COVID Summary for 4/20

I had more unemployment questions this week. Most were regarding the stimulus checks and the federal unemployment program for people who don’t qualify for regular unemployment. This is from the Dept. of Employment Security:

“Regarding the Federal stimulus payments of $1,200 per individual, please note these are NOT considered wages and do NOT need to be reported for purposes of determining either your initial or weekly eligibility for purposes of calculating unemployment benefits.”

Some were nervous about not be able to file continuing claims. After being denied for monetary ineligibility, it tells you to file claims every week, but the system doesn’t let you. This is from Employment Security Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers:

“If you are denied for insufficient earnings you will receive a denial and will be unable to file your continued claims. This is ok and you do not need to do anything. We will review your claim for PUA eligibility and will back date your claim to cover any payable weeks.”

Worth Watching:
NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – April 20, 2020 

On Monday, April 20, 2020, DHHS announced 56 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 1,447 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. Any additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, all are adults with 64% being female and 36% being male. The new cases reside in Strafford (17), Rockingham (9), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (6), Cheshire (1), and Merrimack (1) counties and in the cities of Manchester (14) and Nashua (5). The county of residence is being determined for three new cases.


Three new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 201 (14%) of 1,447 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Two 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 one additional death related to COVID-19, a female resident of Rockingham County who was 60 years of age or older.

Cases by County

Belknap 26

Carroll 30
Cheshire 30
Coos 2
Grafton 45
Hillsborough – Other 197
Hillsborough – Manchester 272
Hillsborough – Nashua 135
Merrimack 96
Rockingham 489
Strafford 111
Sullivan 10

County TBD 4

April 20 Case Map
New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated April 20, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 1,447
Recovered 521 (36%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 42 (3%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 884
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 201 (14%)
Current Hospitalizations 78
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories 12,848
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 6,671
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL4 244

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,400

Information above, and archived daily updates are available here:

Look-back period is now 1 week.
NH: 1,447 positive test results 42 deaths  (1 week ago: 985 positive test results 23 deaths)
MA: 39,643 positive test results 1809 deaths (1 week ago: 25,475 positive test results 756 deaths)
ME: 875 positive test results 35 deaths (1 week ago: 633 positive test results 19 deaths)
VT: 816 positive test results 38 deaths (1 week ago: 727 positive test results 27 deaths )
CT: 19,815 positive test results 1331 deaths (1 week ago: 12,035 positive test results 554 deaths )
RI: 5,090  positive test results 155 deaths (1 week ago: 2,665 positive test results 63 deaths )
NY: 247,543 positive test results 14,347 deaths (1 week ago: 188,694 positive test results 9385 deaths)






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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