NH COVID-19 updates: New information, data, maps, graphs
Officials detail number of COVID-19 cases
GOOD AFTERNOON — I’M óóóó. WE ARE ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS… GOVERNOR SUNUNU IS UPDATING THE STATE’S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. LET’S LISTEN IN. >> I THINK IT WILL BE A GOOD WEEK FOR EVERYONE AND WE APPRECIATE FOLKS JOINING US ON TUESDAY. I KNOW IT’S A LITTLE EARLIER THAN NORMAL. LET’S KICK THINGS OFF WITH A PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE FROM BEN. >> GREAT, GOOD AFTERNOON, GOVERNOR. SOME OF THE NUMBERS. WE’RE ANNOUNCING 624 NEW PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 TODAY. 484 OF THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT TESTED POSITIVE BY PCR TESTING AND 140 INDIVIDUALS TESTED POSITIVE BY ANTIGEN TESTING. IN THE LAST WEEK WE’VE BEEN AVERAGING ABOUT 750 TO 800 NEW INFECTIONS PER DAY. THIS IS STABLE AND DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM THE NUMBERS LAST WEEK. GIMBERNATILY IN THE STATE THERE ARE 6,485 PEOPLE WITH ACTIVE INFECTION. OUR TEST POSITIVITY RATE REMAINS STABLE AT 9.1%, THE AVERAGE OVER THE LAST SEVEN DAYS OF BOTH PCR AND ANTIGEN TESTS COMBINED. UNFORTUNATELY THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS IS UP. THERE ARE 297 PEOPLE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED STATEWIDE WITH COVID-19 AND THERE ARE ZERO NEW DEATHS TO REPORT TODAY BUT THE DEATH, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19 REMAIN AT 756. IN THE LAST WEEK THERE HAVE BEEN 52 PEOPLE THAT WE’VE ANNOUNCED WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19. SO GIVEN THE HOLIDAYS, AND THE POTENTIAL FOR PEOPLE TO TRAVEL AND TO GATHER WITH OTHERS OUTSIDE OF THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES, THE NUMBERS REMAIN AT RISK FOR GOING UP. BOTH THE NUMBERS OF INFECTIONS, HOSPITALIZATIONS AND PEOPLE DYING FROM COVID-19. SO IT’S CRITICAL FOR PEOPLE NOT TO LET THEIR GUARD DOWN NOW OR OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS ESPECIALLY AS WE HAVE VACCINES INCREASINGLY AVAILABLE OVER THE COMING WEEKS. THE VACCINE WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL AND THE MOST IMPORTANT MEASURE THAT WE HAVE TO STOP THIS PANDEMIC, AND THE DOCTOR IN A MINUTE WILL GIVE AN UPDATE ON SOME OF THE VACCINE NUMBERS BUT UNTIL WE HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF VACCINATION ACROSS OUR STATE AND ACROSS OUR RESIDENTS, PEOPLE NEED TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE COMMUNITY MITIGATION GUIDANCE WHICH IS PRIMARILY HOW WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PREVENT THE NUMBERS FROM GOING UP. HOPEFULLY DRIVE THE NUMBERS BACK DOWN. SO WE CONTINUE TO RECOMMEND AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO AVOID OR POSTPONE ANY UNNECESSARY TRAVEL. AVOID GATHERINGS OVER THE HOLIDAYS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. IF PEOPLE ARE GATHERING WITH OTHER PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD TO TRY AND STAY AT LEAST SIX FEET AWAY AND WEAR A MASK EVEN IF THAT’S INDOORS, AND CERTAINLY IF SOMEBODY HAS ANY SYMPTOMS, ANY NEW SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, EVEN IF THAT’S SIMPLY A MILD COLD, WE DO ASK THAT PEOPLE AND RECOMMEND PEOPLE GET TESTED FOR COVID-19 BECAUSE WE KNOW SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 CAN RANGE FROM MILD SYMPTOMS TO MORE SEVERE SYMPTOMS. THESE STEPS ARE STILL THE MEASURES THAT WE HAVE TO CONTROL SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS UNTIL WE HAVE WIDER VACCINATION AND VACCINE AVAILABLE TO OUR POPULATION. I’LL HAND THINGS OVER TO DR. DALY. THANKS. >> GREAT. GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M GOING TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON OUR VACCINE DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS STARTING WITH WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK AND THEN I’LL TALK ABOUT THE WEEK AHEAD. OVER THE LAST WEEK WE’VE DISTRIBUTED 4,505 DOSES OF VAC STEEN ALL OF OUR HOSPITALS IN OUR STATE. THIS REPRESENTS 92% OF THE VACCINE THAT WE ALLOCATED TO HOSPITALS THIS LAST WEEK. THE HOSPITALS HAVE USED THIS VACCINE TO VACCINATE 3,819 OF OUR FRONT LINE WORKERS TO DATE TO PROTECT THEM FROM COVID-19. ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, WE’LL BEGIN REPORTING THIS DATA PUBLICLY IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH VACCINE HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO THE HOSPITALS AND HOW MUCH EACH HOSPITAL HAS ADMINISTERED. THE BIG NEWS IS THAT OVER THE WEEKEND MODERNA’S VACCINE RECEIVED EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION AND IS NOW APPROVED FOR USE IN PEOPLE 18 OR OLDER. THIS VACCINE REQUIRES TWO DOSES 28 DAYS APART. LIKE THE PFIZER VACCINE IT’S VERY EFFECTIVE AND AFTER TWO DOSES IT’S BEEN SHOWN TO BE 94% EFFECTIVE AT PREVENTING COVID-19 DISEASE. LIKE OTHER VACCINES PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE THIS VACCINE CAN EXPECT TO HAVE PAIN, REDNESS, AND SWELLING AT THE INJECTION SITE. A SMALLER NUMBER OF PEOPLE MAY FEEL TIRED, HAVE MUSCLE OR BODY ACHES, FEVER, ALL OF WHICH WILL RESOLVE QUICKLY. THESE ARE SIGNS THAT YOUR BODY IS RESPONDING TO THE VACCINE AND DEVELOPING THE ANTIBODIES THAT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM COVID-19. TODAY WE RECEIVED 24,200 DOSES OF MODERNA VACCINE HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. ABOUT HALF OF THIS VACCINE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO OUR HOSPITALS SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO VACCINATE HEALTHCARE WORKERS AT HIGHEST RISK AND ABOUT HALF WILL BE USED TO LAUNCH OUR STATE-RUN FIXED VACCINATION SITES AS WELL AS OUR MOBILE TEAMS WHICH WILL BE RUN BY OUR REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH NETWORK PARTNERS. THE STATE RUN FIXED VACCINATION SITES ARE SET TO OPEN NEXT WEEK ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, AT 13 LOCATIONS ACROSS THE STATE. THESE SITES WILL BEGIN VACCINATING OUR HIGH-RISK AMBULATORY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, THOSE WHO AREN’T WORKING IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS AS WELL AS OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. WE’RE ASKING PEOPLE NOT TO REACH OUT TO US AND ASK HOW THEY CAN BE REGISTERED FOR RECEIVING A VACCINE AT THESE SITES JUST YET. WE’RE ACTUALLY WORKING DIRECTLY WITH THOSE FIRST RESPONDER AGENCIES TO REGISTER THEIR HIGH-RISK STAFF, AND WE’LL ALSO COMMUNICATE BROADLY WHEN WE’RE READY TO BEGIN REGISTERING THOSE AMBULATORY CARE PROVIDERS. IN ADDITION TO THE MODERNA VACCINE WE WERE ALLOCATED 8,875 DOSES OF PFIZER VACCINE THIS WEEK WHICH HAS BEEN PRIMARILY DIRECTED TO SUPPORT THE FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE FACILITY PHARMACY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM STARTED THIS WEEK, YESTERDAY, MONDAY, DECEMBER 21. BETWEEN CVS AND WALGREENS PHARMACIES, THEY HAVE BEEN VACCINATING A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FACILITIES ACROSS OUR STATE THIS WEEK. WE DON’T YET HAVE CONFIRMED ALLOCATIONS IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH VACCINE WE’RE GOING TO RECEIVE NEXT WEEK OR ANY WEEK AFTER. HOWEVER, WE’VE BEEN TOLD TO EXPECT APPROXIMATELY 9,000 DOSES OF EACH OF THOSE TWO VACCINES. PFIZER AND MODERNA FOR A TOTAL OF 18,000 DOSES OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS EACH WEEK. THIS NUMBER IS ABSOLUTELY SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND WE DON’T GET OUR EXACT ALLOCATIONS UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE WE RECEIVE IT. WE HOPE TO HAVE HIGHER ALLOCATIONS MADE AVAILABLE TO OUR STATE AS OTHER VACCINE FORMULATIONS BECOME AVAILABLE. SO BASED ON OUR ANTICIPATED ALLOCATIONS WE ANTICIPATE TO VACCINATE ALL OF OUR PHASE-1-A PERSONS WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE BY THE MIDDLE TO END OF JANUARY. SO REMEMBER, AGAIN, THOSE ARE OUR HIGHEST RISK HEALTHCARE WORKERS. OUR RESIDENTS AND STAFF AT LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES AND FIRST RESPONDERS. AT THAT TIME, WE WOULD EXPECT, THEN TO BEGIN VACCINATING THOSE WHO ARE IN PHASE 1-B AND WE’RE WORKING ON DEVELOPING WHO WILL BE INCLUDED IN THAT PHASE NOW AND WE’LL COMMUNICATE THIS WHEN WE HAVE IT READY FOR YOU. IT WILL TAKE US SEVERAL MONTHS TO GET ALL WHO WANT TO BE VACCINATED, VACCINATED, AND WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT IN THE STEPS WE TAKE TO PREVENT COVID-19. THANK YOU. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M JUST GOING TO DO A BRIEF LONG TERM CARE UPDATE. TODAY WE’RE CLOSING FIVE LONG TERM CARE OUTBREAKS. EVERGREENPLACE IN MANCHESTER, HACKETT HILL IN MANCHESTER, MAKE BELIEVE HEALTHCARE CENTER IN MANCHESTER, ST. ANN’S REHAB AND NURSING CENTER IN DOVER, AND ST. JOSEPH’S RESIDENCE IN MANCHESTER, ALL CLOSED. WE’RE ANNOUNCING FOUR ADDITIONAL OUTBREAKS TODAY. WE HAVE GOLDEN VIEW HEALTHCARE CENTER IN MEREDITH OPENING. KEYSTONE HALL, CYNTHIA DAY PROGRAM IN NASHUA OPEN. THE WENTWORTH SENIOR LIVING IN PORTSMOUTH OPEN. THAT’S ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU. >> GREAT. