COVID Summary for 3/31

Many people expressed dismay at the projections released by the White House yesterday. Please remember that these are projections based on worst case scenarios and Dr. Fauci said explicitly that they don’t accept them and that the numbers will be lower if you all maintain vigilance in helping mitigate the spread. They spent some time showing that states who were working on mitigation were well under projections. That did not get enough attention. Be careful out there. The things you do matter. – Steve
NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – March 31, 2020
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, DHHS announced 53 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 367 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. The new cases are 31 adult females, 21 adult males, and 1 male under the age of 18 years. The new cases reside in Rockingham (21), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (7), Strafford (6), Merrimack (5), Carroll (2), Cheshire (1), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (5) and Nashua (5).
Recovery numbers are now part of the regular reports. According to the report release last evening, 56 people in New Hampshire have recovered.
Hospitalizations

Four of the new cases were hospitalized for their illness; thus far, 49 (13%) of the 367 positive cases have been hospitalized.

Community Based Transmission

Twenty-four of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to increase in the State and has been identified in all counties with cases. Most of the remaining cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

Total number of cases with no identified risk factors is now more than 138 which is 38% of total positive tests.
New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(updated March 31, 2020, 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-191 367
Recovered 56 (15%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 3 (>1%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 308
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 49 (13%)
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories  5,663
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 3,293
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 97
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)1,250
Are these testing numbers a complete view of all test in New Hampshire? No.
Additionally, the numbers … only represent individuals who have been both tested for COVID-19 and whose samples have been shared with the state’s public health laboratory. At this time, according to the state health department, the number of people tested does not include people who tested negative after providing samples to private companies.”
 
“It’s likely that private laboratories will continue to take on a larger share of COVID-19 testing capacity, NHPR has thus far been unable to verify how many tests private providers are conducting — or preparing to conduct —  in New Hampshire. We will continue to ask for this information from companies conducting these tests.”
 
Regional Information (total positive test results)
 
NH: 367
MA: 6,620
ME: 303
VT: 293
CT: 3,128
RI: 488
NY: 75,795
NH Employment Security Schedule
Due to the consistent high volume of calls and new claims coming into NHES, they continue to modify their schedule of when folks should call or file online, based on the first letter of their last name. The graphic below contains the updated schedule
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Beware of Scams
It’s important for you and your constituents to remain vigilant against potential scams during this crisis. The state put out this helpful info graphic recently to hep build awareness. Graphic below and attached.
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Governor Chris Sununu Letter to ABLE NH Regarding Educational Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

in Response to COVID-19
Governor Chris Sununu sent a letter to Lisa Beaudoin, Executive Director of ABLE NH, regarding New Hampshire’s commitment to providing appropriate educational opportunities for students with disabilities as students learn remotely in response to COVID-19.

A copy of the Governor’s letter can be found here. A copy of Ms. Beaudoin’s original letter can be found here.

A letter from Rebecca Fredette, State Director of Special Education, providing guidance to schools can be found here.

April 1 Case Map
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COVID Summary for 3/30

DHHS map now shows municipalities

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – March 30, 2020
 
On Monday, March 30, 2020, DHHS announced 56 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 314 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. The new cases are 35 adult females and 21 adult males. The new cases reside in Rockingham (16), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (5), Strafford (5), Grafton (5), Merrimack (4), and Belknap (3) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (12) and Manchester (6).
According to a statement yesterday from state epidemiologist Dr. Chan yesterday, 46 people in New Hampshire have recovered.
Hospitalizations
Four of the new cases were hospitalized for their illness; thus far, 45 patients of the 314 positive cases (14%) have been hospitalized.
Community Based Transmission
Thirty-four of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to increase in the State and has been identified in all counties with cases. Most of the remaining cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
Total number of cases with no identified risk factors is now more than 114 which is 36% of total positive tests.
New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated March 30, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191 314
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 3 (1%)
Hospitalizations 45 (14%)
Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories 5,412
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 3,171
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 65
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 1100
Regional Information (total positive test results)
 
NH: 314
MA: 5,752
ME: 275
VT: 256
CT: 2,571
RI: 408
NY: 66,497
March 30 Map
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New Hampshire Boosts Unemployment Benefits, Federal Government To Pay

New Hampshire Boosts Unemployment Benefits,
Federal Government To Pay

For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2020

Contact:
Ben Vihstadt 603-271-2121
Concord, NH — Today, following the critical efforts and guidance of the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, Governor Chris Sununu signed the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus [CARES] Act agreement which provides New Hampshire with 100 percent funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support benefit payments to people receiving unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are making every effort to provide assistance to families who are out of work during this time so that they can focus on what is most important – caring for their families and protecting their health by staying home,” said Governor Sununu. “Over the past few weeks, New Hampshire’s Department of Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis and Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers have been working closely with my office and our federal partners to address some of the most pressing issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  By signing this agreement today on behalf of the state of New Hampshire, the U.S. Department of Labor will fund the growing number of unemployment recipients in our state and help the unemployment trust fund to remain solvent through this crisis.”

The Federal CARES Act provides the following enhancements to the benefits available under Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #5:

  • Granite Staters affected by COVID-19 currently drawing from the State’s Unemployment Insurance fund will in many instances be shifted to the Federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. We are still awaiting Federal guidance on this and will provide more detail as received.  All claimants will not need to take any new, additional actions, and should continue to file as they have been through the standard state mechanism.
  • For those eligible under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, there will be an increase of the minimum weekly benefit amount from $32/week to $168/week, which includes people earning less than $15,500 during their base period.
  • An additional $600 per week to be added to an individuals weekly benefits for all weeks claimed starting this week — 100% federally funded.
  • Extends the length of time a person can receive benefits by 13 weeks, totaling 39 weeks — 100% federally funded.

The Department of Employment Security has been hard at work in anticipation of these changes in order to be able to pay these additional benefits as soon as possible.

Please review the department’s website at WWW.NHES.NH.GOV for updates as to when to expect to start receiving these benefits. Individuals can file for benefits by going to the department’s website or by calling the Unemployment Assistance hotline at (603) 271-7700.

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