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Coronavirus Coverage - Communities and Helpers

With bars, restaurants and venues closed down indefinitely, it's harder than ever to be a working musician. But that doesn't mean New Hampshire artists aren't performing.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Campton musician Jim Tyrrell to ask what he's doing while he can't play on stage.

You can watch Jim Tyrrell and other local New Hampshire musicians play live shows here.

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Some people find themselves right now with a lot of extra quiet time in the house. You could  stew. You could tweet. Or, how about you get some reading done? 

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Grocery stores and gas stations are among the businesses deemed "essential" under Governor Chris Sununu's new stay-at-home order. 

Related: What does N.H.'s stay-at-home order mean?

The Hanover Food Co-op, which owns four stores in the Upper Valley and employs close to 400 people, is one grocery store company taking additional steps to keep employees and customers safe.  

When We Can't Gather

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With the temporary closing of stores, New Hampshire’s Main Streets, the places where young and old, commuters and locals, all mix together, are suddenly silent.

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Those in recovery from substance use disorder have been forced to isolate themselves and attend meetings online as recovery centers across the state close and transition to telehealth.

While isolation can be dangerous for those in recovery, John Burns, Director of SOS Recovery Community Organization, said "there is a silver lining in all this." 

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Police departments across the state are trying to limit the amount of face-to-face contact between officers and the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Two patrol partners in Laconia are in quarantine after one tested positive. 

Laconia Police Chief Matt Canfield says the coronavirus pandemic does put his officers at great risk.

“They can’t always wear personal protective equipment just given the nature of the job and the dangers associated with it -- from an officer safety standpoint,” Canfield said.

With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe, everyone is being urged to isolate at home and distance themselves from one another. But what happens if you’re in recovery for substance use disorder and isolating yourself is detrimental to your health? We discuss how recovery centers are providing care remotely and how those in recovery are coping.

Air date: Thursday, March 26, 2020

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As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout New Hampshire, communities are shutting down and people are isolated as they practice social distancing.

But in Tamworth, a group of nurses is working to keep their community connected through this pandemic.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Jo Anne Rainville, the executive director of the Tamworth Community Nurse Association, which provides free medical care and counseling to people in town.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.)

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Things are feeling pretty heavy right now. Whether you are practicing social distancing at home, caring for a loved one who is ill or trying to make sense of an uncertain and fast-evolving public health crisis — it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. 

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Historic measures to combat the spread of coronavirus in New Hampshire mean it's not the Saint Patrick’s Day many Irish pubs in the state were hoping for.

Siobhan Andrikowich is general manager of the Barley House in Concord. She broke the news to her staff last night, after Gov. Chris Sununu ordered bars and restaurants to close except for takeout and delivery.


New Hampshire is prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 50 people, as well as ordering all restaurants in the state to serve customers through takeout or delivery only, in the latest moves meant to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

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Most Fridays, between 300 and 400 people gather to pray at the Islamic Society of New Hampshire's mosque in Manchester. But starting Friday, the doors will be locked -- and there won’t be any more gatherings until further notice.

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The New Hampshire Department of Education is asking the USDA for waivers so that schools can continue offering meals to students even if buildings close in response to COVID-19.

Other states are making similar requests, as schools prepare for the possibility of having to close buildings and shift to long-term remote instruction.

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As of Wednesday morning, the state of New Hampshire had asked more than 250 people to remain at home because of the coronavirus. Public health officials are actively monitoring these people, who either recently returned from certain countries or who came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

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But as NHPR’s Jason Moon reports, many other people are also staying home as schools and employers decide on how they’ll respond to the spread of the virus.