SNAP Online Purchases and July 21 Updates


NH joins pilot for online SNAP Purchasing

If you are home bound, have transportation issues, or just don’t want to go the store, you can now use SNAP to buy groceries online. It is important to remember that SNAP can still only be used for eligible groceries. That also means that any delivery charges are not SNAP eligible and must be paid separately. Read the details at

State offers guidance to school nurses for handling COVID-19 in students, staff

doeDOE publishes stakeholder surveys

Listening to NH on how to go back to school safely

CONCORD- The New Hampshire Department of Education has published the results of four stakeholder surveys conducted as part of the School Transition, Reopening, and Redesign Task Force (STRRT).

“Through its Stakeholder Surveys, STRRT listened to the concerns of more than 56,000 Granite Staters, including roughly half of our state’s educators,” said Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “This feedback helped the taskforce craft its recommendations on how to safely return to school in September.”

The Stakeholder Survey results are posted in interactive spreadsheets on the STRRT home page and includes results from:
•    Instructional Staff Survey  (11,808 responses)
•    School or District Leader Survey  (1,041 responses)
•    Student Wellness Provider Survey  (1,234 responses)
•    Parent Survey  (41,910 responses)

School Transition Reopening and Redesign Taskforce

The School Transition Reopening and Redesign Taskforce (STRRT) is being constituted to provide recommendations to the Governor, the Department of Education, and local school districts about the return to school as the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic subside.

STRRT Back to School Survey

As part of our School Transition Reopening and Redesign Taskforce (STRRT) work that is looking at how we will begin in September, we sought input from teachers, parents, and education leaders across the state. We want to be responsive to your ideas, observations, and concerns. More than 54,000 Granite Staters submitted their opinions. Thank you!

Interactive Survey Results

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 20th, 2020

On Monday, July 20, 2020, DHHS announced 46 new positive test results for COVID-19, 17 of which were associated with a long term care facility experiencing an outbreak. DHHS will provide an outbreaks update in Tuesday’s update. There have now been 6,249 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 three individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 61% being female and 39% being male. The new cases reside Rockingham (6), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (2), and Merrimack (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (21) and Nashua (16).


No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 673 (11%) of 6,249 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Four of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


 No additional deaths reported from DHHS.

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 96
  • Carroll 71
  • Cheshire 80
  • Coos 13
  • Grafton 99
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,178
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1664
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 707
  • Merrimack 440
  • Rockingham 1557
  • Strafford 306
  • Sullivan 38

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive CasesSummary

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

(data updated July 20, 2020, 9:00 AM)

  • NH Persons with COVID-191 6,249
  • Recovered 5,286 (85%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 398 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 565
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 673 (11%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 20

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 144,822
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 25,499
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 34,743
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 52
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,450

Number of Specimens Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Information above, and archived daily updates are available here:

Regional Information (total positive test results, deaths)

Look-back period is 1 week.

NH: 6,249 positive test results 398 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,068 positive test results 391 deaths) (+181/+7)

MA: 113,789  positive test results 8433 deaths (1 week ago: 111,827  positive test results 8330 deaths) (+1962/+103)

ME: 3,711 positive test results 117 deaths (1 week ago: 3,558 positive test results 114 deaths)

VT: 1,360 positive test results 56 deaths (1 week ago: 1,301 positive test results 56 deaths)

CT:  48,055  positive test results 4,406 deaths (1 week ago: 47,510  positive test results 4,371 deaths)

RI: 17,904 positive test results 995 deaths (1 week ago: 17,487 positive test results 984 deaths)

NY:  412,034 positive test results 32,203 deaths (1 week ago: 406,962 positive test results 32,075 deaths) (+5,072/+128)


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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