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The U.S. State Department has vastly expanded its "Do Not Travel list," issuing new Level 4 advisories for more than 115 countries and territories this week. The agency cites "ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

The U.S. Do Not Travel list now includes Canada, Mexico, Germany and the U.K. A Level 3 warning is in place for a smaller group of nations, such as China, Australia and Iceland. Japan is also on the Level 3 list, despite a worrying rise in new coronavirus cases there.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 23, 2021

Apr 22, 2021
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We speak with NHPR reporters about the latest coronavirus news, the return to full-time in-person school this week, and an investigation into a Manchester-based video hosting website. We also talk with a summer camp director about how she's prearing to bring camp back safely this year. 

Air date: Friday, April 23, 2021. 

Pandemic Fight, ‘Personal Liberty’ Collide in N.H. Legislature

Apr 22, 2021
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Rep. Tim Lang introduced his “immunization freedom” bill in 2019, before COVID-19, to end a state requirement that foster parents be vaccinated against the flu and other communicable diseases. Once the pandemic arrived, so did out-of-staters determined to recast it as an anti-mandate, “personal liberty” bill, similar to nearly 500 others pending in state legislatures across the country. 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has launched a program for people dealing with so-called “long-haul” COVID-19, in which symptoms persist for 12 weeks or longer.

U.K. Variant Found In Over Fifth of COVID-19 Cases In N.H.

Apr 21, 2021
CDC map of variants

While the skyrocketing numbers of vaccinations and loosening restrictions have dominated the COVID landscape, variants of the virus have quietly crept into New Hampshire.

Three of the four most concerning strains of COVID in the United States, aptly called “variants of concern” by the CDC, have been identified in New Hampshire by the Department of Health and Human Services in recent weeks.

Mary DeWinkeleer, a teacher at Londonderry High School
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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.

The exterior of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover
Dan Tuohy, NHPR

When Gov. Chris Sununu announced New Hampshire’s mask mandate last November, he cited hospital capacity and staffing strain as key factors in his decision. As that same mandate is now lifted, federal hospital data paints a mixed portrait of the pandemic’s effects on the state’s hospitals: On some fronts things have improved, but on others they’ve actually worsened or stagnated.

Face masks
Centers for Disease Control

Gov. Sununu is lifting nearly all statewide limits on businesses and public activities related to the pandemic within the next few weeks.

The statewide mask mandate expired on Friday, and by May 7, all required business restrictions will be replaced with voluntary guidance.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

New Hampshire’s statewide mask mandate expired on April 16, 2021. Although wearing face masks in public will no longer be required on the state level, private businesses, cities, towns, and organizations may continue to keep mask mandates in place as they see fit.  In some cities and towns, penalties for noncompliance may apply.

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

Virtually all statewide limits on businesses and public activities due to the pandemic will be lifted in New Hampshire within a matter of weeks, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Thursday.

The statewide mask mandate will expire on Friday, April 16. And on May 7, all required business restrictions – such as capacity limits and cleaning requirements – will be lifted, replaced with voluntary guidance.

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New Hampshire’s U.S. senators are asking federal regulators to allow state and local governments to spend pandemic stimulus funds on addressing PFAS chemical contamination.

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan group making the request to theTreasury Department this week.

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Escrito en inglés por Alli Fam, traducción de María Aguirre

El martes, residentes de New Hampshire recibieron la noticia que agencias federales de salud habían recomendado una pausa en la distribución de la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson, después de que coágulos sanguíneos extraños surgieron en seis mujeres que recibieron la vacuna. 

La comisionada de la administración nacional de alimentos y drogas (FDA), Janet Woodcock,  dijo que revisar la vacuna tomaría algunos días, y que las agencias han tomado esta decisión para mayor precaución. 

Dan Tuohy for NHPR

The New Hampshire Department of Education says it has granted seven waivers to schools that say they can't meet Governor Sununu's deadline of reopening fully next Monday.

Sarah Gibson for NHPR

COVID-19 cases among school-age children in New Hampshire are on the rise, with kids under the age of nineteen now making up a quarter of new daily cases.

