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Coronavirus Coverage

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For more info on COVID-19 in N.H., visit the N.H. Dep. of Health & Human Services page here

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Gov. Chris Sununu remains adamant that out-of-state college students should not be included in New Hampshire's current vaccine plan, even as the mayors and administrators of college towns are asking him to develop a plan to give vaccines to students who are from out of state.

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School leaders in New Hampshire say they were caught off guard by Gov. Chris Sununu's order Thursday that all schools reopen fully, five days a week, by April 19th.

A sign says "Vaccine Entrance" outside a vaccination site.
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New Hampshire continues to see persistent racial disparities in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, according to the latest data from the state health department.

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There were more deaths recorded in New Hampshire in 2020 than in any year in recent history, a bleak result of a pandemic that has upended how residents of the state live and die since COVID-19 first emerged locally last March. 

The sharp rise in fatalities is due in large part to the hundreds of people who died from the coronavirus. But it's also fueled, statisticians and public health experts say, by residents likely delaying necessary health care or lifesaving medical attention. 

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To mark the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 death in New Hampshire, NHPR is gathering stories and photos of people who passed away due to the pandemic to put in perspective the losses we've faced over the past year.

We asked our audience to share memories of loved ones who died from the virus, and to tell us what role they played in their community, how they impacted those around them, and what made them special.

Updated March 31, 2021 at 8:17 AM ET

New clinical trials showed that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine elicits "100% efficacy and robust antibody responses" in adolescents from 12 to 15 years old, the drug company announced Wednesday. The trial included 2,260 participants; the results are even better than earlier responses from participants ages 16 to 25.

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On Thursday, April 1, U.S. Representative Ann McLane Kuster joins The Exchange to discuss federal pandemic efforts and major spending proposals by the Biden administration that include upgrading the country's infrastructure and investing in renewable energy, as well as boosting the social safety net with plans for free community college and a national paid leave program. 

June Gallup, of Cornerstone VNA, filling out the vaccine information for 83-year-old Audrey Moores, in Moores' home in Farmington.
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The state has managed two mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics in recent weeks at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, a site all about efficiency and scale. But there are sectors of the population that are much harder to reach. That includes many homebound residents. 

A sign says "Vaccine Available," next to other signs pointing to "Vaccines"
Todd Bookman, NHPR

State officials are urging patience ahead of a busy week for New Hampshire’s vaccine registration website and asking people to consider not registering first thing in the morning on their designated eligibility date.

A COVID-19 vaccine site in Concord, New Hampshire.
Christina Phillips / NHPR

By the end of next week, all New Hampshire residents aged 16 and up will be eligible to register for COVID-19 vaccines, according to an announcement Thursday by Gov. Chris Sununu.

New Hampshire Senate Democrats are pushing for bills they say would address the growing crisis of children awaiting psychiatric care in the state's hospitals.

That number has increased to historic levels during the pandemic in New Hampshire and across the United States.

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Gov. Chris Sununu will announce updates to the Granite State's COVID-19 vaccine schedule during a news conference today in Concord. New Hampshire Public Radio will air the conference live, starting at 3 p.m.

It will also be streamed online at NHPR.org and NHPR's mobile apps.  Watch it via the video stream below (hit refresh or reload if the video does not immediately appear):

ICU nurse gets a vaccine shot
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New Hampshire continues its efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to residents. Residents 50 and older became eligible for shots just this week. But the virus continues to spread across the state.

NHPR's Health and Equity reporter Alli Fam has been tracking the latest numbers. She spoke with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about where things stand for the state.

Vaccination site in Concord, N.H.
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More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, doctors and researchers are still trying to learn more about patients who have become known as "long haulers" for continuing to experience health effects long after first showing symptoms.

All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with Dr. Jeffrey Parsonnet, an infectious disease physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, about what the medical community knows about long-term impacts of COVID-19. Parsonnet is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.

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A year ago this week, the coronavirus claimed its first fatality in New Hampshire. Since the pandemic began, 1,218 residents have died from COVID-19. Here's a look at some of the milestones over the past year.

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“You do not have a current claim.”