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER AND DR. DALY AND DR. CHAN. A COUPLE OF THINGS TO REVIEW AND THEN WE’LL OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS. THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION TODAY SURROUNDING THE RELIEF PACKAGE WITHIN THE RECENTLY PASSED FEDERAL OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL. SO I THINK THERE IS A BIT OF CONFUSION THAT THIS CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE WAS A STAND ALONE. IT REALLY WAS NOT. IT WAS COMBINED WITH ANOTHER $1.4 TRILLION IN TERMS OF THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT MOVING FORWARD AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM. AND OBVIOUSLY WE’RE STILL DIGGING INTO THE LEGISLATION. THE TOTAL PACKAGE WAS OVER 5,000 PAGES, AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT WAS — YESTERDAY IT WAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR FOLKS TO READ IT. DON’T ASK ME HOW THEY VOTED ON IT WITHOUT READING IT. I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO GET INTO THAT. THAT’S UNFORTUNATELY A LONG TERM PROBLEM THAT WASHINGTON HAS BUT WE DO EXPECT SOME ADDITIONAL CLARITY IN THE COMING DAYS AND I THINK HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE ABLE TO GET A BETTER SENSE OF SOME OF THE TRUE RELIEF EFFORTS THAT WE CAN EXPECT SPECIFICALLY OUT OF THE COVID ASPECTS AND RELIEF ASPECTS OF THIS BILL. BUT THERE ARE SOME GOOD NEWS WITHIN THIS BILL. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. THERE IS FUNDING IN THERE FOR EVERYTHING FROM VACCINE DISTRIBUTION, PPE PROCUREMENT, CONTACT TRACING, TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CAN, RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF SUPPORT. SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER, CHILDCARE PROVISIONS, TRANSPORTATION, SO A LOT OF REALLY GOOD STUFF IN THERE, THAT WILL HANDLE SOME OF THE COSTS THAT RIGHT NOW STATES ARE BEARING. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO COME IN AND SUPPORT SPECIFICALLY AROUND THE COVID PANDEMIC. REGARDING UNEMPLOYMENT, IT DOES LOOK LIKE THEY WILL BE REUPPING THE $300 PER WEEK UNEMPLOYMENT STIPEND FOR AN ADDITIONAL 11 WEEKS. THAT’S GOOD NEWS, WHILE WE’VE BEEN DOING VERY GOOD WITH OUR EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, I THINK WE’RE RANKED FIFTH IN THE COUNTRY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT, THAT’S VERY GOOD KNEW. WE’RE ON A VERY GOOD TRACK BUT THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT OF WORK, AND THIS EXTRA $300 FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS ACTUALLY, I THINK, IS WELL ENCOURAGED RELIEF. I GUESS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE MOST FRUSTRATING PARTS OF THIS, IF THERE IS ANY CRITICISM TO BE HAD, AGAIN, WE’LL DIG INTO IT TO SEE WHAT OTHER SPENDING THERE IS BUT IT IS FRUSTRATING, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE SHARE, THAT IT DID TAKE SO LONG FOR THIS TO GET DONE. ONE THING THEY WERE TOUTING WAS THE FLEXIBILITY THAT STATES NOW HAVE WITH CARES ACT FUNDS. THEY PASSED THAT FLEXIBILITY WITH A WEEK TO GO. SO MOST STATES HAVE ACTUALLY SPENT ALL OF THEIR CARES ACT FUNDS, SO NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT TYPE OF, WHEN YOU SEE WASHINGTON TRYING TO TAKE A VICTORY LAP WITHOUT TRULY UNDERSTANDING THE PUSHES AND PULLS OF WHAT HAPPENS AT THE STATE LEVEL IT CAN BE VERY FRUSTRATING AND I THINK I SPEAK FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS IN THAT REALM BUT WE’RE HAPPY THEY GOT SOMETHING DONE. WE’LL KEEP DIGGING INTO IT AND HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING. THERE IS A LOT OF MONEY AND A LOT OF SUPPORT THERE AND WE’LL MAKE SURE EVERY DOLLAR OF IT GETS TO EXACTLY WHERE IT’S INTENDED TO GO. WHAT WE DO KNOW AND WHAT WE WERE DISCUSSING A LITTLE EARLIER THAT IS MOVING FORWARD FROM WASHINGTON IS THE VACCINE. AS WAS DISCUSSED WE DID RECEIVE OUR 24,000 DOSES FROM MODERNA. 9,000 DOSES OF PFIZER. THE LONG TERM CARE FACILITY PROGRAM, FOR THE MOST PART MANAGED BY CVS AND WALGREENS IS MOVING FORWARD THIS WEEK WHICH IS TERRIFIC. WE KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS ARE STILL GETTING THEIR CONSENT FORMS IN AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES IN LONG TERM CARE AND WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOLKS DO THAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I BELIEVE THE VACCINATIONS AT OUR VETERANS HOME WILL BE TAKING PLACE AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK WHICH IS GREAT. WE’RE MAKING SURE THAT THOSE FOLKS ARE A PRIORITY. THERE IS SOME THINGS THAT ARE DEFINITELY TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AT OUR VETERANS HOME. I THINK AS OF TODAY WE HAVE ABOUT 21 RESIDENTS AND STAFF THAT ARE COVID POSITIVE. ORIGINALLY, I THINK THERE WERE ABOUT 190 SO WE’RE DOWN TO 21. BUT THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF LOSS OF LIFE UP THERE AS WELL, AND THOSE VETERANS, YOU KNOW, THOSE ARE OUR HEROES AND GOD BLESS THE STAFF ON THE FRONT LINES. THEY HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB. WE’VE BEEN WITH THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. WHATEVER THEY NEED WE GET THEM BUT THEY HAVE BEEN DEALT A TOUGH HAND UP THERE BUT THEY REALLY HAVE DONE GREAT JOB MITIGATING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND IT SEEMS AS THOUGH WE’RE ON A VERY POSITIVE PATH BUT WE JUST, AGAIN, THERE ARE STILL SOME RESIDENTS UP THERE THAT ARE COVID POSITIVE. ANY PRAYERS THAT CAN GO OUT TO THEM, WE WISH THEM A SPEEDY RECOVERY, GOES A LONG WAY TO BE SURE. ANOTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT WE’RE MAKING TODAY ARE ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS. IT’S SOMETHING WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, BUT WE KNOW AS KIDS AND TEACHERS ARE ON A WELL DE SERVED WINTER BREAK, THEY HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB MANAGING THE COVID CRISIS AS IT PERTAINS TO SCHOOLS AND TRYING TO KEEP THEIR SCHOOLS OPEN. THERE COULD BE A LOT OF QUESTIONS AS KIDS ARE LOOKING TO COME BACK TO SCHOOL INTO THE NEW YEAR SO WITH THAT IN MIND WE’RE MAKING SURE THAT TESTING FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AND STAFF WITHIN THOSE SCHOOLS ARE PRIORITIZED, AS THEY DO HEAD INTO THE CLASSROOM IN EARLY JANUARY. AND AS WE KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW CASES ASSOCIATED WITH SCHOOLS THERE. HAVE BEEN CLUSTERS AROUND SCHOOLS. VERY FEW OUTBREAKS WHICH I THINK, AGAIN IS A TESTAMENT TO THE GUIDANCE WE’VE PUT INTO PLACE AND THE SUCCESS WE KNOW WE CAN HAVE WITHIN SCHOOLS BUT MANY TEST SITES ACROSS THE STATES WILL PRIORITIZE APPOINTMENTS FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AND STAFF WITH SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 WITHIN 24 HOURS. SO INDIVIDUALS WILL EITHER RECEIVE A RAPID TEST OR A PCR TEST AND IF A PCR TEST IS CHOSEN THE PROVIDER WILL SEND THE TEST TO ANOTHER LAB IN NEW ENGLAND THAT CAN GET THOSE FASTER TURNAROUND TIMES. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS THAT MAY REQUIRE A TEST TO GET BACK INTO SCHOOL AREN’T BEING HELD BACK THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX DAYS, EVEN A WEEK, WHILE WAITING FOR RESULTS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE KIDS CAN GET BACK INTO CLASS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE KNOW WHEN SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND STAFF HAVE ACCESS TO THESE TIMELY TESTS IN PERSON LEARNING CAN QUICKLY RESUME AND THE BENEFITS HAVE PROVEN TO BE ENORMOUS. INDIVIDUALS CAN GO TO NH.GOV. THERE IS OUR TESTING MAP. SOMETHING YOU CAN SEE RIGHT ON OUR WEBSITE. OUR NH.GOV/COVID19. CLICK ON GET TESTED, RIGHT THERE, THE LITTLE BLUE BUTTON AND THEY CAN ACCESS THAT TESTING MAP AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS A SCHOOL STAFF MEMBER OR STUDENT WITH SYMPTOMS. ANYONE WHO DOES SHOULD EXPECT TO GET AN APPOINTMENT WITHIN 24 HOURS. IT’S A GREAT DEVELOPMENT AND JUST MAKING SURE ONCE AGAIN WITH ALL THE FLEXIBILITY THAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD INTO OUR SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS US TO PRIORITIZE AREAS OF HIGHEST NEEDS AND MAKING SURE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS, IS OBVIOUSLY A VERY HIGH NEED GIVEN THE SUCCESS THAT THEY HAVE CREATED FOR THEMSELVES WITHIN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. SO BEFORE WE CLOSE OUT, I JUST WANT TO PROVIDE JUST SOME BRIEF WORDS ON THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS. I DON’T THINK IT’S ANYTHING THAT FOLKS HAVEN’T HEARD BEFORE, YOU KNOW. WE DID A GREAT JOB AS A STATE OF THANKSGIVING. WE SAW A LITTLE BUMP IN THE NUMBERS, EXCESSIVE BUMP IN THE NUMBERS AFTER THANKSGIVING. IT WASN’T NEARLY AS BAD AS I THINK WE THOUGHT IT COULD BE. DEFINITELY NOT AS BAD AS WE SAW IN SOME STATES. I THINK FOLKS UNDERSTOOD THEY HAD TO LIMIT THEIR GATHERINGS WITH IMMEDIATE FAMILY. THEY HAD TO BE A BIT INNOVATIVE. WE’RE ASKING FOLKS TO DO THE SAME OVER CHRISTMAS. NOW IS THE TIME TO STAY MOST DISCIPLINED. NOW IS REALLY THE WORST TIME IF YOU WILL TO GET COVID AND TO PASCO INDIVIDUAL ON TO OTHERS KNOWING THAT A VACCINE IS HERE AND UNDER