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NH State Epidemiologists

A hand dispenses covid 19 vaccination into a syringe.
Todd Bookman; NHPR

We talk with Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot about the latest news related to COVID-19 in New Hampshire, including new variants of the virus, vaccination progress, and how to behave after vaccination, from travel to school to expanding quarantine pods. 

Air date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

Doctor Ben Chan
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As we begin the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, scientists continue to learn more about the virus, and the race to vaccinate people as quickly as possible continues. We talk Monday about the new mask recommendations from the CDC, vaccine development and efficacy, and how to safely transition to in-person learning, work, and life. 

Healthcare workers get vaccinated outside at a clinic at Elliot Hospital.
Jordyn Haime/NHPR

The Exchange spoke with Dr. Beth Daly, Chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at the N.H. DHHS, Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, the state deputy epidemiologist, about COVID-19 vaccine access and safety. 

A spray painted wooded sign for COVID testing.
Dan Barrick/NHPR

We talk about the new, more contagious variant of COVID-19, and what that means for both personal and public health, and we learn more about how the vaccine protects you and others, and have to behave safely before and after vaccination. 

Air date: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. 

Administration of vaccines outside Elliot Hospital.
Jordyn Haime / NHPR

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. 

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As COVID-19 cases surge in New Hampshire, state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, infectious disease specialist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, continue to emphasize the importance of social distancing and wearing a mask or face covering to stop potential exposure to the virus. 

The Exchange interviewed them Wednesday. Here are some highlights of that conversation. You can listen to the full discussion here. 

Worker at Hannaford in Exeter behind a protective shield.
Annie Ropeik; NHPR

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise around the country and New Hampshire, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, we talk with state epidemiologists about testing, contact tracing, vaccines, and how to stay safe, and protect others, this winter. 

7 Takeaways From NHPR's Conversation with Dr. Chan and Dr. Talbot on Masks, Testing, & Vaccine News

This program aired Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Click here to read all of NHPR's coronavirus coverage. 

Photo of Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot on March 5, 2020.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, infectious disease specialist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, joined The Exchange on Oct. 28 to answer listener questions about COVID-19 in New Hampshire ahead of the holiday season. 

Here are some highlights from that conversation. You can also listen to the full show on demand, and read a transcript of the discussion. 

A mannequin wearing a "masks please" sign and mask outside a store in Littleton.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

The state is seeing a significant increase in daily new infections reported - the most since mid-May, and the third-most since the pandemic began.

With that rising case load, and the upcoming holidays and cold weather, we talk with our state epidemiologists about how to keep yourself safe while moving indoors, traveling, and building "pandemic pods" with those outside your household. 

Click here to read all of NHPR's coronavirus coverage. 

Air date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020. 

Dan Tuohy; NHPR

As we head into fall, K-12 and college students and staff prepare for the new school year. Meanwhile, large events, from bike rallies to weddings, across the country and in New England, have been linked to outbreaks, as summer tourism reaches a peak in New Hampshire. We talk with epidemiologists about where we are now, with testing, tracing, and preparedness, and how to stay safe this fall. 

Air date: Thursday, August 27, 2020. 

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As businesses reopen and people increase their travel and navigate the summer, we talk with our state epidemiologists about the current spread of COVID-19 in New Hampshire, and the latest information about the virus.  We also talk about risk assessment as the pandemic continues. 

Click here for all of NHPR's coverage on the coronavirus

 Air date: Thursday, July 9, 2020. 

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An inflammatory condition in children thought to be linked to COVID-19 has arrived in the state, and as more businesses reopen, we talk about how you can stay safe, and answer your health questions about the pandemic in New Hampshire. 

Air date: Thursday, May 28, 2020. 

Todd Selig

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the Granite State, and questions remain about resources, safety, and the longevity of stay-at-home orders, we talk with state epidemiologists to get the latest recommendations and information about the coronavirus pandemic. 

Air date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Todd Selig

In a special extended edition of The Exchange, Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot bring us the latest updates and recommendations for navigating the coronavirus pandemic in N.H. 

Read all of NHPR's coronavirus coverage here. 

Air date: Monday, March 30, 2020 from 10-11 a.m.

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

On Thursday, March 5, at 9 a.m., The Exchange brings you the latest on the impact of the novel coronavirus that has reached the United States, both across the country and right here in New Hampshire. 

We'll talk with a panel of experts - including state health officials - about how to prepare, what to expect, and what (and what not) to worry about. 

Click here for the latest coronavirus news from NHPR.