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Coronavirus Update: N.H. Reports 2 More Deaths, 90 New COVID-19 Cases

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The most recent update from the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 16: 

  • 2 new deaths reported. 
  • 90 new cases reported.
  • The state's COVID-19 deaths total 465.
  • Total cases now number 9,514.

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Pandemic impacting college enrollments in New England

 Update: Saturday, Oct. 17, 3:01 p.m.

Enrollment declines at many New England colleges during the pandemic are putting further pressure on financially struggling institutions.

The New England Commission of Higher Education says the number of full-time graduate and undergraduate students plummeted by more than 20% this September compared with the previous year at more than two dozen colleges and universities across the region.

Meanwhile, hockey families will be off the ice for a while in New Hampshire and Vermont after the governors shut down skating rinks because of several outbreaks.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says players will be asked to wear masks when play resumes.

- Associated Press

N.H. announces 2 additional deaths, 90 new infections

Update: Friday, Oct. 16, 5:10 p.m.

Two additional residents have died from the coronavirus, state health officials announced Friday. 

There have been 465 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began. The state said a man and a woman from Hillsborough County, both 60 or older, died from the virus.

There were 90 new cases reported, and 894 current cases diagnosed across New Hampshire.

The state has no new hospitalizations to report; 16 residents are currently in the hospital for treatment. Since March, the state has recorded 9,514 coronavirus cases.

- NHPR Staff

State: Hudson restaurant patrons may have been exposed to outbreak

Update: Friday, Oct. 16, 1:33 p.m.

State health officials announced Friday they have identified a COVID-19 outbreak that may have exposed customers of a Hudson restaurant.

The potential exposures at Fat Katz Food and Drink on the Derry Road occurred between Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

At least 17 cases are associated with the outbreak. The state, in its announcement, reported the outbreak includes “one individual who went to the establishment while aware of their COVID-19 diagnosis when they were supposed to be on isolation, and a second person who went to the establishment when they were knowingly supposed to be on quarantine, both of whom potentially exposed others.”

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is investigating multiple violations of the state’s food service guidance.

The state has conducted a contact investigation and notified close contacts directly. DHHS says anyone who visited the restaurant between the above dates should seek testing.

- NHPR Staff

5 New Hampshire deaths, cases tied to indoor hockey play leads to suspension of sport

Update: Thursday, Oct. 15, 3:20 p.m.

State health officials reported five COVID-19 deaths in New Hampshire Thursday. According to state epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan, four of the deaths were connected to outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

So far, 463 New Hampshire residents have died from the coronavirus.

The state also announced 82 new infections, part of a trend of increasing infections in the region in recent weeks.

A new long-term care facility outbreak was reported at St. Teresa Rehabilitation Center in Manchester, where seven patients and two staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus. The state is currently monitoring four active outbreaks at residential facilities across the state.

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Hockey is a hot spot for transmission

Governor Sununu announced a state-wide suspension of all ice hockey on indoor rinks for two weeks because of a series of COVID-related incidents connected to the sport. This includes league, high school, and college play. 

According to Dr. Chan, 158 coronavirus infections in the past two months can be traced to ice hockey events. The infections include players, referees, and parents, as well as cases of community transmission traced back to hockey events.

- NHPR Staff

N.H. unemployment rate for September 6 %

Update: Thursday, Oct. 15, 8:10 a.m.

New Hampshire's unemployment rate for September was 6%, a slight decrease from August. The number still reflects the impact on unemployment because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The September 2019 seasonally adjusted rate was 2.6%. The number of unemployed residents decreased by 4,410 over the month, to 44,510. This was 24,580 more unemployed than in September 2019.

From August to September 2020, the total labor force increased by 3,490 to 741,740. This was a decrease of 34,650 from September 2019.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.9%, a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from the August rate, and an increase of 4.4 percentage points from the September 2019 rate.

- AP

Concord golf course employee tests positive for COVID

 Update: Thursday, Oct. 15, 8:00 a.m.

A golf course employee in Concord, New Hampshire, has tested positive for COVID-19 after a customer who tested positive visited during the weekend, a city spokesperson said.

The Beaver Meadow Golf Course employee is currently in quarantine, the spokesperson said.

