CDC Halts Evictions – Sept. 10 Update

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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
Recovered 6,842 (91%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 433 (6%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 242
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 719 (10%)
Current Hospitalizations 9
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
  9/2 9/3 9/4 9/5 9/6 9/7 9/8 Daily


NH Public Health Laboratories 812 713 442 617 483 696 803 652
LabCorp 753 634 633 424 667 39 728 554
Quest Diagnostics 468 2,594 1,871 2,148 1,512 827 445 1,409
Mako Medical 0 9 31 12 0 0 1 8
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 613 728 731 616 315 196 535 533
Other NH Hospital Laboratory 316 222 177 207 151 197 152 203
Other Laboratory* 151 169 101 220 182 90 31 135
Total 3,113 5,069 3,986 4,244 3,310 2,045 2,695 3,495
Antibody Laboratory Tests
  9/2 9/3 9/4 9/5 9/6 9/7 9/8 Daily


LabCorp 8 5 8 5 0 0 0 4
Quest Diagnostics 35 59 48 35 3 2 41 32
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 9 8 8 4 0 0 9 5
Other Laboratory* 8 5 8 0 0 0 10 4
Total 60 77 72 44 3 2 60 45

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not listed in the above table.


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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