Coronavirus Coverage

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As of today, two-thirds of New Hampshire’s child care centers have been designated as emergency child care programs.

This designation is required for centers opening under the state’s recent guidelines.

Approximately ten thousand children are being served through the emergency program. But Department of Health and Human Services Associate Commissioner Chris Tappan says the demand for child care is changing every day.

As one of the country's worst economic and health crises in history deepens, rent is due again for millions of people who are struggling to make ends meet.

Over the last few months, states and the federal government have taken steps to help tenants who've lost their jobs. Now, while the unemployment rate is still climbing, some of the protections for renters are running out.

Mass protests that have erupted over police brutality toward black people in America are raising concerns about the risk of spreading the coronavirus. But some health experts, even as they urge caution, said they support the demonstrations — because racism also poses a dire health threat.

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NHPR is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in New Hampshire. Bookmark this page for the latest updates, including case numbers and other important news of the day. Click here for all of our COVID-19 coverage.

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After more than two months of roped off parking and patrolled sand, New Hampshire’s beaches reopened on Monday.

Huge swaths of the shoreline remained empty, though, likely due to a combination of chilly morning weather and the large number of restrictions that remain in place, including limited parking capacity, in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Children are facing not only the stress of remote learning and social isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but also a week of social unrest across the country. In the midst of all this uncertainty and loss, how are they handling the turmoil? We'll discuss childrens' mental health, how we can address their concerns and what the long-term impacts might be. 

Air date: Monday, June 1, 2020. 

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Hoy, lunes 1 de junio, te contamos:

New Hampshire llega a los 4,651 casos confirmados de COVID-19 y a los 245 fallecimientos. 

Un grupo de protestantes marcharon en Manchester el fin de semana en contra del asesinato de George Floyd y de otras personas afroamericanas en manos de la policía en los EE.UU.

A partir de hoy, las playas están abiertas para personas que vayan a nadar, surfear, correr y caminar. Se incentiva distanciamiento social y grupos con no más de 10 personas. 

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The U.S. Census Bureau is resuming some of its field operations in New Hampshire this month, after delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

New Hampshire is the last New England state for the bureau to resume its activities for the 2020 population count.

Earlier in this pandemic, the shortage of tests for the coronavirus was a major problem in fighting the spread of COVID-19. The shortage was such that many hospitals and clinics would test only someone who had traveled to a country with an outbreak, had a known exposure to a positive case or showed symptoms of the disease.

But access to tests has improved significantly, and in some places, people can now get tested without having to show any symptoms at all. So if you can get tested, should you?

In April, New Orleans health officials realized their drive-through testing strategy for the coronavirus wasn't working. The reason? Census tract data revealed hot spots for the virus were located in predominantly low-income African-American neighborhoods where many residents lacked cars.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

New Hampshire identified its first case of COVID-19 on March 2. NHPR has been tracking new developments since then, as the number of confirmed cases and testing capacity — at public and private labs — has expanded.

Updated at 8:13 p.m. ET

The U.S. Department of Justice is siding with campground and restaurant owners in Maine who sued the state over a two-week self-quarantine policy for out-of-state visitors.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills imposed the restriction as part the state's response to the ongoing pandemic. Several other states have imposed similar measures.

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The New Hampshire Department of Education is wrapping up a survey it says will help the state plan for re-opening and redesigning schools next fall.

The survey, which has been completed by over 50,000 parents, teachers, and administrators, asks participants to rate how remote learning has gone, and whether families and educators want to head back to school. The goal is to get input to share with a state task force on school reopening and redesign (STRRT).

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Two Manchester hospitals at the center of New Hampshire’s COVID-19 response have identified new outbreaks among patients and staff not directly connected to their coronavirus treatment units.

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In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Chris Sununu issued a series of emergency orders earlier this year limiting the operations of some businesses, while shuttering others. In recent weeks, he’s issued new orders allowing some entities to reopen, though with restrictions.

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Hoy, viernes 29 de mayo, te contamos:

Hoy es el último día para que negocios pequeños y medianos presenten la pre-aplicación al Main Street Relief Fund. 

El gobernador Sununu formó un equipo de defensa a la equidad como respuesta a los efectos desproporcionados de COVID-19 en las comunidades Latinas y Afroamericanas en NH.

Riverside Speedway y Adventure Park no recibirán multa por violar restricciones. Abrirán este fin de semana pero no para carreras. 

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An order issued by Gov. Chris Sununu regarding services during the pandemic for students with disabilities is drawing praise from special education advocates and concern from school districts.

The emergency order issued Tuesday clarifies the timeline and requirements for districts to meet the needs of students who get special ed services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

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Governor Chris Sununu has established a new task force that will recommend a plan to address the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on communities of color in New Hampshire.

According to the most recent data from the state, black and Latino residents are testing positive at higher rates than their share of the population. That follows national trends on who’s been most affected by the virus.

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On March 15, Gov. Chris Sununu announced K-12 school closures across New Hampshire and a transition to remote learning. Just over a month later, he extended his order through the end of the school year.

The decision, while necessary, changed the way the education system operates. 

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The Boston Marathon is officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first cancellation in the history of the 124-year race.

Organizers had postponed the marathon from April 20 to Sept. 14.

They say instead they will offer a "virtual event" in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher's medal.

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Hoy, jueves 28 de mayo, te contamos:

Farmaceúticos ya pueden administrar pruebas de COVID-19 bajo una orden del gobernador, con certificación y licencias apropiadas.

En Manchester, se considera el uso de centros para refrescarse para una posible ola de calor. Ciudades como Nashua esperarán una advertencia nacional antes de diseñar esos centros. 

Una senadora advierte a los ciudadanos sobre los fraudes y estafas que se dan a cabo durante la emergencia. 

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Sporting events, church services, concerts and community festivals illuminated our lives before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted daily routines and traditional gatherings. Now, in a different and challenging time – how do we find community? What can be done when we can’t gather in person?

Join us Saturday at 4 p.m. for a national call-in talk show, “America Amplified: Life, Community and COVID-19.”

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New Hampshire Circuit Courts are now accepting electronically filed petitions for protection from domestic violence and stalking.

Before the COVID-19 crisis, the courts required an in-person filing at a local courthouse.

Domestic Violence Program Manager Sarah Freeman says with courts limiting the number of people inside, domestic violence and stalking filings have dropped by about 20 percent.

Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

More than 1 in 4 U.S. workers have lost their jobs since the coronavirus crisis shut down much of the economy in March.

Just last week, another 2.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's down 323,000 from the previous week but brings the total for the past 10 weeks to 40.8 million, which represents 26% of the civilian labor force in April.

The coronavirus continues to batter the U.S. health care workforce.

More than 60,000 health care workers have been infected, and close to 300 have died from COVID-19, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has reached a somber milestone: As of Wednesday afternoon, the highly infectious viral disease has taken more than 100,000 lives nationwide.

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A dry cough, shortness of breath, a fever: These are the most well-known symptoms of COVID-19.

But for some people who test positive, that’s just the beginning of what can be a life-changing ordeal.

NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on two families whose battle with the virus will stay with them long after the initial symptoms are gone.

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