New Emergency Orders – August 12

Masks for events with over 100 attendees

This afternoon, I am issuing an Emergency Order to help minimize health and safety concerns around large scheduled events and gatherings, requiring scheduled gatherings of 100+ people to wear masks, effective immediately.‬
‪New Hampshire citizens have been diligent in social distancing and mask wearing, and we continue to see very positive numbers. We know a spike could occur at any time, and we know that large events that gather over 100 individuals often have folks coming from out of state.
‪Education is always the first step, but we won’t hesitate to enforce penalties and fines on event organizers who willfully, and dangerously, disobey these rules.‬
‪Of course, while smaller events don’t pose the same risks, we strongly encourage mask usage for everyone, every time they cannot socially distance.

An order protecting pre-existing non-conforming use status for summer camps unable to operate due to COVID-19 during the summer of 2020

21 new cases of COVID-19 reported in NH; no new deaths for 5th day in a row


Test turnaround times improve, health commissioner says

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 11th, 2020

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, DHHS announced 21 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,861 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, all are adults with 33% being female and 67% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (7), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (3), Cheshire (2), Strafford (2), Grafton (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (3) and Nashua (2).


One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 705 (10%) of 6,861 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 101
  • Coos 17
  • Grafton 104
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,246
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1838
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 779
  • Merrimack 466
  • Rockingham 1698
  • Strafford 362
  • Sullivan 41

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive CasesSummary

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

(data updated August 12th, 2020, 9:00 AM)

  • NH Persons with COVID-191 6,861
  • Recovered 6,126 (89%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 419 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 316
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 705 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 21

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 175,399
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 28,105
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 38,825
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 769
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,850

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: 6,861 positive test results 419 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,693 positive test results 418 deaths) (+168/+1)

MA: 121,707  positive test results 8751 deaths (1 week ago: 119,203  positive test results 8657 deaths) (+2504/+94)

ME: 4,050 positive test results 126 deaths (1 week ago: 3,975 positive test results 123 deaths)

VT: 1,472 positive test results 58 deaths (1 week ago: 1,431 positive test results 57 deaths)

CT:  50,684  positive test results 4,444 deaths (1 week ago: 50,110  positive test results 4,437 deaths)

RI: 20,053 positive test results 1016 deaths (1 week ago: 19,390 positive test results 1011 deaths)

NY:  426,713 positive test results 32,372 deaths (1 week ago: 422,296 positive test results 32,422 deaths) (+4,417/-50)

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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