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Coronavirus Coverage

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COVID-19's Toll on Women -- at Work and at Home

Jun 22, 2020

The economic downturn brought on by COVID=19 has hit women especially hard, in part because they often juggle employment with caring for family. At the start of the lockdown, women dropped from the workforce at a higher rate than men. As reopening takes hold, women are being re-employed at a slower rate than men.

Air date: June 23, 2020.

Concord Parks and Rec Department

New Hampshire’s day camps are allowed to open today, but some won’t be bringing kids back until later in the season.

Rus Wilson, Portsmouth’s recreation director, says that city's camps are starting up on July 6th, the same day its public pool opens.

Wet Summer
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¡Buenos días! Hoy, lunes 22 de junio, te contamos: 

El estado anuncia 27 casos más de COVID-19 y NH alcanza un total de 5,544 casos hasta la fecha. No hay nuevos fallecimientos.

Los campamentos en New Hampshire pueden reabrir a partir de hoy con grupos reducidos y menos actividades. En Swanzey y Nashua empezarán la próxima semana. 

Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Seacoast beaches have been crowded this weekend with people trying to beat the heat, though some coronavirus restrictions remain in effect. Parts of the shoulders of Route 1A have reopened for parking, but the state beach lots are only accepting 50 percent of their normal capacity to encourage physical distancing.

Despite the lack of dine-in customers for nearly two and half long months during the shutdown, Darrell Loo of Waldo Thai stayed busy.

Loo is the bar manager for the popular restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., and he credits increased drinking and looser liquor laws during the pandemic for his brisk business. Alcohol also seemed to help his customers deal with all the uncertainty and fear.

"Drinking definitely was a way of coping with it," says Loo. "People did drink a lot more when it happened. I, myself, did drink a lot more."

The National Institutes of Health has halted its study of hydroxychloroquine, a drug President Donald Trump has promoted as a possible treatment for COVID-19 and once claimed to be taking himself.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the agency said that although it did not appear hydroxychloroquine caused harm to patients in the study, it was also "very unlikely to be beneficial."

Earlier this week, researchers in the United Kingdom announced preliminary results from a clinical trial that showed a low-cost steroid called dexamethasone appeared to lower the risk of death in patients with COVID-19.

The researchers said the anti-inflammatory drug reduced the number of deaths in COVID-19 patients on ventilators or oxygen alone by one-third.

As much of the country presses forward with reopening, a growing number of cities and states are finding that the coronavirus outbreak now has a foothold in a younger slice of the population, with people in their 20s and 30s accounting for a larger share of new coronavirus infections.

The coronavirus pandemic reached a new one-day high Thursday with 150,000 new confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization.

Almost half of those cases were reported in the Americas, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference.

"The world is in a new and dangerous phase," Tedros said. "Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies, but the virus is still spreading fast. It is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible."

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Claremont’s third annual Rural Pride is moving online this year due to COVID-19. Matt Mooshian, founder of Rural Outright, the organization behind the event, says it’s important to still hold Pride events this year, especially in rural areas.

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Hoy, viernes 19 de junio, te contamos: 

Se reportaron 17 nuevos casos de COVID-19 el jueves, la cifra más baja de casos en un día que se ha presentado desde Marzo. 

Grupos locales que defienden la inmigración apoyan la decisión de la Corte Suprema de bloquear el intento del presidente Trump de acabar con el programa DACA. 

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Homes would be selling briskly in New Hampshire if there was anything to sell. It’s a lack of inventory, inventory, inventory.

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Gyms, bowling alleys and museums are just a few of the many industries that reopened this week as Gov. Chris Sununu continues lifting restrictions on businesses in New Hampshire. But how widespread is COVID-19 still in New Hampshire?

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 19, 2020

Jun 19, 2020

Juneteenth celebrations, to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S., are happening around New Hampshire and online this Friday, and protests against police brutality have led to increased scrutiny of law enforcement practices in the Granite State. And at the end of the first week of reopening since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the state, we check in on the latest health updates. 

Air date: Friday, June 19, 2020.

Hoy, jueves 18 de junio, te contamos: 

Mañana, viernes 19 de junio, es la celebración de Juneteenth en Manchester con arte, música, poesía y pruebas de COVID-19.

