COVID Summary for 4/8

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald is warning about a wave of COVID-19 related scams surrounding federal stimulus payments.

Do not engage with callers or emails from unrecognized sources.

For more information about Scams and how to protect yourself,


I have heard a lot of comments about this being the “new normal”. I disagree. This is something to get through so that we can genuinely return to normal. Please don’t be quite so accepting. There are some things we could do differently though, after we return to normal. I remember being a kid in the 1970’s and getting sick. Doctors still made house calls back then. You were put in your room. My Mom made sure that I only used my own towel in the bathroom. Landry was kept separate. There were a lot of precautions taken, and we were far from germophobes. Maybe we have better drugs now, so we don’t have to be quite so careful. Nonetheless, don’t accept what were doing now as the new normal. Do work hard to get through by complying, and thinking about what reasonable things we can do in the future to slow the spread of any disease. ~ Steve

Worth Watching:
NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – April 8, 2020 
On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, DHHS announced 41 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 788 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several of the new cases are still under investigation. Of those with complete information, there is 1 female under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 46% being female and 51% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (13), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (7), Merrimack (4), Carroll (4), Grafton (2), Strafford (2), and Cheshire (1), counties, and in the cities of Manchester (6) and Nashua (2).

Ten new COVID-19-related hospitalizations were reported; thus far, 118 (15%) of the 788 positive cases have been hospitalized.

Community Based Transmission

Seventeen 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 295, which is 37% of total positive tests. More than one out of three positive tests are community spread, with no identified risk factors.

DHHS has also announced five additional deaths related to COVID-19. These were two males and two females all 60 years of age or older from Hillsborough County and one male who was 60 years of age or older from Merrimack County.

Cases by County

Belknap 21

Carroll 23
Cheshire 14
Coos 1
Grafton 43
Hillsborough – Other 100
Hillsborough – Manchester 129
Hillsborough – Nashua 74
Merrimack 60
Rockingham 268
Strafford 48
Sullivan 6

County TBD 1

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated April 8, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 788
Recovered 227 (29%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 18 (2%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 542
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 118 (15%)
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories2 8,763
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 4,476
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3 143

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,300

NH: 788 positive test results 18 deaths (Previous day: 747 positive test results 13 deaths)
MA: 16,790 positive test results 433 deaths (Previous day: 15,202 positive test results 356 deaths)
ME: 537 positive test results 14 deaths (Previous day: 519 positive test results 12 deaths)
VT: 605 positive test results 23 deaths (Previous day: 575 positive test results 23 deaths)
CT: 8,781 positive test results 335 deaths (Previous day: 7,781 positive test results 277 deaths)
RI:  1,450 positive test results 35 deaths (Previous day: 1229 positive test results 30 deaths)
NY: 149,401 positive test results 6268 deaths (Previous day: 140,081 positive test results 5563 deaths)
April 8 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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