COVID Summary for 4/17

Project Community: NH Together from Home

WMUR is partnering with iHeartRadio for a fundraiser to help support the NH Food Bank’s response to the COVID-19 efforts.

Join WMUR from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. THIS Friday, April 17 for “Project Community: New Hampshire Together From Home.” WMUR’s Erin Fehlau and Sean Mcdonald will join iHeartRadio’s Greg Kretschmar to host the special. The uplifting hour will feature performances from Granite State artists and words of encouragement from New Hampshire athletes and celebrities, all while raising money for the food bank.”

Link: Project Community: NH Together from Home

NHPR: As N.H. Schools Close for the Year, Edelblut Outlines Remote Learning Efforts and Impacts

“Gov. Chris Sununu has ordered remote learning at New Hampshire schools to be extended through the end of the academic year. That means all public schools, and private schools, will remain closed, as students continue their studies from home.”

Link: As N.H. Schools Close for the Year, Edelblut Outlines Remote Learning Efforts and Impacts

Governor Sununu speaks with Chuck Todd about Reopening Economy

“New Hampshire is in a unique position among our fellow Northeastern states. Here’s my response on how we’re looking at a regional approach to reopening the economy:”

Link: Governor Sununu speaks with Chuck Todd about Reopening Economy

Laconia Daily Sun: Gov. Sununu to Tourists: ‘Stay Home’

“As tourism season approaches, Gov. Chris Sununu has a message for prospective visitors, including those from Northeast COVID-19 hotspots — “Stay home.”

“You’re healthier at home,” he said in a Thursday afternoon news conference. “You should stay there. Be home with your family. At some point we want people to come, but not now. Stay home, stay healthy. This is no time to be vacationing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, as beautiful as they are.””

Link: Gov. Sununu to Tourists: ‘Stay Home’

NHBR: Dartmouth Labs put COVID-19 Research on Fast Track

“As the novel coronavirus takes its deadly toll, there’s potentially life-saving activity going on night and day at Dartmouth College in Hanover.

“Whether developing or deploying new testing strategies, laying the groundwork for antibody-based therapeutics, or contributing personal protection equipment, the Dartmouth research community is already making the fight against this novel coronavirus our own,” says Dean Madden, vice provost for research.”

Link: Dartmouth Labs put COVID-19 Research on Fast Track

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – April 17, 2020

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

On Friday, April 17, 2020, DHHS announced 78 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 1,287 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation.

Of those with complete information, there are 10 females and 5 males under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 48% being female and 52% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (18), Strafford (8), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (6), Merrimack (3), Carroll (2), Belknap (1), Cheshire (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (31) and Nashua (6). The county of residence is being determined for one new case as well as one previously announced case. Any additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates.

Three new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 190 (15%) of 1,287 cases. Nine 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.

DHHS has also announced three additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.

  • Two male residents of Rockingham County, 60 years of age or older
  • One male resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age or older

Two of the deaths involved long-term care facilities. Those facilities are Hanover Hills in Manchester and the Residence at Salem Woods in Salem.




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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