Oct 12 Update – Rising numbers

NH DHHS Announces Potential Community Exposures Connected to Positive Case of COVID-19 at Restaurant in Portsmouth – October 11, 2020

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is investigating a person with confirmed COVID-19 who may have exposed patrons seated at the bar at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café at 150 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH, on the following dates:

  1. Wednesday September 30, 2020 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  2. Thursday October 1, 2020 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  3. Friday, October 2, 2020, from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  4. Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  5. Sunday, October 4, 2020, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Any individuals who visited Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café and sat at the bar during those days and times may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should contact NH DHHS at (603) 271-4496 for further guidance. DHHS has conducted a contact investigation and notified known close contacts directly. However, DHHS is making this public notification because there may be additional individuals at the location during those days and times who were exposed to the coronavirus.

NH DHHS Announces Potential Community Exposures Connected To Positive Cases of COVID-19 at Gate City Church in Nashua – October 7, 2020

The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is investigating a potential outbreak of COVID-19 associated with individuals who have attended events hosted by the Gate City Church, located at 43 Main Street, Nashua, NH 03064. This includes a multi-day prayer session held from September 19th – 28th. To date, seven persons with COVID-19 have been identified with connections to the church community. DHHS and the Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services are investigating these illnesses further and the church has moved to hosting virtual services only.

Any individuals who attended events associated with Gate City Church since September 19th may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should observe for illness and seek testing. View the multiple testing options available throughout the State pdf file.

Mental Health, Stress, and Anxiety Supports During COVID-19

  1. 2-1-1: Directs to all information and supports available during COVID-19. Call 2-1-1 or visit www.211nh.org.
  2. Family Resource Centers: FRcs as a “front-door” to services – they provide many supports directly and help families navigate to whatever else they might need. Find your local FRC at www.nhchildrenstrust.org/connect.
  3. Waypoint Warm Line: Free guidance and support for parents/caregivers. Call: 1-800-640-6486 M-F, 8:30-4:30.
  4. Find mental health resources at the NH Community Behavioral Health Association.
  5. How Right Now is an initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during COVID-19. Support for the How Right Now initiative is provided by the CDC Foundation.

Financial & Other Assistance

  1. Unemployment Insurance Benefits have been expanded during COVID-19: Call NH Employment Security at 603-271-7700 or visit www.nhes.nh.gov/ to assess eligibility and get further instructions, e.g. call times.
  2. Cash and other Assistance: For TANF and other state assistance, visit https://nheasy.nh.gov/#/ or call 1-800-852-3345. Visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dfa/covid19-changes.htm for temporary eligibility and program changes.

Food & Nutrition

  1. Food Pantries: NH Food Bank’s list of local agencies: www.nhfoodbank.org/need-food/agency-list.
  2. NH Food Access Map: Crowd-sourced listing of food resources during COVID-19: bit.ly/nhfoodaccessmap
  3. WIC: Nutrition support for pregnant-women, new mothers, children 0-5. Services remain accessible by telephone only. More info: www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/index.htm or 1-800-942-4321.
  4. Food Stamps (SNAP): Visit https://nheasy.nh.gov/#/ or call 1-844-275-3447


  1. Housing Assistance: If you are experiencing a housing crisis, call NH 2-1-1, or contact your local city or town welfare office (searchable at https://www.nhmunicipal.org/municipal-directory). Call ahead for current operations.

Crisis Support

  1. Domestic Violence Helpline: 24/7 help at 1-866-644-3574 or www.nhcadsv.org for free, confidential support.
  2. Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 or visit crisistextline.org for free, 24/7 support from a trained Crisis Counselor.
  3. NAMI NH: For more information on a variety of crisis and mental health supports visit www.naminh.org/resources-2/covid-19 or call (800) 950-6264 M-F, 10am-6pm. For 24/7 crisis support text “NAMI” to 741741.
  4. Access crisis mental health services in your local community by reaching out to your community mental health center or mobile crisis response team.
  5. Read the NH DHHS flyer Behavioral Health During COVID-19 pdf file.

Substance Use

  1. NH Doorways: Call 2-1-1 for information on substance use disorder treatment during COVID-19, or visit www.thedoorway.nh.gov.

Child Care

  1. ChildCare Aware: Visit http://nh.childcareaware.org/ for COVID-19 childcare support for essential workers and others.


  1. NH DHHS: Visit www.nh.gov/covid19 or call 2-1-1 for COVID-19 related guidance and resources

Additional Resources

  1. Strong Youth Strong Communities New Hampshire Virtual Youth Summit
  2. Break The Stigma Intro Video
  3. NAMI NH 24/7 Connectedness to Technology: Impact on Health and Well-Being pdf file
  4. Coping Strategies for COVID-19 Stress pdf file
  5. Supporting Child and Family Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Emergency pdf file
  6. Common Warning Signs of Mental Illness pdf file

‘Lives depend on us’: New coronavirus cases are up by at least 50% in 5 states

More than half of U.S. states are seeing an increase in new COVID-19 cases, with five states — Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont — reporting a jump of more than 50% in one week. More at https://www.wmur.com/article/lives-depend-on-us-new-coronavirus-cases-are-up-by-at-least-50-in-5-states/34341798

Battling homelessness in the pandemic


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

(data updated as of October 11, 2020 – 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 19,143
Recovered8,002 (87%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19456 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases685
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19752 (8%)
Current Hospitalizations22
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2293,576
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests231,529
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL48,704
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL31,106
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)3,300

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 11, 2020

Concord, NH –The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued thefollowing update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, DHHS announced 55 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 0.8%. Today’s results include 32 people who tested positive by PCR test and 23 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 685 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 fourteen individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 55% being female and 45% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (16), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (11), Strafford (10), Merrimack (5), and Belknap (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (6) and Nashua (3). The county of residence is being determined for three new cases.

Two new hospitalized cases were identified. There are currently 22 individuals hospitalized with COVID-

  1. None 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 are associated with an outbreak setting.

DHHS has announced one additional death related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.

1 male 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 9,143 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 752 (8%) of those having been hospitalized.

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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