Oct 28 Update – Voting, Tuckaway Tavern, Funding

Epsom Town Clerk Laura Scearbo loads absentee votes back into a file cabinet at the town offices on Thursday, October 15, 2020.


It’s too late to mail in an absentee ballot but you can still hand it in

“It’s too late to mail in your absentee ballot and be certain that it will get counted on Election Day, but it’s not too late to vote early in New Hampshire. You just have to hand in the ballot yourself.

You’ll be in good company because lots of people are voting early, partly because changes to election laws prompted by COVID-19 mean that anybody can do it.”  More at https://www.concordmonitor.com/absentee-ballot-update-electi-36997595

Governor Chris Sununu Issues Emergency Order #71

Concord, NH — Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order #71 as part of the state’s efforts to respond to COVID-19.

A copy of Emergency Order #71 can be found here .pdf Icon.

This order absolves school districts from requirements impossible to meet because of COVID restrictions that would have required the state to withhold the Nov. 1 payments from the Dept. of Education.

New Hampshire records third-highest single-day total of new COVID-19 cases; test positivity rate still low


Popular Raymond restaurant closed for next 10 days due to employee COVID-19 cases


Of NH’s $1.2 billion COVID-19 cash, all but $38 million committed


As N.H. Sees New 7-Day High In COVID Cases, Manchester Testing Sites Are ‘Maxed Out’


N.H. Restaurants Seek Solutions As Cold Weather Approaches, Potentially Ending Outdoor Dining


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

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

Number of Persons with COVID-19 110,531
Recovered8,989 (86%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19475 (5%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases1,067
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19771 (7%)
Current Hospitalizations31
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2334,409
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests232,004
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL51,301
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3373
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)4,600

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 27, 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 Tuesday, October 27, 2020, DHHS announced 140 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 0.9%. Today’s results include 112 people who tested positive by PCR test and 28 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,067 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 43% being female and 57% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (39), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (19), Strafford (15), Merrimack (13), Grafton (10), Belknap (4), Coos (4), Cheshire (3), Carroll (2), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (12) and Nashua (12). The county of residence is being determined for six new cases.

Three new hospitalized cases were reported. There are currently 31 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. This census may include out of state residents hospitalized in NH and/or individuals readmitted to the hospital, therefore increases in the daily hospital census may not always equal the number of new hospitalizations reported in a given day. 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.

In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 10,531 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 771 (7%) 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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