Sign pointing to Vaccine Entrance at a Concord Vaccination Site.
Dan Barrick / NHPR

Granite Staters woke up to the news Tuesday that federal health agencies had recommended a pause on the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after rare blood clots developed in six women who received it. Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said ta review of the vaccine would likely take "a matter of days” and that the agencies are acting out of an abundance of caution. 

UNH Graduation Will Check For Proof Of COVID Vaccine For Guests, Students

Apr 13, 2021
UNH Wildcat statue with a maks
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

A large college graduation is the stuff of nightmares for epidemiologists during a global pandemic.

People who voted for Donald Trump were already some of the most likely to oppose getting vaccinated.

Now a poll shows the idea of a document, sometimes called a "passport," showing proof of vaccination is unpopular with that group as well. Forty-seven percent of Trump voters oppose this type of document, compared with 10% of Biden voters, the survey shows.

After months of uncertainty and difficulty making appointments, America is reaching the point where the vaccine supply could outstrip the demand. And while vaccine skepticism isn’t necessarily specific to one demographic, there is a group that’s been vocally hesitant to get the shot – white evangelicals.

A COVID-19 vaccine in a vile
Todd Bookman / NHPR

Around 60 percent of eligible Granite Staters have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 or booked an appointment. Now, public officials say, they’re beginning to work harder on reaching those who either need more information, or aren’t sure yet they want to get the vaccine.

N.H. General Court

House lawmakers wrapped up a three-day session Friday. They passed a state budget and dozens of other bills, including ones to relax gun rights, tighten election laws and limit the emergency powers of New Hampshire governors. The session was unusual for several reasons: The fact that it was conducted out of the State House and at a massive sports complex in Bedford; the nature of some of the legislation passed; and the fact that House Speaker Sharon Packard at one point used a vulgarity to refer to a female lawmaker.

N.H. Prepares To Receive Billions From Latest Federal COVID Relief Package

Apr 9, 2021
A vaccination site in Newington, New Hampshire
Dan Tuohy/NHPR

More federal money is coming into New Hampshire’s economy during this pandemic — so much that it is difficult to figure out how to spend it or, in some cases, whether the state even needs all of it.

Sarah Gibson/NHPR

New Hampshire will soon loosen its residency restriction for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility even further.

Gov. Chris Sununu says starting April 19, non-residents, no matter where they live, can register for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Hampshire. They’ll have to sign up, like everyone else, through the state-run vaccination site,


The New Hampshire House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to give lawmakers more say in future states of emergency.

Photo of Governor Chris Sununu
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu will provide an update on COVID-19 in New Hampshire at 3 p.m. today. The news conference comes almost a week since the Granite State expanded vaccine eligibility to any resident 16 and older.

New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast the news conference live. Subscribe to NHPR's COVID-19 newsletter for more coronavirus news in N.H.

Voices of New Hampshire is a new initiative designed to connect you with us — and with each other — in the time of coronavirus, and as we move forward toward better times.

For this project, we're collecting audio recordings of people from across the state, and incorporating them into NHPR's daily broadcast through short sonic IDs.

Want to add your voice? We invite you to email us at and let us know how you are doing.


Sarah Gibson | NHPR

A year ago, people flocked to vacation towns in states like New Hampshire to flee COVID-19. For some, it was just a brief escape. But others settled into a rural lifestyle.

The question now is how long these newcomers are going to stay.

Voices of New Hampshire is a new project designed to connect you with us - and with each other - in the time of coronavirus, and as we move forward toward better times.

For this project, we're collecting audio recordings of people from across the state, and incorporating them into NHPR's daily broadcast through short sonic IDs.

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More people from out of state are buying homes in New Hampshire during the pandemic, and prices for those homes are on the rise.

A rose rests on a wooden casket.
Donlon Funeral Home

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering up to $9,000 in financial relief for funeral expenses of those who died of COVID-19.

Over 1,200 Granite Staters have lost their lives to COVID, and their families may stand to qualify for the aid.