COVID Summary for 4/29

I have received industry specific questions about the road map to reopening. You can not only learn a lot from the meetings listed below, but you can even participate and help shape the conversation. Decisions are not being made in a vacuum. Industry participation has been at a level, and you can be heard too. ~ Steve
Sununu’s stay-at-home changes coming Friday
Gov. Chris Sununu said he’ll present a comprehensive plan Friday to open parts of New Hampshire’s economy while extending New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order past its May 4 expiration date.
DHHS Weekly Summary for 4/27

NH DHHS Announces New Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Program;

“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.

To expand testing availability, Gov. Chris Sununu said the state Department of Health and Human Services will establish five new testing locations — in Claremont, Lancaster, Plymouth, Rochester and Tamworth — to fill the gap for residents unable to access hospital clinics or urgent care centers.”

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

Governor’s Economic Re-Opening Task Force Meetings April 30 – May 1

Public comment accepted April 30, May 1

The task force is grouping North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes to enable similar industries and sectors to phase forward together.

Presentations for the week will be:

Thursday April 30, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Public Comments)

Thursday April 30, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Friday May 1, 9:00am – 11:00am (Public Comments)

Friday May 1, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Pursuant to New Hampshire RSA 91-A:2, this meeting is open to the public by calling 1-800-356-8278; pin 194499 or 600744.

Task Force Public Comments Email:

Anyone encountering difficulties should call 603-573-8615 or email

You can follow the link below the webpage for the Economic Re-Opening Task Force.

GOFERR Stakeholder Advisory Board to Meet Thursday, April 30


Meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Board

2:00 PM

Call-in: 800-356-8278

PIN: 194655

Follow the link to the SAB agenda;

The Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR), will hold a meeting of the Legislative Advisory Board Friday, May 1, 2020.

Friday, May 1, 2020

GOFERR Meeting of the Legislative Advisory Board

1:00 PM

Call-in: 800-356-8278

PIN: 389388

Pursuant to RSA 91-A:2, this meeting is open to the public.

Follow the link below to the Emergency Relief and Recovery page.    

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – April 29, 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 Wednesday, April 29, 2020, DHHS announced 50 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 2,054 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 two individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults, with 51% being female and 49% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (21), Rockingham (7), Strafford (3), and Merrimack (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (11) and Nashua (5). The county of residence is being determined for 2 new cases.

Ten new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 259 (13%) of 2,054 cases. Eight of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to occur throughout the State and has been identified in all counties. 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 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.

  • One female resident of Hillsborough County, who was 60 years of age or older
  • Two male residents of Rockingham County, who were both 60 years of age older
  • Two female residents of Rockingham County, who were both 60 years of age older
  • One male resident of Strafford County, who was 60 years of age older

DHHS has issued the COVID-19 Weekly Summary Report, which includes additional epidemiological and demographic data. The COVID-19 Weekly Summary Report for the week of April 27 is available at:

Current Situation in New Hampshire

April 29 Case Map

Number of Specimens Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Testing Laboratory 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 Daily
NH Public Health Laboratories 253 176 341 229 381 388 449 317
LabCorp 441 370 307 341 415 297 114 326
Quest Diagnostics 8 245 174 74 147 187 113 135
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 67 81 100 93 95 36 17 70
Other NH Hospital Laboratory 33 33 40 39 5 36 78 38
Other Laboratory* 39 68 23 50 31 38 51 43
Total 841 973 985 826 1074 946 882 924

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not already listed in the table.


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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