Oct 2 – Emergency Order Extended

Coronavirus Update: N.H. Reports 2 More Deaths, 2 New Outbreaks at Nursing Homes

The state has announced two additional deaths due to the coronavirus. Dr. Beth Daly says the two residents were from one of the state’s long-term care facilities. New Hampshire has had 441 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Health officials also report 52 new infections, bringing the total confirmed cases to 8,317 since March.

Health Commissioner Lori Shibinette also announced two new outbreaks at long-term care facilities: Bedford Hills Center and Warde Health Center in Windham. More at https://www.nhpr.org/post/coronavirus-update-nh-reports-2-more-deaths-2-new-outbreaks-nursing-homes

Governor extends emergency order until Nov. 15

Gov. Chris Sununu issued an emergency order last night to extend COVID-19 emergency orders for public health guidance and “safer at home” guidance until Nov. 15.

The order reads, in part: “New Hampshire State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan has determined that, while New Hampshire’s mitigation strategy has been effective in controlling the spread of COVID-19, community mitigation has been and continues to be critically important …”

Relaxing mitigation efforts and emergency orders “risks additional COVID-19 outbreaks,” reads the emergency order, Sununu’s 70th in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

Wisconsin Is Frazzled by Surging Virus Cases and Growing Campaign Frenzy

“Daily statewide deaths because of the coronavirus hit a record on Wednesday when officials reported that 26 people had succumbed to the virus. On Thursday, hospitalizations were at a high since the pandemic began, and more than 3,000 new cases were reported, another record.” More at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/01/us/wisconsin-coronavirus-election.html

Unless you’re Linus awaiting the Great Pumpkin, Halloween will require some changes this year

“You don’t need to worry about catching COVID-19 from wrapped candy, although as always you should avoid unwrapped candy.

Halloween costume masks won’t protect you from airborne coronavirus; wear a cloth mask for that.

There’s no way to keep out-of-towners from attending your town’s trick-or-treat event.

If you do have neighborhood trick-or-treat, create one-way routes like in grocery stores to minimize families congregating at a house.” More at https://www.concordmonitor.com/halloween-new-hampshire-covid-coronavirus-36553041

Coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes prompt lawsuits and questions about who’s responsible

“There’s no comprehensive database of case filings. But a COVID-19 complaint tracker posted on the website of the law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth shows 55 wrongful death lawsuits filed against long-term care facilities around the country as of early September. More suits are on the way, with plaintiffs attorneys in Florida, Massachusetts and other states that have mandatory presuit screening periods saying they are investigating and preparing to file cases.

Whether it’s a flood or a moderate flow, these cases will present unprecedented questions for judges, juries and arbitrators. They will have to decide whether and how to apportion responsibility for the deaths of the nation’s most medically vulnerable population among long-term care operators who were scrambling in the midst of the chaos and confusion during the worst public health emergency in a century.” More at https://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/coronavirus-related-deaths-in-nursing-homes-seed-lawsuits-and-questions-about-whos-responsible?

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

(data updated as of October 1, 9:00 AM)

NThe New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued thefollowing update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
On Thursday, October 1, 2020, DHHS announced 52 new positive test results for COVID- 19. There have now been 8,317 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 two individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 52% being female and 48% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (13), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (11), Strafford (5), Merrimack (4), Belknap (1), Carroll (1), and Grafton (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (8) and Nashua (6). The county of residence is being determined
for two new cases.
No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 738 (9%) of 8,317 cases. Fifteen 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 or have recently traveled.
DHHS has also announced two additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.
 2 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Number of Persons with COVID-19 18,317
Recovered7,534 (91%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19441 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases342
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19738 (9%)
Current Hospitalizations15
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2275,834
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests231,156
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL47,188
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL31,589
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)2,750

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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