July 1 Update – Keeping the lights on

Order 58

July is going to be a critical month. So far, the federal unemployment bonus will end, many supplemental payments will end, and we begin to turn back the orders. You should know about this one:

Order 58 terminates Order 3 which prohibited all providers of electric, gas, water, telephone, cable, VOiP, internet, and deliverable fuels service in the State of New Hampshire from disconnecting or discontinuing service for non-payment. This is effective July 15. If you are going to need help, please contact me to see if you are eligible for any of the new programs.

The State has instituted a number of programs designed to ease the economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including, but not limited to, (1) expanding unemployment benefits through Emergency Order #5, (2) establishing the COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund though Emergency Order #9, (3) allowing municipalities to grant blanket abatement of interest for late property tax payments through Emergency Order #25, (4) establishing the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Stabilization Program through Emergency Order #31, ( 5) establishing the First Responder Stipend Program, and ( 6) establishing the Main Street Relief Program to provide $400 million in relief to New Hampshire small businesses; and the Governor has authorized $35 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to support individuals and families needing assistance to maintain their housing as a result of COVID-19, and this assistance includes funds to help pay utility bills.


1. Emergency Orders 4 and 24 shall terminate on July 1, 2020.
2. For every eviction notice issued by the owner of restricted or non-restricted property that is based in whole or in part on nonpayment of rent that became due and payable between March 17, 2020 and the date of this Order, the minimum 7 day notice period required in RSA 540:3 is hereby extended to 30 days. Therefore, every such eviction notice shall provide that the tenant must vacate the premises no less than 30 days from the date of service of the eviction notice. For purposes of this Order, the terms “restricted property” and “non-restricted property” shall have the meanings assigned to those terms in RSA 540: 1-a. This Paragraph shall not apply to eviction notices issued before March 17, 2020.

Order Timeline and Detail

If you want to a timeline representation of the Orders, go to https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/timeline

You can also read all the Orders and Exhibits at https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-and-media/emergency-orders-2020

If you want to find guidelines and rules, go to https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/

Sununu spells out ‘devastating’ revenue losses due to COVID-19

Note from Steve – I have heard some hysteria about this. There are rumors about laying off dozens of school employees, cutting entire programs, etc. Before the virus, we had a pretty healthy surplus. We’ll work through it and it is never as bad as people imagine. Please, ask for facts and don’t float rumors. We are in this together and need to stay positive. https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/sununu-spells-out-devastating-revenue-losses-due-to-covid-19/article_1d19fdfc-a8af-5a95-a6b7-0fa66ae177a2.html

Legislature Resumes New Hampshire

House passes package of pandemic-related bills


NH epidemiologist, governor urge mask use, social distancing as 4 new COVID-19 deaths announced


Housing, utility assistance available as eviction moratorium expires


NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – June 30, 2020

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, DHHS announced 22 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 5,782 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, all were adults with 41% being female and 59% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (3), Cheshire (2), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (2), Coos (1), Grafton (1), Merrimack (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (6) and Nashua (5).


No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 565 (10%) of 5,782 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Three of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


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

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

• 2 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 81
  • Carroll 54
  • Cheshire 71
  • Coos 7
  • Grafton 85
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,118
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1533
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 624
  • Merrimack 410
  • Rockingham 1474
  • Strafford 292
  • Sullivan 32
  • County TBD 1

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

(data updated June 30, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 5,782

  • Recovered 4,463 (77%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 371 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 948
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 565 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 37

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 119,169
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 19,264
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 31,919
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 375
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,550

Number of Specimens Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Map of Current Positive CasesMap of Cumulative Positive Cases

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: 5,782 positive test results 371 deaths  (1 week ago: 5,571 positive test results 343 deaths) (+211/+28)

MA: 108,882  positive test results 8,054 deaths (1 week ago: 107,439  positive test results 7,889 deaths) (+1443/+165)

ME: 3,253 positive test results 105 deaths (1 week ago: 2,994 positive test results 102 deaths)

VT: 1,208 positive test results 56 deaths (1 week ago: 1,164 positive test results 56 deaths)

CT:  46,514  positive test results 4,322 deaths (1 week ago: 45,899  positive test results 4,277 deaths)

RI: 16,813 positive test results 950 deaths (1 week ago: 16,533 positive test results 906 deaths)

NY:  398,142 positive test results 31,776 deaths (1 week ago: 393,855 positive test results 30,970 deaths) (+4,287/+806)


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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