COVID Summary for May 30

Phased Approach

There are a couple of reasons for a phased reopening approach. I don’t think it is a great secret that many people have not taken this seriously. Shopping has continued for many people without restriction. Barbecues and yard sales have been going on. The restrictions in place do eliminate many big draws that move groups of people from one town to another, so the effect of the smaller events is minimized… unless everyone does it. Other states have gone as far to have stores like Walmart rope off everything but the grocery section. Let’s face it, buying a game or tv is not “essential”. We haven’t needed that because for the most part, people have respected the restrictions.

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Not being able to track conformance makes it difficult to forecast problem areas. The phased approach allows us to identify changes that affect case spread.We need to know if a specific reopening category caused an increase. States that opened early, or in a less organized fashion are already dealing with this. The hope is that our approach will avoid that. Some States Are Learning What Happens to COVID-19 Cases If You Reopen Too Early


Governor Sununu: Stay at Home 2.0: Additional Guidance Released:

As part of Stay at Home 2.0, Governor Sununu issued guidance on the following areas: 

There are new schedules for reopening in select areas. The first thing to understand is that all facilities and businesses have some universal guidelines to follow. They can be found at Stay at Home – Universal Guidelines

Governor Sununu Issues Emergency Order #49

Emergency Order #49: An order extending Emergency Order #40 (An order extending and modifying Emergency Order #17 (Closure of non-essential businesses and requiring Granite Staters to stay at home))

Governor Sununu said the current stay-at-home order, set to expire at the end of May, will be extended to at least June 15. It will be reevaluated at that time, and a new order might be issued then.

New guidelines to let houses of worship open more broadly will be limited to 40% capacity, and families must remain at least 6 feet apart.

New rules were also announced about hotels and lodging, hotels, motels and B&Bs can start taking reservations immediately from in-state residents for lodging beginning June 5. Anyone traveling from out of state must sign a document affirming that they have remained in their home for at least 14 days before arriving in New Hampshire. Day camps can resume operations beginning June 22, day camp staff members are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings whenever possible, though there is no face mask requirement for young children. The Governor said guidelines for overnight camps are still being developed.

The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles will resume road tests for eligible applicants starting Monday, June 1.

Prior to scheduling a road test, applicants must complete all driver licensing requirements, including successfully passing a knowledge test. Go to to request a road test.

Economic Re-Opening Task Force Scheduled Meetings

  • Monday, June 1, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Call-in: 1-800-356-8278 or 1-857-444-0744
  • Pin: 194499 or 600744

For Public Comments session to request to speak, press 5*

If anybody has a problem getting on the call, please call 603-271-0670 or email at

Task Force Public Comments Email;

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – May 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 Friday, May 29, 2020, DHHS announced 107 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 4,492 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 74% being
female and 26% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (16), Rockingham (7), Strafford (4), Sullivan (2), Cheshire (2), Merrimack (2), and Belknap (1) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (40) and Manchester (32). The county of residence is being determined for one new case. Two new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 440 (10%) of 4,492 cases. Eleven of the new cases have no identified risk factors.

Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been
identified in all counties. Most of 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 announced six additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.
• 4 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
• 2 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Click to access covid-19-update-05292020.pdf

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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