COVID Summary for 4/2

I am trying to keep up with requests for assistance. If are waiting for a reply from me, please call or email. I want to thank everyone who is going to work. While many are prudently staying home, we still need supplies, electricity, fire, police, etc. I was at Market Basket in Claremont last night. An Associate cheerfully pointed that he had cleaned carts ready to go. We were also shopping for a shut in, so we asked for two. He cheerfully pushed them over to us after a final wipe. Most people shopping were giving each other wide berths. Cashiers told people to back up when they were too close to the folks in front of them. Everyone was doing their part, and it was heart warming to see. – Steve

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – April 2, 2020
On Thursday, April 2, 2020, DHHS announced 64 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 479 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. The new cases are 42 adult females and 22 adult males. The new cases reside in Rockingham (17), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (12), Strafford (6), Merrimack (4), Cheshire (1), Grafton (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (19) and Nashua (3)

Ten of the new cases were hospitalized for their illness; thus far, 73 (15%) of the 479 positive cases have been hospitalized.

Community Based Transmission
Thirty-seven of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to increase in the State and has been identified in all counties with cases. Most of the remaining cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
Total number of cases with no identified risk factors is now more than 190, which is 38% of total positive tests. More than one out of three positive tests are community spread, with no identified risk factors.
DHHS has also announced the fifth death related to COVID-19. The person was a male resident of Hillsborough County under the age of 60 years old with underlying medical conditions.
Cases by County

Belknap 13
Carroll 14
Cheshire 8

Coos 0
Grafton 38
Hillsborough – Other 57
Hillsborough – Manchester 63
Hillsborough – Nashua 43
Merrimack 33
Rockingham 170
Strafford 35
Sullivan 5
New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated April 2) 
NH Persons with COVID-191 479
Recovered 101 (21%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 5 (1%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 373
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 73 (15%)
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories 6,575
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 3,672
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 114
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 1,700
Regional Information (total positive test results, deaths)
NH: 479 positive test results – 5 deaths
MA: 8966 positive test results – 154 deaths
ME: 376 positive test results – 7 deaths
VT: 338 positive test results – 17 deaths
CT: 3,824 positive test results -112 deaths
RI:  657 positive test results – 12 deaths
NY: 92,381 positive test results – 2653 deaths
Governor Chris Sununu Letter to Secretary Mnuchin Regarding CARES Act
Governor Chris Sununu sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  A copy of the letter can be found here.
State Revenues Report
The state’s monthly revenue report was released yesterday (attached). Although total March receipts were only off by about $10 million, it’s fair to say that the worst is yet to come.
Business Taxes for March totaled $98.0 million, which were $17.5 million (15.2%) below plan and $13.1 million (15.4%) above prior year. YTD business tax collections are below plan by $16.7 million (3.4%).
Note: We need that “3.4% below plan” figure not to extend to 6% or below in order to not hit the trigger that would raise the rates of the BPT and BET. The fiscal year ends in June, but the trigger relies on the numbers release in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that comes later in the year.
Meals and Rooms collections were above plan, but represent February activity, prior to the emergency declaration.
Worth Watching:
April 2 Case Map

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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