WAY. WE’RE SIMPLY A FEW MONTHS AWAY FROM GETTING THE RELIEF THAT WE NEED ACROSS OUR ENTIRE SYSTEM THROUGH VACCINE DISTRIBUTION. SO KNOWING THAT, WE’RE JUST ASKING FOLKS TO STAY DISCIPLINED AND KEEP UP KIND OF THOSE GOOD HABITS HOPEFULLY THAT WE’VE DEVELOPED OVER THANKSGIVING. SO AS WE TAKE IT INTO CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR, JUST A REMINDER THAT WEARING YOUR MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCING, WASHING YOUR HANDS, IT’S NOT ABOUT US. IT’S REALLY ABOUT OUR LOVED ONES AND OUR CO-WORKERS AND OUR EXTENDED FAMILY THAT WE REALLY RISK BY SPREADING THE DISEASE EITHER SYSTEMATICALLY OR ASYMPTOMATICALLY. WE ASK FOLKS TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION. WE’RE NOT GOING TO MANDATE THAT PEOPLE CELEBRATE THEIR HOLIDAY A CERTAIN WAY IN THEIR OWN HOMES. WE DON’T DO THAT BUT WE’RE ASKING PEOPLE TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONES. OF COURSE, WE DO HAVE A VERY SIGNIFICANT OUT-OF-STATE WORKER THAT WILL BE COMING IN THAT WE’LL BE DEEMING ESSENTIAL. THAT’S SANTA CLAUS. WE DID IT FOR THE EASTER BUNNY AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE SANTA KNOWS THERE WILL BE NOTHING HOLDING HIM BACK. WE’RE DEEMING SANTA CLAUS AN ESSENTIAL WORKER. HE’LL BE HERE ON TIME MUCH LIKE THE VACCINE HAS BEEN. HE’S NOT COMING FROM WASHINGTON SO THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS SO THAT MEANS HE’LL LIKELY DELIVER ON EVERYTHING THAT HE PROMISES US. SO WE THINK IT WILL BE A GOOD HOLIDAY. WE REALLY DO, YOU KNOW. THE SKI SEASON IS OUT THERE. PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE SNOWMOBILING. THEY ARE DOING A LOT OF THESE HEALTHY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. WE JUST ASK FOLKS TO ENJOY EVERYTHING NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS TO OFFER BUT DO IT IN A SAFE WAY. DO IT IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY UNDERSTANDING THAT WE STILL HAVE A PANDEMIC AND HOPEFULLY ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS AS BEST WE ALL CAN. WITH THAT WE CAN OPEN IT UP FOR A FEW QUESTIONS. GOOD MORNING, GOOD AFTERNOON, PAULA. HOW ARE YOU? >> MERRY CHRISTMAS. >> I WAS GOING TO ASK IF PEOPLE WOULD HAVE ANY TROUBLES AT THE BORDER? >> NO, NO TROUBLES WITH SANTA. HE GETS A FREE PASS. >> I HEAR THAT SOMEBODY THAT’S NOT GETTING A FREE PASS IS THE CVS WALGREENS AND THE SLOW ROLLOUT ACCORDING TO SOME, NURSING HOMERS AND LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES THAT WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN VACCINES IN THE ARMS OF THEIR LOVED ONES AS EARLY AS MONDAY. HOW DO YOU FEEL THIS IS WORKING? IS IT WORKING AS YOU EXPECTED? AND ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP? >> WE’VE ALWAYS SAID THE LONG TERM CARE FACILITY VACCINATION PROGRAM WOULD BEGIN ON MONDAY AND IT DID. IT WAS ROLLED OUT MONDAY. AGAIN, WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH VACCINE FOR EVERYBODY IN PHASE 1-A TODAY. THAT’S A HUNDRED THOUSAND INDIVIDUALS. WE USE EVERY BIT THAT WE GET. WE SPLIT IT UP BETWEEN HOSPITAL WORKERS, LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES WITHIN THOSE FACILITIES AND THEY COHORT IT AMONGST THEIR STAFF AND RESIDENTS. THOSE FACILITIES WON’T LIKELY — LIKELY WILL NOT GIVE ALL OF THEIR STAFF ALL OF THEIR VACCINE AT ONCE BECAUSE IN CASE FOLKS HAVE SIDE EFFECTS OR MAYBE HAVE TO TAKE AN EXTRA DAY IF THERE ARE ANY SORT OF SIDE EFFECTS YOU DON’T WANT ALL OF YOUR STAFF GOING OUT SO WE’VE RECOMMENDED AND THE CDC HAS RECOMMENDED TO KIND OF COHORT YOUR STAFF AS YOU ROLL OUT THE VACCINE IN YOUR FACILITY. THAT PROCESS IS UNDER WAY AS ANTICIPATED. IT’S ON TIME AND WE’RE ALLOCATING AS MUCH VACCINE AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WILLING TO GIVE. >> DO YOU HAVE A DATE AS TO WHEN WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ALL THE LONG TERM CARE RESIDENTS VACCINATED? >> I DON’T WANT TO PUT IT IN CONCRETE BUT I CAN TELL YOU IF WE GET VACCINE AT THE RATE WE ANTICIPATE, AND THAT’S SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND DR. DALY, SHE’S SWEATING OVER THERE AS I START TO MAKE PREDICTIONS ON VACCINE DISTRIBUTION BUT I THINK BY THE THIRD WEEK OF JANUARY THE VAST MAJORITY IN PHASE 1 WILL HAVE HAD THEIR FIRST SHOT. THEN THERE COMES THE SECOND SHOT. BUT THAT’S THE GENERAL TIME FRAME. I THINK WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL OF PHASE 1-A BE DONE WITH THEIR FIRST SHOT AND WE CAN START WITH KIND OF MOVING INTO THE FIRST SHOTS INTO PHASE 1-B AND PHASE TWO. THAT’S SUBJECT TO CHANGE BUT I THINK THAT’S THE RELATIVE TIME FRAME THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE. >> GOVERNOR, AS YOU KNOW, A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER LIMITED SOCIAL GATHERINGS TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TWO WEEKS NONESSENTIAL HOSPITALIZATIONS AND ALSO SET CAPACITY LIMITS ON ALMOST ALL BUSINESSES FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WITH 82% OF THEIR ICU BEDS AT CAPACITY. I KNOW YOU’RE FOLLOWING THIS HERE BUT ARE WE ANYWHERE NEAR THAT KIND OF DANGER ZONE AND DO WE NEED TO CONSIDER THINKING ABOUT ANY SIMILAR RESTRICTIONS? >> WE’VE ALWAYS SAID AS WE KIND OF HIT THAT PEAK OF OUR NUMBERS OF COVID, AND HOPEFULLY WE’VE HIT IT, WE SEEM TO HAVE STABILIZED OVER THE LAST WEEK. WE WANT TO BE CAUTIOUS BUT WE SEEM TO HAVE STABILIZED. WE KNOW THAT THE HOSPITALIZATIONS AND EVEN THE FATALITIES WILL LAG THE NUMBERS. THAT CURVE WILL LAG THE SECOND CURVE, WILL LAG BY ABOUT TWO TO THREE WEEKS POTENTIALLY SO IN SAYING THAT, YES, HOSPITALIZATIONS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE TO GO UP AS SOME LEVEL. I DON’T THINK WE’RE — WE’RE JUST BELOW 300 HOSPITALIZATIONS TODAY IN OUR CENSUS. IT’S MANAGEABLE BUT WE’RE GETTING UP THERE TO BE SURE. MY SENSE IS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AT LEAST SLIGHTLY OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO BUT NO WE’RE NOT AT THE POINT WHERE WE NEED TO START MANDATING MORE ECONOMIC CONTRACTIONS OR THINGS OF THAT NATURE OR PULLING BACK. WE’RE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH OUR HOSPITALS. I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB AND HATS OFF TO THEM. A LOT OF THEM ARE MAKING A LOT OF SACRIFICES MOVING CERTAIN PATIENTS OVER HERE. SHARING BEDS AND SHARING CAPACITY. I THINK THEY ALL APPRECIATE THAT WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AND THEY ARE WORKING AS SUCH, AND FOR THAT I REALLY DO COMMEND THEM. I THINK, AT LEAST A HALF DOZEN TO A DOZEN ARE REALLY AT OR NEAR CAPACITY WITH A LOT OF THEIR SERVICES, AND SO SOME OF THEM HAVE CHOSEN TO PULL BACK. WE’RE NOT LOOKING TO MANDATE A PULLBACK ON SOME OF THOSE SERVICES JUST YET. WE CAN ALWAYS OPEN OUR SURGE FACILITIES IF NECESSARY. BUT THE NUMBERS, WHETHER YOU RESTRICT PUBLIC GATHERINGS OR YOU RESTRICT BUSINESSES TODAY, THE HOSPITALIZATION NUMBERS ARE LIKELY GOING TO KEEP TRICKLING UP. THAT’S JUST THE WAY THE MATH WORKS. IT TAKES A WEEK OR TWO FOR SOME OF THOSE SYMPTOMS TO GET SEVERE AND THAT’S LIKELY WHAT WE’LL SEE IS SOME INCREASED HOSPITALIZATIONS OVER TIME BUT HOPEFULLY WE’RE AT THE PEAK AND MAYBE WE’LL START TO SEE A DOWNSWING. IT’S A LITTLE WEIRD. THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS SECOND SURGE HAS OCCURRED EXACTLY AS WE PREDICTED BACK IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER. THE BAD NEWS IS, THAT THE SECOND SURGE HAPPENED AT EXACTLY AS WE PREDICTED BACK IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, MEANING, THAT IT HAPPENED AS WE THOUGHT BUT THE NUMBERS ARE REALLY HIGH. AND IT’S REALLY AGGRESSIVE AND WE KNEW IT WOULD BE. WE WERE PREPARED FOR IT, AND I THINK THE FOLKS AT PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE HOSPITALS THEMSELVES DESERVE A LOT OF CREDIT FOR BEING PREPARED. AND WE’RE JUST IN A VERY DIFFERENT SITUATION THAN WE WERE IN MARCH AND APRIL. AND WE’RE IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SITUATION THAN MASSACHUSETTS TO BE SURE. THEY HAVE TO MAKE THEIR — FIND THEIR PATH AND MAKE THEIR CHOICES AND WE HAVE A LITTLE MORE FLEXIBILITY ON OUR END TO MAKE OURS. >> GOVERNOR, IT’S BEEN A LONG 10 MONTHS TO SAY THE LEAST. PEOPLE ARE STRESSED. >> HAS IT BEEN 10 MONTHS? >> I THINK IT’S 10 MONTHS. >> PEOPLE ARE STRESSED. THEY ARE TIRED. IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE YOU WANT TO GATHER TO ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE STRESS AND SEE YOUR LOVED ONES BUT IT’S A DANGEROUS TIME TO DO THAT. