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With demand for COVID-19 vaccines still far outpacing supply, states and health systems are under enormous pressure to ensure little—or ideally none—expires at day’s end. In New Hampshire, hospitals serving as public vaccination sites, as well as state-run vaccine clinics, are utilizing waitlists to manage last-minute appointments, though the lists themselves aren’t being publicized.

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State health officials say they are confident that a website created to process COVID-19 vaccine appointment requests will be able to handle the anticipated volume.

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Ten months into a pandemic that has claimed nearly 800 lives in New Hampshire, state public health officials on Tuesday released more details on who will get vaccinated for COVID-19, and when.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site at Pease in Portsmouth, N.H., in April
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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.

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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.

New Hampshire hospitals are seeing more COVID-19 patients than at any other point in the pandemic. As of Thursday morning, 248 confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized statewide, according to the latest numbers from the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Another 39 patients suspected of having COVID-19, though not yet confirmed, were also admitted on top of that.

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A Plaistow restaurant is being fined $1,500 for repeatedly failing to comply with the state's coronavirus  guidelines.

Writing During Upheaval

Nov 24, 2020
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Enjoy our earlier conversation about writing during upheaval. With an ongoing pandemic, social unrest, and an economic slump, some people are using their time at home to write memoirs, while others are turning to poetry or song-writing for solace, and some are struggling to write at all. We talk with Granite State authors about how they're making sense of these times, what they're working on, and what advice they have on how to get started. 

Air date: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. It was originally broadcast on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. 

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Many school districts in New Hampshire are open, at least for now, with a hybrid or fully in-person model. But in Nashua, schools have remained mostly closed since March.

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del viernes 16 de octubre. 

Puedes escucharlas haciendo click en el audio o leerlas.

Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ven algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Hay más casos activos de COVID-19 en New Hampshire que la semana pasada

Empezamos compartiendo datos actualizados del COVID-19 en New Hampshire: 

El estado anunció 82 [ochenta y dos] nuevos casos confirmados el jueves, y también 5 [cinco] fallecimientos más. 

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With hundreds of thousands of rapid COVID-19 antigen testing supplies slated to arrive in the coming months, the state says it will now include those results in its daily coronavirus testing figures.

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A majority of New Hampshire residents say they wouldn’t get a COVID-19 vaccine if it were made available today, according to a new poll from the UNH Survey Center.

Polling results released Friday show that 48 percent of respondents who identified as Democrats said they would get a vaccine if it were available immediately, versus 38 percent of Republicans.

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Portsmouth's South Church will host a wedding ceremony despite concerns that attendees have ties to an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in Maine.

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Some long-term care facilities are slowly reopening to allow visits from family members, recognizing that residents have been suffering both emotionally and physically after months of isolation.  The facilities have been doing so according to guidelines released recently by the state, as well as by federal authorities. 

Still, it can be a precarious balancing act: Allowing more people in – especially when adequate testing is lacking – can mean introducing the virus.  

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New Hampshire's high death rate from COVID-19 in elder-care facilities has exposed gaps in protective gear, testing, and staffing. Improvements have come in some areas but challenges remain. Meanwhile, both the state and federal government recently issued new visitation guidelines to help ease the severe mental and physical health effects of isolation. We examine how these facilities are preparing for this change.

Air date: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

Back To School, From The Perspective of Teachers

Aug 14, 2020
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We talk with New Hampshire teachers. In districts where schools are opening, many educators are wrestling with how they feel about returning to the classroom. Meanwhile, in those districts staying remote or hybrid, teachers are adapting - yet again - to new ways of doing their jobs. 

Air date: Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. 

The Health and Science of School Reopening Decisions

Aug 12, 2020
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Here in New Hampshire, most school districts have released their guidelines for this fall, which range from all remote instruction to a hybrid model to all in-person instruction. We discuss how these decisions are made, the science driving them, and protocols if infections occur. 

Air date: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. 

