Rumors, Meals, Schools and Tests

Lately I have been hearing about plans for the fall, unemployment policies, etc. that are not accurate. If you have a question, it is pretty easy to get the right answer from the source. If you need help with that, or verifying something, please contact me or your town officials. ~ Steve
USDA Extends Flexibilities, Paves the Way for Meals for Kids to Continue through Summer
(Washington, D.C., May 15, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the extension of three nationwide waivers, giving child nutrition program operators the flexibility they need to continue to feed children while promoting social distancing and keeping families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“USDA has been extremely aggressive in expanding flexibilities to ensure Americans who have been impacted by the coronavirus continue to receive the food they need for themselves and their families,” said Secretary Perdue. “As our nation reopens and people return to work, we want to continue to be flexible since there is not a one size fits all approach to feeding kids. Extending these waivers throughout the summer ensures local operators can make plans that best suit their communities and keep children fed.”
oday, FNS is extending the following waivers nationwide through August 31, 2020:
  • Non-Congregate Feeding: FNS is allowing meals to be served to children outside of the normally-required group setting to support social distancing.
  • Parent Pickup: FNS is allowing parents and/or guardians to pick up meals and bring them home to their children.
  • Meal Times: FNS is waiving requirements that meals be served at certain standard times to allow for grab-n-go options. This also allows for multiple days-worth of meals to be provided at once.
In addition to granting significant program flexibilities through both nationwide and individual state waivers, FNS is rapidly approving states for Pandemic-EBT, which provides food-purchasing benefits, equal to the value of school meals, to households with children who would otherwise be receiving free or reduced-price meals at school. FNS has approved 26 plans and continues to review new plans as they are submitted.
These actions and more are part of FNS’s critical response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To learn more, visit and follow FNS on Twitter at @USDANutrition.
Governor’s Economic Re-Opening Task Force
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As N.H.’s Remote Learning School Year Nears End, Planning For Fall Takes Shape
NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – May 14, 2020 
On Thursday, May 14, 2020, DHHS announced 84 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 3,382 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 three individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 57% being female and 43% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (19), Strafford (14), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (9), Merrimack (5), Belknap (2), Carroll (2), and Grafton (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (20) and Nashua (4). The county of residence is being determined for eight new cases.
Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 330 (10%) of 3,382 cases.
Community Based Transmission
Six of the new cases have no identified risk factors
DHHS has also announced one additional death related to COVID-19 in a female resident of Hillsborough County who was 60 years of age and older.
Cumulative Positive Tests by County
Belknap 49

Carroll 39
Cheshire 45
Coos 2
Grafton 59
Hillsborough – Other 542
Hillsborough – Manchester 770
Hillsborough – Nashua 312
Merrimack 261
Rockingham 1040
Strafford 215
Sullivan 14

County TBD 34

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated May 14, 2020, 9:00 AM)
NH Persons with COVID-191 3,382
Recovered 1,247 (37%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 151 (4%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 1,984
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 330 (10%)
Current Hospitalizations 115
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories 39,148
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 14,257
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 543

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,425

Number of Specimens Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS
Information above, and archived daily updates are available here:
Look-back period is 1 week.
NH: 3,382 positive test results 151 deaths  (1 week ago: 2,843 positive test results 114 deaths) (+539/+37)
MA: 82,182  positive test results 5482 deaths (1 week ago: 72,025 positive test results 4420 deaths) (+10157/+1062)
ME: 1,565 positive test results 69 deaths (1 week ago: 1,330 positive test results 62 deaths)
VT: 932 positive test results 53 deaths (1 week ago: 916 positive test results 54 deaths)
CT:  35,464  positive test results 3219 deaths (1 week ago: 31,784 positive test results 2792 deaths)
RI: 12,016 positive test results 468 deaths (1 week ago: 10,530 positive test results 388 deaths)
NY:  348,192 positive test results 27,617 deaths (1 week ago: 332,931 positive test results 26206 deaths) (+15261/+1415)

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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