY ORDER. IT’S NOT GOING TO FLY AND WE RISK LOSING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE STATE. BUT WE ALWAYS WANT TO HAVE THE LEGISLATURE TO HAVE OVERSIGHT AND THE THINGS THAT THEY NEED TO HAVE OVERSIGHT ON. IT COMES DOWN TO THE SIMPLE FACT THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT ME AS GOVERNOR BUT THE NEXT GOVERNOR WHATEVER THAT MIGHT BE. WE DON’T KNOW WHEN A CRISIS MOMENT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. GOVERNOR LYNCH DEALT WITH A LOT OF CRISES IN TERMS OF THE WEATHER. BEING ABLE TO DEPLOY MACHINERY OR DOLLARS TO QUICKLY TAKE PLACE — TAKE CARE OF EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. I THINK THE TEAM RESPONDED VERY WELL. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF THIS STATE DIDN’T RESPOND WELL AND IF WE DIDN’T HAVE THAT TEAM IN PLACE, AT MIGHT BE A DIFFERENT STORY, BUT WE DID IT RIGHT AND TO STRIP THAT AWAY FROM ANY FUTURE GOVERNOR REALLY LIMITS THEIR ABILITY TO RESPOND AND TO CHECK THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF INDIVIDUALS IN A TIME OF CRISIS. ARE WE GOOD? THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY IN THE STATE AND AS I HAVE BEEN SAYING, A HUGE THANK YOU. EVERYBODY DESERVES ALL OF THE CREDIT FOR KEEPING US AHEAD OF EVERYBODY ELSE, WE HAVE DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, NOT JUST REGIONALLY BUT NATIONALLY. WE ARE THE MODEL FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS, FOR VACCINE DISTRIBUTION, FORGETTING PPE AND FOR MANAGING OURSELVES THROUGH THE PROCESS. WE’VE HAD AN INCREDIBLE TEAM AND I THINK THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT OUR CITIZENS TOOK ON DURING THE CRISIS, WE AREN’T OUT OF THE WOODS BUT WE ARE GETTING TOWARD THE FINISH LINE AND THE INDIVIDUALS DESERVE ALL
COVID-19 in New Hampshire: Latest on cases, vaccine data
Officials detail number of COVID-19 cases
Get the latest information below about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on New Hampshire. This page is updated daily. ^^ In the video player above, see the most recent COVID-19 briefing (from Apr. 15, 2021) ^^New Hampshire data:Number of people diagnosed with COVID-19: 91,5867-day total test positivity rate (PCR & antigen): 4.8% Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 1,270Number of active cases: 3,140Number of patients who have recovered: 87,176Number of current hospitalizations: 133Total individuals fully vaccinated: 334,152 (24.6% of NH population)Number of B.1.1.7 variant (UK) cases: 259Number of P.1 variant (Brazil) cases: 15Number of B.1.427 & B.1.429 (California) cases: 10Number of B.1.351 variant (South Africa) cases: 0 Number of total PCR tests for COVID-19: 683,571Number of total antibody tests: 39,164Number of MIS-C cases: 1-24 (per CDC)** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data ** VACCINE INFORMATION (Detailed information here)Important note: As of April 13, the state of New Hampshire has paused distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following recommendations from the CDC and FDA. Every Granite Stater 16 years of age or older is eligible for the vaccine. On April 19, the vaccine will be available to all people 16 and older, regardless of their residency. The state encourages people to visit https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/ for more information. You can visit our vaccine information page here.>> VINI information sheets (all PDFs): Registering family/people in your householdPre-appointmentHow to register and schedule Vaccination SitesThere are 11 state-run, fixed sites: Belmont: Belknap Mall at 96 Daniel Webster HighwayConcord: Steeplegate Mall on Loudon RoadDover: C&J Bus Lines at 23 Indian Brook Road Hooksett: SNHU at 73 Eastside Dr Keene: Keene State College at 110 Krif Rd Lebanon: 250 N Plainfield Rd in West Lebanon Nashua: Former Sears entrance at Pheasant Lane Mall (310 Daniel Webster Highway)Newington: Former Sears store at Fox Run MallNewport: Shaws Plaza (former Dollar Store) at 62 John Stark HighwayPlymouth: PSU lot at 19 Armory Rd Salem: Mall at Rockingham Park (at the old Lord & Taylor store)Some hospitals are also providing vaccinations to the general public:Berlin: Androscoggin Valley HospitalColebrook: Upper Connecticut Valley HospitalHampstead: Hampstead HospitalLaconia: Lakes Region General Hospital Lancaster: Weeks Medical CenterLebanon: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical CenterLittleton: Littleton HospitalNorth Conway: Memorial HospitalWhitefield: Weeks Medical CenterWolfeboro: Huggins HospitalACTIVE OUTBREAKS AT FACILITIES IN STATEThe following facilities have seen confirmed cases in residents and/or staff in recent days or weeks, according to officials: Coos County Nursing HomeFederal Correctional Institution – BerlinRockingham County House of Corrections HOW NEW HAMPSHIRE COMPARES TO THE REST OF THE UNITED STATESTest Positivity Rates By New Hampshire CountyCases Per County in NH and in the US (7-Day Rolling Averages)Daily U.S. Deaths: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(Are you unable to see the above graph about daily U.S. deaths? Visit this link and scroll down)KEY LOCAL INFORMATIONLATEST NEWS: Coronavirus coverage from WMURTOWN-BY-TOWN: Town-by-town coronavirus