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Coronavirus Coverage

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Republicans and Democrats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives will choose their parties' leaders this week.

A key early question for those elected will be how to conduct business during the ongoing pandemic. The State House has been largely closed to lawmakers since March.

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New Hampshire hospitals and health care facilities have long struggled to recruit and retain workers, especially licensed nursing assistants.

Recent data from the New Hampshire Board of Nursing shows the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the shortage of health care workers in the state.

The COVID-19 crisis in the U.S. is getting worse by nearly every metric. On Friday alone, there were more than 184,000 new confirmed cases and 1,400 deaths, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported. Hospitals are reaching capacity.

The U.S. added more than 184,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the fourth day in a row that the country has set a record for daily infections, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

The state's university system is feeling the effects of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the University of New Hampshire, some students are leaving campus early as the school reports record numbers of new COVID-19 cases.

39 students have voluntarily left the campus in the past week, and another 27 were evicted from housing, according to an email from Senior Vice President for Student Life Kenneth Holmes.

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Top health officials announced Thursday that the state will no longer conduct universal contact tracing in new cases of COVID-19.  The move comes after a record number of new daily cases Thursday – 323, almost 100 more than the previous day – and reports of delays in contact tracing.

There are now 2,528 active cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire – another record – and 64 hospitalizations.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 13, 2020

Nov 12, 2020

Earlier this month, the mayors of the state’s thirteen cities appealed to the governor for help addressing homelessness. We speak with Mayor Joyce Craig of Manchester about what’s needed. Coos County is now seeing the highest rate of community transmission of COVID-19 in the state, with over 400 new cases per 100,000 residents. We hear from Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier. Plus, who is supposed to pay for PFAS cleanup costs around the former Pease Air Force Base? And we remember the Mount Washington Observatory’s famous cat, Marty.  Air date: Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.  

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Centers for Disease Control

Back in the spring, the first wave of coronavirus cases led many states, including New Hampshire, to shut down non-essential businesses and close schools. Those moves worked, flattening the curve and reducing new cases.

After a relatively quiet period this summer, infections and hospitalizations are back on the rise in New Hampshire, but so far, the state's response has been relatively muted compared to earlier this year. NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NHPR reporter Jordyn Haime about why.

Wearing a mask protects the wearer, and not just other people, from the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized in an updated scientific brief issued Tuesday. And the protective benefits of masks are stronger the more people wear masks consistently and correctly, the agency says.

A COVID-19 outbreak at Woodlawn Care Center in Newport has grown to include 35 people, two of whom have died.

The outbreak, the largest in the Upper Valley thus far, now includes 22 residents and 13 staff members, one of whom has recovered, said Chris Martin, Woodlawn’s administrator, in a Tuesday phone interview. Two residents died after contracting the disease.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in New Hampshire are on the rise, with the seven-day average now at 51 patients.

The state is also seeing daily case counts higher than at any time during the pandemic, and health experts say they expect hospitalizations to follow closely behind.


Vermont is moving to shut down all non-essential travel into the state as COVID-19 case counts rise across the country.

The state's previous travel policy allowed people from certain counties in the Northeast to enter Vermont without having to self-quarantine. All of New Hampshire's counties were already on the restricted list as of late last month.


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Dan Tuohy | NHPR

The University of New Hampshire is reporting a record number of COVID-19 cases on campus.

The school's weekly positive case number has doubled since last week, now at 67. Of the total 84 active cases, 73 are students, and a total of 351 people are in quarantine, more than triple the amount quarantined two weeks ago.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

Pfizer's experimental COVID-19 vaccine appears to be working. The vaccine was found to be more than 90% effective, according to clinical results released by the company Monday.

That news comes from an interim analysis of a study involving 43,538 volunteers, 42% of whom had "diverse backgrounds."

Updated at 6:49 a.m. ET

As coronavirus cases surge around the country, President-elect Joe Biden says voters have given him a mandate to take action.

"Daily cases are skyrocketing," Biden said in remarks Friday evening in Wilmington, Del., as the nation waited for the election to be called. "I want everyone — everyone — to know on Day 1, we're going to put our plan to control this virus into action."


Some New Hampshire hospitals are returning to more restrictive visitor policies, as COVID-19 cases and community transmission have increased across the state in the past few weeks. 

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Courtesy of Tupelo Music Hall

The state is awarding $11.5 million to live music venues, stadiums and theaters as they face financial losses and an uncertain winter of cancelled and limited performances due to the pandemic.

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The mayors of New Hampshire’s 13 cities have written a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu, asking for state support to address homelessness.

For months, Stephen Ordway had March 13 circled on his calendar.

That was opening day for Dos Mexican Eats, his new restaurant in Dover, N.H.

Then eight short days after selling his first burrito, the pandemic forced Ordway to close down.

"It was terrible," Ordway said. "That's an understatement."

Like millions of Americans who lost their source of income due to COVID-19, Ordway filed for unemployment benefits this year. The payments — roughly $750 a week — served as a financial lifeline for the new business owner.

Via COAST on Twitter

The COAST bus service on the Seacoast will require passengers to wear face masks while aboard its vehicles starting next Monday.

The transit service says it's following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control as COVID cases increase in New Hampshire. Riders will be offered pre-wrapped disposable masks for the first couple of weeks of the rule.

COAST employees are also required to wear masks in most cases.

Some passengers are exempt from the rule under CDC advice. COAST officials are asking passengers not to bother other riders who may not be wearing a mask.

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A spike in coronavirus cases is forcing many New Hampshire school superintendents to consider going remote.

So far, state officials say school reopening has contributed very little to the state’s coronavirus numbers, but many districts’ reopening metrics require them to reassess their schedule when community transmission levels reach those seen in the last week.

This post was updated with new information on Nov. 2.

A youth residential facility in Plymouth is dealing with a cluster of COVID-19 cases.

As of Monday, the state's coronavirus data dashboard repoted 19 active cases. A spokesman for the state health department says the latest number reflects ten cases among academy staff and nine cases among youth.


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Se reportan cuatro fallecimientos más por COVID-19 en centros de la tercera edad

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With many of the state’s largest school districts remote or hybrid, students - including young elementary schoolers - are expected to be online for hours at a time. NHPR asked parents and teachers how they’re managing this increase in screen time.

Click here to tell us your story for COVID & the Classroom about navigating school, COVID-19, and the election. 

People sent us stories of creativity, frustration and profound anxiety. Some parents were so concerned about screen time and "Zoom fatigue" that they had opted to homeschool or enrolled in a private school with in-person learning. Here’s a sample of what we heard, and some best practices from local experts on how to manage screen time more effectively.


All 10 N.H. counties are on Vermont's restricted COVID-19 travel list: Belknap, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford.
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Vermont has updated its state quarantine rules, and now includes every New Hampshire county among areas with travel restrictions.

Vermont requires a quarantine for travelers to and from any county with over 400 COVID-19 cases per million. Counties with 400-799 cases are coded "yellow," and those with more than 800 cases are "red." 

Rather than watch as a nearby health system financially collapsed, Concord Hospital officials felt compelled to act.

“Folks have thought (about this) very mission-like,” Robert Steigmeyer, the CEO of Concord Hospital, said during a roundtable discussion Tuesday. “That we can’t stand by and let a system fail next door to us.”

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Natalie Allen / Edgewood Centre

In the past six years, Kristen Gauthier, a resident relations manager at the Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth, would maybe get a handful of calls or emails from residents about voting.

But this year’s been different.