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ALONE? THEY ARE STRESSED AND TIRED? THEY ARE AT THE END OF THEIR ROPE? >> IT’S HARD TO ASK, WHEN FOLKS HAVE GIVEN 110% IT IS HARD TO ASK THEM FOR A LITTLE MORE. BUT IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE FOR US NOT TO. IT JUST — THAT’S THE WAY IT IS AND WE’RE NOT ASKING THEM TO DO ANYTHING THAT WE’RE NOT DOING ON OUR END. I CAN TELL YOU, MYSELF, AND, I CAN’T SPEAK FOR OUR ENTIRE TEAM, BUT, YOU KNOW, I’LL POP IN TO SEE MY FOLKS AND SAY HI ONCE A WEEK. WHERE AS I USED TO GO OVER AND HAVE THE GRANDKIDS PLAY WITH THEM ALL THE TIME AND NOW IT’S A POP IN FOR FIVE OR 10 MINUTES SOCIALLY DISTANCED AND SEE HOW THEY ARE DOING AND MOVE ON AND CHRISTMAS EVE WILL BE THE SAME WAY. SO WE REALLY WANT TO EMPHASIZE, AT LEAST HERE IN THE STATE, I CAN’T SPEAK FOR OTHER STATES OR WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON BUT WE’RE NOT ASKING THEM TO MAKE ANY ADDITIONAL SACRIFICE THAT IS WE’RE NOT WILLING TO DO OURSELVES AND IT IS TOUGH. ESPECIALLY FOR THE ELDERLY. WE HAVE A LOT OF ELDERLY. THEY JUST LIVE ALONE AND THEY LIVE VERY WELL AND THEY CAN LIVE INDEPENDENTLY BUT IT’S BEEN EXTRA HARD ON THEM BECAUSE A LOT OF THEIR SOCIAL GROUPS AND GATHERINGS, YOU KNOW, RELY ON TECHNOLOGY AND WE’RE TRYING TO GET EVERYONE UP TO SPEED WITH USING ZOOM BUT THAT’S HARD, TOO. NOT EVERYONE HAS THE BEST ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY ALL THE TIME. SO WE KNOW THE SACRIFICES THAT PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO MAKE. THERE IS A LOT OF MENTAL HEALTH ASPECTS TO THE LONELINESS, TO THAT ISOLATION, WHICH IS WHY WE TRY TO KEEP THINGS OPEN AND MOVING FORWARD AS BEST WE CAN WITH THAT BALANCE. BUT IT’S A TOUGH TIME DURING THE HOLIDAYS. WE GET IT. WE’RE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE END, THOUGH. THERE REALLY IS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. STAY DISCIPLINED A LITTLE WHILE LONGER. ESPECIALLY AS WE GET THROUGH THIS FIRST PHASE. FAR AND AWAY THE HUNDRED THOUSAND MOST VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS, IF WE CAN PROVIDE THEM THE PROTECTION THEY NEED OVER THE NEXT SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS WE’LL ALL BE ABLE TO TAKE A MORE COLLECTIVE BREATH. WE’LL STILL HAVE TO BE DISCIPLINED BUT THAT LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL GETS BRIGHTER AND BRIGHTER EVERY DAY. HOPEFULLY THAT GIVES PEOPLE SOME REASSURANCE, IF THE VACCINE WEREN’T THERE I THINK WE WOULD BE IN A LOT TOUGHER POSITION MENTALLY. WE WOULD ALL SAY, GEE, HOW LONG IS THIS REALLY GOING TO GO? MAYBE IT NEVER ENDS, BUT I THINK WE NOW KNOW IT CAN AND SHOULD END. THE VACCINE IS SAFE. IT’S BEING TAKEN AT A HIGH RATE, IT’S BEING DELIVERED. 30,000 VIALS SHOWED UP AT OUR DOORSTEP THIS MORNING, THAT WAS PRETTY AWESOME. I DON’T THINK ANY OF US THOUGHT IT WOULD BE HERE ON BY NEW YEAR’S BUT WE’RE ALL WELL UNDERWAY SO WE HOPE PEOPLE SEE THAT AS A LIGHT AND A BIT OF HOPE AND WE JUST ASK PEOPLE TO STAY DISCIPLINED JUST A LITTLE LONGER. >> CAN I ASK A QUESTION ABOUT THE LEGISLATURE UPDATES RELATED TO COVID-19. THERE WAS A POST ON FACEBOOK PAGE, ON A LEGISLATOR WHO WAS ASKING FOR PRAYERS. SERIOUS IN THE HOSPITAL. CAN YOU GIVE US AN OVERVIEW ON WHERE THINGS STAND AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. >> I DO NO, I CAN TELL FROM YOU A PERSONAL STANDPOINT, I DO KNOW THERE IS AT LEAST ONE LEGISLATOR THAT’S IN THE HOSPITAL. AND OBVIOUSLY WE SEND ALL OUR PRAYERS TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILY. IT’S REALLY TOUGH WHEN YOU ENTER A HOSPITAL SETTING. IT’S A TOUGH THING. IF YOU’VE SEEN WHAT THOSE FOLKS HAVE TO GO THROUGH. SO WE’RE WISHING THEM THE BEST. AGAIN, I DON’T GET ANY UPDATES AS TO WHICH LEGISLATORS ARE POSITIVE AND WHICH ONES AREN’T. WE’RE PROVIDING TESTING AS MUCH AS THEY WANT TO BE TESTED. LEGISLATORS ARE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT OPTIONS IN TERMS OF HOW THEY WILL MEET. I DON’T KNOW IF A RESOLUTION HAS BEEN DETERMINED. YOU FOLKS KNOW MORE THAN I WOULD SO I’M NOT SURE WHERE THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS BUT I KNOW THEY ARE LOOKING TO DO IT AND LOOKING TO DO IT SAFELY. >> WOULD BIT A GOOD IDEA TO WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY OR MARCH TO GET TO WORK WHEN MOST OF THEM PERHAPS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GET THE VACCINE? >> THEY CAN WORK REMOTELY AND SAFELY, OR SOCIALLY DISTANCED, AND WEARING MASKS AND DOING ALL THE PROVISION THAT IS WE REQUIRE OF ANY OTHER LARGE GROUP GATHERING, THEN THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO SO. AS LONG AS THEY CAN VOTE AND HAVE THE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND DO THE BUSINESS OF THE LEGISLATURE. MY SENSE IS AND THIS IS JUST MY SENSE, THEY ARE LOOKING AT A FAIRLY ABBREVIATED SCHEDULE THROUGH JANUARY DOING ONLY THEIR MOST HIGHEST NEED ACTIVITIES UNTIL YOU GET TO THE FEBRUARY-MARCH RANGE SO MY SENSE IS THEY ARE TAKING THAT APPROACH. YOU WOULD REALLY HAVE TO ASK THEM. >> THEY COULD GET A CONTINUING RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET PERHAPS, YOU KNOW, FOR A FEW MONTHS INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL DEADLINES THAT WERE SET? >> IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE DONE BY JUNE 30. I THINK WE’LL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO GET THE BUDGET DONE. I’LL BE PRESENTING MY VERSION OF THE BUDGET BY FEBRUARY 7 OR FEBRUARY 8. SO IF THEY JUST VOTE THAT UP, YOU KNOW, WE’LL GET IT DONE BY FEBRUARY 9. IT COULD BE THAT EASY. I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN BUT MY POINT THERE IS THEY WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO DIG INTO IT. THEY CAN DO REMOTE STUFF. I THINK THE HARDEST PART IS THE PUBLIC HEARINGS ASPECT BECAUSE YOU WANT PUBLIC INPUT. WE DON’T WANT TO BE IN A SITUATION, LAST YEAR I HAD TO VETO A LOT OF BILLS, MASSIVE OMNIBUS BILLS WITH 40 DIFFERENT BILLS PILED INTO ONE THAT DIDN’T EVEN RELATE TO EACH OTHER SOMETIMES AND THERE WERE SOME GOOD BILLS THAT ULTIMATELY GOT VETOED BUT A LOT OF TIMES IS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE AN APPROPRIATE PUBLIC HEARING SO WE WANT TO BRING THOSE BACK THIS TIME AROUND AND HOPEFULLY HAVE ANOTHER SHOT AT THEM WITH PUBLIC INPUT BECAUSE THAT’S A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROCESS. >> GOVERNOR, WE KNOW THERE ARE SOME SCHOOLS THAT HAVE SPORTS TEAMS IN QUARANTINE, BEDFORD BEING ONE. IF THIS SURGE HAPPENS SHOULD KIDS BE PLAYING INDOOR SPORTS OR HOLD OFF? >> IN TERMS OF SCHOOL SPORTS? >> WELL, I THINK, AGAIN, SCHOOLS CAN MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES. THERE ARE SAFE WAYS TO DO IT. IF THEY FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL, THERE IS NO DOUBT BUT AGAIN WE RECOMMEND THAT THEY ARE TESTING THEIR KIDS, STAYING RIGHT ON TOP OF IT, FINDING OUT WHO IS SYMPTOMATIC, WHO ISN’T, MAKING SURE THAT COMMUNICATION IS THERE AND IF QUARANTINE OR OTHER PROVISIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN THEY SHOULD BE TAKING THOSE. >> I JUST HAD A QUESTION ABOUT SOME POSITIVE CASES AT DHSS — I’M NOT SURE IF ONE OF THE DOCTORS WANTS TO TAKE THIS ONE. [LAUGHTER] >> WE JUST HEARD THERE WERE SOME POSITIVE CASES AT THE OPT CENTER. ANY INFORMATION ON THAT, WHAT GUIDELINES ARE IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE FOLKS ARE SAFE AND WITH FOLKS GETTING SICK THERE DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO CONTINUE? >> SURE. SURE. >> DHSS, BOTH THE OPT CENTER AND OUR DISTRICT OFFICES AND ALL OF OUR FRONT LINE STAFF, THEY ARE AT THE SAME RISK AS EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE COMMUNITY. WE’RE JUST A MICROCOSM OF SOCIETY OVERALL. SOYEAH, WE’VE HAD POSITIVE CASE SCASE S AND WE HAVE SOME CURRENT POSITIVE CASES IN OUR OPT CENTER FOR COVID. PUBLIC HEALTH AS YOU IMAGINE DOES A GREAT JOB OF SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH MASK WEARING, SO WE’VE REALLY LIMITED THE SPREAD IN THOSE CASES. THOSE STAFF GO OUT AND THEY GO TO THE SAME GROCERY STORES AND DO THE SAME THING WE ALL DO. SO HAVING POSITIVE CASES ISN’T COMPLETELY SURPRISING OR ATYPICAL. SO AS OF RIGHT NOW WE THINK IT’S PRETTY MUCH CONTAINED. BUT, YOU KNOW, DHHS’S STAFF AND EMPLOYEES ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN ANYBODY ELSE. WE HAVE PLENTY OF PEOPLE TO DO THE WORK WE’RE DOING. WE’RE NOT UNDERSTAFFED AT ALL AND WE’RE STILL STAYING ON TOP OF EVERYTHING THAT WE’RE DOING. AS FAR AS VACCINATIONS FOR TEACHERS, I KNOW PHASE 1-B IS IN THE WORKS BUT DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THAT ESPECIALLY NOW FOR TESTING PRIORITIES FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS? >> WE’VE GOT AN LOT OF REQUESTS FROM ESSENTIAL WORKERS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR 1-B. EVERYTHING FROM UTILITY WORKERS TO ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE WORKERS WITH, SO I THINK THAT IS — THAT’S AN UNDERTAKING THAT WE’RE STARTING RIGHT NOW TO LOOK AT. AT WHAT PLACE IN 1-B? IN A LOT OF WAYS IT WILL BE WHETHER IT IS THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY OR THE END OF FEBRUARY. IT’S NOT WHETHER SOMEONE IS INCLUDED OR NOT. IT’S WHAT POSITION DO THEY HOLD IN THAT SO WE REALLY DON’T WANT TO MAKE WINNERS AND LOSERS BUT WE WANT TO LOOK AT WHO IS MOST AT RISK FOR COMING INTO CONTACT WITH COVID AND THEN ALSO WHO IS AT MOST RISK FOR HAVING NEGATIVE OUTCOMES TO COVID WHICH IS WHY THE LONG THE EARLY CARE FACILITIES ARE GETTING THE VACCINE FIRST. >> WE’RE GETTING A LOT OF CALLS FOR PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE PRISON SYSTEM, WHETHER INMATES THEMSELVES OR LOVED ONES ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY ARE NOT GETTING ACCESS TO THE HEALTHCARE THEY NEED. THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT DISTANCING. IS THAT A CONCERN THAT THAT’S BEING