Coronavirus in New Hampshire: Key information, data
Officials detail number of COVID-19 cases
>> WE ARE ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS. GOVERNOR CHRIS SUNUNU IS A DATING THE STATES CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. LET’S LISTEN IN. >> OF FULL TRANSMISSION OF TODAY’S BEST CONFERENCE WILL BE AVAILABLE. WITH THAT C, WE GOT TO OUR DR. OF PUBLIC HEALTH. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. SEVERAL PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES FOR TODAY. FIRST THE NUMBERS. WE ARE NOW SEEING 323 NEW INFECTIONS, NEW PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 TODAY. 270 ARE PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE BY TCR AND 53 BY ANTIGEN TESTING. IN THE LAST WEEK WE HAVE AVERAGED 240 NEW INFECTIONS ARE DAY STATEWIDE, UP FROM WHERE WE WERE LAST WEEK. CURRENTLY, THERE ARE 2528 PEOPLE WITH ACTIVE INFECTION. THE 14-DAY RATE OF NEW INFECTIONS IS 178 PER 100,000 POPULATION. BOTH THESE NUMBERS ARE AN INCREASE FROM LAST WEEK AS WELL. OUR PCR TEST POSITIVITY RATE IS 2.6%. THEY ARE FOUR NEW PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19. 64 PEOPLE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED STATEWIDE. THERE ARE THREE NEW PEOPLE THAT HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19. ALL THREE INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN AND ARE ASSOCIATED WITH LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE DIED DIRECTLY OR RELATED TO COVID-19 TO 595. — 495. THIS VIRUS IS NOW WIDESPREAD IN OUR STATE. THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS IS ALSO INCREASING, THE HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE INCREASING, THE TEST POSITIVITY RATE IS INCREASING, AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE DYING IS INCREASING, WHICH IS REFLECTED IN THE CHANGES IN THE NUMBERS. ALL COUNTIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND THE STATE AS A WHOLE IS NOW AT A SUBSTANTIAL LEVEL OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION. AND WE KNOW THAT AS COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION INCREASES, THE RISK OF COVID-19 TO INDIVIDUALS, TO SCHOOLS, TO BUSINESSES, TO COMMUNITIES WILL ALSO INCREASE. I WANT TO STRESS, WE KNOW HOW TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS. WE HAVE SEEN OUR COMMUNITY MITIGATION EFFORTS PAY OFF, IN THE FIRST WAVE OF THE PANDEMIC AND IN THE SUMMER WHEN RATES WERE LOW. BUT CONTROLLING SPREAD OF COVID-19 CONTINUES TO BE A COLLABORATIVE AND COLLECTIVE EFFORT. PUBLIC HEALTH ALONE IS NOT ABLE TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS WITHOUT THE HELP FROM INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES. GIVEN THE HIGHER RATES OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION, WE WANT TO ANNOUNCE, AND I AM GOING TO HAND THINGS OVER TO THE COMMISSIONER IN A MINUTE, BUT WANT TO INTRODUCE THE CHANGE THAT PUBLIC HEALTH WILL NO LONGER BE CONDUCTING CONTACT TRACING INVESTIGATIONS FOR EACH AND EVERY PERSON DIAGNOSED COVID-19. INSTEAD, WE WILL BE PRIORITIZING WILL WE INVESTIGATE AND TARGETING OUR PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND SITUATIONS MOST THAT MADE AND MOST AT RISK FOR SPREAD OF COVID-19. WILL ALSO BE WORKING WITH AND EMPOWERING OUR LOCAL PARTNERS, THE INDIVIDUALS THEMSELVES WITH COVID-19, TO HEALTH OF REACH AND HELP DO SOME OF THE CONTACT INVESTIGATIONS. WE WANT TO STRESS THAT IF PEOPLE DO GET CALLED BY PUBLIC HEALTH, PLEASE PICK UP THE PHONE AND WORK WITH OUR INVESTIGATORS TO HELP IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19. THIS WILL CONTINUE TO HELP ATTRACT BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS. BUT NOT EVERYBODY WILL BE GETTING A CALL GOING FORWARD FROM PUBLIC HEALTH. SO WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED, AND WE’RE ASKING OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND LOCAL PARTNERS TO HELP WITH THE OUTREACH EFFORT AND HELP IDENTIFY CLOSE CONTACTS OF PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 AND PROVIDE THEM THE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE. WE WILL BE POSTING MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS. PEOPLE CAN GO TO NH.GOV/COVID-19 DEFENDANT MORE INFORMATION. WE SHOULD HAVE IT SHORTLY — TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION. WE SHOULD HAVE IT SHORTLY ON THE WEBPAGE. CONTACT TRACING IS A STRATEGY TO HELP EVENT THE SPREAD BUT IT IS ONLY ONE LAYER OR INTERVENTION. AS COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION INCREASES, IT BECOMES A LIST EFFECTIVE STRATEGY AT IDENTIFYING AND BREAKING THE CHAINS OF TRANSMISSION. SO WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO RELY ON THE COMMUNITY MITIGATION MEASURES WE HAVE