Beaver Meadow will be closed on Thursday through Saturday for deep cleaning and sanitization of the entire facility.

The state Health Department is conducting contact tracing.

- AP

N.H. announces 2 additional deaths

Update: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7:11 p.m.

Two additional residents have died from coronavirus. 

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced today that a female from Hillsborough County and a male from Strafford County died from the virus. Aside from their county of residence and gender, the state only identified them as being 60 or older. There have been 458 COVID deaths since March.

The state reported 71 new infections Wednesday, and the current known active cases increased to 823.

Of the new cases, 14 individuals are under 18 years old. There were two new hospitalizations; 19 residents were recorded as being in the hospital Wednesday due to COVID-19.

- NHPR Staff

77 new COVID infections; 787 current cases in N.H.

Update: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:31 p.m.

There are 77 new COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire, with six new hospitalizations due to the virus.

State health officials report 787 current positive cases statewide. Since the pandemic began, there have been 9,279 cases, and the state says 8,036 have recovered.

Of the new cases, 15 are under the age of 18. The six hospitalizations were reported Monday, but occurred on prior days, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. There are currently 17 residents in the hospital due to the coronavirus.

No new deaths were reported Tuesday.

Dartmouth College announces cluster

Update: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11:55 a.m.

Dartmouth College announced its first COVID-19 cluster Monday. In an email to the community, Dartmouth said that three undergraduate students living off-campus had tested positive for COVID.

The students have had limited access to campus, and are in isolation. The college says it's working with the health departments of both New Hampshire and Vermont in contact tracing.

There are currently five active COVID-19 cases at Dartmouth. Two of those are faculty and staff.

- Staff & Wire 

4 restaurants in Portsmouth temporarily close due to COVID

Update: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11:07 a.m.

Four restaurants in Portsmouth have closed temporarily after staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The Rosa and its sister restaurants Martingale Wharf announced Monday they are closing. And late last week, management at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café and Flatbread Company announced their closures.

Health officials issued a warning Sunday to anyone who sat at the bar at Jumpin’ Jay’s in the evening on Sept. 30 through Oct. 4.

Those patrons may have been exposed and should call DHHS for further guidance, the department said in a news release.

None of the four restaurants have indicated when they may reopen.

- Staff & Wire

65 new COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire

Update: Monday, Oct. 12, 6:40 p.m.

State health officials reported 65 new COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire on Monday. Of the new cases, ten patients are under the age of 18.

No new deaths or hospitalized cases were reported. Currently, 17 New Hampshire residents are hospitalized in connection with the virus, and 456 people have died.

- NHPR Staff

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1 more COVID-19 death in New Hampshire, 55 new cases

Update: Sunday, Oct. 11, 7:20 p.m.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported one COVID-related death in the state on Sunday, bringing total deaths from the coronavirus to 456.

The state also reported 55 new infections, a number that includes fourteen patients under the age of 18.

There are now 685 active COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire. Twenty-two individuals are currently hospitalized.

- NHPR Staff

DHHS investigating exposure at Portsmouth restaurant

Sunday, Oct. 11, 8:54 a.m.

State health officials are investigating a person infected with COVID-19 who may have exposed customers seated at the bar at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe on Congress Street in Portsmouth.

The customers at the bar Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., may have been exposed.

Anyone who visited and sat at the bar during those dates and times are asked to call the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services (603) 271-4496 for further guidance. DHHS has conducted a contact tracing investigation and notified known close contacts.

- NHPR Staff

5 deaths, 123 new cases announced Saturday

Update: Saturday, Oct. 10, 4:39 p.m.

The state announced five additional deaths Saturday due to COVID-19. There were 123 new infections, with 35 of them from an outbreak at a long-term care facility.

Twenty of the new cases are residents under the age of 18.

There are 692 current coronavirus cases.

The five deaths brings the total number of deaths to 455 since the pandemic began. All five were 60 or older; two women and two men from Hillsborough County, and a man from Belknap County, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

DHHS reported a daily 1.2 percent positivity rate for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Of the new cases Saturday, 102 were PCR, and 21 from the antigen test. Two new hospitalizations were reported; 21 residents are currently in the hospital due to coronavirus.