LOOKED AT? >> I CAN TELL YOU THE HIGH-RISK — THE FRONT LINE WORKERS WITHIN THE PRISON SYSTEM ARE PART OF THE CONGREGANT LIVING, YOU KNOW, FIRST RESPONDERS, IF YOU WILL, THAT WE’LL MAKE SURE DO GET VACCINATED. >> ARE THERE CONCERNS ABOUT INMATES WHO SAY, YOU KNOW, I’M NOT GETTING THE TREATMENT I NEED OR THE TESTING I NEED OR WE’RE TOO PACKED IN THERE. >> WE’RE PROVIDING A LOT OF TESTING WITHIN THE PRISON SYSTEM. WE KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME OUTBREAKS FOR SURE. THEY HAVE DONE A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF CONTAINING THEM, IN SOME OF THE SMALLER COUNTY JAILS AS WELL AS SOME OF THE LARGER PRISONS. I THINK THE STAFF IS DOING A GREAT JOB MITIGATING AND CONTAINING, BUT WE’RE MAKING SURE THAT THE TESTING IS AVAILABLE. THEY CAN IDENTIFY, YOU KNOW, WHO MIGHT BE ASYMPTOMATIC OR SYMPTOMATIC. WHO IS POSITIVE, WHO ISN’T. MAKING SURE THOSE INDIVIDUALS GO INTO SOME SORT OF MEDICAL ISOLATION, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, IF THEIR SYMPTOMS ARE SEVERE ENOUGH AND THEY DO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL MEDICAL CARE ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT THE PRISON CAMP PROVIDE THEY ARE TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL AND THAT’S HAPPENING. WE HAVE PRISONERS THAT HAVE NEEDED SOME ADDITIONAL CARE AND HAVE BEEN UTILIZING A FEW OF OUR HOSPITAL BEDS AS WELL, UNDER SECURITY CAN, OF COURSE. >> DO WE HAVE SOMEONE ON THE PHONE? >> YES, GOVERNOR. WE DO HAVE SOME FOLKS ON THE PHONE WITH QUESTIONS. THE FIRST ONE COMES FROM HOLLY REAMER WITH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. HOLLY, PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. >> HI, THANK YOU. DR. DALY TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WORKING DIRECTLY WITH FIRST RESPONDER AGENCIES TO GET THEM READY FOR THE VACCINE. BUT WHEN WE GET TO LATER PHASES, PHASES THAT INCLUDE WORKERS IN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES, OLDER ADULTS, HOW DOES THE STATE PLAN TO NOTIFY THE NEXT PRIORITY GROUP THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE? >> SURE. I’M GOING TO HAVE DR. DALY COME UP AND TALK A LITTLE GENERALLY ABOUT THAT. >> SO AS WE DEVELOP THE PLANS FOR FUTURE PHASES WE’LL COMMUNICATE BROADLY WITH EVERYONE INCLUDING ALL OF YOU. LETTING YOU KNOW WHICH PHASES OF OUR VACCINATION DISTRIBUTION PLAN WE’RE AT AND WE’LL PROVIDE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW PEOPLE CAN REGISTER. WE’RE WORKING WITH THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS FOR THEM TO ROSTER THEIR EMPLOYEES THAT NEED TO BE VACCINATED AS PART OF THE FIRST PHASE BUT THAT NOT WORK ROSTERING INDIVIDUALS WITH COMPANIES WITH THE LARGER DISTRIBUTION PLAN AND HAVE AN ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS WHERE PEOPLE CAN BE PUT INTO LINE IN ORDER TO GET VACCINATED AND SCHEDULED WHERE THEY WANT TO RECEIVE THAT VACCINE FROM. IT WILL BE BROADLY COMMUNICATED THROUGH MANY DIFFERENT PLATFORMS. >> THANK YOU. >> GOVERNOR? >> CAN I TAKE ONE SECOND. BEN AND DR. DALY, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF BEES OVER THERE. I JUST WANT YOU TO BEWARE OF THAT AND JUST BE CAREFUL. I DON’T KNOW HOW WE HAVE BEES IN HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER, BUT I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS AWARE. I DON’T WANT ANYONE TO GET STUNG. SORRY ABOUT THAT HEALTH AND SAFETY. IT’S WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT HERE. >> OKAY. SO THE NEXT QUESTION, GOVERNOR, COMES FROM RICK GREEN WITH T DAILY SUN. GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. >> IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT PROVIDE DIRECT AID TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHAT KIND OF CUTBACKS WILL BE REQUIRED AND WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF LAYOFFS BEING NEEDED FROM THE STATE AND LOCAL WORKERS, INCLUDING POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND TEACHERS, AND THE SECOND PART IS, STATE REPRESENTATIVE DON JOHNSON LEAKED ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO AN ANTI-SEMITIC CONSPIRACY POST ON A NEO-NAZI WEBSITE, ARE YOU OKAY WITH HER SERVING IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE? >> OKAY. THE FIRST QUESTION, I’M SORRY, I GOT THE ONE ON DON — THE FIRST QUESTION IS ABOUT — >> SORRY, IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN’T COME THROUGH AND PROVIDE ANY SORT OF RELIEF FOR STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, OBVIOUSLY WE HOPE THAT THEY DO. YOU KNOW, NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB AND I CAN ONLY SPEAK FOR OUR STATE. WE’VE DONE A GREAT JOB IN TERMS OF MANAGING THE BUDGET. SO YOU CAN HAVE SOMEWHERE AROUND $50 MILLION, WE COULD USE OUR RAINY DAY FUND, THAT’S WHAT THAT’S FOR TO COVER SOME OF THOSE BACK END ISSUES FROM THE PREVIOUS BUDGET. WE WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT THROUGH JUNE 30 AND WE HAVE PLENTY OF MONEY TO DO THAT. AND THEN GOING FORWARD IT’S JUST ABOUT GOOD MANAGEMENT. I DON’T THINK WE ANTICIPATE ANY MASSIVE LAYOFFS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE ANY MAJOR CUTBACKS OR ANYTHING. I THINK IT’S JUST ABOUT FINDING EFFICIENCIES IN THE SYSTEM. BEING DISCIPLINED ABOUT YOUR SPENDING. WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF COVID RELIEF DOCTORS COMING IN HELPING TO SUPPLANT WHAT WE’RE NOT SPENDING FOR TRADITIONAL STATE COST BUT MAKING SURE WE’RE COVERING ALL OF OUR COVID COST SO THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL BURDEN ON OUR SYSTEM. EVEN IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN’T COME THROUGH I THINK WE’VE MANAGED VERY WELL AND WE’RE GOING TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE. WE REALLY ARE. I STILL FULLY PLAN ON WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMES THROUGH OR NOT WE’RE STILL PLANNING ON PRESENTING A BUDGET WITH TAX CUTS IN IT TO REALLY BOOST THE ECONOMY. OFF LOT OF BUSINESSES MOVING IN, A LOT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND THOSE ARE REALLY THE THINGS KIND OF JULY 1 FORWARD BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THE NEW BUDGET WILL BE LOOKING AT, JULY 1 FORWARD THAT WE LOOK AT IN TERMS OF REVENUE EXPECTATIONS FOR THE STATE AND RIGHT NOW OUR ECONOMIC OUTLOOK IS VERY, VERY GOOD. CONSIDERING, YOU KNOW, ALL THAT WE’VE HAD TO GO THROUGH OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS. AS FOR DON JOHNSON AND THIS POST IT WAS A DISGUSTING POST. ANYBODY WHO IS IN A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP REPOSTING THINGS FROM WEBSITES LIKE THAT IT’S COMPLETELY REPREHENSIBLE. I DON’T KNOW — YOU CAN’T PUT A STRONG ENOUGH WORD OR HYPERBOLE ON IT IN TERMS OF THOSE ACTIONS. I DON’T WORK WITH ANYBODY THAT KIND OF LIVES IN THAT REALM. >> GOVERNOR, THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM CAROL — WITH THE MANCHESTER, INC., LINK. CAROL, PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. >> CAROL? WE’LL TRY THAT BACK IN A MINUTE. >> OKAY. LET’S MOVE ON TO MATT, WHO IS WITH NBC 5. MATT, PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. >> THANK YOU. GOVERNOR SUNUNU, SOME REACTION ON YOUR FACEBOOK FEED OVER THE WEEKEND IN REGARDS TO SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE INCLUDING HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, AHEAD OF SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE IF LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES OR ON THE FRONT LINES, IN HOSPITALS AND OTHER MEDICAL FIELDS. I JUST WANT TO GET YOUR REACTION TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THE VACCINE? >> I GUESS, YOU KNOW, I THINK WHAT I POSTED OUT AND WHAT I HAVE SAID PUBLICLY REALLY STANDS ON ITS OWN. I THINK IT’S DESPICABLE. I THINK ANYONE WHO THINKS JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, THINKS THEY SHOULD GO BEFORE A NURSE OR INDIVIDUAL LONG TERM CARE FACILITY HAS A REALLY CONVOLUTED UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR SELF-WORTH AND SELF-IMPORTANCE. I KNOW THAT SOUNDS LIKE WE’RE USING HYPERBOLE BUT I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU, WE’RE SCRAPING FOR EVERY LAST DOSE OF VACCINE WE CAN TO GET THROUGH THESE INDIVIDUALS AND I THINK OF THE INDIVIDUALS SITTING IN A LONG TERM CARE FACILITY RIGHT NOW WHO ARE FINALLY GETTING THE VACCINE, WAITING FOR THEIR NUMBER TO BE CALLED. NOW IS THE TOUGHEST TIME THAT POTENTIALLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS COULD GET COVID. EVERY VIAL THAT WE CAN GET OUT, EVERY LAST BIT THAT WE CAN GET OUT TO THE AREAS OF HIGHEST NEED IT’S REALLY VITALLY IMPORTANT. YOU KNOW, I SAW SOME OF THE POSTS OF THESE INDIVIDUALS, YOU KNOW, THESE POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON GETTING THE VACCINE, AND, YOU KNOW, I JUST THINK IT’S A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW SERIOUS THIS IS AND HOW SERIOUS IT IS, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT THE VACCINE GO TO EXACTLY WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. >> AND GOVERNOR, THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM MICHAEL GRAHAM WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE