COVID Summary for June 5

Note from Steve

As you read the first item, please bear in mind that there will continue to be restrictions and guidance. The article does not mean “life as before” on June 16th. If you don’t understand the risk, try checking this out this visual representation of the acceleration. It takes about 2 minutes. You’ll find COVID at the bottom. Selected Global Causes of Deaths Due to Various Causes and COVID-19, Jan-May 2O2O ~ Steve

NH Journal: Sununu to End Stay-At-Home Order June 15

“The governor will announce the end of the lockdown at Friday’s regularly scheduled COVID-19 presser.

“The word has gone out that Friday’s press conference is one we don’t want to miss,” one source in frequent contact with the governor’s office tells NHJournal.

Sununu telegraphed his decision when he most recently renewed his executive order on May 29. “It is our hope and intention to move beyond it on June 15,” Sununu said. “Two more weeks and hopefully we can take that next step into a different look and get our summer going.””

Link: https://www.insidesources.com/exclusive-sununu-to-end-stay-at-home-order-june-15/

Application, rules still being worked out for program to aid small businesses

New Hampshire businesses should “soon” be able to get some assistance through the newly established $400 million Main Street Relief Fund, but it’s not clear how soon.

Some 13,000 Granite State businesses filled out pre-applications by the May 29 deadline in order to be eligible for grants that would cover some of their losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concord Monitor

unnamedNew Guidance On PPP Forgiveness + Important Bill In Congress

The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration have released new guidance on loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This guidance came one week after SBA released the PPP loan application and instructions.

The guidance comes on the heels of NFIB requests for clarification and flexibility for small businesses participating in the PPP. It addresses some of our NFIB member concerns and answers certain outstanding questions, although several issues remain.

This guidance is timely, as many small businesses are reaching the end of the eight-week covered window and will soon be applying for loan forgiveness. NFIB

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – June 4, 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 Thursday, June 4, 2020, DHHS announced 81 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 4,876 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 five individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 56% being
female and 44% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (18), Rockingham (10), Merrimack (6), Strafford (4), and Belknap (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (20) and Nashua (20). The county of residence is being determined for two new cases.

Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 472 (10%) of 4,876 cases. Ten 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 also announced 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to family and friends.
• 4 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
• 3 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
• 1 female resident of Merrimack County, 60 years of age and older

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About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 6th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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