Estas son las noticias de hoy, viernes 7 de agosto. Se pueden leer en nuestro guion de grabaciones a continuación --incluye anotaciones  diferentes-- o escucharlas en el siguiente audio.

Nuevos centros  de pruebas de COVID-19 en hospitales locales de New Hampshire

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Across New Hampshire, parents, teachers and students are getting a first glimpse of what school might look like this fall.

For many, the picture is not as they had hoped. 

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With most New Hampshire schools just a month from reopening, there's one staff member on many people's minds: the school nurse.

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A continuación, pueden leer las noticias del martes 21 de Julio.

También las puedes escuchar haciendo click en el siguiente audio. 

Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ven algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Consejos escolares locales discuten sobre planes de reapertura

Hoy te contamos: 

El gobernador Sununu creó un portal de reclutamiento para aquellos que buscan trabajo. Más de 1,000 trabajos están disponibles para puestos como profesor, técnico, consejero, enfermero y más. 

Según una nueva guía del gobernador, se recomienda que las escuelas retomen clases presenciales en el otoño pero la decisión final recae en los distritos locales.

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Hoy, viernes 10 de julio, te contamos: 

La epidemióloga ejecutiva de New Hamsphire, la dra. Elizabeth Talbot, busca normalizar y permitir el uso de cubrebocas en público para reducir el riesgo de contagio. 

Una despensa de alimentos ambulante del New Hamsphire Food Bank pasará por el Lakes Region  para llevar comida a algunos hogares. Pasarán por Manchester y Nashua en las próximas semanas.

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Hoy, miércoles 8 de julio, te contamos: 

El gobernador Chris Sununu mantiene la misma postura sobre eventos grandes a vísperas de la próxima manifestación del presidente Trump este fin de semana en Portsmouth. El evento no se prohibirá y el gobernardor incentiva usar cubrebocas y aconseja que no asistan personas mayores a 65. 

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Since Covid-19 hit, many Americans found their employment transformed: Some lost their jobs, others labored at home, while essential workers faced an array of new safety procedures and, sometimes, danger on the job  We examine these massive changes - and explore what might be long-lasting.

Air Date: July 6, 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic changed the way many of us do our jobs, including those of us here at NHPR - it's kept our reporters from getting out and recording your voices as much as usual.

So we asked people to record their own lives and share how daily life has been interrupted in big and small ways. That’s when we heard from Peter and Dotty Miller.

COVID-19's Toll on Women -- at Work and at Home

Jun 22, 2020
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The economic downturn brought on by COVID=19 has hit women especially hard, in part because they often juggle employment with caring for family. At the start of the lockdown, women dropped from the workforce at a higher rate than men. As reopening takes hold, women are being re-employed at a slower rate than men.

Air date: June 23, 2020.

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Two Manchester hospitals at the center of New Hampshire’s COVID-19 response have identified new outbreaks among patients and staff not directly connected to their coronavirus treatment units.

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For veterinarian Sabrina Estabrook-Russett, the COVID-19 pandemic is further proof that the medical world could use a paradigm shift –  closer collaboration between veterinarians and doctors who treat humans.

Dr. Estabrook-Russett, who has worked on foreign veterinary projects involving white rhinos in South Africa and street dogs in Sri Lanka, is owner of Court Street Veterinary Hospital in Keene. She and veterinarian Michael Dutton joined The Exchange to discuss how the coronavirus has affected veterinary practices. Dr. Dutton is founder of Weare Animal Hospital and Exotic Bird Clinic and the Hopkinton Animal Hospital.

 

(For the full conversation, listen here. Excerpts here have been edited slightly for clarity).

 

“I think we've got a lot to offer in terms of research that is already underway, that's already being worked on, that could then be applied to human medicine," Estabrook-Russett said. 

 

 

 

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Coronavirus outbreaks at New Hampshire facilities serving the elderly continue unabated. Just two days after state officials announced a major outbreak of COVID-19 cases at a Manchester long-term care facility, the number increased from 51 to 84, with four deaths attributed to the coronavirus.  

 

 

 

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