Aug 25 Update

Students returning to campuses bring COVID with them

Students are returning to residential New Hampshire campuses this week, and  the COVID-19 virus is right behind them. An individual has tested positive for COVID-19 at the boarding school Kimball Union Academy just days after student orientation leaders arrived back on campus, and Franklin Pierce University has discovered six confirmed cases last week.

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NH task force emails show early division on economic reopening

By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press Published: 8/23/2020 6:08:13 PM

CONCORD — In an April 30 email titled “Comments on reopening,” Robert Paul simply wrote: “Don’t.” Five hours later, Joe Condi sent a blank email with the subject line: “OPEN-OPEN-OPEN.”

The two messages were among the nearly 1,800 sent to Gov. Chris Sununu’s Economic Reopening Task Force between April 22 and May 1, when The Associated Press requested copies. The emails, which were turned over two and half months later, add up to nearly 3,000 pages of stark division over what should reopen and what should stay closed during the coronavirus pandemic. More at

COVID-19 testing issues delay move-in for NH college, university students

NH Secretary of State’s office reports 72,000 absentee ballots requested so far

Bedford school officials considering plans for football, other sports

Four N.H. Business Apply To Reopen As Child Care Centers

N.H. Recovery Centers Face Funding Gap As State Waits For Opiod Response Grant

Nashua approves the start of all fall sports; other school districts cancel football season

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 24th, 2020

On Monday, August 24, 2020, DHHS announced 27 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 7,134 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 30% being female and 70% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (12), Merrimack (5), Cheshire (3), Strafford (3), Belknap (1), and Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (1) and Nashua (1).


One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 712 (10%) of 7,134 cases.

Community Based Transmission

Nine of the new cases had no identified risk factors.


No additional deaths reported by DHHS. 

Cumulative Positive Tests by County

  • Belknap 122
  • Carroll 99
  • Cheshire 119
  • Coos 17
  • Grafton 109
  • Hillsborough – Other 1,285
  • Hillsborough – Manchester 1890
  • Hillsborough – Nashua 808
  • Merrimack 494
  • Rockingham 1771
  • Strafford 376
  • Sullivan 44

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

(data updated August 24th, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 7,134

  • Recovered 6,450 (90%)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 429 (6%)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases 255
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 712 (10%)
  • Current Hospitalizations 11

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories,

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 198,229
  • Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody
  • Laboratory Tests 29,258
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 41,464
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 1,181
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,100

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: 7,134 positive test results 429 deaths  (1 week ago: 7,004 positive test results 423 deaths) (+130/+6)

MA: 126,022  positive test results 8949 deaths (1 week ago: 123,841  positive test results 8842 deaths) (+2181/+107)

ME: 4,356 positive test results 131 deaths (1 week ago: 4,197 positive test results 127 deaths)

VT: 1,566 positive test results 58 deaths (1 week ago: 1,527 positive test results 58 deaths)

CT:  52,011  positive test results 4,460 deaths (1 week ago: 51,267  positive test results 4,456 deaths)

RI: 21,302 positive test results 1035 deaths (1 week ago: 20,572 positive test results 1023 deaths)

NY:  434,866 positive test results 32,489 deaths (1 week ago: 430,636 positive test results 32,435 deaths) (+4,230/+54)


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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