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

Updated May 9 to reflect Food and Drug Administration clearance of the first antigen test.

Testing for the coronavirus has been very much in the news. The first and most urgent focus is on increasing access to tests to diagnose people with current infections. But now other tests are appearing as well. Antibody tests, which can identify people with signs of past infection, are starting to be available. And a third type of test is on the way.

Here's a quick guide to sorting out the pluses and minuses to each type of test.

President Trump Thursday announced the formation of an independent commission to look at the response of nursing homes to the coronavirus. The move comes as nursing home operators clamor for more equipment and testing.

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A report by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services shows that COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect the state’s Latino and black community.

Race and ethnicity is known for about 79 percent of cases in New Hampshire.

Latinos account for about 7 percent of those cases; and African Americans for 5.6 percent. As a percentage of the population, New Hampshire is 3.9 percent Latino and 1.4 percent black.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen says scientific guidelines suggest it's not yet time to phase out social distancing, despite President Trump's decision to phase it out at the federal level after April.

"The guidelines that were issued earlier by the administration to open up the economy suggested that you need to see 14 consecutive days of numbers of coronavirus cases going down before they reopen their economy," Shaheen said. "What's been reported is that there aren't any states in the country that have reached that milestone."

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 1, 2020

Apr 30, 2020

We'll hear from Laconia Mayor Andrew Hosmer, after city officials decided to postpone Bike Week, and the Lakes Region faces economic uncertainty heading into the critical summer tourism season. We'll also check in on the decision over how and when to reopen New Hampshire's economy. Gov. Chris Sununu has said he will make an announcement Friday. And we'll check in on what's happening in Vermont, as officials there discuss a gradual reopening of the state.

 

There's a chance that hundreds of millions of doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine could be available by early next year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, said Thursday, even though the federal government has not approved a vaccine against the virus.

 

[Traducido por María Aguirre Torres y Daniela Allee]  

NHPR junto a Granite State News Collaborative lanza un nuevo servicio de información para la comunidad hispanohablante 

Un nuevo noticiero radial en español es diseñado especialmente para comunicar lo más reciente sobre la emergencia sanitaria del COVID-19  y otras noticias del estado con la comunidad hispanohablante de New Hampshire. 

 

NHPR, Granite State News Collaborative launch news services to reach Spanish-speaking community

A new Spanish language audio newscast will provide Spanish speakers in New Hampshire with the latest information on coronavirus-related developments and other news.

Hoy en ¿Qué hay de nuevo, New Hampshire? te contamos que NH llega a los 2,054 casos confirmados de COVID-19 y anuncia seis fallecimientos más y dos nuevos brotes en centros de salud. 

$3 millones del paquete de ayuda financiera del gobierno serán utilizados para ayudar a las personas sin hogar del estado. 

Existe desproporción en número de casos: 8% de los pacientes hospitalizados por COVID-19 son Latinos, el doble de la cantidad de Latinos en NH. 

A whole lot has changed in the past three months.

As far as understatements go, that one outdoes most — but it still bears mentioning, given that Thursday marks precisely three months since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global health emergency.

Updated at 8:38 a.m. ET

The telephone lines are still jammed at the nation's unemployment offices.

Another 3.8 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. While that's down from the previous week's 4.4 million, a staggering 30.3 million have applied for unemployment in the six weeks since the coronavirus began taking a wrecking ball to the U.S. job market.

That's roughly one out of five people who had a job in February.

Not long after the shelter-in-place order went into effect in California in March, Melissa Santos and her wife established new rules: they'd eat breakfast, try to get by with snacks, suppress hunger with coffee, and then have dinner.

Santos is a student at the University of California, Berkeley. At 32, she's older than most of her undergraduate peers; she spent years taking care of a grandmother with Alzheimer's before considering her own education and career.

States clamoring for coronavirus tests in recent weeks have been talking about two types.

First, there's a PCR test that detects the virus's genetic material and so can confirm an active infection. And then there's an antibody test, which looks at the body's reaction to that infection and so is useful in identifying people who have been infected with the virus in the past.

Preliminary results of a major study of the antiviral drug remdesivir show it can help hospitalized patients with COVID-19 recover faster. Dr. Anthony Fauci hailed the findings, released Wednesday, as "quite good news."

"The data shows that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery," Fauci said during a meeting with President Trump and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. "This is highly significant."

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The state's community college system is seeking millions in federal COVID-19 aid.

Most of the money would be for tuition assistance. The community college system wants more than $29 million to help students pay for classes.

