COVID Summary for 5/4

Governor Sununu stated businesses that prepare to reopen will have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the state.

Business owners can apply for masks and pick them up, free of charge, at various Division of Motor Vehicles locations.

The Governor also announced $40m to Counties and Municipalities;

$40m allocated to towns and counties for any COVID related expenses, not for back filling revenue losses.

A $25m First Responder Stipend for full time Police, Corrections, EMS, and Firefighters at a rate of $300 per week for full time, $150 per week for part time, through June 30th.

Aid for Towns and Counties

The Governor has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $40 millionmtotal, $32 million to municipalities and $8 million to counties, to cover eligiblemCOVID-19-related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.mEligible reimbursements through other federal sources, including FEMA andmany state or local match must be excluded. These amounts have beenmallocated and made available to all municipalities and counties based on 2018mpopulation figures from the Office of Strategic Initiatives. The allocatedamounts can be found on the website of the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) (
Local governments will only be reimbursed for COVID-19-related expenses actually incurred, but only up to the amounts allocated based on population figures. No local government can receive total reimbursements from the GOFERR Coronavirus Relief Fund exceeding its allocated amount. For example, if $100,000 was allocated to Municipality A, Municipality A could not be reimbursed for eligible expenses totaling more than $100,000, even if Municipality A’s eligible expenses from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020 amount to $200,000. Any amount allocated that exceeds the eligible expenses submitted for reimbursement by a local government from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020, will, after August 31, 2020, lapse back to the GOFERR Coronavirus Relief Fund to be available to the State for other disbursement.
In September, local governments will be required to estimate the additional COVID-19-related expenses they will
incur through December 31, 2020. GOFERR will use this information in considering whether further relief might be
needed after August 31, 2020.
Questions and answers with N.H. Economic Relief and Recovery director

New Hampshire Hospitals Resume Surgeries, Elective Procedures Delayed By Pandemic
Hospitals in New Hampshire reopened their doors for a limited range of elective and other time-sensitive procedures on Monday, allowing patients to access care delayed by the global pandemic.


Meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Board

  • 1:00 PM
  • Call-in: 800-356-8278
  • PIN: 194655

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

The Economic Re-Opening Task Force schedule 

  • 1:30 – 3:30pm, Tuesday May 5
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm, Wednesday May 6

Pursuant to New Hampshire RSA 91-A:2, this meeting is open to the public, accessed by calling 1-800-356-8278 or 1-857-444-0744; pin 194499 or 600744 or 125563 (interchangeable for both numbers).

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

All meeting minutes, recordings and presentations are available at

Wednesday, MAY 6.

GOFERR Meeting of the Bipartisan Legislative Advisory Board

  • 1:00 PM
  • Call-in: 800-356-8278
  • PIN: 389388

Anyone having difficulties connecting to the conference should call: 603-271-7840

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

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – May 4, 2020 

On Monday, May 4, 2020, DHHS announced 72 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 2,588 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 48% being female and 52% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (17), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (13), Merrimack (5), Strafford (2), Belknap (1), Carroll (1) and counties, and in the cities of Manchester (22) and Nashua (10). The county of residence is being determined for one new case.


Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 286 (11%) of 2,588 cases. Current hospitalizations stand at 111.

Community Based Transmission

Six of the new cases have no identified risk factors.

No new deaths were announced in yesterday’s data release.
May5 Case Map
Cases by County

Belknap 40

Carroll 33
Cheshire 40
Coos 2
Grafton 53
Hillsborough – Other 365
Hillsborough – Manchester 553
Hillsborough – Nashua 239
Merrimack 200
Rockingham 878
Strafford 158
Sullivan 12

County TBD 15

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated May 4, 2020, 9:00 AM)
NH Persons with COVID-191 2,588
Recovered 1,019 (39%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 86 (3%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 1,483
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 286 (11%)
Current Hospitalizations 111
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories 24,282
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 10,519
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 79

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,925

Number of Specimens Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS
Look-back period is 1 week.
NH: 2,588 positive test results 86 deaths  (1 week ago: 1938 positive test results 60 deaths) (+650/ +26)
MA: 69,087 positive test results 4090 deaths (1 week ago: 56,462 positive test results 3003 deaths) (+12625/ +1087)
ME: 1,205 positive test results 57 deaths (1 week ago: 1,023 positive test results 51 deaths)
VT: 902 positive test results 53 deaths (1 week ago: 855 positive test results 47 deaths)
CT: 29,973 positive test results 2556 deaths (1 week ago: 25,997 positive test results 2012 deaths)
RI: 9,652 positive test results 341 deaths (1 week ago: 7,708  positive test results 233 deaths)
NY:  324,357 positive test results 24788 deaths (1 week ago: 292,027 positive test results 17303 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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