COVID Summary for 4/9

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If the decision were made Thursday, Edelblut told the state Board of Education, he believes Sununu would likely extend remote learning.“He doesn’t want to be premature and jump to an answer too soon without having good information in front of him,” the commissioner said.

Last week’s 36,000 claims, a record high for one week, pushed the state’s three-week total past 100,000.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette said in the emergency order that it was responding to “reported drug shortages” of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, along with albuterol inhalers.

Do yourself a favor. Be vigilant. Be careful. Be aware. Don’t be so hyper focused on COVID that you forget to laugh and live. Take a moment to consider the life of Weird Al. “National economies collapse; species go extinct; political movements rise and fizzle. But — somehow, for some reason — Weird Al keeps rocking.”

NH DHHS Announces More Than 250 Providers Achieve Emergency Child Care Provider Designation

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced that more than 250 child care programs statewide have been designated as emergency providers through the newly established Emergency Child Care Program (ECCP), created to support the families of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, there are 262 emergency child care programs serving more than 5,500 children across the state.

The Emergency Child Care Program is working through New Hampshire’s referral partner, Child Care Aware NH (CCAofNH), to match emergency child care providers with the families who need them.

For more information about the Emergency Child Care Collaborative, please visit For questions about the program, email For more information on COVID-19, please visit

See the link to the Emergency Child Care Provider Map;

Governor Sununu Issued Emergency Orders 28, 29, 30.

Emergency Orders #28; Temporary non-congregate sheltering order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Orders #29; Temporary modification to executive branch deadlines and requirements.

Emergency Orders #30; Temporary requirements regarding healthcare provided in alternate settings.

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – April 9, 2020 
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, DHHS announced 31 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 819 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several of the new cases are still under investigation. Of those with complete information, all are adults with 58% being female and 42% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (9), Rockingham (7), Carroll (4), and Merrimack (3) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (4) and Nashua (4).

Nine new COVID-19-related hospitalizations were reported; thus far, 127 (16%) of the 819 positive cases have been hospitalized.

Community Based Transmission

Eleven 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 306, 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 three additional deaths related to COVID-19.

• A male resident of Cheshire County, 60 years of age or older
• A male resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age or older

• A male resident of Merrimack County, 60 years of age or older

Cases by County

Belknap 21

Carroll 27
Cheshire 14
Coos 1
Grafton 43
Hillsborough – Other 109
Hillsborough – Manchester 133
Hillsborough – Nashua 76
Merrimack 63
Rockingham 277
Strafford 49

Sullivan 6

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

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

NH Persons with COVID-191 819
Recovered 234 (29%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 21 (3%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 564
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 127 (16%)
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories2 9,139
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 4,669
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3 155

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,325

Information above, and archived daily updates are available here:

NH: 819 positive test results 21 deaths (Previous day: 788 positive test results 18 deaths)
MA: 18,941 positive test results 503 deaths (Previous day: 16,790 positive test results 433 deaths)
ME: 560 positive test results 16 deaths (Previous day: 537 positive test results 14 deaths)
VT: 628 positive test results 23 deaths (Previous day: 605 positive test results 23 deaths)
CT: 9,784 positive test results 380 deaths (Previous day: 8,781 positive test results 335 deaths)
RI: 1,727 positive test results 43 deaths (Previous day: 1,450 positive test results 35 deaths)
NY: 159,937 positive test results 7067 deaths (Previous day: 149,401 positive test results 6268 deaths)
April 9 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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