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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.

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NHPR has been tracking the pandemic's impact on New Hampshire since March 2020, when COVID-19 was first detected in the state.

$1.5 billion in federal money will flow to New Hampshire under the federal coronavirus recovery plan championed by President Biden and passed by Congressional Democrats. The money comes in the middle of budget season in the New Hampshire State House, where Republican lawmakers and Gov. Chris Sununu hold all the cards.

New Hampshire’s top epidemiologist says he’s not certain the time is right for the CDC’s new guidance that vaccinated people can go maskless or stop maintaining social distance in most settings.

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Gov. Chris Sununu is ordering a review of the state’s system for treating people in severe mental health crises, after the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled this week the state was violating the statutory rights of those held against their will.

Updated May 13, 2021 at 5:49 PM ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. The announcement marks a major milestone in the effort to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced the new guidance Thursday.

"You can do things you stopped doing because of the pandemic," Walensky said.

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As NHPR tracks the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we’ve been asking you to tell us how your life is changing because of coronavirus - and we’ve welcomed your questions.

Here, we answer some of your questions, and share other important information about the coronavirus and how to stay safe.

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Doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all being administered in New Hampshire  — marking a turning point, but not the end, of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the state and the country continue the monumental effort of immunizing people, here are answers to some questions you might have about the vaccine.

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Gov. Chris Sununu will hold a news conference today to discuss New Hampshire's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Starting today, anyone 12-15 years old can register to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast the conference live, starting at 3 p.m.

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Starting Thursday, New Hampshire parents and guardians can register their 12- to 15-year-old children for the COVID-19 vaccine on the state's website.

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Starting this week, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections is allowing inmates to request in-person visits, which had been suspended during the pandemic, but there will be different processes depending on the inmate's vaccination status.

$1.5 Billion In Federal Relief Headed To New Hampshire

May 11, 2021
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The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March is bringing at least $1.5 billion to New Hampshire.

The U.S. Treasury announced Monday that the state will receive $994.5 million. The state’s 10 counties are sharing $264 million, and five qualifying cities will split the remaining $86 million. There will be an additional $112 million coming to the state’s smaller “governmental divisions,” such as towns, villages, and water precincts, but the breakdown was not released Monday. 

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says that school mask mandates are legal, in spite of pushback by some parents, lawmakers and school board members.

School districts and private schools are receiving calls and emails alleging that requiring students to wear masks is akin to forms of child restraint prohibited by state law.

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The latest federal data shows a steep increase in deaths across the United States last year, attributed in part to COVID-19.

After Court Nixes Eviction Ban, Race Is On For Federal Help

May 9, 2021
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A court ruling striking down a national eviction moratorium has placed additional pressure on the federal and state governments to deliver tens of billions of dollars in promised rental aid.

A U.S. district court on Wednesday found that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority when it imposed the moratorium.

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As the warm weather continues, New Hampshire is preparing for its second summer in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. But state tourism officials say they're optimistic that this summer will be better - and safer - than last year.

As people across the country get vaccinated against COVID-19, more of us are beginning to plan reunions with family or friends. Gerald Cooper, of Springfield, is mapping out his route to Virginia, where there's one person he can't wait to see for the first time, again: his 5-year-old granddaughter, Juniper.

Infrastructure and innovation will be the focus when it comes to spending New Hampshire’s share of the latest federal coronavirus relief act money, Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday.

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For the past year, businesses and organizations in the state have been required to follow a series of regulations aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.      

As of Friday at 11:59pm, those restrictions are being lifted, with a single voluntary set of guidelines coming into effect.

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At the start of December of last year, there were no known cases of COVID-19 among the men incarcerated at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. By Christmas, there were 84. The state Department of Corrections says it can’t pinpoint how the virus got in. But now, a group of more than 40 inmates have signed a petition blaming the state Department of Corrections.

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As New Hampshire continues to loosen nearly all public health restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, one sector remains on alert. Many long-term care facilities across the state have kept up limits on residents and visitors in recent weeks, even as vaccination rates rise and COVID-19 cases have fallen sharply in those settings. NHPR's health and equity reporter Alli Fam spoke with All Things Considered host Peter Biello about the tension within long-term care facilities.

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Employers who require COVID-19 tests for applicants or workers would be required to pay for them under a bill being considered by a House committee in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old, a decision that could come by some time early next week. The vaccine is currently authorized only for people age 16 and older.

A ruling should come "shortly," Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla told investors in a conference call Tuesday morning.

President Biden on Tuesday is set to announce new steps to reach rural Americans in the push to get as many people as possible vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official tells NPR. This emphasis comes as rural hospitals are raising alarms about the pace of vaccination — even among their own employees.

The United States is at a new inflection point in the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts are beginning to say that the country may not reach so-called “vaccine-mediated herd immunity.”

“I always say there’s this elusive, somewhat mystical terminology of ‘herd immunity’ and ‘herd immunity threshold,’ ” Dr. Anthony Fauci says. “You know, that is when you get such a blanketed protection over the community. And we don’t know what that number is. I mean, it’s an estimate. I have estimated for months now it’s somewhere between 70 and 85 percent.”

Wearing a face mask will continue to be a requirement at airports, aboard commercial flights and on other public transportation across the country through the summer.

The federal mask mandate, which was set to expire on May 11, will remain in effect through Sept. 13, according to updated guidance issued by the Transportation Security Administration on Friday.

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Since the start, your voices have informed our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

After more than a year of hunkering down during the pandemic, many people who've been vaccinated for COVID-19 are feeling a little safer about stepping out. This is great for adults. But the vaccine isn't presently available to people under the age of 16 — children.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 30, 2021

Apr 29, 2021

We talk with reporters about how well the state is providing vaccine access to its vulnerable populations, and an investigation into the oversight of New Hampshire's correctional facilities, which have seen a number of outbreaks of COVID-19 in the last year. We also talk about energy legislation: from funding for broadband development to a proposed ban on discussions of "low carbon fuel standards programs."

Air date: Friday, April 30, 2021. 

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