June 24 Update – Education and Attractions

Education – Planning for September

edelblut-legoThe debate over how to reopen NH schools this fall is highlighting a problem that we deal with in Concord all the time. The short version is that works for Manchester does not necessarily work for Sullivan County, and vice versa.

This is from the education task force:

“Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said the state’s tradition of local control calls for districts to have flexibility.

“We should not adopt a one-size fits all policy because that isn’t going to work,” said Carl Ladd, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association.

Amy Allen with the Manchester School District said best practices are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that all schools must follow.

“If some districts are allowing some things and others aren’t, I think that is going to create some problems,” Allen said.”” Education task force embraces ‘hybrid’ school instruction this fall By Kevin Landrigan New Hampshire Union Leader

I agree with the Commissioner. While there should be universal guidelines for public health, local schools know their infrastructure and capabilities. Class size for example, is largely determined room size. The ability to work/learn remotely has a lot to do with internet availability. While CARES funding is going to be used to build out that infrastructure, estimates are that this is a ten year build and we need a plan tomorrow. Final recommendations are due June 300, so stay tuned. ~ Steve

Task force: Concerns over social distancing, hybrid learning

https://apnews.com/1d778b9212dd72a94db9fb854c1ab34b

Eased restaurant restrictions seem likely for New Hampshire’s next reopening phase

https://www.nhbr.com/eased-restaurant-restrictions-seem-likely-for-new-hampshires-next-reopening-phase/

North Country amusement parks prepare to reopen

https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/north-country-amusement-parks-prepare-to-reopen/article_6dff3603-7b43-508d-a47c-67a64fa76534.html

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – June 23, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, DHHS announced 15 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 5,571 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 53% being female and 47% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (4), Rockingham (4), and Merrimack (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (4) and Nashua (2).

Hospitalizations

No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 558 (10%) of 5,571 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Six of the new cases had no identified risk factors.

Deaths

DHHS has also announced 4 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

• 3 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

• 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 78
  • Carroll 52
  • Cheshire 64
  • Coos 6
  • Grafton 76
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,084
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1478
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 583
  • Merrimack 398
  • Rockingham 1442
  • Strafford 285
  • Sullivan 24
  • County TBD 1

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated June 23, 2020, 9:00 AM)

  • NH Persons with COVID-191 5,571
  • Recovered 4,316 (77%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 343 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 912
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 558 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 51

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 110,053
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 17,902
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 31,334
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 281
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,375

Number of Specimens Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Information above, and archived daily updates are available here: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/news/updates.htm

Regional Information (total positive test results, deaths)

Look-back period is 1 week.

NH: 5,571 positive test results 343 deaths  (1 week ago: 5,345 positive test results 320 deaths) (+226/+23)

MA: 107,439  positive test results 7,889 deaths (1 week ago: 105,690  positive test results 7,646 deaths) (+1749/+243)

ME: 2,994 positive test results 102 deaths (1 week ago: 2,588 positive test results 99 deaths)

VT: 1,164 positive test results 56 deaths (1 week ago: 1,128 positive test results 55 deaths)

CT:  45,899  positive test results 4,277 deaths (1 week ago: 45,235  positive test results 4,204 deaths)

RI: 16,533 positive test results 906 deaths (1 week ago: 16,093 positive test results 851 deaths)

NY:  393,855 positive test results 30,970 deaths (1 week ago: 388,719 positive test results 30,645 deaths) (+5,136/+325)

Map of Current Positive CasesSummaryMap of Cumulative Positive Cases

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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