casesQUARANTINING: Guidance for quarantiningTESTING: Information about coronavirus testingMASKS: Statewide mandate LOCAL RESOURCESDHHS Information: Coronavirus in New HampshireVaccine FAQ answered by NH DHHS officials Volunteering opportunitiesHow to donate PPEsNATIONAL RESOURCESLatest worldwide coronavirus dataInteractive map from Johns Hopkins UniversityCDC guidelines on coronavirus TIMELINE: NOTABLE DATESAs of April 19, everyone can book a vaccine appointment in New Hampshire, regardless of their residency. As of April 16, the state’s mask mandate will be over. Businesses and communities can issue their own mask rules. As of April 2, all people 16 and older in the state can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. The state’s new vaccination scheduling website, VINI, went live March 17.On March 4, officials announced when Phases 2A and 2B would begin. On Jan. 26, vaccinations under Phase 1B began. On Jan. 5, the state released an updated vaccine timeline. Scroll up to see it above or visit this link.On Dec. 15, Elliot Hospital ICU nurse Heidi Kukla became the first person in New Hampshire to be vaccinated for COVID-19.As of Dec. 5, the state has temporarily paused daily monitoring of people who might have been exposed to COVID-19. On Dec. 3, the state updated its guidance for quarantining, reducing the 14-day window for most situations down to 10 days. On Nov. 19, the governor announced a statewide mask mandate, effective Nov. 20. Anyone over the age of 5 in a public space, indoors or outdoors, who cannot physically distance from others not in their own household shall wear a mask, according to the emergency order. This remains in effect.On Nov. 12, state officials said they will no longer conduct contact tracing for every single case and instead will focus on certain populations. On Oct. 2, health officials began adding antigen test results to the totals because the rapid tests are becoming more widely used. That resulted in an apparent spike in positive cases, as positive antigen tests from over the course of the pandemic were added. One additional death and five hospitalizations related to positive antigen tests were also added.On Sept. 24, the governor said that all restaurants can move tables closer than 6 feet as long as there is a protective divider in place between tables.On Aug. 21, the governor announced that all New Hampshire restaurants could open at 100% capacity, though they still must following distancing and mask guidelines.On Aug. 11, the governor announced that masks would be required at all scheduled gatherings of 100 or more people.On June 15, the stay-at-home order expired and was replaced by a safer-at-home advisory. A key difference is that the requirement that all groups must be fewer than 10 people is no longer in place.On May 22, officials announced the state’s first case of MIS-C in a child.On March 23, officials announced the state’s first death of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19.On March 13, the governor first declared a state of emergency, which ensures resources will be ready so the state is able to respond quickly, as needed. This has been renewed and is currently active. It needs to be renewed every three weeks while an emergency is ongoing in order to remain active. SYMPTOMSOfficials said symptoms might appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.Symptoms include:Fever or chillsCoughDifficulty breathing or shortness of breathFatigueMuscle or body achesNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrhea According to the CDC, emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:Difficulty breathing or shortness of breathPersistent pain or pressure in the chestNew confusionInability to wake or stay awakeBluish lips or face PROTECTING YOURSELFThe best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, officials said.Here are ways to protect yourself:Frequent hand-washing with soap and water (or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) for at least 20 secondsAvoid close contact through social distancing (at least 6 feet from someone)Stay homeGet vaccinatedPREVENTING THE SPREADThere are steps that can be taken to avoid spreading COVID-19:Covering coughs and sneezes and then washing hands afterwardStay home and avoid public places when sickAvoid being within 6 feet of a person when sickDisinfect frequently touched surfacesAvoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva Wear cloth face coverings when near other people in public Get vaccinatedCURRENT TESTING PROCEDURES>> More information about testing << Testing is available for active COVID-19 infections and for antibodies, which would indicate evidence of past infection.All Granite Staters, whether they have symptoms or not, are allowed to get tested and are being encouraged to do so. Visit this link to learn more.The FDA has also approved a test for COVID-19 that you can take at home. The test kits are available for purchase on Amazon with a turnaround time for results of 24 to 72 hours after the sample is shipped and received. QUARANTININGThe quarantine period is now 10 days, down from 14 days as was previously required by the CDC and state health officials. Here’s what you need to know about each situation that might