RELIED ON ALL THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC TO BRING THE SECOND WAVE OF THE VIRUS UNDER CONTROL IN N HAMPSHIRE. I WILL HAND THINGS NOW TO THE COMMISSIONER AND SHE WILL TALK ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THE CHANGES IN CONTACT TRACING. THANK YOU. >> I THINK WE ARE GOING TO GO DIRECTLY TO THAT AND THEN I WILL BACK UP AN DO IN LONG-TERM CARE UPDATE WHEN I AM DONE TALKING ABOUT CONTACT TRACING. FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NOW, ONE OF THE BIG OUSTER CALLS IN CONTACT TRACING IS REACHING THE PATIENTS THAT HAVE POSITI CASES. RIGHT NOW WE ARE REACHING 40% TO 50% OF OUR COVID CASES ON THE FIRST CALL. BECAUSE OF THAT, WE WANT TO EQUIP OUR PROVIDERS, OUR PHYSICIANS, NURSE PRACTITIONERS, HOSPITAL STAFF, WITH THE TOOLS TO HELP EVERYONE KEEP THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITIE SAFE. WE KNOW THAT THE PROVIDERS ARE TALKING WITH THE PATIENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE OFTEN TIMES DELIVERING THE POSITIVE COVID TEST RESULTS TO THE PATIENT, SO WHY THEY HAVE THEM ON THE PHONE, WE ARE GOING TO ASK THEM TO GIVE THEM BASICALLY A O PAGER THAT WILL BE PROVIDING BY PUBLIC HEALTH THAT A CYCLIC GIVES THEM THE ISOLATION CREDIT — BASICALLY GIVES THEM THE ISOLATION CRITERIA. ANYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD, ASKING THEM TO QUARANTINE. SO THEY CAN BE ARMED WITH ALL THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO START BREAKING THAT CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION, AS DR. CHAN TALKED ABOUT. SOME OF THE CASE INVESTIGATIONS THAT WE HAVE TYPICALLY DONE, WE ARE GOING START PRIORITIZING THOSE CA INVESTIGATIONS. WHAT YOU WILL SEE ON THIS SLIDE ARE THE PEOPLE WE ARE PRIORITIZING FOR FULL CASE INVESTIGATION. PEOPLE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE. PEOPLE OVER 65 YEARS OF AGE. RACIAL AND ETHNI MINORITIES THAT ARE BEING DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY COVID-19. ANYBODY ASSOCIATED WITH A CLUSTER OR AN OUTBREAK. CONGREGANTS LIVING SETTINGS. AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS. WE WILL START WITH THES CASES AS THEY COME INTO PUBLIC HEALTH. IF WE COMPLETE THESE, AS OUR NUMBERS GO DOWN, AS WE COMPLETE THEM, WE DON’T STOP HERE, WE CONTINUE TO GO ON AND INVESTIGATE AS MANY CASES AS WE CAN, BUT THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR PRIORITY. THE EXPECTATION, IT REALLY HAS BEEN A ALONG, PEOPLE ARE TOLD THEY ARE POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 USUALLY BY THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, THAT IS THE FIRST CALL THEY GET. UNLESS THEY GET A RAPID TEST AND THEY ARE TOLD IMMEDIATELY. THAT WILL STILL HAPPEN. DEAR PROVIDERS WILL BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION TO HAND ALONG TO THE PATIENT TO START THE ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE PROCESS. DR. CHAN WILL BE ISSUING A HEALTH ALERT TO HI PROVIDER COLLEAGUES TOMORROW WITH THE DIRECTIO AROUND THE NEW CONTACT TRACING PLAN. TO BACK UP FOR LONG-TERM CARE UPDATE, TODAY, WE ARE ANNOUNCING THREE NEW UP RAKES — OUTBREAKS. THE CLOSE CARNEY HOSPITAL WIT — COOS COUNTY HOSPITAL. THE NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS HOME WITH NINE RESIDENTS AND TWO STAFF. AND PROSPECT WOODWAR HOME AT HILLSIDE VILLAGE IN KEENE, WITH AGE RESIDENTS AND TWO STAFF. WE ARE CLOSING WHEN OUTBREAK AT BEDFORD HILL CENTER WHICH CLOSED NOVEMBER 92020. ALL COUNTIES ARE CURRENTLY AT PHASE ONE WHEN IT COMES TO VISITATION. ANOTHER PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT I WANTED TO MAKE, IN THE LAST TWO OR THREE DAYS, WE BECAME AWARE OF FOUR INSTANCES OF POTENTIAL COMMUNITY EXPOSUR AT POLLING LOCATIONS ON ELECTION DAY. THOSE COMMUNITY EXPOSURES WERE AT SO HE CAN HIGH SCHOOL, PEMBROKE ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL, BELMONT HIGH SCHOOL. THESE ARE ALL PEOPLE THAT IDENTIFIED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AS HAVING POSITIVE COVID-19 TESTS AND REPORTED BEING IN LINE AND NOT BEING ABLE TO EX-FOOT SCIOSCIA THE DISTANCE — SIX-FOOT SOCIALLY DISTANCE WHILE IN LINE. ANYBODY THAT WAS AT A POLLING STATION, SPECIFICALLY THOSE FOUR, BUT REALLY ANYBODY, BASED ON OUR RATE OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RIGHT NOW, IF YOU WERE AT A POLLING STATION ON ELECTION DAY, YOU NEED TO BE MONITORING FOR SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. THAT IS ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU. >> GREAT. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER. A COUPLE OF THINGS ON MY END BEFORE WE OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS. FIRST, WE HAVE SOME DATA SLIDES TO BRING PEOPLE UP TO SPEED AS TO WHERE WE ARE. YOU ALL KNOW OUR NUMBERS ARE INCREASING, SOMETHING WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT. WE KNEW IT WAS COMING. THIS IS OUR PERCENT POSITIVITY SLIDE. AS DR. CHAN MENTIONED, OUR PERCENT POSITIVITY HAS GON BACK IN EARLY SEPTEMBER SOMEWHERE JUST BELOW 1%, TO AROUND 2.5% TO THE 3% RANGE, ROLLING AROUND THEIR LITTLE BIT. OF VERY IMPORTANT NUMBER, BECAUSE THIS NORMALIZES IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL COMMUNITY IMPACT USED ON THE NUMBER OF TEST WE ARE DOING. WE WANT TO KEEP THIS NUMBER AS LOW AS ALSO BOTH BUT WE HAVE TO BE REALISTIC AND EXPECT THAT AS NUMBERS INCREASE, TESTING MAY INCREASE AS WEL AND LIKELIHOOD THAT PERCENT POSITIVITY WI KEEP INCREASING. ALL WITHIN A MANAGEABLE RANGE RIGHT NOW. THE NUMBER WE KEEP A VERY CLOSE EYE ON. ALSO WE HAVE — WE STARTED TO SHOW THIS LAST WEEK. GIVEN THAT 45 STATES IN THE COUNTRY, VIRTUALLY ALL T STATES ARE SEEING VERY APPRECIABLE INCREASE IN THE DATA, THIS NORMALIZES ALL THE NEW ENGLAND STATES. YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE OF NEW CASES ARE 100,000 — PER 100,000. IT IS A SEVEN DAY ROLLING AVERAGE OF THAT. AS OUR NUMBERS TICKE UP, YOU CAN SEE HOW OTHER STATES ARE TAKING UP. RHODE ISLAND CONTINUES TO HAVE VERY HIGH RATE. THEY ARE IN THE GREEN. CONNECTICUT IS IN THE BLUE. MASSACHUSETTS IS IN THE YELLOW. THEY ARE THE T THREE. YOU CAN SEE THE NUMBERS RISING AGGRESSIVELY ALONG WITH THE OTHER NEW ENGLAND STATES. NEW HAMPSHIRE IS IN MAGENTA, THIS ONE HERE, YOU CAN SEE, SO ALL OF OUR NUMBERS CONTINUE TO THE UP. MAIN AND VERMONT AS WELLE. WE JUST WANT TO SHOW FOLKS WHERE WE ARE RELATIVE TO OUR PARTNERS WITHIN THE NEW ENGLAND REGION. KIND OF ON THAT SAME LINE, EARLIE TODAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE JOINED ALL THE OTHER NEW ENGLAND STATES AS WELL AS NEW JERSEY IN PAUSING INTERSTATE HOCKEY COMPETITIONS. THIS DOESN’T PAUSE HOCKEY, IT PAUSES CROSSING THE BORDER FOR GAMES. NEW HAMPSHIRE TOOK A VERY AGGRESSIVE, DATA-DRIVEN ACTION A FEW WEEKS AGO WHEN WE TEMPORARILY PAUSED HOCKEY. LOOKED AT REDOING THE GUIDANCE, PUTTING MANDATORY TESTING IN PLACE, GOT HOCKEY GOING AGAIN HOPEFULLY WITH A FRESH RESTART. STARTING THI SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14-DECEMBER 31, AT LEAST THROUGH THE END OF THE CALENDAR YEAR, OUR NEW ENGLAND STATES WILL SUSPEND ALL INTERESTED COMPETITIONS FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND YOUTH HOCKEY IN AN EFFORT TO STOP THE SPREAD. POSITIVE INTERSTATE COMPETITION WILL NOT IMPACT COLLEGE, PROFESSIONAL, OR THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM HOCKEY ACTIVITIES WHICH CONTINUE TO REMAIN SUBJECT TO THE PROTOCOLS WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE ALREADY CURRENTLY IN PLACE. GIVEN THE SUPPORT OF THIS AGREEMENT FROM OUR REGIONAL NEIGHBORS, I THINK NEW HAMPSHIRE MADE A PRACTICAL DECISION TO JOIN THE EFFORT AS ALL THE STATES WERE DOING IT AS ONE. WE DO REMAIN VERY OPTIMISTIC THAT THE NEWLY ISSUED HOCKEY AND GUIDES WILL COME TODAY TO ENSURE THE SAF AND SUCCESSFUL HOCKEY SEASON FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE PLAYERS. THE SEASON IS STILL VERY MUC ON. IT IS JUST SOME OF THOSE TEAMS THAT TRADITIONALLY CRO BORDERS, ALL THE STATES IN OUR REGION HAVE AGREED TO SUSPEND THAT FOR NOW. ALSO WANT TO BRING UP ONE MORE UPDATE ON THE STATE’S QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS. ONE OF THE ISSUES WE FOUND I THAT, ESPECIALLY IN SCHOOLS AND THE CONGREGANTS SETTINGS, IT IS ONE THING WHEN A FEW FOLKS GE COVID, IT IS ANOTHER WHEN 30 OR 40 PEOPLE HAVE TO BE QUARANTINED. IT CAN SHUT DO CLASSROOMS, CAUSED A LOT OF SCHOOLS TO GO TEMPORARILY REMOTE, NOT BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS COVID, BUT BECAUSE THEY’RE SUCH A CLOSE CONTACT IN THOSE GROUPS. I THINK OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB KEEPING THEIR COHORTS SEPARATE. AT SOM POINT IF YOU GET A FEW CASES ON A SPORTS TEAM OR SOMETHING I THOUGHT, IT IS CAUSING A LOT OF QUARANTINE — SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IT IS CAUSING A LOT QUARANTINE. OUR SEASONAL TRAVEL GUIDELINES REMAIN IN PLACE, THE TRAVEL GUIDELINES THROUGH THE SEASON — EVERYONE IS THINKING OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON RIGHT NOW. WE ARE UPDATING WHAT WE’RE CALLING OUR LEISURE TRAVEL GUIDANCE AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON DRAWS CLOSER. WE HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF QUESTIONS AROUND WHAT IS APPROPRIATE AND PERMISSIBLE FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL, THAT LEISURE OR RECREATIONAL TRAVEL. FIRST, AND WE WILL GO BACK A BIT OF IT TO THE ENCOURAGEMENT MYSELF AND DR. CHAN AND THE COMMISSIONER HAVE BEEN GIVING FOR SOME TIME, WE ENCOURAGE ALL GRANITE STATER’S TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL