August 6 – UNH Plan and Stimulus Stall

Stimulus Talks

Those of you receiving PUA noticed the $600 drop in payments this week. This is not the only program that stopped suddenly because the federal government does not seem to understand that when they miss a deadline, it affects people. Hopefully, statements made publicly by politicians on both sides do not reflect their actual positions, which seems to be “gimme everything I want or no deal”. Here is an example:

  • Original White House offer on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – $200/wk
  • Original House position on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – $600/wk

You smart Yankee traders already know that the result is going to be around $400 per week. This isn’t rocket science. The deadline was last week and they couldn’t figure that out. One side wanted $600 period or there would be no deal. I guess they won since you got nothing. This type of scorched earth politics has to stop. They get the headlines, and you get the shaft. ~ Steve

Trustees approve university system plans

unhBy DANIELA ALLEE NH Public Radio
Published: 8/5/2020 3:07:56 PM

The Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire approved reopening plans for UNHKeene State and Plymouth State on Tuesday.

Those plans include on-campus and in-person instruction for students. The university system is also offering online options for students who do not want to return to campus.

“I think we know we’re taking a real risk, but a managed risk,” said Donald Birx, president of Plymouth State University. “I think we’ve minimized that risk as much as possible. I think there’s a lot of rationale and reasons to hold in-person classes.”

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NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 5th, 2020

On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, DHHS announced 27 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,719 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 37% being female and 63% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (5), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (5), Cheshire (2), Belknap (2), Carroll (1), and Merrimack (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (7) and Nashua (3). The county of residence is being determined for one new case.


No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 698 (10%) of 6,719 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Seven of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


No additional deaths were reported by DHHS.

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 113
  • Carroll 91
  • Cheshire 95
  • Coos 16
  • Grafton 103
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,236
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1806
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 759
  • Merrimack 459
  • Rockingham 1660
  • Strafford 338
  • Sullivan 40

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive CasesSummary

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

(data updated August 5, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 6,719

  • Recovered 5,923 (88%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 418 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 378
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 698 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 20

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 167,407
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 27,506
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 37,397
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 511
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,950

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: 6,719 positive test results 418 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,513 positive test results 411 deaths) (+206/+7)

MA: 119,643  positive test results 8659 deaths (1 week ago: 116,684  positive test results 8580 deaths) (+2959/+79)

ME: 3,992 positive test results 124 deaths (1 week ago: 3,866 positive test results 121 deaths)

VT: 1,436 positive test results 57 deaths (1 week ago: 1,406 positive test results 56 deaths)

CT:  50,225  positive test results 4,437 deaths (1 week ago: 49,540  positive test results 4,425 deaths)

RI: 19,481 positive test results 1012 deaths (1 week ago: 18,800 positive test results 1007 deaths)

NY:  422,935 positive test results 32,431 deaths (1 week ago: 418,302 positive test results 32,342 deaths) (+4,633/+89)


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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