- NHPR Staff

Sununu extends emergency declaration

Gov. Chris Sununu has again extended the state's emergency declaration, which he first made official on March 13 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor on Thursday extended the emergency declaration for another 21 days. Read the emergency order here.

One more death, 97 new cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire

Updated: Friday, Oct. 9, 9:55 p.m.  

New Hampshire health officials reported 97 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the largest tally attributed to a single day since the end of May.

One new death in the state related to COVID-19 was reported yesterday, for a total of 450 deaths since the pandemic began.

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Of the new infections reported yesterday, 27 were in children under the age of 18.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been rising in New Hampshire since early September, as schools and colleges have reopened and testing rates have increased. The number of hospitalizations and deaths in the state from coronavirus, however, have remained significantly lower than earlier in the spring.

- NHPR Staff

Child care programs get another $10 million

 Update: Thursday, Oct. 8, 3:25 p.m.

Child care programs are getting another $10 million in support for COVID-19 costs, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Thursday.

New Hampshire's "Child Care Recovery & Stabilization Program" was launched earlier this year with $28 million from the federal CARES Act.  

The extra funding reflects the length of the pandemic and the state's emergency declaration in response to coronavirus. At a news conference, Sununu noted that active cases have ticked up this fall, as expected, given students return to secondary and higher education. 

Dr. Ben Chan, the state epidemiologist, said the increase in the number of residents diagnosed with COVID is partly due to a large increase in testing statewide, including at colleges. There is also evidence in the southern part of the state of increasing community transmission, he said.

On Tuesday, Chan announced one additional death, which was associated with a long-term care facility in the state. There have been 449 deaths due to coronavirus since March. The state reports 531 active or current cases.

Lori Shibinette, commissioner of the state Department of Health and Human Services, announced the state has closed the outbreak at Mountain View, a long-term care facility in Ossipee. The state, however, has a new one - at Pine Rock Manor in Warner, where four residents and one employee tested positive for COVID-19. There are only two other long-term care facilities being monitored for outbreaks, as of Oct. 8: Bedford Hills and Warde Health Center in Windham.

- NHPR Staff

Sununu touts possible cut in meals, rooms and rentals tax

Update: Thursday, Oct. 8, 3:21 p.m.

Federal CARES Act money and relief funds distributed by the state may have kept New Hampshire's hospitality industry from collapse during the pandemic. Gov. Chris Sununu, during a news conference today in Concord, says state revenue and tax data shows fewer businesses that collect meals and rentals taxes have closed so far in 2020 than in any year since 2014.

Sununu repeated his wish for a reduction in the state's meals and rooms tax, and he said he would propose it as part of his budget recommendations. The meals and rooms (and rentals) tax is a 9% levy on hotels/lodgings, restaurants, and motor vehicle rentals.

Here's a chart Sununu shared about his office's research on this:

Credit Governor's Office

Potential outbreak at Gate City Church in Nashua

Update: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5:31 p.m.

State health officials are investigating an outbreak linked to a church in Nashua. The Department of Health and Human Services says at least seven cases are linked to the Gate City Church on Main Street, which held in-perso prayer sessions from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28.

Anyone who attended the services is being asked to get tested.

DHHS also reported 71 new confirmed cases Wednesday. Two additional deaths were announced, bringing the number of COVID deaths in New Hampshire to 448.

- Todd Bookman

Investors warned about online coronavirus scams

Update: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11:01 a.m.

New Hampshire's Bureau of Securities Regulation is warning investors to be wary of online schemes about companies promoting products that can detect, treat or cure the coronavirus.

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Barry Glennon, director of the bureau, said pitches may include offers to invest in medical technology or healthcare companies through limited partnerships, penny stock, private offerings, and crowdfunding.

The bureau said common characteristics of the schemes include a focus on fear and anxiety by pushing "safe returns," exploiting trendy assets such as crytocurrencies or complex foreign currency programs, and referring to returns as "passive income" or "cash flow" and promising monthly payments.

"Be wary of optimistic offers, especially during a crisis," Glennon said in a statement.

- Associated Press

N.H. reports two additional COVID deaths

Update: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4:33 p.m.

New Hampshire health officials announced two additional deaths and 53 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The two fatalities were a man and woman from Hillsborough County, both 60 years of age or older. Since March, 446 residents have died from coronavirus.  