Las visitas al aire libre en centros de salud para la tercera edad ya están permitidas pero algunos centros no podrán hacerlo debido a los brotes activos de COVID-19. 

El departamento de servicios ambientales de NH ha recibido más aplicaciones de reemplazo de sistemas sépticos este año. Familias que se quedan más tiempo en casa y productos de limpieza podrían ser los responsables.  



We discuss what this summer will look like for New Hampshire's state parks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While record numbers of Granite Staters are heading to the parks to seek out local recreation, new social distancing guidelines and other protocols mean that the experience will be different this year. We chat with the state parks director about how he and his staff are preparing. 

Air date: Thursday, June 18, 2020. 

Courtesy of Kimiya Parker-Hill 

High school seniors are having an unusual end to their senior year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Graduation ceremonies have moved online, or to mountain tops or drive-in movie theaters, and many colleges don’t know how or when their campuses will reopen

NHPR’s All Things Considered Host Peter Biello interviewed three graduating high school seniors: Chloe Armstrong from Kennett High School in North Conway, Kimiya Parker-Hill from Manchester West High School in Manchester, and Shannon Jackson from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in Northwood.

Ed Meyer / Dartmouth

New Hampshire colleges will likely continue with some aspects of virtual learning when students return to campuses this fall. It's a particular challenge for disciplines like earth science, which rely on field trips and physical lab work.


More septic systems in New Hampshire are failing, and the pandemic may be to blame.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says it received more replacement applications in May of this year than in May of 2019.

Josh Rogers / NHPR

Hoy, miércoles 17 de junio, te contamos: 

Hay 27 nuevos casos de COVID-19 y seis nuevos fallecimientos en NH. Funcionarios dijeron que los números están disminuyendo pero se recomienda seguir tomando precauciones.

El proyecto de ley que prohíbe el uso de llaves de estrangulamiento por la policía de NH fue aprobado por el senado en su reunión ayer en Concord. 

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Hoy, martes 16 de junio, te contamos: 

Anoche, en un foro virtual sobre la vigilancia policial y justicia racial en Keene, se discutió sobre el actual y futuro presupuesto del departamento policial de la ciudad. 

La orden de quedarse en casa en NH expiró. Se retoman las reuniones con más de 10 personas pero se recomienda usar cubrebocas y seguir practicando distanciamiento social al salir.

Since the very start of coronavirus in New Hampshire, NHPR has relied on your voices to help us report the news in these unprecedented times. The news cycle is constantly changing as the pandemic has taken its twists and turns.

In our previous surveys, we wanted to know how COVID-19 had impacted and affected you. Now, NHPR wants to understand how you’re evolving during this time and how you plan on moving forward, as so much more comes to the fore - including an economic crisis and a nationwide push for racial justice.

Kennett High School seniors and their families traveled up a ski mountain in North Conway, N.H., to receive their diplomas.

"Out of all the different types of graduations different high schools are having, I think this is the coolest," says senior Eva Drummond. "It's the Mount Washington Valley and we're known because we have our mountains and our ski areas."

Drummond grew up skiing Cranmore Mountain, but she never expected to go up it in her graduation gown and sneakers.

Sarah Gibson | NHPR

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.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Originalmente publicado en inglés por el NHPR staff

Traducido al español por María Aguirre

Con la finalidad de frenar la propagación del coronavirus, el gobernador Chris Sununu publicó en marzo una serie de órdenes de emergencia que limitaba la operaciones de grandes segmentos de la economía y la vida comunitaria de New Hampshire. A partir de eso, los trabajadores e industrias se dividieron en esenciales y no esenciales. 

Prisons across the country have placed prisoners on lockdown — they're kept in their cells mostly around-the-clock — as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Now prison reformers are worried that the response has increased the use of a practice they've long fought: solitary confinement.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today withdrew a special status known as emergency use authorization for the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

Emergency use authorization is designed to facilitate the availability of drugs needed during public health emergencies. It allows unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in such emergencies.


Now that the school year has largely concluded for New Hampshire districts across the state, we turn our attention to what education might look like this fall.

We reflect on how remote learning went, review what we've learned, and discuss what options are available for the upcoming academic year, whether that is more remote learning, a transition back to in-person learning, or a hybrid model of both methods.