COVID Summary for 5/1


I have been fielding a lot of questions about UI and folks still having trouble or not getting paid. Yesterday, I experimented by listening to a call in with someone who had some issues. The wait time for someone to answer the phone was under ten minutes. The staff who answered were great and able to work through the issue. If you have a problem, please do try calling again, he load has abated and your odds are better. The number to call is:

  • Unemployment Assistance Hotline at 603-271-7700
  • Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

Governor Sununu Issues Emergency Order #40

Governor Chris Sununu announced he is implementing a new, modified Stay-at-Home Order. Stay at Home 2.0 is in effect until May 31st. The state is taking steps to reopen the economy in a smart, phased approach that is supported by facts, science and data.

Each of the decisions and guidance documents below have been reviewed by State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan and his team at the New Hampshire’s Public Health Department.

“The people of New Hampshire have taken this epidemic incredibly seriously,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “We have all played a small part in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID19. We all know you are healthier at home, and that continues to be true, but we are also taking steps to reopen our economy in a smart, step-by-step approach that is supported by facts, science and data.”

Universal Guidance is being issued for any business that is currently open, or will soon be opening, under these next steps. This universal guidance will serve as the bare minimum standards which businesses must meet to maintain or begin operations. For specific industries with specific operational procedures, industry specific guidance for certain sectors can be found below.

All applicable industries are able to start opening up in incremental phases as determined by Public Health.

An order extending and modifying Emergency Order #17 (Closure of non-essential businesses and requiring Granite Staters to stay at home)

Follow the link to the order;

Governor Sununu Announces Stay at Home 2.0 which will stay in effect until May 31st.

Follow the links to the Guidance documents;

Universal Guidance

Public and Private Campgrounds Guidance

New Hampshire State Park Guidance

Manufacturing Guidance

Industries that can begin to phase-in services on May 4, 2020:

Certain Health Care Services Guidance

Industries that begin to phase-in, or expand services on May 11, 2020:

Retail Store Guidance

Drive-in Movie Theater Guidance

Public and Private Golf Course Guidance

Barbers and Hair Salon Guidance

Industries that can begin to phase-in, or expand services on May 18, 2020:

Restaurant Guidance

A copy of the Governor’s presentation can be found here.

Governor’s Economic Re-opening Task Force

  • Monday, May 4th
  • 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Call-in: 1-800-356-8278 or 1-857-444-0744
  • Pin: 194499 or 600744 or 125563
  • Task Force Website

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated as of May 1, 2020, 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-191 2,310
Recovered 980 (42%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 81 (4%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 1,249
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 270 (12%)
Current Hospitalizations 2 103
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories 3 22,039
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 9,697
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 4 159
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,750

1 Includes specimens presumptive-positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.
2 Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 as reported by hospitals.
3 Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.
4 Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

COVID-19 Case Map

Cases by County
County Cases
Belknap 37
Carroll 32
Cheshire 40
Coos 2
Grafton 51
Hillsborough – Other 325
Hillsborough – Manchester 481
Hillsborough – Nashua 206
Merrimack 185
Rockingham 779
Strafford 145
Sullivan 12
County TBD 15
Grand Total 2,310



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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2 Responses to COVID Summary for 5/1

  1. Roland Irish III says:

    Steven-is there any chance you could get a question to the Governor for us? “When will Dog Groomers be able to reopen? The local ones we know that do nothing but grooming are closed, yet Vets and Kennels are still doing grooming. Why can’t the ‘home businesses’ that do nothing but grooming reopen?”
    Thanks for your help-we have two maltese/poodle mix dogs that NEED to be groomed every two months or it costs DOUBLE because their hair gets matted. The longer the groomers stay closed-the more it is going to cost us!
    Roland R. Irish III
    161 Morways Park
    Charlestown, NH 03603

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