JOURNAL. MICHAEL, PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. >> MICHAEL? >> STRIKE TWO. >> WE’RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO JORDAN — WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO. JORDAN, GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. >> HI. YES, I HAVE ONE QUESTION AND I ALSO ASK THAT YOU PLEASE COME BACK TO ME FOR A FOLLOW-UP, BUT NEW HAMPSHIRE — [INAUDIBLE] IN THE WEEKS AFTER THANKSGIVING. AS THE STATE’S OWN DATA SHOWS AND SOME HOSPITALS ARE NOW SAYING THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH OPERATING AT CAPACITY, AND THEY ARE DEFINITELY EXPECTING ANOTHER SPIKE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, NEXT WEEK SO THE STATE’S PLANNING AS YOU’VE DESCRIBED IT NOW, IN RECENT WEEKS, SEEMS TO BE BASED — INCREASE IN CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS BUT IS THERE ANY PROACTIVE STRATEGY — AND AT WHAT POINT WILL YOU TAKE FURTHER POLICY ACTION TO PREVENT — DEATHS? >> SO LET’S BE VERY CLEAR. WE’VE BEEN TAKING PROACTIVE MEASURES ALL ALONG TO HELP REDUCE AND MINIMIZE THE SURGE THAT WE KNEW WAS HERE. EVERY STEP THAT WE TAKE. EVERY DAY THAT GOES BY, WE’RE LOOKING AT THE DATA. WE’RE LOOKING TO SEE WHAT KILLS BE DONE TO MANAGE NOT JUST THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE, FATALITY RATE AND THE OUTBREAKS THAT WE’RE SEEING IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT FALGTS. WE TOOK THE VERY AGGRESSIVE MOVE PRIOR TO THANKSGIVING TO PUTTING THE MASK MANDATE IN PLACE. WE’RE SEEING SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF THAT. NOW OUR NUMBERS OVER THE LAST WEEK HAVE STABILIZED, EVEN COME DOWN A LITTLE BIT, WHICH IS REALLY GOOD NEWS. WAS THERE A BUMP AFTER THANKSGIVING? A LITTLE BIT TO BE SURE, NOT AS BIG AS SOME OTHER STATES. DO WE EXPECT ANOTHER BUMP POTENTIALLY AFTER CHRISTMAS? YES. WE DO. BUT RIGHT NOW WE DON’T THINK IT’S ANYTHING THAT WE CANNOT MANAGE. I THINK WE’VE DONE — THE TEAM HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB MAKING EVER FROM TESTING AVAILABLE, GETTING RESULTS BACK QUICKLY, EITHER CONTACT TRACING THAT, YOU KNOW, EVEN WITH THE THOUSANDS MORE CASES THAT WE DEAL WITH TODAY THAN WE WERE DEALING WITH JUST A MONTH OR MONTH AND A HALF AGO, THE TEAM CONTINUES TO DO A VERY GOOD JOB ON THE CONTACT TRACING, WORKING WITH MANCHESTER, NASHUA AND SOME OF THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE DOING THEIR OWN. IT’S A VERY GOOD SYSTEM. ALL OF THESE ARE TOOLS THAT GO INTO PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE BEING PROACTIVE AND AS PROACTIVE AS WE CAN, MAKING SURE IF FOLKS HAVE A NEED, WE’RE THERE. WHEN HOSPITALS NEEDED SOME MORE DOLLARS SO THEY COULD, YOU KNOW, FIND SOME MORE CAPACITY WE PROVIDED MORE FUNDING. WHEN UNH NEEDED MORE DOLLARS LAST WEEK BECAUSE THEY WERE DOING MORE AT THE TIMING WE PROVIDED MORE FUNDING. ALL THESE DIFFERENT PIECES THAT HAVE TO COME TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE SCHOOLS ARE VIABLE WE’RE CONSTANTLY WORKING WITH THEM IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY. I THINK WE’VE DONE A VERY GOOD JOB. I THINK THE TEAM DESERVES A LOT OF CREDIT FOR BEING PROACTIVE AND CONSTANTLY LOOKING AT WHAT CAN BE DONE. IS THERE A FOLLOW UP? >> YES. ARE THERE NO OTHER FURTHER GUIDELINES OR RESTRICTIONS THAT ARE BEING CONSIDERED RIGHT NOW? OTHER SURROUNDING STATES HAVE DONE THAT. LIKE VERMONT AND MAINE, AND THEIR NUMBERS ARE COMPARABLE TO OURS. ANY OTHER TYPE OF RESTRICTIONS LIKE CURFEWS OR LIMITING CROWD SIZES? >> WE’LL LOOK AT THE DATA. WE’LL ALWAYS CONSIDER — EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE REALLY AND WE’VE ALWAYS SAID THAT I WOULD BE VERY CAUTIOUS TO COMPARE TO US VERMONT AND MAINE. THOSE ARE INCREDIBLY RURAL STATES. MUCH MORE RURAL, ESPECIALLY THE SOUTHERN TIER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. IF YOUR ARGUMENT IS STATES WITH MORE RESTRICTIONS HAVE LOWER COVID THAT’S ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. LOOK AT CALIFORNIA. THEIR NUMBERS ARE UP 30% LAST WEEK, WHERE AS OUR NUMBERS ARE DOWN AND THEY HAVE THE MOST RESTRICTIVE POLICIES IN THE COUNTRY. LOOK AT WHAT MASSACHUSETTS IS DOING. THEIR JOBS, AGAIN, ARE HIGHER, AND AGAIN, THEY ARE PUTTING MORE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE. I THINK IT LOOKS LIKE EVEN THEIR NUMBERS AROUND NEW ENGLAND AND CONNECTICUT, RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS, THEIR NUMBERS SEEM TO HAVE STABILIZED AND HOPEFULLY WE’RE ALL AT THAT LEVEL TOGETHER IN. NEW ENGLAND WE’RE KIND OF ALL TIED TOGETHER. SO, AGAIN, YOU CAN’T JUST BE SO BLANKET AS TO SAY IF WE JUST DO MORE RESTRICTIONS, EVERYTHING WILL BE BETTER. I HAD SOMEBODY ASK ME WHY DON’T WE JUST BE LIKE VERMONT. NO, WE AREN’T GOING TO DO THAT. VERMONT HAS THEIR OWN STAFF. GOVERNOR SCOTT HAS DONE A GOOD JOB CRAFTING HIS STATE. WE HAVE VERY DIFFERENT VARIABLES, DENSITY VARIABLES, DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES, HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS, INDUSTRY CONSIDERATIONS, SCHOOL CONSIDERATIONS. IT WORKS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY STATE-TO-STATE AND THAT’S WHY EACH GOVERNOR IS TASKED WITH CRAFTING THEIR OWN PATH. I THINK THE PATH WE’RE ON IS VERY GOOD. WE’RE VERY ENCOURAGED THAT OUR NUMBERS SEEM TO BE GOING DOWN A LITTLE BIT, AND WE’LL KEEP WATCHING THE HOSPITALIZATIONS. WE WATCH THIS DATA DAY BY DAY, SOMETIMES HOUR BY HOUR. WE’RE ON A GOOD PATH HERE. >> GOVERNOR, WE’RE GOING TO CIRCLE BACK TO CAROL AT MANCHESTER INC. CAROL, ARE YOU THERE? >> CAROL? >> SHE’S MUTED. >> YEAH, SHE MIGHT BE. >> WE CAN TRY MICHAEL. MICHAEL GRAHAM AT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE JOURNAL. MICHAEL, GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. >> FIRST OF ALL, GOVERNOR, THANKS FOR WISHING US A HAPPY CHRISTMAS. >> I KEEP LOOKING UP FOR THE FESTIVITIES PULLED FOR ALL THE PRANKS THAT ARE OUT THERE BUT IT’S THE HOLIDAY AND WE’VE GOT TO STAY POSITIVE, RIGHT? >> FIRST, I’LL START WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM FROM DHHS. THERE IS A VOTE TONIGHT ON CURFEW. THEY ARE POINTING TOWARDS RESTAURANTS AND RESTAURANTS BUSINESSES BEING OPEN AFTER 9:30. AS YOU KNOW, NUMBERS COMING IN FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY IN MINNESOTA, CONTACT TRACING, APPARENTLY 1.4% OF CASES CAN BE TRACED BACK TO RESTAURANTS, IN NEW YORK, 1.7%. CALIFORNIA, A JUDGE JUST SHOT DOWN THE ENTIRE STATE PLAN TO SHUT DOWN RESTAURANTS BECAUSE THE STATE PRESENTED IN HIS WORDS, NO EVIDENCE THAT THE POLICY WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON SPREADING COVID. HAVE YOU GIVEN ANY DATA TO NASHUA FROM THE STATE LEVEL THAT WOULD INDICATE THAT RESTAURANTS ARE A SOURCE OF SIGNIFICANT SPREAD? DO YOU HAVE ANY DATA TO BACK THAT UP? AND IS THERE ANY DATA THAT WOULD SHOW THAT A CURFEW WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON REDUCING SPREAD AND I HAVE A FOLLOW UP QUESTION. >> NO. AGAIN, THERE IS NO CLEAR DATA THAT WE’VE SEEN OR THAT WE’VE PROVIDED THAT SAY RESTAURANTS ARE A CLEAR SUPER SPREADER OF COVID IN. TERMS OF WHETHER CURFEWS WORK, I WOULD SAY THIS. I’VE TALKED TO A LOT OF FOLKS IN MASSACHUSETTS WHERE THEY HAVE HAD CURFEWS, WE’VE BEEN TOLD THAT INSTEAD OF BEING IN RESTAURANTS IN LARGER SETTINGS LATER, AND I UNDERSTAND THE CURFEW, THEY DON’T WANT LARGE GATHERINGS AT RESTAURANTS LATE AT NIGHT AND ESPECIALLY A LOT OF THE SINGLE SCENES AND THINGS LIKE THAT IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON PER SE BUT WHAT’S HAPPENING A LOT OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT JUST GOING HOME SAYING WE’RE NOT GOING TO SOCIALIZE. THEY ARE GOING TO SOMEONE’S HOUSE. THEY ARE GOING TO ANOTHER PRIVATE SETTING AND SOMETIMES STAYING LATER THAN THEY WOULD. THERE IS NO REAL RESTRICTIONS AROUND THAT. NO ABILITY TO MACHINE FOR THAT. AND SO YOU’RE STILL GETTING THE SPREADING TYPE ACTIVITY FROM SOCIAL GATHERINGS, THE SAME TYPE THEY ARE TRYING TO PREVENT WITHIN THE RESTAURANTS BUT IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING BEHIND THE FOUR WALLS OF A PRIVATE HOME NOW. SO YOU’VE GOT — WEIGH THE GOOD WITH THE BAD. IT’S LIKE A TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE ANALOGY. YOU SQUEEZE ONE END SOMETHING COULD GIVE ON THE OTHER. FOLKS AREN’T JUST GOING HOME. SO ONE THING ABOUT HAVING A RESTAURANT SETTING HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND NOT PUSHING THE CURFEW ASPECT, IS THAT RESTAURANTS FOR THE MOST PART ARE DOING A GOOD JOB OF WATCHING THEIR GUIDANCE, MAKING SURE PEOPLE ARE SITTING DOWN, KEEPING THE NUMBER OF FOLKS LIMITED. WE DON’T ALLOW JUST STANDING IN LARGE GATHERINGS AROUND THE BAR AREA OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT WHEN YOU’RE IN THAT RESTAURANT SETTING YOU DO HAVE GUIDELINES THAT ARE IN PLACE THAT CAN ALLOW PEOPLE TO BE SOCIAL SOMEWHAT BUT STILL WITHIN THE GUIDELINES THAT WE’VE — AND THE PARAMETERS WE’VE PUT FORWARD AND THEREFORE RESTAURANTS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB AND WE DON’T SEE A LOT OF THOSE SUPER SPREADING EVENTS. LOOK, IF NASHUA WANTS TO CREATE THAT. THAT’S THEIR CHOICE TO DO SO. