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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


Last week, in his first prime time address, President Joe Biden condemned "vicious hate crimes against Asian Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed, and scapegoated."

Reports of such attacks have become more common since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, which former President Trump often blamed on China.


New Hampshire is opening up its next round of assistance for rent, and utilities (including internet) at noon on Monday, March 15. We’re answering some frequently asked questions about who qualifies and the application process. What we answer here is a broad overview of the program. If you have more detailed questions, check out this FAQ from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

We're working on stories about the state's COVID housing assistance program.  Are you applying? If so, and you want to share your experience, reach out to our reporter Daniela Allee at

Vaccination clinic for school staff at Dover, N.H. high school.
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Some of the first teachers in the state received their COVID-19 vaccine shots Friday, as New Hampshire eyes fully reopening more schools.

NHPR Education Reporter Sarah Gibson visited one of the vaccination sites in Dover to get a better look at the process. She joins NHPR's Ed Brouder to discuss where the state is now at and what is next in the vaccine scheduling process.

photo of Jeanne Shaheen speaking with a soldier
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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spent Friday morning in Exeter meeting with members of the National Guard as well as medical providers administering COVID-19 vaccines at a state-run clinic behind the high school.

Shaheen’s visit comes a day after President Biden signed into law a COVID-19 stimulus package with a $1.9 trillion price tag.

Appreciation for essential workers.
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Some essential workers in New Hampshire, especially those who come into contact with many people each day, say they’ve been sidelined in the vaccine distribution process.

Nathan Soucy, a waiter at Firefly American Bistro in Manchester, says he is at higher risk of contracting and spreading COVID, given the nature of his job.

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While millions of COVID-19 vaccines are being administered across the country every day, a small number end up unused: either lost, damaged, or otherwise “wasted,” the term used by public health experts.

The numbers vary state to state. In New Hampshire 2,384 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been wasted as of March 10, a small fraction—0.69%—of the more than 343,000 doses received to date. 

Vaccine line at Plymouth, N.H.
Sarah Gibson / NHPR

President Joe Biden signed an almost $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on Thursday. Now, what does that mean for New Hampshire?

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with Phil Sletten, a senior policy analyst with the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, about how this relief money will have an effect on the state.

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President Joe Biden is outlining his plan to make all adult Americans eligible for vaccination by May 1 and get the nation back "closer to normal" by the Fourth of July.

OSHA’s Meager COVID Response In N.H.

Mar 11, 2021
Allegra Boverman

When Walter Riley was first asked about Villa Crest Nursing Home in Manchester — the place where his fiancé, 68-year-old Marge Gardner, worked as a housekeeper before she died of Covid-19 — he could scarcely contain his bitterness.

Gov. Chris Sununu is lifting some of the state's COVID-19 restrictions, citing falling case numbers and rising rates of vaccination.

President Biden
White House

President Joe Biden has signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package that he says will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health.

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White House

President Biden plans the first prime-time address of his presidency tonight to mark one year of the coronavirus pandemic, a day after Congress passed a massive relief package.

A sign outside a Plymouth vaccination site reads "COVID-19 vaccination site by appts only"
Sarah Gibson, NHPR

Editor's note: This post was updated after publication with additional information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

More than one in five New Hampshire residents has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That puts the state narrowly ahead of most other states, according to CDC data.

Updated March 10, 2021 at 3:23 PM ET

House lawmakers Wednesday gave final approval to President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, sending the legislation to his desk for his signature. The White House says Biden plans to sign it on Friday.

"This legislation is about giving the backbone of this nation — the essential workers, the working people who built this country, the people who keep this country going — a fighting chance," Biden said in a statement Wednesday.

Business open sign
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Congress is heading toward final approval of a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

The House is on track to send the measure to President Joe Biden on Wednesday as the new president and Democrats move within reach of a triumph advancing their priorities and showcasing the unity they'll need to forge future victories.

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On Tuesday, the Manchester, New Hampshire School District announced tentative plans to expand in-person classes from two days a week to four, starting in May. And at Manchester West High School in Manchester, that experiment is well underway.

For over a month, staff there have been encouraging students who are learning English as a second language and others needing extra help to come in four days a week.

And getting students re-engaged a year into the pandemic is a massive effort.

Pullups for a toddler who is potty training. A bicycle. Clothes that aren't hand-me-downs. A home with heat and working plumbing. A trip to the zoo.

Four in 10 children in the U.S. live in households struggling to afford basic expenses, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Now, as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the House and Senate have passed a child benefit, the first of its kind in the United States.

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The University of New Hampshire announced Monday it has identified two cases of the coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom.

The school, which has engaged in one of the state’s most ambitious testing regiments, said the cases were tied to its Durham campus, but did not disclose if those who tested positive are students or faculty.

Photos courtesy the LEAF School

Governor Chris Sununu's executive order requiring schools to open for in-person learning at least two days a week goes into effect on Monday.

With most districts already open two to five days a week, the order has made a difference for only a handful of mostly charter schools and a few traditional public schools that had stayed remote because of concerns about COVID safety.

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Thousands of Granite Staters flocked this weekend to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, a setting accustomed to lots of cars and eager crowds, for a different kind of gathering.

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New Hampshire will start vaccinating teachers and school staff on March 12, Gov. Chris Sununu announced at a press conference on Thursday.

Sununu says the first of these vaccines will be available to school districts on March 12 through regional public health networks. Those who do not have access to these clinics can make appointments directly through the state registration site, starting March 17, for appointments starting March 22.

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Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu will provide a news update on New Hampshire's response to COVID-19 today, March 4, at 3 p.m.

New Hampshire Public Radio will air the governor's news conference live - and it will stream online at and NHPR's mobile apps. Go Deeper: Tracking COVID-19 in the Granite State.

More and more people are receiving their COVID-19 vaccines each day in New Hampshire, and NHPR has been getting a lot of questions from listeners about what life looks like after they are fully vaccinated.

COVID vaccination site in Dover
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

New Hampshire health officials say they're evaluating President Biden's directive to vaccinate teachers and school staff before the end of the month but are sticking for now with their original plan to roll out those vaccinations by April.

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

Some in New Hampshire’s disability community say the state needs to do more to ensure people with disabilities and their caregivers can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
File Photo, NHPR

The state will host a mass COVID-19 vaccination site at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon this weekend. The three-day event, which is by appointment only, is the first such mass vaccination in the state.

Ali Oshinskie / NHPR

Dartmouth College’s active COVID-19 case count has jumped to well over 100, prompting the school to revert to more stringent pandemic protocols, including students eating alone in their rooms and remaining on campus to avoid Hanover residents.

Photo of Sununu speaking at microphone
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

A week after voting to lift sanctions and reverse fines for businesses that flout state COVID guidance, the New Hampshire House is considering more bills aimed at undercutting the governor's emergency powers.

The Senate takes up President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package this week, following a largely party-line House vote early Saturday morning.

Democrats are using a process to avoid a Republican filibuster in the Senate that leaves them no room for error in the divided 50-50 chamber.

It has been nearly a year since much of the U.S. entered coronavirus-related lockdowns. For many people, they're approaching the anniversary of when they realized that life as they knew it was being fundamentally altered from how it had been a month, a week or even a day earlier.