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Coronavirus updates for New Hampshire

NHPR is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in New Hampshire. Bookmark this page for the latest updates, including case numbers and other important news of the day.

Mary DeWinkeleer, a teacher at Londonderry High School
Courtesy photo

Many New Hampshire school districts are back in the classroom this week for full-time, in-person learning after more than a year of hybrid or remote classes.

Mask wearing sign in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Since New Hampshire identified its first case of COVID-19 in March 2020, NHPR has been tracking the pandemic's impact on the state.

photo of sign saying vaccines
Todd Bookman/NHPR

Doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all being administered in New Hampshire  — marking a turning point, but not the end, of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the state and the country continue the monumental effort of immunizing people, here are answers to some questions you might have about the vaccine.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

As NHPR tracks the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we’ve been asking you to tell us how your life is changing because of coronavirus - and we’ve welcomed your questions.

Here, we answer some of your questions, and share other important information about the coronavirus and how to stay safe.

Casey McDermott / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu’s surprise decision to lift New Hampshire’s statewide mask mandate this week leaves residents, businesses, local officials and health care workers with big decisions to make about their own safety and that of those around them, as COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to public health.

Dan Tuohy, NHPR

Escrito en inglés por el NHPR staff, traducción de María Aguirre 

La boda de una sobrina. Una reunión con padres. Un asado. Una fiesta bailable con la familia. Una paseo al estadio, al teatro, o acampar con amigos de la vida. Un abrazo. Luego del pasado año, todos tenemos un plan que nos emociona hacer y actividades que queremos retomar. 

A sign in a window in Portsmouth reads: "Covid Hibernation. Closed until healthier times. Stay safe and Healthy. Thank you"
Dan Tuohy, NHPR

A niece’s wedding. A reunion with parents. A trip back to the ballpark, the theater, or a campsite with old friends. A hug. After the last year, we could all use something to look forward to.

Rebebecca Lavoie / NHPR

Utility crews continue to restore power to nearly 4,000 customers this morning after high winds caused significant outages across New Hampshire on Monday.

Eversource responded to more than 85,000 customers. By 8 a.m., the utility had just 1,082 outages.

photo of sign saying vaccines available
Todd Bookman/NHPR

This post gathers NHPR's past updates on coronavirus in New Hampshire from February 16 through March 15, 2020.

NOTE: Some of the stories below may contained outdated guidance and stories that have since evolved. Please click the links below for the most up-to-date coverage and guidance.

Collage of photos in N.H. during the pandemic

A year ago this week, the coronavirus claimed its first fatality in New Hampshire. Since the pandemic began, 1,218 residents have died from COVID-19. Here's a look at some of the milestones over the past year.

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'By Degrees,' a new climate change reporting project from NHPR, explores the intersecting crises of the pandemic, racial injustice and climate change. Driven by audience engagement, the stories consider the challenges we face and the ways people in New Hampshire are responding.

Morning Edition newscast at 8:04 am on Nov. 4, 2020

Courtesy Gunstock Mountain Resort

NHPR is giving away 26 lift tickets to Gunstock Mountain Resort, New Hampshire’s Family Friendly Resort.

Ski, snowboard or enjoy ski lodge hospitality at this classic New Hampshire winter sports destination. The free lift ticket is valid Monday through Friday, during non-holiday periods, and expires April 2021 (depending on ski conditions).

For a chance to be one of the lucky winners of our lift ticket giveaway, sign up using the form below by noon on Friday, March 5th. Winners will be notified by March 8th.

Then, find your fresh tracks!

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

2020 in New Hampshire, as in the rest of the country, was dominated by a handful of huge news stories: A global pandemic. A divisive election. Protests over racial injustice. Economic uncertainty.

At NHPR, we worked to cover those stories with the urgency they demanded, but also found opportunities to report human-centered features and bring a strong accountability angle where necessary.

In between those massive stories, we spent much of the past year working to innovate and transform our newsroom, to help us better serve the public in 2020 and well beyond.

