July 23 Update – Vaccines and Beef


USDA Provides Update on Investigation Following 2019 Tyson Beef Plant Closure and COVID-19 Pandemic


(Washington, D.C., July 22, 2020) – As part of its commitment to ensuring fair and competitive markets for the livestock, meat and poultry industries, today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report on its ongoing boxed beef and fed cattle price spread investigation.
“The closure of the Tyson beef packing plant in Holcomb, Kansas, after a fire at the facility, and the COVID-19 pandemic clearly disrupted the markets and processing systems responsible for the production and sale of U.S. beef,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “The report examines these economic disruptions and the significant increase in the spread between boxed beef and fed cattle prices that resulted from them. While we’re pleased to provide this update, we assure producers that our work continues in order to determine if there are any violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act. If any unfair practices are detected, we will take quick enforcement action.”
The report, prepared by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in coordination with the Office of the Chief Economist, summarizes market conditions, fed cattle prices, boxed beef values and the spread before and after the fire and plant closure at the Tyson Holcomb plant, and before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

US secures 100 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine candidate

The U.S. government announced Wednesday it has reached a deal to gain access to at least 100 million doses of a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine candidate if it proves to be safe and effective.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense announced the agreement with Pfizer for the large-scale production of over 100 million doses following the vaccine’s successful manufacture. Upon receipt of the first 100 million doses, the U.S. will pay the drugmaker $1.95 billion. More at https://abcnews.go.com/Business/us-secures-100-million-doses-pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine/story?id=71916842

2 more COVID-19 deaths announced in NH


Health officials say they’re working to shift more testing in-state


Education commissioner answers questions about school reopening plan


NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 22nd, 2020

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, DHHS announced 36 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,295 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 six individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 42% being female and 58% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (6), Rockingham (6), Carroll (3), Strafford (3), Merrimack (2), and Belknap (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (8) and Nashua (7).


Three new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 680 (11%) of 6,295 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Nine of the new cases had no identified risk factors. 


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

• 1 male resident of Carroll County, under 60 years old

• 1 male resident of Rockingham County, 60 years of age and older

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 98
  • Carroll 76
  • Cheshire 80
  • Coos 14
  • Grafton 99
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,183
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1675
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 717
  • Merrimack 443
  • Rockingham 1562
  • Strafford 310
  • Sullivan 38

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive CasesSummary

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

(data updated July 22, 2020, 9:00 AM)

  • NH Persons with COVID-191 6,295
  • Recovered 5,341 (85%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 402 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 552
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 680 (11%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 24

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 146,879
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 25,796
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 35,432
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 870
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,400

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: 6,295 positive test results 402 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,113 positive test results 394 deaths) (+181/+7)

MA: 114,320  positive test results 8468 deaths (1 week ago: 112,347  positive test results 8368 deaths) (+1962/+103)

ME: 3,723 positive test results 118 deaths (1 week ago: 3,578 positive test results 114 deaths)

VT: 1,366 positive test results 56 deaths (1 week ago: 1,318 positive test results 56 deaths)

CT:  48,223  positive test results 4,406 deaths (1 week ago: 47,636  positive test results 4,380 deaths)

RI: 18,062 positive test results 997 deaths (1 week ago: 17,640 positive test results 987 deaths)

NY:  413,595 positive test results 32,229 deaths (1 week ago: 408,709 positive test results 32,115, 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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