lead to being asked to quarantine or isolate.UNEMPLOYMENTTens of thousands of Granite Staters have filed for unemployment, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out. How to apply: Visit https://www.nhes.nh.gov/ — Claims can be filed 24/7File an initial claim: https://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov/file-my-initial-claimFile a weekly continued claim: https://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov/file-my-weekly-continued-claimCheck existing claim status: https://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov/check-my-existing-claim-statusOr call 603-271-7700 — Hotline open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and SundayThe state has launched a website to answer unemployment-related questions. Visit https://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov/.RECENT COVERAGE** See the latest headlines at this link. **You are also encouraged to subscribe to the daily coronavirus newsletter to get the latest updates in your inbox.NATIONAL UPDATESWhile COVID-19 vaccination numbers climb across the country, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are also on the rise, fueled by the B.1.1.7 variant. Americans ages 18 to 64 have seen increasing numbers of emergency department visits. An influential COVID-19 model predicts about 618,523 people will have died from coronavirus in the U.S. by August 1. If 95% of the U.S. population wore masks, at least 14,000 lives could be saved. A new study shows many people infected with COVID-19 have long-term mental health symptoms. Researchers are finding about one in three COVID-19 survivors had neurological or psychological issues long after getting sick. It is the largest study of its kind, involving the medical records of more than 200,000 COVID-19 patients.
Get the latest information below about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on New Hampshire. This page is updated daily.
^^ In the video player above, see the most recent COVID-19 briefing (from Apr. 15, 2021) ^^
New Hampshire data:
- Number of people diagnosed with COVID-19: 91,586
- 7-day total test positivity rate (PCR & antigen): 4.8%
- Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 1,270
- Number of active cases: 3,140
- Number of patients who have recovered: 87,176
- Number of current hospitalizations: 133
- Total individuals fully vaccinated: 334,152 (24.6% of NH population)
- Number of B.1.1.7 variant (UK) cases: 259
- Number of P.1 variant (Brazil) cases: 15
- Number of B.1.427 & B.1.429 (California) cases: 10
- Number of B.1.351 variant (South Africa) cases: 0
- Number of total PCR tests for COVID-19: 683,571
- Number of total antibody tests: 39,164
- Number of MIS-C cases: 1-24 (per CDC)
** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data **
VACCINE INFORMATION (Detailed information here)
Important note: As of April 13, the state of New Hampshire has paused distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following recommendations from the CDC and FDA.
Every Granite Stater 16 years of age or older is eligible for the vaccine. On April 19, the vaccine will be available to all people 16 and older, regardless of their residency.
The state encourages people to visit https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/ for more information. You can visit our vaccine information page here.
>> VINI information sheets (all PDFs):
There are 11 state-run, fixed sites:
- Belmont: Belknap Mall at 96 Daniel Webster Highway
- Concord: Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road
- Dover: C&J Bus Lines at 23 Indian Brook Road
- Hooksett: SNHU at 73 Eastside Dr
- Keene: Keene State College at 110 Krif Rd
- Lebanon: 250 N Plainfield Rd in West Lebanon
- Nashua: Former Sears entrance at Pheasant Lane Mall (310 Daniel Webster Highway)
- Newington: Former Sears store at Fox Run Mall
- Newport: Shaws Plaza (former Dollar Store) at 62 John Stark Highway
- Plymouth: PSU lot at 19 Armory Rd
- Salem: Mall at Rockingham Park (at the old Lord & Taylor store)
Some hospitals are also providing vaccinations to the general public:
- Berlin: Androscoggin Valley Hospital
- Colebrook: Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital
- Hampstead: Hampstead Hospital
- Laconia: Lakes Region General Hospital
- Lancaster: Weeks Medical Center
- Lebanon: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
- Littleton: Littleton Hospital
- North Conway: Memorial Hospital
- Whitefield: Weeks Medical Center
- Wolfeboro: Huggins Hospital
ACTIVE OUTBREAKS AT FACILITIES IN STATE
The following facilities have seen confirmed cases in residents and/or staff in recent days or weeks, according to officials:
- Coos County Nursing Home
- Federal Correctional Institution – Berlin
- Rockingham County House of Corrections
HOW NEW HAMPSHIRE COMPARES TO THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES
Test Positivity Rates By New Hampshire County
Cases Per County in NH and in the US (7-Day Rolling Averages)
Daily U.S. Deaths:
(Are you unable to see the above graph about daily U.S. deaths? Visit this link and scroll down)
KEY LOCAL INFORMATION
TIMELINE: NOTABLE DATES
- As of April 19, everyone can book a vaccine appointment in New Hampshire, regardless of their residency.