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE NUMBERS BECAUSE AGAIN YOU’RE STILL GOING TO GET A LOT OF SOCIAL GATHERINGS JUST NOT AT RESTAURANTS BUT, YOU KNOW, BACK AT HOME. >> DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER ONE? >> GO AHEAD, MIKE. >> I HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION FOR YOU, GOVERNOR, ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND HOW NEW HAMPSHIRE IS DOING AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU’RE GETTING SOME HELP FROM GOVERNOR BAKER, BECAUSE MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE ONE OF JUST THREE STATES THAT’S ENTERING THE TRANSPORTATION CLIMATE INITIATIVE. YOU ANNOUNCED IN 2019 YOU AREN’T GOING TO BRITO AND TOOK A LOT OF CRITICISM. NOW A PLAN THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO REACH FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO MAINE ONLY HAS THREE STATES IN IT. EVEN NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, AND THE NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR IN MAINE HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO ENTER IT. WERE YOU RIGHT, AND DO YOU ANTICIPATE A BENEFIT TO NEW HAMPSHIRE’S ECONOMY WHEN WE NEED IT DURING COVID FROM MASSACHUSETTS RAISING GAS PRICES? >> WAS I RIGHT IN HAVING US STAY OUT OF THE TRANSPORTATION CLIMATE INDUSTRY. ABSOLUTELY. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. THE FINANCIAL IMPACTS OF THAT INITIATIVE ARE HUGE AND THAT’S WHY A LOT OF RURAL STATES, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, ARE SAYING NO. IT’S NOT FOR US. SO EFFECTIVELY, THAT PROGRAM WOULD ASK A LOT OF RURAL STATES TO SUBSIDIZE A LOT OF THE LARGER MASS TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVES OF STATES LIKE CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW YORK, AND AGAIN, IF THOSE FOLKS WANT TO REBUILD THE MBTA AND ALL OF THAT, I THINK THAT’S GREAT. BUT THEY SHOULD PAY FOR IT. HOW DYE A TAXPAYER IN FRANKLIN TO GET ANOTHER 20 CENTS A GALLON ON THEIR GAS TAX SO THAT THEY CAN SUBSIDIZE THE DEBT SERVICE ON THE BOSTON MBPA SYSTEM. THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ANYBODY, SO OF COURSE, WE WERE THE FIRST STATE TO STEP UP AND STEP OUT OF THAT. I KNOW OTHER STATES ARE LOOK TOGO FORWARD WITH IT. THAT’S THEIR CHOICE. ARE WE GOING TO BENEFIT FROM IT ECONOMICALLY? I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU, IF MASSACHUSETTS GOES FORWARD WITH IT, YEAH. I DON’T KNOW HOW WE WOULDN’T AND THAT’S NOT WHY WE’RE STAYING OUT OF IT. WE’RE STAYING OUT OF IT SO AS NOT TO PENALIZE OUR CITIZENS UNNECESSARILY, BUT THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IF YOU START, YOU KNOW, PUTTING 20 OR 25 CENTS OF EXTRA GAS TAX, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE BORDER TOWNS OF MASSACHUSETTS, LAWRENCE, HANOVER, THERE IS NO DOUBT FOLKS WILL COME ACROSS THE BORDER TO GET GAS AND BUY THEIR GROCERIES AND GET WHATEVER ELSE THEY ARE GOING TO BE PURCHASING, AND WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN AHEAD OF THE GAME IN THAT AREA AND NOW IT’S GOING TO PUT US THAT MUCH FURTHER AHEAD. SO, THEN YOU ADD ON THE FACTS THAT WE’RE IN A PRETTY BIG ECONOMIC CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY. I’VE ALWAYS SAID THE LAST THING YOU SHOULD BE DOING IS PULLING ANOTHER BUCK OUT OF PEOPLE’S POCKETS WHEN YOU WANT THEM TO HAVE SOME ECONOMIC STABILITY FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEN YOU ADD ON THE ASPECT THAT WE’RE NOW — MORE PEOPLE ARE REMOTE WORKING, RIGHT? SO ALL OF THE FINANCIAL ESTIMATES OF HOW MUCH MONEY THAT GAS TAX WAS GOING TO BRING IN ARE LIKELY GOING TO FALL SHORT BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE ARE JUST WORKING REMOTELY AND THEREFORE, THEY ARE GOING TO COME BACK AND RAISE THE TAX YET AGAIN. SO THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS THAT COULD REALLY SNOWBALL OUT OF CONTROL IN A VERY BAD WAY ECONOMICALLY. I UNDERSTAND IF THEY WANT TO DO IT FOR THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE AND VOTE. S, THAT’S THEIR CHOICE, BY ALL MEANS. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT’S DEFINITELY NOT FULFILLING, I THINK, SOME OF THE IDEAS OF HAVING ALL OF THESE STATES IN IT TOGETHER AS WAS ORIGINALLY ENVISIONED, AND THAT WILL HAVE A REALLY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE FINANCES AND THE REALITY OF MAKING SOME OF THOSE PROGRAMS COME TO FRUITION. >> WE’RE ALL SET. >> I DIDN’T KNOW WE WERE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TCI’S. >> JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON VACCINE DISTRIBUTION, WE HAVE A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE STATE THAT HEAD SOUTH. IF THEIR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IS UP HERE AND THEIR TIME COMES TO GET VACCINATED HOW DO YOU SUGGEST THEY DO THAT? SHOULD THEY COME BACK HOME, WAIT UNTIL THEY RETURN IN THE SPRING OR FIND A LOCATION WHERE THEY ARE? >> THAT’S A GOOD POINT. LUCKILY, WE STILL HAVE A LITTLE TIME TO WORK THAT OUT. THAT WILL BE MORE PHASE 2 AND PHASE 3 OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IS THAT THE ANSWER FOR THE MOST PART? >> YES. >> WHAT WE’LL DO IS WE’RE GOING — THE DOCTORS ARE BASICALLY GOING TO ENTER INTO A SYSTEM TO SAY, YES, WE WANT TO RECEIVE SOME VACCINES, AND THEN WE’LL COMMUNICATE TO THEM WHO GETS PRIORITIZED AS PART OF THAT, AND THEN PART OF THAT COMMUNICATION, THOSE HEALTH ADVISORY NOTICES, WILL INCLUDE SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND GUIDANCE, IF YOU WILL IN TERMS OF HOW TO DEAL WITH FOLKS THAT MAY BE TRAVELING, MAY NOT BE BACK WITHIN A CERTAIN WINDOW OF TIME FOR THEIR SECOND SHOT OR WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE. LUCKILY WITHIN PHASE 1-A, THE NURSES ARE THERE. THE FOLKS AND CONGREGANT IN LONG TERM SETTINGS ARE THERE SO IT’S MUCH EASIER TO MANAGE AS WE ROLL THIS OUT. ONE THING WE’RE LOOKING AT IS WHAT THE UPTAKE? A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE COMING IN TO GET THE VACCINE WHICH IS GOOD NEWS BUT ALL OF THOSE VARIABLES WILL COME INTO PLACE AS WE GO THROUGH THE PRIORITIES, SO THE RARE CASES WHERE THEY MAY NOT AVAILABLE FOR THEIR SECOND SHOT OR STILL LOOKING TO GET THEIR FIRST SHOT CAN, THEY GET IT IN ANOTHER STATE AND HOW EXACTLY WOULD THAT WORK? OKAY. GREAT. THANKS, EVERYONE. WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE A SAFE AND HEALTHY AND HAPPY CHRISTMAS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE TALKING TIME OFF. WE THANK EVERYONE FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY ARE MAKING, JUST MEETING, HAVING THEIR CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY MOSTLY AND WE JUST WANT FOLKS TO STAY SAFE. WE’RE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE END TO BE SURE. THE TEAM HAS DONE A GREAT JOB. THERE IS A LATE AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. 2020 WILL BE OVER SOON ENOUGH AND WE’LL BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO MAKE 2021 SUCCESSFUL. NO PRESS CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK UNLESS SOMETHING DRASTIC HITS. WE KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE TRAVELING. THANK YOU GUYS VERY MUCH. >> SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. GOVERNOR SUNUNU TALKING ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BULLET POINTS THE GOVERNOR HIDDEN. FIRST, SOME OF THE STATISTICS. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE 624 NEW CASES. 6,458 ACTIVE CASES. THAT’S A DECREASE OF ABOUT 203. TOTAL CASES IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE NOW AT 37,528. AND WE CURRENTLY HAVE 297 CURRENT HOSPITALIZATIONS. TAKING A LOOK NOW AT NO NEW DEATHS FOR A SECOND DAY IN A ROW. 656, THOUGH, TOTAL DEATHS TRAGICALLY ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN. 52 DEATHS IN THE LAST SEVEN DAYS. ALSO. MODERNA VACCINES NOW IN PLACE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. 24,200 DOSES IN THE STATE. HALF OF THOSE NOW GOING TO THE HOSPITALS. HALF TO FIXED AND MOBILE SITES. THAT’S LAUNCHING TUESDAY. HIGH-RISK PROVIDERS NOT IN HOSPITALS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVING THAT SECOND HALF DOSAGE. ALSO ANOTHER VACCINE. THE PFIZER VACCINE, WE DO HAVE 8,875 DOSES IN THE STATE THIS WEEK. MOST ARE GOING NOW TO LONG TERM CARE VACCINATION PROGRAMS. NOW, ALSO, AS FAR AS FUTURE VACCINATIONS ARE CONCERNED, WE’RE EXPECTING ABOUT 18,000 DOSES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE EACH WEEK OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. PHASE 1 VACCINATIONS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL MID TO LATE JANUARY. AND THOSE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS, LONG TERM CARIES — CARE RESIDENTS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. FUTURE PHASES NOT YET ANNOUNCED BUT THAT WILL OCCUR AS WE CONTINUE TO MARCH DOWN THE ROAD. THAT WILL DO IT FOR NOW. WE’LL HAVE FULL COVERAGE O
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Officials detail number of COVID-19 cases
