July 30 Update – Apply for Services

NH EASY – You may qualify

nheasyIf you have never applied for services from the state, you may want to consider trying it. With the torrent of money coming from the federal government, many thresholds for eligibility have been reduced. Many people qualify for health coverage, and there is a federal benefit that pays for SNAP benefits if you have a school age child. It only takes a few minutes to apply at nheasy.nh.gov.  I mentioned this to someone who replied that they did not want any handouts. This is not a handout. It is your money, we taxed you and we took it from you. Why not get some back? You can fill out one application and it applies to all services, just check all the boxes. The worst thing that happens is nothing. ~ Steve

USDA Launches New Farmers.gov Features to Help Farmers Hire Workers

(Washington, D.C., July 27, 2020) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced new features on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers.gov website designed to help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers.
“My mission from the beginning of my time as Secretary was to make USDA the most effective, most efficient, most customer-focused department in the entire federal government – these changes to Farmers.gov are doing just that. USDA’s goal is to help farmers navigate the complex H-2A program that is administered by Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department so hiring a farm worker is an easier process,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump knows how essential these workers are to our farmers and America’s food supply chain. We will continue working to streamline these and other processes to better serve our customers across the country.”

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NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 29th, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, DHHS announced 17 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,513 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 59% being female and 41% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (5), Belknap (1), and Strafford (1), and in the cities of Manchester (9) and Nashua (1).


No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 690 (11%) of 6,513 cases.

Community Based Transmission

One of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


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

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

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

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 102
  • Carroll 84
  • Cheshire 85
  • Coos 16
  • Grafton 103
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,207
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1757
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 737
  • Merrimack 452
  • Rockingham 1609
  • Strafford 323
  • Sullivan 38

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive CasesSummary

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

(data updated July 29, 2020, 9:00 AM)

  • NH Persons with COVID-191 6,513
  • Recovered 5,710 (88%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 411 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 392
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 690 (11%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 22

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 157,397
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 26,674
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 36,286
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 550
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,200

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: 6,513 positive test results 411 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,295 positive test results 402 deaths) (+218/+9)

MA: 116,684  positive test results 8580 deaths (1 week ago: 114,320  positive test results 8468 deaths) (+2364/+112)

ME: 3,866 positive test results 121 deaths (1 week ago: 3,723 positive test results 118 deaths)

VT: 1,406 positive test results 56 deaths (1 week ago: 1,366 positive test results 56 deaths)

CT:  49,540  positive test results 4,425 deaths (1 week ago: 48,223  positive test results 4,406 deaths)

RI: 18,800 positive test results 1007 deaths (1 week ago: 18,062 positive test results 997 deaths)

NY:  418,302 positive test results 32,342 deaths (1 week ago: 413,595 positive test results 32,229 deaths) (+4,707/+113)


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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