County by County
Someone asked why we were not creating separate rules for Coos and Sullivan because they are different than the rest of the state. No one wants businesses to remain closed. No one wants to delay getting back to normal. If we were to lift all the restrictions on Sullivan county businesses only, then we become a destination. We have easy access from two interstates. Charlestown restaurants will be a magnet for Vermonters. Newport restaurants will be a magnet for people from Grafton and Merrimack counties. We will have a problem then, and go back to a more restrictive situation with more people sick. There is a sign up by Claremont PD that says that the virus does not move, people move the virus. It really is as simple as that. The rules have to apply statewide or they don’t work at all. Sullivan County is a great place to be compared to the other counties. Let’s keep it that way and do our best to comply with restrictions so that we can end this as soon as possible. ~ Steve
COVID-19 FAQs’ put together by NH DHHS.
The purpose of this document is to provide public health and community partners with frequently askedquestions and answers that may be used to assist in responding to inquiries from their communities.
Meeting of GOFERR Stakeholder Advisory Board
- Tuesday, April 28th
- 1:00 PM
- Call-in: 800-356-8278
- PIN: 194655
Economic Reopening Task Force
- Tuesday, April 28th
- Call-in: 1-800-356-8278
- Pin: 194499 or 600744
- Link: Economic Re-opening Task Force page
WMUR: State aims to open testing for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
“The state is aiming to conduct 1,500 coronavirus tests per day, with the goal to make testing available for any Granite Staters with COVID-19 symptoms, state officials announced Monday.
The pivot to test anyone with symptoms is a big turnaround from guidance released late last month, when officials said testing would only be done for front-line workers or people who are over 60 years of age and/or have underlying health conditions.”
“Gov. Chris Sununu said he will announce more details later this week about how the state plans to begin reopening the economy. He announced on Friday that he was extending the state’s emergency declaration, which needs to be renewed every three weeks while the emergency lasts. The declaration does not apply to the stay-at-home order, which currently is in effect until May 4.”
WMUR: Money from second round of PPP begins processing at critical time for NH small businesses
“New Hampshire business owners said that money that started processing Monday from the second round of the federal Paycheck Protection Program is coming at a crucial time.”
“The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to cover a business’s payroll for eight weeks. While round two consists of more than $300 billion, the money is distributed on a first-come basis, a key reason to work with a bank you know, according to the president of the New Hampshire Bankers Association.”
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire hospitality industry proposes four-phase reopening plan
“Addressing the Governor’s Economic Re-Opening Task Force, Mike Somers, CEO and president of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, proposed dining al fresco as the first step of a four-phase plan for restaurants to begin catering to patrons when the stay-at-home order is lifted.
Somers said that restaurateurs are familiar with the public health issues surrounding the preparation and serving of food and accustomed to following regulations and undergoing inspections. He suggested that they would find complying with the protocols and procedures required to safeguard employees and customers from the virus “relatively easy.””
“Somers told the task force that phase one could begin with outdoor dining as early as May 5, the day after the governor’s executive order closing restaurants to the general public and restricting operations to take-out service is scheduled to expire. Outdoors, he explained, picnic tables could easily be spaced to ensure social distancing.
Restaurants would be opened to indoor dining with the second phase, when protocols to protect public health would remain in place. To provide for social distancing, reservations would be encouraged and diners would be asked to wait outside until their table is ready, and those tables would be arranged to ensure social distancing.”
- Full video: Gov. Sununu, state officials provide update on COVID-19 response
- NH re-opening task force focuses on recreation sites, dental offices
- Reports to DCYF remain down, experts say numbers don’t reflect reality