Update for June 12

Many things reopening with new rules

There are a lot of different rules for various businesses and venues, and an even greater number of internet rumors about the conditions for them. You can always just check for yourself at https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov ~ Steve

What election process may look like in NH

America’s Meatpacking Facilities Operating More Than 95% of Capacity Compared to 2019

 Facilities Practicing Safe Reopening to Ensure a Stable Food Supply

(Washington, D.C., June 9, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. As of this morning, across the cattle, swine, and broiler sectors, processing facilities are operating more than 95% of their average capacity compared to this time last year. In fact, beef facilities are operating at 98%, pork facilities are operating at 95%, and poultry facilities are operating at 98% of their capacity compared to the same time last year. America’s meatpacking facilities are safely resuming operations following President Trump’s Executive Order directing the facilities to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines specifically created for the meat and poultry sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction with the CDC, OSHA, and state and local health officials have been working around the clock to ensure a safe and stable supply of protein is available for American consumers all while keeping employees safe.
CDC and OSHA have issued guidance for plants to implement to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure employee safety while maintaining operations. USDA will continue to work with the CDC, OSHA, and state and local officials to keep these critical facilities open while maintaining worker safety.

State epidemiologist answers coronavirus questions

Governor, State Officials hold press conference

You can view the press conference with Governor Sununu and state officials at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjBViNaNRUg

NHBR: NH landlords, bankers voice concern over bill to aid tenants, homeowners

“New Hampshire landlords and mortgage holders came out against a bill that aims at keeping tenants and homeowners in their homes after the governor’s emergency order preventing evictions and foreclosures is lifted.

That stay, which was imposed on March 17, ends when the governor’s emergency order expires, and the concern is that a “rush of evictions and foreclosures” could follow and “destabilize the housing market,” testified Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee”


SNHU will not have on-campus classes this fall

Southern New Hampshire University has announced that it will stay with remote learning through the fall semester.

The school will reduce the cost of classes to the rates it uses for online courses. https://www.wmur.com/article/southern-new-hampshire-university-will-not-have-on-campus-classes-this-fall/32826255

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – June 11, 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 11, 2020, DHHS announced 34 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 5,209 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 is one individual under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 68% being female and 32% being male.

The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (10), Rockingham (7), Merrimack (3), Belknap (2), Cheshire (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (9) and Nashua (1).

Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 504 (10%) of 5,209 cases. One of the new cases had 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 had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or are associated with an outbreak setting.
DHHS has also announced 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.
• 2 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
• 5 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Map of Cumulative Positive Cases

Click to access covid-19-update-06112020.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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