That's not the message you want to see when you’re collecting unemployment benefits. But it's one that some Granite Staters are seeing as they check their claim information.

Stephanie McKay of Plaistow is the administrator of the Facebook group N.H. Unemployment during COVID-19

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One week after its launch, about 2,100 households have applied to the New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

The $200 million program covers current and past due rent, as well as utility and home energy costs, including internet, and is funded through last December’s federal coronavirus relief package.

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We talk with an ICU doctor, traveling nurse, and chief nursing officer about this year of loss and struggle -- dealing with staffing and PPE shortages, working to understand and combat COVID-19 as more and more patients arrived, with so many succumbing. The new vaccines have brought hope -- but also concerns about complacency, given the spread of variants.

Air date: March 23, 2021

New Hampshire’s new COVID-19 vaccination scheduling website struggled under heavy demand Monday as residents aged 50 to 64 in the state attempted to schedule their vaccines.

Hawaii, Florida, Seattle and the South of France are among the dream destinations for New York City undergraduates who have been forced to postpone the traditional college ritual of spring break for the second year in a row, because of the pandemic.

"I'd be getting a house with 10 people, with a pool, and we'd be going crazy in Miami, right below downtown Miami," said Sile Ogundeyin, 22, a senior economics major at Columbia University, who was sitting on the steps of the library with his friends.

Updated March 19, 2021 at 12:46 PM ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for schools. On Friday, the agency announced it "now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom settings."

While everyone's hopes are trained on COVID-19 vaccines to lead the way out of the pandemic, public health experts say that other public health tools are still crucial for stopping the virus.

There has been a perception that Black Americans are more hesitant than whites to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. But roughly equal proportions of Black and white respondents in a recent poll said they plan to get vaccinated.

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About a year ago, as the country entered a state of emergency due to the pandemic, offices shutdown - in some cases, seemingly overnight.

Those who could transfer work to their homes, set up laptops in their dining rooms, living rooms, or areas with some amount of quiet.

For many -- although at first a necessity for safety reasons -- the change has become a preference, with some unexpected benefits, including a steep decline in commuting.

It appears more emphasis on remote work is here to stay. Some research shows productivity actually increased in certain sectors. Among the downsides: Those improvised work spaces may not be designed with ergonomics in mind, leading to physical problems. Some question whether collaborative creativity suffers. And many whose jobs could not go remote have been left behind, widening existing economic divides.

Air date: March 18, 2021

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A new state-managed COVID-19 vaccine scheduling website that went live Wednesday appears to be handling demand with no reported technical issues.

The Vaccine & Immunization Network Interface, or VINI, processed more than 6,700 scheduling requests as of 4pm, according to state officials. Eligible residents can access the system at vaccines.nh.gov, or call 2-1-1 for assistance.

A vaccination site in Dover, New Hampshire.
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New Hampshire residents who work as teachers in nearby states say they're having a hard time getting vaccinated, despite New England's efforts to give shots to educators.

School hallway
Sarah Gibson / NHPR

New Hampshire schools are slated to get over $350 million in the latest federal COVID relief package, a significant boost to what has already been a major increase in federal education aid during the pandemic.

The $350.5 million is more than twice what the federal government promised to K-12 schools in New Hampshire in December’s COVID relief package and roughly eight times what schools here were allocated in the CARES Act a year ago.

Community health workers prepare for a vaccine clinic next to a sign that says "Clinical observation 15 minutes after your vaccination" in English and Spanish
Casey McDermott, NHPR

Black and Latino people in New Hampshire have faced disproportionate harm from the COVID-19 pandemic, including higher rates of infection. But they're falling behind in New Hampshire’s vaccine rollout, according to new data from the state health department.

A member of the World Health Organization investigative team says wildlife farms in southern China are the most likely source of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As President Biden pushes to get students back in schools, there's one crucial question: How much social distance is necessary in the classroom?

The answer (to that question) has huge consequences for how many students can safely fit into classrooms. Public schools in particular are finding it difficult to accommodate a full return if 6 feet of social distancing is required — a key factor behind many schools offering hybrid schedules that bring students back to the classroom just a few days a week.

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