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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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As NHPR tracks the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we’ve been asking you to tell us how your life is changing because of coronavirus - and we’ve welcomed your questions

Here, we answer some of your questions, and share other important information about the coronavirus and how to stay safe.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Originalmente publicado en inglés por el NHPR staff

Traducido al español por María Aguirre

Con la finalidad de frenar la propagación del coronavirus, el gobernador Chris Sununu publicó en marzo una serie de órdenes de emergencia que limitaba la operaciones de grandes segmentos de la economía y la vida comunitaria de New Hampshire. A partir de eso, los trabajadores e industrias se dividieron en esenciales y no esenciales. 

Prisons across the country have placed prisoners on lockdown — they're kept in their cells mostly around-the-clock — as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Now prison reformers are worried that the response has increased the use of a practice they've long fought: solitary confinement.

Josh Rogers / NHPR

This post gathers NHPR's past updates on coronavirus in New Hampshire with a date range beginning May 21, 2020.

NOTE: Some of the stories below may contained outdated guidance and stories that have since evolved. Please click the links below for the most up-to-date coverage and guidance. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today withdrew a special status known as emergency use authorization for the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

Emergency use authorization is designed to facilitate the availability of drugs needed during public health emergencies. It allows unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in such emergencies.


Now that the school year has largely concluded for New Hampshire districts across the state, we turn our attention to what education might look like this fall.

We reflect on how remote learning went, review what we've learned, and discuss what options are available for the upcoming academic year, whether that is more remote learning, a transition back to in-person learning, or a hybrid model of both methods. 

Todd Bookman / NHPR

Hoy, lunes 15 de junio, te contamos: 

Veintiun casos más confirmados de COVID-19 y dos nuevos fallecimientos en el condado de Hillsborough. 

La orden de quedarse en casa expira hoy a las 11:59 p.m., y reuniones de 10 personas o mas pueden resumir.

Las bibliotecas, museos, gimnasios, piscinas, pistas de bolos y más negocios retoman sus operaciones hoy bajo estrictas medidas de seguridad.

Grupos de personas participaron en protestas a favor de Black Lives Matter in Peterborough, Rochester, Plymouth y Keene el fin de semana.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Chris Sununu issued a series of executive orders in March shuttering huge segments of both economic and community life in New Hampshire. Suddenly, workers and industries were split into two camps: those deemed essential, and those not. 

More than 100 days later, nearly all corners of the state’s economy now have permission to reopen. At 11:59 p.m. on June 15, Sununu’s ‘Stay at Home’ order expires, as does the cap on gatherings of more than ten people. 

For nearly two months, the Chinese capital, a city of more than 20 million people, did not report a single local case of the coronavirus. But a recent spike in confirmed cases has officials in Beijing afraid they're staring down a new outbreak — and they are responding with swift and sweeping measures to contain it.

Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET

Stock prices rebounded Friday, one day after a punishing drop triggered by fears that the coronavirus cases are increasing in the Sunbelt.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 477 points, a gain of 1.9%. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 1.3%.

A day earlier, the Dow lost 1,861 points, or about 7%, and the S&P 500 dove nearly 6%.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Hoy, viernes 12 de junio, te contamos: 

Continúa la reactivación en New Hampshire: los gimnasios, pistas de bolos, museos y galerías de arte podrán reabrir el lunes 15 de junio. 

La prórroga del estado que suspendía los desalojos durante la pandemia termina el 1 de julio. El gobernador destina un fondo de ayuda de $35 millones para pagar arriendos y extiende el plazo de desalojo a 30 días. 

The shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic hit musicians hard, with concert halls and rehearsal spaces shuttered and silent. But a new music initiative from the Library of Congress embraces the constraints of COVID-19. The series is a collection of 10 videos of 10 different original compositions that will premiere online starting Monday, June 15. It's called the Boccaccio Project.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Hoy, jueves 11 de junio, te contamos: 

Funcionarios anuncian siete nuevos fallecimientos de COVID-19, 54 casos confirmados y cuatro hospitalizaciones.

La Cámara de Representantes de New Hampshire se reunirá hoy jueves por primera vez desde marzo en la arena del Whittemore Center en Durham. 

El lunes 15 de junio, Amtrak Downeaster retomará su servicio con límite de pasajeros y menos rutas. 

Haz click para escuchar estas y otras noticias. 

The pain in the job market continues as an additional 1.5 million sought jobless benefits for the first time last week, down 355,000 from the prior week. Continued claims fell by 339,000 to 20.9 million, a sign that more people are returning to work as the economy reopens after pandemic lockdowns.

More than 44 million first-time claims have been filed in the past 12 weeks.

The U.S. has reached another dire landmark in its fight against COVID-19, surpassing 2 million confirmed cases on Wednesday. New coronavirus infections are rising in at least 20 states, even as restrictions on daily life continue to ease across the country.

