COVID Summary for 3/23

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – March 23, 2020
On Monday, March 23, 2020, DHHS announced 23 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 101 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. The new cases are 12 adult males and 11 adult females. The 23 new cases reside in Rockingham (10), Grafton (5), Belknap (3), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (2), Carroll (1), and Strafford (1) counties and the city of Manchester (1). Four of the cases have no identified risk factors. The remaining new cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. Community-based transmission has been identified in the majority of the counties in the State. Nine new cases are isolating at home. Five of the new cases are currently hospitalized; thus far, 11 patients out of the 101 positive cases (11%) have been hospitalized. DHHS has also announced the State’s first death related to COVID-19. The deceased was a male resident of Hillsborough County who was over 60 years old and had multiple underlying health issues. We express our sympathies to this person’s family and friends. Since first testing for COVID-19 on March 2, the State Public Health Laboratories (PHL) has conducted more than 2,400 COVID-19 tests.

Number of Persons with COVID‐19: 101 (+23)

Number of Fatalities Attributed to COVID‐19: 1 (+1)

Number of Persons with Test Pending in PHL: 869 (‐20)

Total Number of Persons Tested at NH PHL: 2417 (+205)

Number of Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time): 900 (+150)

Governor Chris Sununu Issues Emergency Orders 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15
Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Orders 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to COVID-19.

Emergency Order #11: Temporary authority to perform secure remote online notarization.

Emergency Order #12: Temporary modification of public access to meetings under RSA 91-A.

Emergency Order #13: Temporary allowance for New Hampshire pharmacists and pharmacies to compound and sell hand sanitizer over the counter (“OTC”) and to allow pharmacy technicians to perform non-dispensing tasks remotely.

Emergency Order #14: Temporary authorization for out-of-state pharmacies to act as a licensed mail-order facility within the State of New Hampshire.

Emergency Order #15: Temporary authorization for out of state medical providers to provide medically necessary services and provide services through telehealth.

Governor Chris Sununu Letter to Leader McConnell and Speaker Pelosi Regarding Economic Assistance to Small Businesses

Concord, NH – Monday, Governor Chris Sununu sent a letter to Leader McConnell and Speaker Pelosi regarding short-term and long-term steps that can be taken to provide economic assistance to small businesses.

Governor Sununu’s letter to McConnell and Pelosi

Did you miss Governor Sununu’s press conference yesterday?

Watch it here:

Gov. Chris Sununu was in studio on News 9 to answer viewer questions about the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19.
Parts 1, 2, and 3 are viewable using the links below

Massachusetts Orders All Non-Essential Businesses To Cease In Person Operation, Directs the Department of Public Health to Issue Stay at Home Advisory For Two Weeks

We received questions about what businesses are exempt from the emergency order in Massachusetts.
There are no required business closures or shelter-in-place orders in New Hampshire. 

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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