Aug. 8 Update

Remote Learning Progress Report: The barriers to taking attendance

By JOHN BASSETT Granite State News Collaborative
Published: 8/9/2020 8:00:26 PM

When Sunapee Middle-High School’s attendance rate is published in the fall, principal Sean Moynihan expects that despite the switch to remote learning, his school’s numbers might be even higher than they were last year. This is a bold statement: The school’s 2018-19 attendance rate was 96.1% – one of the highest in the state.

But Moynihan said that the numbers coming out this fall are probably misleading. Not only are they likely to be artificially high thanks to the district’s relaxed attendance policies during remote learning last spring, the numbers obscure a bigger issue – how much harder his teachers, staff, and guidance counselors had to work to stay in touch with students during remote learning, even with the benefit of laptops and internet. More at

Remote Learning Progress Report: Broadband proves to be major issue

By EMILY DUGGAN Granite State News Collaborative
Published: 8/8/2020 1:12:58 PM

Before COVID-19, the Kajeet hotspots on Rochester’s school buses were a nice-to-have item on long haul trips for athletes and others going to and from various extracurricular events. In the spring, however, they became the vital connection some students needed to continue their education.

“I was at a conference years ago and a superintendent from Kentucky would park his buses throughout this town during snow days so his students in rural areas could be connected to the internet to access curriculum,” said Superintendent Kyle Repucci in an email to the Granite State News Collaborative earlier this year, speaking of how the idea came to Rochester. More at


The Rochester School District is deploying buses with WiFi hotspots throughout the city to help residents who need a connection. [Deb Cram/]

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NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 9th, 2020

On Sunday, August 9, 2020, DHHS announced 14 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,831 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 43% being female and 57% being male. The new cases reside in Strafford (4) and Rockingham (3) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (3) and Nashua (4).


One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 701 (10%) of 6,831 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Three of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


No additional deaths were reported by DHHS.

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 115
  • Carroll 94
  • Cheshire 97
  • Coos 17
  • Grafton 103
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,242
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1832
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 776
  • Merrimack 464
  • Rockingham 1691
  • Strafford 358
  • Sullivan 40

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive CasesSummary

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

(data updated August9, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 6,831

  • Recovered 6,063 (89%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 419 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 349
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 701 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 23

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 172,585
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 27,975
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 38,527
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 1,138
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,875

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: 6,818 positive test results 419 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,634 positive test results 417 deaths) (+184/+2)

MA: 120,711  positive test results 8721 deaths (1 week ago: 118,458  positive test results 8638 deaths) (+2253/+83)

ME: 4,042 positive test results 125 deaths (1 week ago: 3,958 positive test results 123 deaths)

VT: 1,459 positive test results 58 deaths (1 week ago: 1,426 positive test results 57 deaths)

CT:  50,320  positive test results 4,441 deaths (1 week ago: 49,810  positive test results 4,432 deaths)

RI: 19,738 positive test results 1014 deaths (1 week ago: 19,022 positive test results 1007 deaths)

NY:  425,568 positive test results 32,354 deaths (1 week ago: 421,008 positive test results 32,401 deaths) (+4,560/-47)


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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