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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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Geoff Pendexter took a risk this holiday shopping season, ordering a normal amount of inventory for Whirlygigs, his toy shop in Exeter. With Christmas fast approaching, that gamble appears to have paid off.

“It’s kind of surprising to me because we are doing better than last year, which I wasn’t expecting,” says Pendexter.

Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

Christmas Eve services across New Hampshire will look different on Thursday. Some churches will have virtual gatherings.

Others, like St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Hopkinton, plan on a socially distanced outdoor service, with a reenactment of the Christmas story.  


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As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, NHPR is checking in with some of the people we spoke with early on in the pandemic, to see how things have changed, as part of our Hindsight series.

In the spring, we spoke with Angela Consentino. She’s epidemiologist for the city of Nashua. Recently we spoke about how the year has gone for Nashua.

Peter Biello: So last time we spoke, Angela, we were talking about the first confirmed case of covid-19 in New Hampshire. Now, it's late December. So how has the virus spread through, Nashua?

Sean Hurley

At the summer meeting of the New England Santa Claus Society there was talk that this might be a year without Santa Claus. At least at the malls and stores.  And while many Santas opted to go virtual and the Kris Kringle business is way down, NHPR’s Sean Hurley says you can still find a Santa here or there, socially distanced, wearing a mask, likely behind a plexiglass wall.

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NHPR is checking back in with Granite Staters to see how they're holding up as 2020 comes to a close. It's part of a series we're calling Hindsight.

Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET

The Trump administration says it has reached a deal with Pfizer to buy an additional 100 million doses of the company's COVID-19 vaccine, effectively doubling the federal government's supply from Pfizer.

The pharmaceutical giant is to deliver 70 million doses by June 30, 2021, and complete the rest of the order by the end of the following month, according to a statement released Wednesday morning by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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A New Hampshire state senator has tested positive for COVID-19.

Senator Bob Giuda, a Republican from Warren, is resting at home since first showing symptoms of the illness on Saturday, according to a press release from the Senate majority office Tuesday evening.

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Both the U.S. House and Senate have passed a massive pandemic relief bill.The $900 billion package would be the first significant pandemic aid from Washington since the spring.

It includes $600 stimulus payments for millions of Americans, aid for vaccination efforts, and small business loans, among other measures.

The pandemic is adding strain to existing winter workforce challenges at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton is experiencing one of the deadliest outbreaks of COVID-19 in the state.  As of December 15th, 35 veterans there have died since November 10th. 

Many more are infected, and staff who have been exposed are quarantining to prevent further spread of the virus. 

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It's been nearly 300 days since New Hampshire reported its first COVID-19 case. Since then, there have been 36,542 cases, 889 hospitalizations and 656 deaths.

At NHPR, we've been keeping track of these numbers to help us, and you, better understand the impact of the pandemic here in New Hampshire.

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As 2020 closes, we check in with past guests and Morning Edition host Rick Ganley, and hear from listeners, about what this year’s been like, and what you’ll take with you into 2020.

Air date: Monday, December 21, 2020. 

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U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster says she's received a COVID-19 vaccination. Her receipt of the first of two shots comes as Congress's attending physician is urging lawmakers to get vaccinated.

The physician who serves Congress was blunt in advising lawmakers to get shots as soon as possible.

Kids want to know: Is it safe for Santa to stop by this year?

"Will Santa still be able to visit me in coronavirus's season?" asked 6-year-old Paxton from Geneva, Ill., during a CNN-Sesame Street town hall Saturday. "What if he can't go to anyone's house, or near his reindeer?"

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Gov. Chris Sununu says he doesn't know - and doesn't think the public has a right to know - how many state lawmakers or State House staffers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sununu says if lawmakers choose to disclose a positive test that's their business, but, "It's not like the State House is infected and if you walk in you are going to get infected with COVID," Sununu said.

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State health officials say there are now more than 100 cases of COVID-19 linked to an outbreak at one of the biggest residential addiction treatment centers in the state.

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Staff and residents at New Hampshire's long-term care facilities are slated to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday through a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens.

But some facilities say they've had minimal communication with their pharmacy partners, and still don't know when they'll get their vaccines.

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Gov. Chris Sununu will give an update on New Hampshire's COVID-19 response during a news conference today, Dec. 17, in Concord. The update comes a day after the Granite State reported 21 coronavirus deaths, a new single-day record.

Listen live on NHPR, streaming online at NHPR.org and on NHPR's mobile apps.

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As the first COVID-19 vaccines begin to reach New Hampshire’s most vulnerable populations, a new poll through the University of New Hampshire’s survey center has found that a majority of people in the state – 61 percent – plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine once it’s offered to them.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Dec. 18, 2020

Dec 17, 2020
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Rather than focusing on just this week, we look back at the biggest stories of the year. NHPR's reporters join us to unpack the news of 2020, their favorite stories they covered, and what topics they'll be following in the new year. 

Air date: Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

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The deadline to apply for funding from the state's pandemic housing relief program is this Friday, December 18.

The program is funded through $20 million dollars of federal CARES Act money, and provides assistance for past rent due from April 2020 forward and short-term assistance to maintain or secure permanent housing.

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State health officials announced 21 coronavirus deaths Wednesday (Dec. 16), the highest number of deaths reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The previous record was 19 deaths, recorded on May 6.

The patients were residents of seven New Hampshire counties: Belknap, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Rockingham.

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2020 has been a tough year, and as we approach the end, NHPR is checking in with people we spoke with early on in the pandemic to see how they're holding up, and what they've learned. It's part of a series we're calling Hindsight.

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As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, NHPR is checking in with people we spoke to early on in the pandemic to see how things have changed. It’s part of a series we’re calling “Hindsight.”

Earlier this year, some doctors feared rural areas would be overwhelmed with too many COVID-19 patients and too few resources. In June, we reported on a study that found rural areas of New Hampshire and Vermont were doing better than expected - but things have changed quite a bit since then. Recently NHPR's Peter Biello spoke again with Dartmouth College Professors Elizabeth Carpenter-Song and Anne Sosin.

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With the first recently-approved vaccine for Covid-19 arriving this week in New Hampshire, we talk with epidemiologists about plans for the vaccine within New Hampshire, and answer your questions about vaccine logistics and access, the latest information about the virus, and how the state is managing the rise in cases. 

Air date: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. 

Jordyn Haime

The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were administered to five front-line health care workers at Elliot Hospital in Manchester Tuesday morning. The first shipment of thousands of vaccines arrived in the state Monday and will go to high-risk health care workers first, according to state officials.

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The Nashua Board of Health is recommending the city impose a curfew in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The 9:30 pm curfew would prohibit indoor activities at businesses including bars, restaurants and clubs. Takeout would be allowed to continue.

Celebrating End-of-life Rituals During COVID-19

Dec 14, 2020
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We talk about end-of-life rituals and how Granite Staters have been celebrating those who died this year, even when it's unsafe to gather together. Have you attended a Zoom funeral recently, or created a new way to honor the lives of your loved ones? 

Air date: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. 

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The first people in the U.S. are receiving vaccination shots against COVID-19 on Monday, as U.S. health workers started administering the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The first widely publicized vaccination took place in New York City, shortly after 9 a.m. ET. The event was live-streamed and promoted by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said, "The vaccine only works if the American people take it."

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The minute Peter Rosasco walked into Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham, he knew there would be problems.

“It was just a ticking time bomb, that place,” Rosasco said.

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