Chuck Ansell is the system’s chief financial officer. On Wednesday, he told members of the legislative committee advising Governor Sununu on COVID-19 aid that the state's community colleges are ready to help create a workforce relevant to local economic needs.

Hoy en ¿Qué hay de nuevo, New Hampshire? te contamos que hay 82 casos nuevos de COVID-19 en el estado, tres nuevas hospitalizaciones pero ningún fallecimiento por tercer día consecutivo a causa del virus. 

Se forma un panel para decidir cómo se van a llevar a cabo las elecciones con seguridad en medio de la emergencia sanitaria. 

Por falta de fondos, uno de los tres centros de visitas familiares está cerrando sus servicios para familias de NH en el Upper Valley. 

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They may have closed their doors due to the coronavirus but libraries have been busy on behalf of patrons and the wider community, from lending laptops and hot spots to using 3 D printers to make parts for masks. Libraries and librarians across the country are also pondering the future, collaborating with researchers to determine best practices for handling books and other materials while protecting the health and safety of staff and the communities they serve.

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Though the building is closed to the public, staff at the Portsmouth Public Library are continuing to collect public documents and newspaper articles to add to their archive – including those on COVID-19.

Now, the library wants to include the personal side of the pandemic in their collection.

They’re asking Seacoast residents to chronicle their pandemic experience through an online community diary.

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Local banks say technical glitches are delaying the submission of applications for the second round of an emergency funding program for small businesses and nonprofits.

On Monday, the second phase of the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, got off to a rocky start. Local banks reported technical glitches as they attempted to submit loan applications for approval through the Small Business Administration.

Hoy en ¿Qué hay de nuevo, New Hampshire? te contamos sobre los tres nuevos brotes de coronavirus en el estado, todos en centros de personas mayores, por lo que el estado quiere realizar más pruebas.

Escucha cuáles son los planes del gobernador para volver a abrir NH, hasta cuándo cerrarán las cortes y las decisiones sobre los programas escolares de verano. 

Para escuchar la historia completa, haz click en el audio.

Updated at 5:12 p.m. ET

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to trigger the sharpest recession in the United States since the Great Depression. An early signal of that came Wednesday, when the Commerce Department said the economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate in the first three months of the year — the first quarterly contraction since 2014 and the largest since the Great Recession.

More Americans have now died from the coronavirus in less than two months than in the entire nine years of the Vietnam war — more than 58,000. But the United States crossed another threshold Tuesday — 1 million known coronavirus cases.

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The city of Nashua says it's ramping up coronavirus testing and outreach. 

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Nashua's Public Health Director Bobbie Bagley about the city's response to the pandemic.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

Rick Ganley: I know that expanding testing has been talked about for a while now as a key in limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Many states and cities have said that limited supplies have made it difficult to ramp up testing. What's Nashua strategy?

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Gov. Chris Sununu says the state is working on a plan to reopen the economy in phases. Sununu's stay-at-home order is scheduled to end next week on May 4.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with him about how he's working with local and regional leaders on plans to reopen.

(Editor's note: Because of the governor's cell phone connection, the audio for this interview is difficult to understand in places. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.)

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

A week after a Superior Court judge rejected top Democratic lawmakers efforts to block Governor Sununu from spending COVID-19 aid without their approval, Democratic Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky is asking Sununu to share details of proposed coronavirus spending.

New Hampshire's $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus aid sits in the state treasury.

Americans are extremely concerned that the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt voting in November's presidential election, according to a new poll from Pew Research Center.

They also overwhelmingly support allowing everyone to vote by mail, even as partisan divides over mail voting expansions have taken hold at the national level over the past few months.

U.S. Surpasses 1 Million Coronavirus Cases

Apr 28, 2020

More than 1 million cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the U.S., marking a grim milestone in the country with the most reported coronavirus infections in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Más Recursos De Ayuda y Apoyo Económico

Apr 28, 2020
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Encuentra aquí algunos recursos útiles que te permiten estar conectado:  www.nheconomy.com/covid19  

El BIA --Business and Industry Associations-- tiene seminarios webs disponibles para empleadores.

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Air date: Wednesday, April 28, 2020. 

Beginning May 4, all travelers who step foot on a plane operated by JetBlue will need to wear a crucial accessory: a face mask. The airline announced Monday that in one week, it will be mandatory for all passengers to cover their mouths and noses upon boarding their flights to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. JetBlue crew members have already received the same mandate.

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