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This page is updated daily. *Full press conference in the video above was held Dec. 22, 2020*>> Download the FREE WMUR app New Hampshire data:Number of people diagnosed with COVID-19: 40,809Most-recent daily PCR test positivity rate (data released 12/27): 9.1% Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 708Number of active cases: 6,994Number of patients who have recovered: 33,107Number of current hospitalizations: 270Number of people who have been hospitalized: 895 Number of total PCR tests for COVID-19: 503,140 Number of total antibody tests: 34,567Number of MIS-C cases: 1 ** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data **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Can’t see the map and graphs above? 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VACCINE INFORMATIONThe following is an estimated vaccine timeline for distribution:Phase 1-A: December to JanuaryHighest risk health workersLong-term care facilitiesFirst respondersPhase 1-B: January to MarchHigh-risk individualsOlder individuals with co-morbiditiesThose living in senior housingPhase 2: March to AprilAdults in congregate settings, including homeless shelters, group homes and prisonsPhase 3: AprilGeneral populationACTIVE OUTBREAKS AT FACILITIES IN STATEThe following facilities have seen confirmed cases in residents and/or staff in recent days or weeks, according to officials: The Arbors at Bedford Benchmark Senior Living at Nashua Crossings in NashuaColonial Poplin Nursing & RehabilitationCommunity Bridges Concord Coos County Nursing Hospital in West StewartstownCountry Village Center Courville at Bedford (Carlyle Place) in BedfordCrestwood Center in Milford Elms Center in MilfordEpsom HealthCare Center in EpsomFairview Senior Living in HudsonGrace House of Windham in WindhamGreen Mountain Treatment Center in EffinghamHanover Hill Health Care in ManchesterHanover Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center in HanoverHarris Hill Center Keystone Hall, Cynthia Day Program Lakes Region Community Center (Fairview Home) in LaconiaMerrimack County Jail Merrimack County Nursing Home in BoscawenMt. Prospect Academy Seacoast Treatment & Stabilization Center Nashua Crossings Benchmark New Hampshire State Prison for Men in ConcordNew Hampshire Veterans Home in TiltonNorthern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin Oceanside Center – Genesis Pines of NewmarketPleasant View Center in ConcordRiverside Rest Home in DoverThe Secure Psychiatric Unit at the Department of CorrectionsStrafford County Jail Warde Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in WindhamWentworth Senior Living HOW NEW HAMPSHIRE COMPARES TO THE REST OF THE UNITED STATESDaily U.S. Deaths: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7-Day Average for U.S. Cases: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(Are you unable to see the above maps? 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 | Guidelines announced in April LOCAL RESOURCESDHHS Information: Coronavirus in New HampshireVolunteering opportunitiesHow to donate PPEsNATIONAL RESOURCESLatest worldwide coronavirus dataInteractive map from Johns Hopkins UniversityCDC guidelines on coronavirus TIMELINE: NOTABLE DATESOn 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.On Nov. 12, the state announced that all interstate youth hockey competitions in New England and New Jersey have been suspended until Dec. 31 at the earliest. Plus, due to a rise in cases, state officials said they will no longer conduct contact tracing for every single case and instead will focus on certain populations. On Oct. 23, the state released new guidance for indoor hockey and ice rink activities that includes mandatory testing for all those involved.On Oct. 15, the governor announced that all indoor hockey activities would be paused for two weeks after officials noted increased community transmission that is likely connected to hockey.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 homePREVENTING THE SPREADThere are steps that can be taken to avoid spreading coronavirus: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 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. 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 UPDATESAs the U.S. prepares to grapple with potential holiday COVID-19 surges, hospitals across the country reported more than 100,000 patients for the 26th day in a row.December has been a devastating month for coronavirus spread in the U.S. More than 63,000 Americans have died so far this month — the most since the pandemic began — bringing the total to more than 333,000 people lost to the virus in the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University.Another 193,000 could lose their lives over the next two months, according to predictions from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert a federal government shutdown.U.S. health officials believe the coronavirus mutation that set off alarms in parts of Britain is no more apt to cause serious illness or be resistant to vaccines than the strain afflicting people in the United States but it still must be taken “very seriously,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci Sunday.
Get the latest information below about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on New Hampshire. This page is updated daily.
*Full press conference in the video above was held Dec. 22, 2020*
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New Hampshire data:
- Number of people diagnosed with COVID-19: 40,809
- Most-recent daily PCR test positivity rate (data released 12/27): 9.1%
- Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 708
- Number of active cases: 6,994
- Number of patients who have recovered: 33,107
- Number of current hospitalizations: 270
- Number of people who have been hospitalized: 895
- Number of total PCR tests for COVID-19: 503,140
- Number of total antibody tests: 34,567
- Number of MIS-C cases: 1
** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data **
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The following is an estimated vaccine timeline for distribution:
Phase 1-A: December to January
- Highest risk health workers
- Long-term care facilities
- First responders
Phase 1-B: January to March
- High-risk individuals
- Older individuals with co-morbidities
- Those living in senior housing
Phase 2: March to April
- Adults in congregate settings, including homeless shelters, group homes and prisons
Phase 3: April
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:
- The Arbors at Bedford
- Benchmark Senior Living at Nashua Crossings in Nashua
- Colonial Poplin Nursing & Rehabilitation
- Community Bridges Concord
- Coos County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown
- Country Village Center
- Courville at Bedford (Carlyle Place) in Bedford
- Crestwood Center in Milford
- Elms Center in Milford
- Epsom HealthCare Center in Epsom
- Fairview Senior Living in Hudson
- Grace House of Windham in Windham
- Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham
- Hanover Hill Health Care in Manchester
- Hanover Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hanover
- Harris Hill Center
- Keystone Hall, Cynthia Day Program
- Lakes Region Community Center (Fairview Home) in Laconia
- Merrimack County Jail
- Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen
- Mt. Prospect Academy Seacoast Treatment & Stabilization Center
- Nashua Crossings Benchmark
- New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord
- New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton
- Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin
- Oceanside Center – Genesis
- Pines of Newmarket
- Pleasant View Center in Concord
- Riverside Rest Home in Dover
- The Secure Psychiatric Unit at the Department of Corrections
- Strafford County Jail
- Warde Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Windham
- Wentworth Senior Living
HOW NEW HAMPSHIRE COMPARES TO THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES
Daily U.S. Deaths:
7-Day Average for U.S. Cases:
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KEY LOCAL INFORMATION
TIMELINE: NOTABLE DATES
- 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.
- On Nov. 12, the state announced that all interstate youth hockey competitions in New England and New Jersey have been suspended until Dec. 31 at the earliest. Plus, due to a rise in cases, state officials said they will no longer conduct contact tracing for every single case and instead will focus on certain populations.
- On Oct. 23, the state released new guidance for indoor hockey and ice rink activities that includes mandatory testing for all those involved.
- On Oct. 15, the governor announced that all indoor hockey activities would be paused for two weeks after officials noted increased community transmission that is likely connected to hockey.
- 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
PREVENTING THE SPREAD
There are steps that can be taken to avoid spreading coronavirus:
- 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
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 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/.
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