ADA – 30 years – July 24 Update

Executive Order 59

Pursuant to Section 18 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-06, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, it is hereby ordered, effective immediately, that:
1. Any statutory or administrative rules in regards to requiring a wet signature are
temporarily stayed until 90 days following the termination of the public health
emergency. After exhausting alternative means, the Commissioner of the Department of
Health and Human Services may authorize the acceptance of verbal authorizations that
are contemporaneously documented. The Department shall create guidance on the
process and acceptance of verbal authorizations.
2. The statutory and administrative provisions in RSA 167:6, IX, RSA 167:3-c, XIl(c)-(d), and N.H. Admin. R. He-C 5003, requiring the Department to establish and collect premiums for the MEAD program is hereby waived effective March 1, 2020 and to resume billing the month following the month the National Public Health Emergency terminates.

Happy Birthday ADA – 30 years

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 — the ADA is an “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities.

ada1“Judy Heumann remembers the day she went to register for kindergarten in 1952. She’d gotten dressed up and her mother had pulled her wheelchair up a flight of stairs before the principal intervened. Her disability, he said, meant she was not allowed to attend the school. Heumann had polio as a child, and it left her legs paralyzed and limited her use of her hands and arms. Throughout her time in the educational system, and after she graduated and became a teacher and activist, she had to fight for access at every turn.” More at


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NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 23rd, 2020

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, DHHS announced 25 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,318 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 76% being female and 24% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (7), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (6), Carroll (1), Grafton (1), and Merrimack (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (8) and Nashua (1).


One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 681 (11%) of 6,318 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Eight of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


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

• 2 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 98
  • Carroll 77
  • Cheshire 80
  • Coos 14
  • Grafton 98
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,189
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1683
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 718
  • Merrimack 444
  • Rockingham 1569
  • 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 23, 2020, 9:00 AM)

  • NH Persons with COVID-191 6,318
  • Recovered 5,345 (85%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 405 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 568
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 681 (11%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 26

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 149,792
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 25,979
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 35,636
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 932
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,425

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: 6,318 positive test results 405 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,139 positive test results 395 deaths) (+179/+10)

MA: 114,647  positive test results 8484 deaths (1 week ago: 112,581  positive test results 8380 deaths) (+2066/+104)

ME: 3,737 positive test results 118 deaths (1 week ago: 3,598 positive test results 114 deaths)

VT: 1,377 positive test results 56 deaths (1 week ago: 1,325 positive test results 56 deaths)

CT:  48,232  positive test results 4,410 deaths (1 week ago: 47,750  positive test results 4,389 deaths)

RI: 18,148 positive test results 1,001 deaths (1 week ago: 17,711 positive test results 988 deaths)

NY:  414,405 positive test results 32,270 deaths (1 week ago: 409,476 positive test results 32,133 deaths) (+4,929/+137)

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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