Aug. 7 – Scams, Open Enrollment, and Farms

Open Enrollment

If you have health insurance through one of the state programs, like WellSense, August is the time to make any changes. There are three programs to choose from, and a comparison is available when you log in to your NHEasy account. If you do not have health insurance, this is a great time to apply at NHEasy – Gateway to Services

Be Careful Out There

Despicable characters like to prey on people when there is some calamity going on, like a pandemic. Here are some things to be aware of:

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a report regarding an increased amount of activity around online shopping scams. The full content can be read here: on their website.

Here is more from the FBI Internet Crime (, a well done write-up from AARP ( ) updated back in March of this year, and one more from the FTC ( centered around COVID online scams.

No government agency will call you and demand credit card payments. If you have a question about a sketchy call, get their info and call back once you’ve checked them out. ~ Steve

State expands COVID-19 testing to 19 hospitals

More than 5,000 properties to get broadband access

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 6th, 2020

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, DHHS announced 25 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,742 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 is one individual under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 68% being female and 32% being male. The new cases reside in Strafford (8), Rockingham (5), Carroll (2), Cheshire (1), and Merrimack (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (4) and Nashua (3). The county of residence is being determined for one new case.


One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 699 (10%) of 6,742 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Five of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


DHHS has also announced one additional death related to COVID-19.

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

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 113
  • Carroll 93
  • Cheshire 96
  • Coos 16
  • Grafton 103
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,235
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1810
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 762
  • Merrimack 460
  • Rockingham 1665
  • Strafford 346
  • Sullivan 40

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive CasesSummary

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

(data updated August 6, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 6,742

  • Recovered 5,941 (88%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 419 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 382
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 699 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 21

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 168,465
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 27,611
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 37,804
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 1,093
  • 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: 6,742 positive test results 419 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,544 positive test results 415 deaths) (+198/+4)

MA: 119,874  positive test results 8691 deaths (1 week ago: 117,098  positive test results 8595 deaths) (+2776/+96)

ME: 3,997 positive test results 124 deaths (1 week ago: 3,737 positive test results 118 deaths)

VT: 1,445 positive test results 58 deaths (1 week ago: 1,377 positive test results 56 deaths)

CT:  50,245  positive test results 4,437 deaths (1 week ago: 48,232  positive test results 4,410 deaths)

RI: 18,950 positive test results 1,014 deaths (1 week ago: 18,148 positive test results 1,001 deaths)

NY:  423,637 positive test results 32,294 deaths (1 week ago: 419,081 positive test results 32,362 deaths) (+4,556/NA (number down)))


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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