Sept 28 Update – Migration and Vaccines


The population boomed in Winhall, Vt., as people left cities to get away from Covid-19 hot spots. State planners are hoping that many of the 10,000 newcomers who arrived this summer will stay. But in a town like Winhall, where everyone knows one another, officials are hard-pressed to keep up with the burst of growth

And on some U.S. college campuses, where a Times survey has found at least 130,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, students are being hired as Covid-19 safety influencers.

Investors think Lebanon biotech startup may be a winner in the fight against the coronavirus

On June 11, as the number of people infected with COVID-19 reached 8 million worldwide and U.S. deaths reached 122,000, Tillman Gerngross invited 20 biotech investors to join a Zoom video conference call where he presented plans to start a company aiming to develop antibodies to fight the novel coronavirus.Even before the one-hour video conference call was over, investors were ready to pony up a majority of the $40 million Gerngross was seeking. The response was so strong that he raised his goal to $50 million.” More at Valley News

Chinese Vaccine

Three vaccine candidates are being injected into workers whom the government considers essential along with many others, with plans to give shots to even more people, amounting to a big wager that the vaccines will eventually prove safe and effective.The unproven vaccines could have harmful side effects. Ineffective vaccines could lead to a false sense of security and encourage behavior that could lead to even more infections.

$200 Million to State and Local Officials for COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness

On Wednesday, September 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced  upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide $200 million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness.

Funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) will provide critical infrastructure support to existing grantees through CDC’s immunization cooperative agreement. CDC is awarding $200 million to 64 jurisdictions through the existing Immunizations and Vaccines for Children cooperative agreement. These funds, along with the previous support CDC has provided, will help states prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine.

How the coronavirus could impact flu season

COVID Update

Fifty-three new positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in New Hampshire, health officials said Sunday.

There have now been 439 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in New Hampshire. With 8,172 total cases and 7,403 recoveries, there are currently 330 active cases in the state.

Four of the new cases were in people under the age of 18, officials said.

Two more people were hospitalized with COVID-19, officials said. There have been 736 people hospitalized in New Hampshire for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, while 20 people are currently hospitalized.

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

(data updated as of September 27, 2020, 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 1 8,172
Recovered 7,403 (91%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 439 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 330
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 736 (9%)
Current Hospitalizations 20
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2 267,486
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2 31,030
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 46,585
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3 1,585
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 2,400

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, Mako, certain hospital laboratories, the University of New Hampshire and their contracted laboratory, 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.

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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