UNH Updates – Aug 18

Conversation and preparation:

Supporting your child in the school year ahead

With the new school year fast approaching, or perhaps already here, many parents and caregivers are wondering how to best support their children through the uncertainty of the school year ahead. As schools are grappling with the big decisions of how they will deliver an education; be it face-to-face, remotely, a blend of the two, or a changing model depending on circumstances, one thing is for sure, we need to prepare our children differently for this school year than we have in the past. The good news is, our circumstances are no longer new. We have had time to absorb the shocking changes that have occurred and can move on to thoughtful action. Continued at Concord Monitor – Alice Giarrusso

UNH Requires Informed Consent for staying on campus

From Provost Jones – “I am writing to let you know that we have heard your concerns about the informed consent form. First, I want to clarify that an informed consent is not the same as a waiver of liability. It is a recognition that you understand what is expected and agree to follow behavioral and safety practices to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 for every member of our community. ”

UNH Informed Consent Form

UNH COVID Info Center

UNH expects in-house virus testing lab within weeks


Investigation continues after youth hockey camp participant tests positive for COVID-19


Two Saint Anselm students test positive for COVID-19 during move-in


NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 17th, 2020

On Monday, August 17, 2020, DHHS announced 16 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 7,004 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 25% being female and 75% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (6), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (3), Merrimack (2), and Cheshire (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (3) and Nashua (1).


One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 709 (10%) of 7,004 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Four of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


No deaths were reported by DHHS.

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 121
  • Carroll 96
  • Cheshire 107
  • Coos 17
  • Grafton 107
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,274
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1869
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 799
  • Merrimack 474
  • Rockingham 1729
  • Strafford 367
  • Sullivan 44

Map of Cumulative Positive CasesMap of Current Positive CasesSummary

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

(data updated August 17th, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 7,004

  • Recovered 6,302 (90%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 423 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 279
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 709 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 15

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 185,971
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 28,699
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 40,124
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 917
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,475

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: 7,004 positive test results 423 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,840 positive test results 419 deaths) (+164/+4)

MA: 123,841  positive test results 8842 deaths (1 week ago: 121,315  positive test results 8741 deaths) (+2526/+101)

ME: 4,197 positive test results 127 deaths (1 week ago: 4,049 positive test results 125 deaths)

VT: 1,527 positive test results 58 deaths (1 week ago: 1,462 positive test results 58 deaths)

CT:  51,267  positive test results 4,456 deaths (1 week ago: 50,567  positive test results 4,437 deaths)

RI: 20,572 positive test results 1023 deaths (1 week ago: 19,934 positive test results 1015 deaths)

NY:  430,636 positive test results 32,435 deaths (1 week ago: 426,046 positive test results 32,361 deaths) (+4,590/+74)


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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