COVID Summary for 4/27

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

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.”

Link: State aims to open testing for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms

Link: Governor’s twitter thread on campaign to increase community based testing

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.”

Link: Money from second round of PPP begins processing at critical time for NH small businesses

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.”

Worth Watching:
NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – April 27, 2020 
On Monday, April 27, 2020, DHHS announced 75 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 1,938 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there are four individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults, with 49% being female and 51% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (25), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (10), Belknap (4), Merrimack (2), Cheshire (2), and Carroll (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (13) and Nashua (12). The county of residence is being determined for 6 new cases.
Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 246 (13%) of 1, 938 cases.
Community Based Transmission
Five of the new cases have no identified risk factors.
No new deaths were announced on Monday.
Cases by County


Carroll 31
Cheshire 38
Coos 2
Grafton 48
Hillsborough – Other 276
Hillsborough – Manchester 405
Hillsborough – Nashua 178
Merrimack 128
Rockingham 643
Strafford 132
Sullivan 11
County TBD 11
Grand Total 1938
April 27 Case Map
New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated April 27, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 1,938
Recovered 798 (41%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 60 (3%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 1,080
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 246 (13%)
Current Hospitalizations 99
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories 18,207
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 8,515
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL4 223
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: 1938 positive test results 60 deaths  (1 week ago: 1,447 positive test results / 42 deaths) (+491 / +18)
MA: 56,462 positive test results 3003 deaths (1 week ago: 39,643 positive test results / 1809 deaths) (+16,819 / +1194)
ME: 1,023 positive test results 51 deaths (1 week ago: 875 positive test results 35 deaths)
VT: 855 positive test results 47 deaths (1 week ago: 816 positive test results 38 deaths)
CT: 25,997 positive test results 2012 deaths (1 week ago: 19,815 positive test results 1331 deaths)
RI: 7,708  positive test results 233 deaths (1 week ago: 5,090  positive test results 155 deaths)
NY: 292,027 positive test results 17303 deaths (1 week ago: 247,543 positive test results / 14,347 deaths) (+44,484 / +2956)

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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