Oct 9 Update – Relief programs

I received multiple questions on relief programs this week, so here is a list. ~ Steve

Live Venue Relief Program

This program supports performance venues facing revenue losses due to COVID-19, provided that they are primarily engaged in hosting live theatrical presentations, musical entertainment, and/or sporting or racing events, that are seated, ticketed, and open to the public. The program is open to both for-profit and nonprofit facilities meeting these criteria.

Due Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

For questions: Email the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) at info@GOFERR.nh.gov.

New Hampshire Agriculture COVID-19 Relief Fund – Non-Dairy Farms – Round 2 This program generally supports non-dairy farms that have experienced negative financial impacts due to COVID-19. The “NH Agriculture COVID-19 Relief Program – Non-Dairy Farms – Round 2” application is specifically for COVID-19-related expenses and/or lost sales incurred during the period from July 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.  

Due Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020

For questions: Contact Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director, Division of Agricultural Development, at (603) 271-3551 or gail.d.mcwilliam.jellie@agr.nh.gov.

New Hampshire Shelter Modification Program

Governor Sununu has authorized the allocation of $15 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to support necessary homeless shelter modifications and expansion before December 30, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA) is accepting applications for grants to existing homeless shelters, including emergency, transitional, and domestic violence shelters, for physical modifications and operating costs to enable the shelters to meet the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NH Division of Public Health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due Date: Ongoing basis

Questions about the program can also be directed to Natasha Dube at 603-310-9281 or Ted Seely at 603-310-9292.

Supporting Children In Care Program

Supporting Children in Care Program, administered by New Hampshire Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (NHFAPA), is designed to benefit children in foster care, as well as foster and relative caregivers. Foster and relative caregivers may seek stipends of up to $500 per child, which shall pay for or offset the cost of the program identified by the applicant. This program will provide flexible options to foster and relative caregivers to assist them with finding the right summer or fall program for the youth in their care

Due Date: Thursday, December 1, 2020

New Hampshire Housing Relief Program

Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $35 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to support families or individuals in need of housing assistance as a result of COVID-19. Of the allocated $35 million, $20 million will be initially expended for rental assistance and other household-related expenses, with $15 million being held in reserve, for rent stabilization and housing support.

Due Date: Ongoing basis


Click Here for More Information about New Hampshire Housing Relief Program
Click Here to Apply for New Hampshire Housing Relief Program

For questions: Call 2-1-1 or email dhhs.bhhs@dhhs.nh.gov

Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) Tuition Assistance Program

Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the expenditure of $6 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) for the CCSNH Tuition Assistance Program, which will allow CCSNH to provide assistance to New Hampshire students who have faced COVID-19 related economic impacts.

Due Date: Ongoing basis


Click Here for More Information about CCSNH Tuition Assistance Program
Click Here to Apply for CCSNH Tuition Assistance Program

For questions:

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

(data updated as of October 8, 2020 – 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 18,878
Recovered7,898 (89%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19449 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases531
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19747 (8%)
Current Hospitalizations14
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2287,628
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests231,384
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL48,226
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL31,337
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)2,850

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.

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – October 8, 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 Thursday, October 8, 2020, DHHS announced 79 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 0.7%. Today’s results include 55 people who tested positive by PCR test and 24 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 531 current COVID-19 cases 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 fifteen individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 57% being female and 43% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (20), Rockingham (19), Merrimack (5), Strafford (3), Grafton (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (17) and Nashua (13).

Two new hospitalized cases were identified. There are currently 14 individuals hospitalized with COVID­19. Ten 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 announced one additional death related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.

. 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 8,878 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 747 (8%) of those having been hospitalized.

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his fifth term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Chairman of the Sullivan County Delegation.
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