As of Thursday morning, more than 112,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. — the most fatalities reported by any nation, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University. And most experts believe those numbers underestimate the true toll.

Right now, there is only one drug shown by rigorous scientific testing to be helpful for treating COVID-19. That drug is the antiviral medication called remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences. But remdesivir's proven benefits are modest: reducing hospital stays from 15 to 11 days.

The past few months have weighed heavily on Edgar Fields. He has been meeting with workers at chicken processing plants across Georgia and in nearby states. His union represents them, and many have become sick. Some have died.

"You know, you lay in the bed and you can't sleep because stuff is on your mind? I've got to do this. I've got to do that," he says. "That's what I wake up in every morning thinking, 'What can I do to protect my members to where they have a safe work environment to go to?' "

Once upon a time, developing a new vaccine was a step-by-step process that went from concept, to design, to tests in humans, to regulatory approval, to manufacturing.

It was a process that could take a decade or more.

But the urgent need for a COVID-19 vaccine has radically changed all that. Now, the hope is the entire process can be completed in a year or less.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

A New London salon owner suing the governor over allegations that he exceeded his constituional authority when he extended a State of Emergency order due to the coronavirus pandemic appeared in court on Tuesday.

Daniela Allee / NHPR

Hoy, martes 9 de junio, te contamos: 

Manchester abrirá esta semana un nuevo centro móvil para realizar pruebas gratis de COVID-19 en la intersección entre Union y Spruce Street. Solo estarán disponibles bajo cita previa. Llama a 603-668-547 para reservar una cita. 

Broad Street Park en Claremont y Schouler Park de North Conway fueron otras sedes para manifestaciones a favor del movimiento Black Lives Matter. 

Todd Bookman / NHPR

Originalmente publicado en inglés por el NHPR staff

Traducido al español por María Aguirre

Con la finalidad de frenar la propagación del coronavirus, el gobernador Chris Sununu anteriormente publicó una serie de órdenes de emergencia que limita la operaciones de algunos negocios, mientras que otros establecimientos deben cerrar.  En las recientes semanas, ha emitido nuevas órdenes que permite que ciertos locales vuelvan a abrir bajo restricciones. 

It may seem obvious, with double-digit unemployment and plunging economic output. But if there was any remaining doubt that the U.S. is in a recession, it's now been removed by the official scorekeepers at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The bureau's Business Cycle Dating Committee — the fat lady of economic opera — said the expansion peaked in February after a record 128 months, and we've been sliding into a pandemic-driven recession since.

Christina Phillips / NHPR

Hoy, lunes 8 de junio, te contamos: 

Protestas, vigilias y marchas a favor del movimiento Black Lives Matter se dieron el fin de semana en diferentes sitios de NH como en Concord, Laconia y Nashua. 

El gobernador Sununu extiende el estado de emergencia hasta el viernes 26 de junio bajo las regulaciones actuales de seguridad. 

Los buses en Nashua se reactivan hoy, con límite en horarios y capacidad de pasajeros. Solo funcionarán cuatro rutas por el momento. 

Haz click para escuchar estas y otras noticias. 

Emily Quirk / NHPR

While life in New Hampshire starts readjusting to a new normal, the coronavirus is still ravaging long-term care facilities across the Granite State.

The most recent data show the toll COVID-19 has taken on New Hampshire's nursing homes, assisted living facilities and similar institutions, accounting for more than three-quarters of the state's COVID-19 deaths to-date.

President Donald Trump on Friday returned to Maine for a visit designed to reaffirm his appeal with rural voters and to reframe his heavily criticized response to a coronavirus pandemic that threatens his bid for a second term.

This is part of a series looking at pressing coronavirus questions of the week. We'd like to hear what you're curious about. Email us at with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

What risks are there in attending a protest rally?

Modelers say it's difficult to assess how the protests will influence COVID-19 infections. But it's clear that a key ingredient for transmission is present at many of these rallies: close contact.

Casey McDermott / NHPR

The coronavirus has infected residents in nearly a quarter of all nursing homes in New Hampshire since the beginning of the outbreak, according to newly released data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The new numbers, which only account for the state’s 74 nursing homes and not other types of long-term care facilities, also show many nursing homes are still struggling to acquire enough PPE.


Democratic state lawmakers will get another hearing in a lawsuit over Gov. Chris Sununu’s authority to distribute federal coronavirus aid.

The complaint dates to mid-April. It argues that the legislature should get a say in Sununu's spending during the state of emergency.  

Superior Court Judge David Anderson previously denied the lawmakers’ request for an emergency injunction to stop that spending.

Todd Bookman/NHPR

After his initial restrictions were in place for less than a week, Gov. Chris Sununu is altering the rules for beach access in New Hampshire.

Effective immediately, beaches in the state are open for all activities, including sunbathing. The initial guidelines, which went into effect on Monday, only allowed exercise activities on the sand, such as running or walking, along with swimming and surfing.