Fifteen of the new cases are individuals under the age of 18.

There are 500 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 20 people hospitalized.

- Daniela Allee

Live Arts Venues Hurt By Pandemic To Get Financial Boost

Update: Tuesday, October 6, 8:30 a.m.

The state is offering $12 million to support struggling live venues across New Hampshire. The money comes from the state's share of the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Program.

New Hampshire's entertainment industry has been hit especially hard since the pandemic started. Many venues are operating at limited capacity. Others have either canceled or postponed shows.

In a statement, Gov. Chris Sununu said live venues are quote a "lifeblood of many communities." And losing these places could have a "negative ripple effect" for years to come.

Meanwhile, six chambers of commerce in northern New Hampshire are using their federal grants and working together to promote tourism, recruit workforce, educate visitors about the virus and provide protective equipment to small businesses.

-Tat Bellamy-Walker

State reports 1 death, 35 new cases

Update: Monday, October 5, 6:30 p.m.

State health officials reported Monday that one more New Hampshire resident has died from COVID-19. The patient, a female resident of Merrimack County, is the 444th Granite Stater to succumb to the coronavirus.

The state also reported 35 new infections in New Hampshire. The numbers reflect those who tested positive with PCR tests and those who tested positive by antigen tests. (You can read more on the difference between those tests here.)

- NHPR Staff

One more New Hampshire death from COVID-19

Update: Sunday, October 4, 9:35 p.m.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Sunday that one resident has died of COVID-19. The patient was a male resident of Hillsborough County and was over 60 years old.

The state also reported 53 new coronavirus infections on Sunday. So far, 8,645 residents have contracted the virus, and 443 people have died.

- NHPR Staff

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State reports 66 new coronavirus cases

Update: Saturday, Oct. 3, 4:26 p.m.

State health officials announced 66 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday. Of those, eight residents are under 18. 

New Hampshire has had 8,597 confirmed coronavirus cases since March. There are 500 current cases and 17 people hospitalized, as of Oct. 3.

No new hospitalizations, nor deaths, were announced Saturday.

Nashua had 19 of the new cases, and Manchester 12. Other cases were from: Merrimack County, nine; Hillsborough and Rockingham counties, with eight each; Belknap, Grafton, and Strafford counties each with two; and Cheshire County with one. The state is still determining the residence of three of the cases.

- NHPR Staff

N.H. has 456 current COVID-19 cases

Update: Friday, Oct. 2, 7:11 p.m.

Health officials announced 99 new coronavirus cases on Friday, but said 22 of those are from delayed results and that those cases are no longer active. There was one new death recorded, which occurred earlier in September, based upon further investigation.

The state said it will also now include positive antigen test results, in addition to PCR tests, in its daily totals. It says that’s due to the growing number of antigen tests now being performed in the state.

Since the pandemic began, 8,534 cases have been confirmed in New Hampshire. 

- NHPR Staff

N.H. guidelines for skiing and riding this winter

Officials have finalized plans for reopening the state's ski industry.

This comes a week after the Governor Sununu’s reopening task force unanimously approved new guidelines for ski areas.

Changes include social distancing, operating resorts at a limited capacity, and mandatory face coverings.

While on ski lifts, employees are asking visitors to only ride with their families. Riding with strangers is discouraged.

- NHPR Staff

2 new deaths, 52 new infections, 2 new outbreaks

Update: Thursday, Oct. 1, 5:20 p.m.

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.

The larger, at the Bedford Hills Center, include 47 cases, among 33 residents and 14 staff. The outbreak at Ward Health Center in Windham includes 3 residents and one staffer. State Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette says the outbreaks happened fast, and the state is working to contain them.

It had been days since the state has reported a new outbreak in a long term care setting. Besides the new clusters, only one facility is experiencing a current outbreak: Mountain View in Ossipee.

Health officials also announced that New Hampshire will have 25,000 more rapid COVID tests available every week through the end of the year. The new tests will make it possible to turn around as many as 400,000 results by year-end.

- NHPR Staff

Governor extends emergency order until Nov. 15

Update: Thursday, Oct. 1, 11:51 a.m.

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.

- NHPR Staff

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