AND CAUTIOUS REGARDING SMALL GATHERINGS BEYOND AND INCLUDING IMMEDIATE FAMILY. THE GATHERINGS RIGHT NOW ARE GETTIN ARE STILL ONE OF THE BIG SPREADERS WE’RE SEEING NOT JUST HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OUR STATE’S CONTACT TRACING EFFORTS HAVE SHOWED US THAT ONE OF THE BIGGEST DRIVE IN INCREASED COVID IS THOSE TYPES OF GATHERINGS. GIVEN THAT, WE WANT EVERYONE TO THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT IT, ABOUT WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING, AND WHAT SACRIFICES POTENTIALLY THEY CAN MAKE KNOWING THAT THIS IS A VERY UNIQUE YEAR. IT REALLY IS UP TO EACH CITIZEN TO CONSIDER THAT. WE ARE GOING TO UPDATE OUR TRAV GUIDANCE THAT PROVIDES INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING OUTSIDE OF NEW ENGLAND WITH TWO OPTIONS UPON THEIR RETURN. WHEN YOU COME BACK CURRENTLY WE ARE HAVING FOLKS QUARANTINE FOR DAYS. WE ARE AUGMENTING THAT TO ALLOW IS SEVEN-DAY QUARANTINE WITH A TEST, SITES YOU GET A TEST AFTER SEVEN DAYS, YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THE 14. YOU CAN DO THE 14 WITHOUT TEST, OR YOU CAN QUARANTINE SEVEN DAYS WITH A TEST. THAT BRINGS THAT TYPE OF TRAVEL QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS MORE IN LINE WITH A LOT OF THE OTHER SURROUNDING STATES WE HAVE. WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP A CAUTIOUS APPROACH ON THE INTERSTATE TRAVEL, BUT AT THE SAME TIME LOOKING AT THE RISK FACTORS BEYOND SEVEN DAYS OF SHEDDING THE VIRUS AFTER POSING IN NEGATIVE TEST. IT IS A ZERO, BUT IT IS MUCH — IT IS NOT ZERO, BUT IT IS MUCH LESS, AND THE IMPACTS OF THE 14 DAY REQUIREMENT ARE HEAVY. AGAIN, TO GET OUR STATE MORE IN LINE WITH WHAT SOME OF THE OTHER STATES ARE DOING. THE ESSENTIAL TRAVEL, WHETHER IT BE FOR WORK, WHETHER IT BE FOR SCHOOL, THOSE EXEMPTIONS STILL REMAIN IN PLACE. THEY HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR SOME TIME AND THEY WILL REMAIN IN PLACE. THIS IS MORE FOR LEISURELY AND HOLIDAY TRAVEL. A NEGATIVE COVID TEST. BEFORE WE OPEN UP FOR QUESTIONS, THE SAME TONE WE ARE PUSHING TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH IS JUST THE GUIDANCE IS A REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. THE STATE HAS DONE A LOT IN PUTTING GOOD, SMART GUIDANCE DOCUMENT TOGETHER WHETHER IT HE FOR TRAVEL, FOR YOUR WORKPLACE OR SCHOOL. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GO BACK TO OUR WEBSITE, MAKE SURE THAT YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYEES, FAMILY, COWORKERS, COMMUNITY IS FAMILIAR WITH THOSE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS. THEY HAVE WORKED VERY WELL UP UNTIL NOW. WE KNOW THEY CAN KEEP WORKING WELL IN THE NEST THE ENTIRE COUNTRY SEES OUR NUMBERS GOING UP. I THINK IT WILL ALLOW US TO BE VERY CAREFUL IN WHA — AND WHAT I CALL SURGICAL ABOUT A NEW RESTRICTIONS WE MAKE WHETHER IT, A GEOGRAPHIC OR WITHIB A SPECIFIC INDUSTRY. THOSE DOCUMENTS WORK AND WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE REFRESHING THEM, ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS YOU HAVE DONE. ANY GATHERINGS OVER 100 FEET WILL STILL REQUIRE A MASK. THE RESTRICTIONS WE HAVE ON TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF NEW ENGLAND. WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO STAY VIGILANT, STAY ON TOP OF IT AND NOT BECOM LAX. WE ALL HAVE COVID FATIGUE, BUT NOW IS THE TIME, AS WE SEE THE NUMBERS TAKE UP, IT IS STILL A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE AND WE JUST WANT EVERYONE TO BE ON TOP OF IT AS WE WERE FOR THE FIRST ASK, SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS — SIX, SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS. WITH THAT, WE OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS. REPORTER: YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HOLIDAY GATHERINGS, DO YOU HAVE EXACT RECOMMENDATIONS ON NUMBERS THAT SHOULD BE GATHERING, AND IF GRANDPARENTS SHOULD BE ATTENDING THESE GATHERINGS AS WELL? GOVERNOR SUNUNU: THE STATE IS NOT GOING TO MAKE FORMAL GUIDANCE AROUND WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN WITHIN YOUR HOME WITH YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY, BUT OBVIOUSLY WE RECOMMEND, AS WE HAVE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS CRISIS, IF FOLKS ARE ELDERLY, IF THEY HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS, THEY NEED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS, MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING. I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND ANYONE THAT FALLS UNDER THOSE CATEGORIES THINK TWICE ABOUT ANY GATHERING, WITH IMMEDIATE FAMI OR OTHERWISE. BECAUSE THE NUMBERS ARE VERY PREVALENT. THERE IS STILL A LOT OF ASYMPTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OUT THERE. FAMILIES HAVE TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS IN WHATEVER THEY DO0 YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW FAMILY GATHERINGS, THE CONTACT TRACING THAT HAVE BEEN DONE IS CAUSING MORE TRANSMISSION OR’S RED. HOW AR — MORE TRANSMISSION OR SPREAD. COULD YOU OR DR. CHAN SPEAK MORE ABOUT WHAT GATHERINGS CAUSE A SPREAD. GOVERNOR SUNUNU: GATHERINGS WHERE PEOPLE ARE NOT WEARING THEIR MASS. IT COULD BE A BACKYARD BARBECUE. IT COULD BE WATCHING SUNDAY FOOTBALL WITH YOU AND A BUNCH OF FRIENDS OR YOU AND JUST THE FAMILY. THAT SECONDA FAMILY, MAY BE THE COUSINS OR THE PARENTS COME OVER, OR YOUR NEIGHBORS COME OVER. THOSE TYPES OF NEIGHBORHOOD GATHERINGS IS WHAT WE’ SEEING. IN A GATHERING WHERE PEOPLE ARE FEELING TOO COMFORTABLE AND NOT WEARING MASKS, NOT TAKING PRECAUTIONS ABOUT WE HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDING ALL ALONG. BECAUSE WE KNOW THEM, WE KEEP SAYING IT, THE VIRUS DOES NOT CARE THAT IT IS UNCLE BOB. BUT YOU SHOULD AND YOU NEED TO, FOR YOUR SAKE AND FOR THAT FAMILY MEMBER OR WHATEVER IS. IT IS NOT A SPECIFIC TYPE OF GATHERING, OTHER THEM THOUGH IT WERE — OTHER THAN THOSE WHERE WE ARE FEELING MUCH TOO COMFORTABLE AND LOOSENING OUR DISCIPLINE ON THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WEARING O MASKS. IF THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE IT IS A FAMILY MEMBER THAT IS TYPICALLY NOT IN YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY, EVEN IN YOUR OWN HOUSE, YES, YOU OF THAT FAMILY MEMBER SHOULD BE WEARING A. YOU HAVE TO BE SMART. WE WILL NOT SEND THE MASK POLICE IN, WE’RE NOT DOING MANDATES ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IN YOUR HOME, BUT WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT MESSAGE STAYS ELEVATED. IT COULD COME IN ANY FORM. THERE IS NO GATHERING EXEMPT FROM THAT, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. REPORTER: HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT ANY THANKSGIVING GATHERING COULD BE SAFE? WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE? GOVERNOR SUNUNU: I THINK THERE IS A RISK TO EVERY — EVERY TIME A GROUP OF PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THERE IS A RISK. THE RISK GETTING TO ZERO IS NOT POSSIBLE. WE CANNOT MANAGE ZERO RISK. THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT PUT MANDATES IN TO GET TO ZERO. IT IS NO POSSIBLE. LOOK AT THE NUMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE STATES WITH THE HIGHEST MANDATES, STIPULATIONS AND SHUTDOWNS, THEIR NUMBERS ARE INCREASING LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE’S. NOT TO SAY THOSE THINGS DON’T WORK, BUT YOU CAN’T MANAGE THE RISK DOWN TO ZERO. WE ARE NOT GOING TO TELL PEOPLE THEY CAN’T HAVE A FAMILY GATHERING AT THANKSGIVING, THAT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BE TELLING PEOPLE THAT. WHAT WE CAN DO IS MANAGE OUR CONTROLS, EXPECTATIONS, THE ELEVATED MESSAGE, ESPECIALLY THE DATA WE ARE SEEING. AND THE DATA SAYS FAMILY GATHERINGS CAN TRANSMIT THE VIRUS AS MUCH AS ANYTHING ELSE. GOT TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS. GOOD AFTERNOON. 0. >>. >> I HAVE A QUESTION MAYBE YOU OR DR. CHAN OR YOU MIGHT ANSWER. SOUNDS LIKE WE HAVE LOST CONTROL OF THIS VIRUS. WE SEEM TO HAVE HAD IT FOR A NUMBER OF MONTHS. GOVERNOR SUNUNU: NO. ANYONE WHO THINKS HE CAN CONTROL A VIRUS, THAT IS A TERRIBLE WAY TO DEFINE IT. WHAT WE CAN CONTROL OUR THE MITIGATION EFFORTS, THE MESSAGING, THE THINGS WE PUT INTO PLACE TO HELP MANAGE AND MITIGATE THE SPREAD. I JUST WANT FOLKS TO BE CAREFUL. LOOK AROUND THE COUNTRY. AS MUCH AS ANY GOVERNMENT OR GROUP TRIES TO CONTROL SOMETHING, THIS IS A VIRUS AND THERE IS JUST MATHEMATICAL SPREAD THAT IS GOING TO CO INTO PLAY, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. OUR PREDICTI ANALYTICS SHOWED MONTHS AGO THAT THIS IS THE EXACT POSITION THAT WE WE GOING TO BE IN. IF YOU TOLD ME IN APRIL THAT OUR NUMBERS WERE GOING TO HIT 350 ON NOVEMBER 12, I WOULD SAY, THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE SEEING. THE REASON WE CAN SAY THAT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A SENSE OF HOW A VIRUSES SPREAD. THIS ONE HAS A DIFFERENT ATTACK RATE, THAT IS WHY IT AFFECTS CONGREGANT SETTINGS DIFFERENTLY. THAT WE HAD CONTROL AND THAT WE HAVE LOST CONTROL, I DON’T THINK THAT IS A FAIR ASSESSMENT. I THINK WE PUT GREAT GUIDANCE AND ESTABLISHES IN PLACE TO HELP MANAGE THE SPREAD, BUT I DON’T THINK FOLKS SHOULD BE SAYING, UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE LOST CONTROL, AS IF WE HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG. IT IS REALLY UP TO ALL OF US TO MAINTAIN THAT VIGILANCE. EVEN IF WE DO EVERYTHING PERFECTLY, WE KNOW THE VIRUS