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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: A Regional Look At COVID-19 and Policies Addressing the Pandemic

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On Thursday, N.H. Governor Chris Sununu announced a mask mandate, starting Friday, Nov. 20, applying to all indoor public spaces and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.  State officials also announced 529 new COVID-19 cases, with all counties in the state now considered to have a substantial level of community spread.

As COVID-19 cases have surged across the country, we get an update on the pandemic in this region, including how state officials are responding in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, with varying policies concerning masks, testing, contact tracing, and restrictions on gatherings and traveling. 

Airdate: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

GUESTS:

Martha Bebinger - Reporter covering health care and other general assignments for WBUR.  Read some of her recent coverage here.  Read her recent story about a recently announced regional plan involving hospitals in five areas that have agreed to work together to adress the pandemic.

Ethan DeWitt - Reporter for The Concord Monitor.  To read some of his coverage, visit here, including his Nov. 16 story on Governor Sununu's decision to refrain from restoring COVID-19 restrictions as the state experiences a surge in cases.

Katie Jickling - Reporter covering health care for Vermont Digger.  Read some of her recent coverage here, incuding this story on how Vermont has recently reimposed hospital lockdowns and ramped up testing. 

Patty White - Reporter covering health care for Maine Public Radio.  For some of her recent coverage, includnig this update on Maine's policy for investigating COVID-19 case,  visit here

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