County Budget, Firewood, and Updates

Can I open or not?

There has been a lot of speculation about what the rules actually mean, and to whom they apply. It is always better to ask the source. Many businesses can be operating right now if they comply with the safety regulations. Much of this can be found in exhibit C to order 40 https://www.governor.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt336/files/documents/emergency-order-40-c.pdf If you have a doubt, let me know an I will get the answer from the Governor’s office and/or the task force. ~ Steve

Sullivan County Budget

The county budget is being worked on right now, which is especially challenging with the economic uncertainty we are living in. You should weigh in on it. Should we continue proceeding with the nursing home renovation or pump the brakes? Should we freeze salaries?

Homeowners Firewood Program

Spending some down time laying in wood for next winter? On occasion, Sullivan County may enroll designated areas of County lands in Unity, NH, into the Sullivan County Homeowners Firewood Program.About the Program (PDF)

AP: Rural health clinics get money to expand virus testing

“New Hampshire health clinics are getting nearly $700,000 to expand coronavirus testing in rural communities.

The money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can be used for planning a testing program program, purchasing supplies, training providers and reporting data on testing activities. It can also be used to build temporary structures or retrofitting existing facilities.”

Link: https://apnews.com/b59f26ae5fe824bb97c348264aeadd13

WMUR: New Hampshire beaches to remain closed during Memorial Day weekend

“Gov. Chris Sununu again insisted on Tuesday that New Hampshire beaches are not ready to open for Memorial Day weekend.

Last weekend, cars drove up Hampton’s Ocean Boulevard while people lined up for food at the few spots that have opened. But the boardwalk was still largely empty, and barricades continue to block off parking lots.””

Link: https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-beaches-to-remain-closed-during-memorial-day-weekend/32605333

Union Leader: Outdoor weddings, camps, youth sports take a step towards reopening

“Outdoor weddings, summer camps, low-contact youth sports practices, museum visits, and the practice of acupuncture took giant steps toward resuming Tuesday.

The state Economic Reopening Task Force unanimously approved reopening guidance for all of these activities, subject to review and approval from the Division of Public Health Services and Gov. Chris Sununu.

“This is another important phase of our work,” said D.J. Bettencourt, Sununu’s policy director and staff liaison to the task force.”

Link: https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/outdoor-weddings-camps-youth-sports-take-a-step-towards-reopening/article_39a5b401-3dfd-5c03-b775-1e8991827d5f.html?block_id=664693

DHHS Update

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, DHHS announced 67 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 3,935 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 Rockingham (19), Merrimack (9), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (7), Carroll (2), Grafton (2), Cheshire (1), and Strafford (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (16) and Nashua (7). The county of residence is being determined for three new cases.

Hospitalizations

Eight new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 393 (10%) of 3,935 cases.

Community Based Transmission
Six of the new cases have no identified risk factors.

Deaths

DHHS has also announced nine additional deaths related to COVID-19. • 5 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older• 3 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
• 1 male residents of Rockingham County, 60 years of age and older

Click to access covid-19-update-05212020.pdf

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his fifth term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Chairman of the Sullivan County Delegation.
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