STILL WILL SPREAD AT SOME LEVEL. REPORTER: PARTICULARLY ABOUT NURSING HOMES, IT SEEMS TO ME WE WERE AT A POINT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO WHERE WE ONLY HAD ONE OUTBREAK. NOW, IS THERE ANY EXPLANATION FOR WHAT HAPPENED? GOVERNOR SUNUNU: I WILL LET THE COMMISSIONER ANSWER THAT. >> THANK YOU. WE HAVE SEVEN OUTBREAKS NOW IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES. I THINK WHAT WE HAVE SEEN, AND WE HAVE REALLY LOOKED AT THIS CLOSELY THROUGH THE SPRING, IS OUR NUMBER AND THE SEVERITY OF OUR NURSING HOME OUTBREAKS DEFINITELY RELATED TO THE DEGREE OF COMMUNI TRANSMISSION. AS WE SAW HILLSBOROUGH AND ROCKINGHAM COUNTY BACK IN APRIL AND MAY HAVE HIGHER RATES OF ACTIVE CASES, WE SAW MORE NURSING HOMES IN THOSE AREAS WITHOUT OUTBREAKS. YOU CAN SEE THAT SAME CORRELATION HERE TODAY. COOS COUNTY FOR THE FIRSOUR ELDE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES DON’T HAVE THE OPTION TO SOCIALLY DISTANT THEMSELVES FROM THE CAREGIVERS. REPORTER: THE QUESTION HAS BEEN ASKED, WE ONLY GET A WEEKLY UPDATE ON NURSING HOME NUMBERS. IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXPAND THAT OUT TO GIVE PEOPLE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IS HAPPENING, EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK? >> WEEKLY IS MOST ACCURATE BECAUS WHEN THEY HAVE AN OUTBREAK, THEY HAVE WEEKLY TESTING DONE AND THAT IS WHEN USUALLY THE NUMBERS ARE UPDATED. IF THE C1 >> ARE YOU CONSIDERING EXTENDING THAT GUIDANCE TO ALL WINTER SPORTS — BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, INDOOR SOCCER? GOVERNOR SUNUNU: IT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED BUT NOTHING THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW. I THINK A LOT OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING, THE FIRST ANALYSIS WE ARE DOING IS HOW MANY SCHOOLS SPECIFICALLY IN THE STATE ARE LOOKING AT NOT HAVING WINTER SPORTS. A LOT OF SCHOO TRIED ALL SPORTS AND WERE SUCCESSFUL. A LOT OF THEM ARE LOOKING AT NOT EVEN DOING YOU ATHLETICS. WE ARE DOING A SURVEY RIGHT NOW TO SEE WHO IS CONSIDERING AND WHO ISN’T. HOCKEY IS DEFINITELY MORE INTERSTATE THAN OTHERS ARE. BUT THINGS LIKE THAT THE TEAM SENT BEST THE SKII — BUT THINGS LIKE THE SKI TEAM — WE ARE TRYING TO BE MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT IT, COLLECTED DATA. REPORTER: ONE OTHER TOPIC, ANY CHANGE IN GUIDANCE FOR CHURCHES, IN TERMS OF PLACES OF WORSHIP? GOVERNOR SUNUN THE ONLY CHANGE IN THE GUIDANCE OF PLACES OF WORSHI WAS A CLARIFICATION IN TERMS OF NOT WHAT HAPPENS DURING A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY, THOSE FLEXIBILITIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE. HOW SOME OF THE CHURCHES OR RELIGIOUS SERVICES MIGHT HAVE EVENTS BEFORE OR AFTER — A CUP OF COFFEE OR SOMETHING AFTER A CHURCH IN THE BASEMENT. WE ARE REMINDING THEM THEY CAN USE THE STANDARD PROTOCOLS WE PUT IN PLACE FOR A RESTAURANT, FOR EXAMPLE. BEFORE-AFTER FUNCTION EVENTS BUT SOMETIMES FOLLOW. TO BRING EVERYONE IN LINE WITH CONSISTENCY. REPORTER: DOES THE STATE PLAN TO OPEN FLEX HOSPITALS? AND ARE THERE ANY OTHER RESTRICTIONS ARE SHUTDOWNS DOWN THE LINE? WHY OR WHY NOT? GOVERNOR SUNUNU: SURE. FLEXED HOSPITALS. WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE THE ABILITY TO OPEN A FL HOSPITAL. ONE THING WE UNDERSTAND WHICH IS FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT TODAY THAN IT WAS IN MARCH OR APRIL IS THAT HOSPITALS ARE OPEN AND PERFORMING SERVICES. THEY ARE DOING IT SAFELY. THEY HAVE A LOT OF TESTING CAPABILITY. THAT IS A GREAT TOO TO ALLOW FACILITIES TO KEEP FUNCTIONING AND TO MAKE SURE THE DOORS ARE OPEN FOR THE CITIZENS NEED THOSE SERVICES. THAT MEANS THAT WOULD HAVE LESS BED CAP RECIPE AVAILABLE — BAD CAPACI — BED CAPACITY. THE NEED FOR A FLEX HOSPITAL COULD COME SOONER. THE NUMBER IS 64 IN THE HOSPITAL TODAY. IMAGINE THAT NUMBER WILL RISE AGGRESSIVELY. WE HAVE 350 CASES TODAY. IF YOU ASK ME IN TWO WEEKS I THINK WE ARE OVER 1000. THAT IS IT. AND WE ARE PREPARING FOR THAT WE CAN OPEN THOSE SURGE HOSPITALS. AT THAT POINT YOU MIGHT NEED A SURGE HOSPITAL TO AN. WE WILL BE READY. I THINK IT WOULD BE NAIVE TO SAY, WE ARE AT 350 AND I HOPE IT DOESN’T GET OVER 500, N. MY JOB IS TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST, UNFORTUNATELY. GOOD NEWS IS WE DIDN’T SHOW THE MORTALITY DATA AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THE NUMBER IS ALWAYS GOING UP AND THAT IS UNFORTUNATE, BUT THE PERCENTAGE OF CASES THAT ARE FATAL COMPARED TO WHERE THEY WERE IN THE SPRING IS MUCH LOWER. I COULDN’T TELL YOU WHY, MAYBE DR. CHAN COULD, I HAVEN’T LOOKED INTO THE HOWS AND WHYS. WHEN HE SAW THE SECOND SURGE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT DID NOT IMPACT US, IT HAD A MUCH LOWER RATE