In March 2020, life changed dramatically in New Hampshire. School closures, business shutdowns, new public health guidance: It all seemed to happen so suddenly. In the pandemic's early days, our governor held press conferences three times a week, with information and data changing by the hour. But we at NHPR quickly realized that a lot of information vital to navigate into an uncertain world was not available in Spanish.

Icy road in Hopkinton, N.H.
Rebebecca Lavoie / NHPR

The winter storm sweeping across New Hampshire Tuesday is bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain in parts of the state.

Just after 11 a.m., utilities reported about 5,500 scattered outages statewide.

photo of unh wildcat statue
Dan Tuohy | NHPR

The University of New Hampshire is suspending in-person classes due to a rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. 

Governor's office

Gov. Chris Sununu presented his two-year spending plan Thursday, a $13.8 billion package that proposes sweeping tax reductions and a series of what the governor called "generational investments" in the state.

Jon Gilbert Fox

Update: Monday, 12:35 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the state of New Hampshire.

The storm is expected to bring significant snow accumulation - as much as a foot or more in southern and eastern New Hampshire - beginning Monday afternoon, and continuing through late Tuesday.

photo of sign saying vaccines
Todd Bookman/NHPR

Escrito por el staff de NHPR, traducción de María Aguirre 

Dosis de la vacunas Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna y Johnson & Johnson están siendo distribuidas en todo New Hampshire -- lo cual es un punto de inflexión, pero no el final, de la pandemia del COVID-19. Mientras el estado y el país continúan el desafío monumental de inmunizar a las personas, a continuación encuentra las respuestas a algunas preguntas que puedes tener sobre la vacuna. 


After a fraught election season, Joe Biden is poised to be sworn in as the next president of the United States alongside Kamala Harris as vice president. As the country prepares for a new presidential administration to take over, we want to hear from you.

What are your biggest concerns as President-elect Joe Biden takes office, and what are your hopes?

Dave Lane / Union Leader

Gov. Chris Sununu was sworn into a third term as New Hampshire governor on Thursday. A copy of his inaugural address is below.

Andrew Harnik / AP

New Hampshire’s top elected officials condemned the storming of the U.S. Capitol complex by pro-Trump extremists Wednesday.

The four members of the state’s congressional delegation were all evacuated from the Capitol or adjacent buildings as mobs interrupted the tallying of electoral votes to formalize President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Manchester nurse administering COVID-19 vaccine in Manchester - photo
Jordyn Haime / NHPR

This post gathers NHPR's past updates on coronavirus in New Hampshire in December 2020.

NOTE: Some of the stories below may contained outdated guidance and stories that have since evolved. Please click the links below for the most up-to-date coverage and guidance. 

N.H. House members meeting outside in December, 2020.
Todd Bookman / NHPR

Republican leaders in the New Hampshire House say they're confident that a drive-in style meeting at the University of New Hampshire will provide a safe place for lawmakers to gather next week. But the proposal has elicited criticism from Democrats, who say it doesn’t provide for the health needs of lawmakers with disabilities or underlying health problems that make then susceptible to COVID-19 infection.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site at Pease in Portsmouth, N.H., in April
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

It was a year that made us hold our breath, shake our heads, laugh and cry, and shout and pray.

The year of the Zoom call. The year of not taking things for granted.

A year that began with intense scrutiny of the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary and then veered wildly to the coronavirus. The pandemic sucked the air out of the room - and out of many an office. It changed how we work, how we play, how we greet family, friends and neighbors.

Sean Hurley for NHPR

Forecasters say a winter storm will push through the region beginning late Thursday, bringing up to three inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 55 mph.

N.H. General Court

A New Hampshire state senator has tested positive for COVID-19.

Senator Bob Giuda, a Republican from Warren, is resting at home since first showing symptoms of the illness on Saturday, according to a press release from the Senate majority office Tuesday evening.