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CDC halts evictions for nonpayment
On Sept. 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a “temporary halt to residential evictions to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.” This eviction moratorium applies to all residential housing in New Hampshire, as it overrides local and state regulations.
The CDC’s order requires residents to declare (under penalty of perjury) that they::
- Have used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing (New Hampshire has made funds available to tenant through local Community Action Partnerships);
- Expect to earn no more than $99,000 (individual) or $198,000 (married couple) in 2020; OR are not required to report income in 2019; OR received an Economic Impact Payment from the CARES Act;
- Are unable to pay the full rent or housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of hours, layoff, or extraordinary medical expenses;
- Are using best efforts to make timely partial payments;
- Eviction would likely mean that the tenant(s) would become homeless or would force the tenant(s) to move into close quarters or shared living settings due to no other housing options.
Upon receipt by the landlord of a confirmation to the above, the resident may not be lawfully evicted for failure to pay rent through December 31, 2020. Landlords may still evict for other lease violations. This notice does not relieve residents from their rent obligations, and landlords may charge late fees, penalties and interest on missed rental payments.
The order is enforceable through substantial fines to individuals (tenants) of up to $100,000 to $500,000 per event and one year in jail. Organizations (housing providers) are subject to a fine of no more than $200,000 per event if the violation does not result in a death or $500,000 per event if the violation results in a death or as otherwise provided by law.
NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – September 9, 2020
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, DHHS announced 23 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 7,517 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 six individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 61% being female and 39% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (7), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (2), Strafford (2), Belknap (1), Carroll (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (7) and Nashua (2).
One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 719 (10%) of 7,517 cases. Four of the new cases had no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Of those with complete risk information, most of the cases have either had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, are associated with an outbreak setting, or have recently traveled.
DHHS has no additional deaths to report.
Current Situation in New Hampshire
New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report (data updated September 9, 2020, 9:00 AM)
|NH Persons with COVID-191||7,517|
|Deaths Attributed to COVID-19||433 (6%)|
|Total Current COVID-19 Cases||242|
|Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19||719 (10%)|
|Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2||224,432|
|Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2||30,223|
|Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL||43,486|
|Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3||1,042|
|Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)||1,775|
1 Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.
2 Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.
3 Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.
Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS
|Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests|
|NH Public Health Laboratories||812||713||442||617||483||696||803||652|
|Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center||613||728||731||616||315||196||535||533|
|Other NH Hospital Laboratory||316||222||177||207||151||197||152||203|
|Antibody Laboratory Tests|
|Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center||9||8||8||4||0||0||9||5|
* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not listed in the above table.