- As of April 16, the state’s mask mandate will be over. Businesses and communities can issue their own mask rules.
- As of April 2, all people 16 and older in the state can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
- The state’s new vaccination scheduling website, VINI, went live March 17.
- On March 4, officials announced when Phases 2A and 2B would begin.
- On Jan. 26, vaccinations under Phase 1B began.
- On Jan. 5, the state released an updated vaccine timeline. Scroll up to see it above or visit this link.
- On Dec. 15, Elliot Hospital ICU nurse Heidi Kukla became the first person in New Hampshire to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
- As of Dec. 5, the state has temporarily paused daily monitoring of people who might have been exposed to COVID-19.
- On Dec. 3, the state updated its guidance for quarantining, reducing the 14-day window for most situations down to 10 days.
- On Nov. 19, the governor announced a statewide mask mandate, effective Nov. 20. Anyone over the age of 5 in a public space, indoors or outdoors, who cannot physically distance from others not in their own household shall wear a mask, according to the emergency order. This remains in effect.
- On Nov. 12, state officials said they will no longer conduct contact tracing for every single case and instead will focus on certain populations.
- On Oct. 2, health officials began adding antigen test results to the totals because the rapid tests are becoming more widely used. That resulted in an apparent spike in positive cases, as positive antigen tests from over the course of the pandemic were added. One additional death and five hospitalizations related to positive antigen tests were also added.
- On Sept. 24, the governor said that all restaurants can move tables closer than 6 feet as long as there is a protective divider in place between tables.
- On Aug. 21, the governor announced that all New Hampshire restaurants could open at 100% capacity, though they still must following distancing and mask guidelines.
- On Aug. 11, the governor announced that masks would be required at all scheduled gatherings of 100 or more people.
- On June 15, the stay-at-home order expired and was replaced by a safer-at-home advisory. A key difference is that the requirement that all groups must be fewer than 10 people is no longer in place.
- On May 22, officials announced the state’s first case of MIS-C in a child.
- On March 23, officials announced the state’s first death of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19.
- On March 13, the governor first declared a state of emergency, which ensures resources will be ready so the state is able to respond quickly, as needed. This has been renewed and is currently active. It needs to be renewed every three weeks while an emergency is ongoing in order to remain active.
Officials said symptoms might appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
- Fever or chills
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
According to the CDC, emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, officials said.
Here are ways to protect yourself:
- Frequent hand-washing with soap and water (or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid close contact through social distancing (at least 6 feet from someone)
- Stay home
- Get vaccinated
PREVENTING THE SPREAD
There are steps that can be taken to avoid spreading COVID-19:
- Covering coughs and sneezes and then washing hands afterward
- Stay home and avoid public places when sick
- Avoid being within 6 feet of a person when sick
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva
- Wear cloth face coverings when near other people in public
- Get vaccinated
CURRENT TESTING PROCEDURES
>> More information about testing <<
Testing is available for active COVID-19 infections and for antibodies, which would indicate evidence of past infection.
All Granite Staters, whether they have symptoms or not, are allowed to get tested and are being encouraged to do so. Visit this link to learn more.
The FDA has also approved a test for COVID-19 that you can take at home. The test kits are available for purchase on Amazon with a turnaround time for results of 24 to 72 hours after the sample is shipped and received.
The quarantine period is now 10 days, down from 14 days as was previously required by the CDC and state health officials. Here’s what you need to know about each situation that might lead to being asked to quarantine or isolate.
Tens of thousands of Granite Staters have filed for unemployment, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out.
How to apply:
The state has launched a website to answer unemployment-related questions. Visit https://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov/.
** See the latest headlines at this link. **
You are also encouraged to subscribe to the daily coronavirus newsletter to get the latest updates in your inbox.
While COVID-19 vaccination numbers climb across the country, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are also on the rise, fueled by the B.1.1.7 variant. Americans ages 18 to 64 have seen increasing numbers of emergency department visits.
An influential COVID-19 model predicts about 618,523 people will have died from coronavirus in the U.S. by August 1. If 95% of the U.S. population wore masks, at least 14,000 lives could be saved.
A new study shows many people infected with COVID-19 have long-term mental health symptoms. Researchers are finding about one in three COVID-19 survivors had neurological or psychological issues long after getting sick. It is the largest study of its kind, involving the medical records of more than 200,000 COVID-19 patients.