Be Heard – August 24 Update

Social Media is not the Answer

I have heard some folks who are really unhappy with the current restrictions asking people to post in forums and groups, and on their pages. Sure, do that. But, if you want to have an impact, you need to be heard by the people making the decisions. These days, it is easier than ever to attend public meetings (since you can just call in). If they don’t hear from you, they will assume that everything is just fine. So, if you disagree, attend a meeting or take a minute to send an email. Here is the information for the next GOFERR task force meeting. ~ Steve

Scheduled Meetings

When: August 27, 2020   11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Public Comments
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  Task Force Meeting
Call-In Information: Call-in: 1-800-356-8278 or 1-857-444-0744
Pin: 194499
For Public Comments session to request to speak, press 5*
If anybody has a problem getting on the call, please call 603-271-0670 or email at
Task Force Public
Comments Email:

Misleading Headline  to Follow

The first article says that restaurant can open to 100% capacity. This is not true. The new rules do lift the capacity restriction, but tables have to be 6 feet apart. Establishments with tighter layouts will not be able to seat people at every table. I’m still waiting for a clarification on booths. Stay tuned ~ Steve

Restaurants get green light to fully reopen

Restaurants boost capacity, courthouses keep travelers out

Relief Funding Distribution

GOFERR has a tool that allows you to check specific recipients of relief funding, or to search by town or city. Click go to to use it.GOFERR fund distribution

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 23rd, 2020

On Sunday, August 23, 2020, DHHS announced 15 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 7,107 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 40% being female and 60% being male. The new cases reside in Cheshire (4), Merrimack (2), Rockingham (2), and Strafford (1) counties. The county of residence is being determined for six new cases.


Two new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 711 (10%) of 7,107 cases.

Community Based Transmission

 Three of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


No additional deaths reported by DHHS. 

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 121
  • Carroll 99
  • Cheshire 115
  • Coos 17
  • Grafton 109
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,284
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1888
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 807
  • Merrimack 487
  • Rockingham 1758
  • Strafford 372
  • Sullivan 44

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

(data updated August 23rd, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 7,107

  • Recovered 6,428 (90%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 429 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 250
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 711 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 12

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 196,064
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 29,236
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 41,382
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 1,168
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,175

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: 7,107 positive test results 429 deaths  (1 week ago: 6,988 positive test results 423 deaths) (+119/+6)

MA: 125,360  positive test results 8921 deaths (1 week ago: 123,593  positive test results 8838 deaths) (+1767/+83)

ME: 4,335 positive test results 131 deaths (1 week ago: 4,168 positive test results 127 deaths)

VT: 1,557 positive test results 58 deaths (1 week ago: 1,515 positive test results 58 deaths)

CT:  51,519  positive test results 4,460 deaths (1 week ago: 50,897  positive test results 4,453 deaths)

RI: 21,022 positive test results 1030 deaths (1 week ago: 20,335 positive test results 1021 deaths)

NY:  434,462 positive test results 32,482 deaths (1 week ago: 430,226 positive test results 32,424 deaths) (+4,236/+58)


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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