Update for June 10 – Important

Many have been clamoring for the restrictions to be lifted, and we are approaching that. It is important to remember that once it ends, the benefits are going to go away as well. If you are currently reliant on the extended unemployment benefits, this is the time to prepare for a change. ~ Steve

Stay-at-home order may end next week; extra unemployment benefits could end, too

“Gov. Chris Sununu suggested Tuesday that the stay-at-home order will probably be allowed to expire next Monday, meaning that many coronavirus-related restrictions on everyday life, including limiting groups to more than 10 people, may be lifted.

If so, that could also put an end to the state’s extra unemployment payments that have been paid out since mid-March to lessen the impact of business closings and job losses.” Read more at Concord Monitor

Fitness centers are reopening, but exercising caution


“Our biggest challenge has been getting people to sign up ahead of time,” said Crystal Reynolds, who is part of the ownership group at the club. “It’s not easy because we’re trying to teach them new patterns of behavior.”

The details of those new patterns were outlined by the state as part of Gov. Chris Sununu’s June 1 order allowing gyms, yoga studios and other fitness centers to open and offer classes on a limited basis.” Read more at Concord Monitor

8 COVID-19 deaths, 6 at long-term care facilities, announced


Health officials try to balance physical, emotional health of long-term care residents


Mental health experts help parents struggling with stress surrounding COVID-19 pandemic


State soon to permit visitors to nursing homes


Contact tracing will be key part of NH reopening


“As New Hampshire starts to ease restrictions put in place to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the practice of contact tracing is expected to become more important.

“It’s the cornerstone for any kind of safe reopening,” said Semra Aytur, an associate professor of health and management policy at the University of New Hampshire.

Aytur said countries that have been successful containing the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, did it partly through the early adoption of aggressive contact tracing. Contact tracing is when a public health professional investigates an individual case of an illness, talking to the infected person to determine where and when they contracted the illness, and who they have been in contact with before and after they were tested.” – Read more at Keene Sentinel

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – June 9, 2020 

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, DHHS announced 53 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 5,132 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 62% being female and 38% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (15), Rockingham (7), Merrimack (5), Carroll (1), Strafford (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (17) and Nashua (6).


Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 496 (10%) of 5,132 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Three of the new cases have no identified risk factors.


DHHS has also announced 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

  • 3 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 3 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 female resident of Rockingham County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 female resident of Rockingham County, under 60 years of age

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 70
  • Carroll 49
  • Cheshire 59
  • Coos 6
  • Grafton 76
  • Hillsborough – Other 929
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1332
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 531
  • Merrimack 380
  • Rockingham 1393
  • Strafford 278
  • Sullivan 21
  • County TBD 8

Click to access covid-19-update-06092020.pdf

0610testMap of Cumulative Positive Cases


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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