OF A TABLET HE — LOWER RATE OF FATALITY THAN OF THE FIRST ONE DID. THE POINT IS THE NUMBERS WILL INCREASE AGGRESSIVELY. WHEN YOU SEE THESE SURGES HAPPEN , THEY DON’T HAPPEN FOR TWO WEEKS, THEY HAPPEN MORE IN THE 4-8 WEEK RANGE, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. ALL WE CAN DO IS PREPARE FOR THE WORST AND KNO THAT IF WE HAVE TO OPEN ADDITIONAL FACILITIES, WE CAN DO THAT. BUT THE PLAN IS NOT TO SHUT DOWN HOSPITALS. WE DON’T WANT TO GO BACKWARDS TO THAT LEVEL. WE HAD TO WIN WE HAD TO, BUT NONE OF THE DATA SHOWS WE ARE EVEN REMOTELY THE AREA AT. FOLKS CAN STILL GO IN FOR THEIR MRIS THEIR BIOPSIES, VISIT THE HOSPITALS FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS. THERE IS SUCH A NEGATIVE ASPECT TO SHUTTING THAT DOWN IN TERMS OF POPULATIO HEALTH AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR IT. REPORTER: DR. FAUCI TOLD ABC NEWS THAT THE CAVALRY IS COMING, THAT THERE IS HOPE FOR A VACCINE, AND GAVE SORT OF A ROUGH TIMELINE. TRISH TODAY ALSO GAVE MEMBE SORT OF AN OVERVIEW — IT WAS LIKE A PRIORITY, SORT OF A TRIAGE — WHO WILL GET FIRST, NO SO MUCH A TIMELINE BUT HOW WE WERE GOING TO ROLL THIS OUT. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD REVIEW THAT FOR US AND GIVE US AN IDEA OF HOW IT WOULD CHANGE FROM ANYTHING THAT THE CDC SAID. GOVERNOR SUNUNU: HOW WE ARE ROLLING OUT THE VACCINE IS IN MULTIPLE STAGES. VERY DETAILED. THE TEAM HAS PUT TOGETHER A GREA PLAN. NOT TO AVOID THE ANSWER, BUT MAYBE AT THE NEXT PRESS CONFERENCE WE WILL END A LITTLE EXTRA TIME. THE VACCINE IS NOT GOING TO BE READY UNTIL PROBABLY JANUARY. I DON’T GIVE YOU A HALF ANSWER, MAYBE MOVE WILL REVIEW WHERE WE ARE WITH THE VACCINATION PLAN AND STRATEGIES. WE JUST GOT NEWS AGAIN THAT MODERNA IS — THEY ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING OPTIMISTIC FOR THEIR VACCINE, WHICH IS COMING UP. I THINK THERE’S IS ALSO A TWO-SHOT VACCINE. FOLKS ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE PFIZER NEWS LAST WEEK. I AM NOT AN EXPERT AS SOME OF THESE FOLKS ARE, BUT I THINK WE WERE SHOCKED WHEN WE SAW THE CONCEPT OF 90% EFFECTI VACCINE, THAT’S A REALLY BIG NUMBER. IF THAT WERE THE CASE, THAT WOULD BE PHENOMENAL. WE WILL DO A BIGGER PRESENTATION ON THAT NEXT WEEK. REPORTER: IF 4-6 WEEK LOCKDOWN OR SHUT DOWN, — >> I DON’T SEE A NEED FOR THAT. WE ARE FAR AWAY FROM THAT. I AM NOT SAYING WOULD NEVER DO IT BUT THE SITUATION WOULD TRULY HAVE TO BECO BEYOND, EVEN THE MANAGEMENT AND PROTOCOLS WE PUT INT PLACE, WE WOULD HAVE TO LOSE CONTROL OF THOSE. SO WE ARE NOT LOOKING. AT ADDITIONAL AGGRESSIVE RESTRICTIONS RIGHT NOW. THE NEGATI IMPACTS OF THAT KIND OF LOCKDOWN AND STAYING HOME WHICH WE HAD TO DO IN THE SPRING, IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO BECAUSE WE DIDN’T HAVE TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING AND ALL THESE OTHER THINGS. YEAR LEARNING ABOUT THE VIRUS AND CREATING THE PLAYBOOK AS WE WENT. THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS FROM A HEALTH STANDPOINT, WE NOW KNOW AND I THINK WE SUSPECTED AT THE TIME BUT WE KNOW FOR SURE, THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, THE ISOLATION, THE SHUTDOWN OF SCHOOLS, THE ISSUES ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE, ALL THOSE GET DRASTICALLY EXACERBATED. WE DON’T HAVE A FEDERAL STIPEND RIGH NOW. SO A FREEWARE TO SHUT EVERYTHING DOWN AND EVERYONE GOES ON UNEMPLOYMENT, THERE IS NO $600 A WEEK CHECK COMING OUR WAY, UNLESS CONGRESS DECIDES SOMETHING DIFFERENT, AND THERE IS NO SIGN OF THAT RIGHT NOW. ALL THOSE ARE VARIABL, THAT COME INTO PLAY AND RIGHT N IT IS NOT SOMETHING WE’RE LOOKING AT BY ANY MEANS. REPORTER: YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT INCREASED CASES POTENTIALLY GOING OVER 1000. THIS IS A MUCH HIGHER NUMBER OF CASES. WE ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT HOLDING UP CONTA TRACING. YOU ARE SAYING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH WILL DEPEND ON THE AVAILABILITY OF TESTING? GOVERNOR SUNUNU: THE AVAILABILITY OF DIFFERENT THINGS IN OUR TOOLBOX — LET ME ANSWER THE QUESTION — THE FUNDAMENTALS ARE NOT THE SAME, THEY ARE DIFFERENT. IT IS TESTING, IT IS CONTACT TRACING, UNDERSTANDING HOW THE VIRUS MOVES, OUR UNDERSTANDING OF CONGREGANT SETTINGS. WE CAN SEE SCHOOLS AND CONGREGATE SETTINGS LIKE UNIVERSITIES OPENING WITHOUT THE MASSIVE OUTBREAKS WE HAD PREDICTED. SO WE KNOW GOOD PROTOCOLS THERE CAN HELP MANAGE THE VIRUS. THERE IS THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS WHICH ARE VERY DIFFERENT TODAY THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE SPRING. A WHOLE LOT OF VARIABLES THAT GO INTO PLAY. CAN YOU GO BACK TO THE PERCENT POSITIVE? UH, LET ME SHOW YOU ANOTHER FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE HERE. THERE WE GO. WHERE NO ARE POSITIVITY WAS SOMEWHERE AROUND 15%, MAYBE EVEN WENT UP 25%, REMEMBER THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT EVEN TESTING? WE WERE TELLING PEOPLE, IF YOU ARE YOUNG AND HEALTHY, GO HOME AND WRITE IT OUT — RIDE IT OUT. WE GET PEOPLE WHO ARE ASYMPTOMATIC AND HEALTHY TO GET TESTED NOW. WHEN WE HAD 100 CASES HERE, THINK OF ALL THE CASES WE HAD WERE NOT TESTI BECAUSE WE DIDN’T HAVE THE CAPABILITY. SO IT UNKNOWN. WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE CAPTURING A MUCH HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF THE REAL CASES TODAY THAN WE WERE THEN. WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN REPORTED 100 CASES BECAUSE THAT IS ALL WE KNEW, BUT THERE WERE SO MANY FOLKS THAT WERE NEVER EVEN TESTED THAT PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE, BUT THE TESTING DID NO EXIST. IF YOU TOLD ME WE HAD 1000 CASES PER DAY ON SOMETHING THAT WAS REALLY 10 TIMES WHAT IT WAS, IT IS HARD TO KNOW REPORTER: I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, IF NOW WE HAVE MUCH BETTER INFORMATION AND MUCH HIGHER NUMBERS, SHOULDN’T TH C1 REMEMBER OUR RESPONSE IS A BIG PART OF OUR RESPONSE IS HOW IT OVERLOADS THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. SO WE GO BACK TO THE IMPORTANCE OF HOSPITALIZATIONS. IN FACT, I WE DIDN’T SHOW UP THIS WEEK, BUT NEXT WEEK NEXT WEEK. WE’LL SHOW DO A HOSPITALIZATION NUMBER. WE KNOW IT’S 64 TODAY, BUT WE’LL TRY TO GET AN UPDATE IF WE CAN ON THE ACTUAL CAPACITY OF BEDS TO GIVE FOLKS A SENSE OF HOW MUCH CAPACITY WE HAVE. SO EVERYBODY THAT’S A HUGE HUGE PART OF IT. THE FEAR WAS IS THAT THIS COULD HAVE JUST ON THIS DATE. WE THOUGHT THIS HAVE BEEN SKYROCKETING FOR THE NEXT. YOU KNOW FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR, WE JUST DIDN’T KNOW SO THAT’S WHY WE PULLED BACK ON HOSPITALS AND MAKE SURE EVERY BED WAS AVAILABLE. WE KNOW AND YOU SEE THESE MULTIPLE SURGES WE KNOW THESE SURGES DO HAVE A PARABOLIC SHAPE THESE SURGEONS DO COME AND GO AND THEY END BUT THEY CAN BE VERY VERY BIG. SO THE HOW IT IMPACTS THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN PARTICULAR IS ANOTHER HUGE VARIABLE AND WE JUST KNOW MORE WE CAN MANAGE TO IT. WE CAN SEE WHAT OUR NUMBERS ARE IF YOU REMEMBER AT THIS POINT, WE HAD TO GET OUR PEAK POINT OUT OF A HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE PEOPLE IN HOSPITALS. I THINK IT AT ITS PEAK RIGHT NOW WE HAVE HALF OF THAT. SO THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT’S A ONE-TO-ONE CORRELATION PER SE. THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER THINGS THAT COULD COME IN COME IN AND DOESN’T MEAN WE HAVE HALF THE NUMBER OF TWO CASES. WE KNOW HOSPITALIZATIONS LAG THE CASE NUMBER, BUT I’M GOING ON WITH THIS ANSWER BECAUSE IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. THE CASE NUMBER IS A IT’S NOT AN UNIMPORTANT PIECE OF DATA. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT, BUT WE CAN GET MUCH MORE IMPACTFUL INFORMATION AT THIS POINT, WHICH IS THE PERCENT POSITIVITY BECAUSE WE’RE DOING SO DOING SO MUCH MORE TESTING THE HOSPITALIZATION NUMBER. WE DON’T WANT TO OVERWHELM THE SYSTEM THE MORTALITY RATE BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CASES AND POSITIVE CASES THAT WE HAVE BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY SEEMS LIKE THAT NUMBER IS PRETTY CONSISTENT REGION TO REGION FOR THE MOST PART, BUT THOSE ARE THE KIND OF NUMBERS THAT WERE LOOKING AT BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT KNOWING THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET COVID. UNFORTUNATELY. SOME CASES WILL BE MORE SEVERE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES FOR THOSE MOST SEVERE CASES AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. THE CASE NUMBER DOESN’T TELL THAT WHOLE STORY IS JUST A SMALL PIECE OF IT. I THINK THOSE OTHER LEVELS OF DATA THAT WE JUST KNO SO MUCH MORE ABO NO, THERE’S NOT A SINGLE NUMBER. THERE’S NOT A SINGLE DATA POINT OR VARIABLE. IT’S ALL THESE MOVING PIECES THAT WE’VE BEEN DISCUSSING. RIGHT? SO LET’S SAY YOU HAVE 10 DIFFERENT VARIABLES AND MOVING PIECES. THEY MIGHT BE MOVING GEOGRAPHICALLY MEANING ROCKINGHAM AND HILLSBORO MIGHT SEE THOSE NUMBERS VERY DIFFERENTLY THAN GRAFTON OR OR COHAS AND SO THAT WOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION. THEY MIGHT MOVE WITHIN AN INDUSTRY. SO MAYBE WE’RE SEEING MASSIVE OUTBREAKS OR IMPACT AND A SCHOOL OR A HOSPITAL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND WE CAN MAKE AGAINST DIFFERENT STIPULATIONS OR DOWNS ARE RESTRICTIONS BASED ON THOSE AREAS WE CAN VOUCH FOR SURGICAL ABOUT IT AS OPPOSED TO THE BROAD BRUSH ACROSS THE STATE. EVERYTHING JUST HAS TO CLOSE. I THINK WE JUST HAVE SO MUCH MORE DATA WERE SO MUCH SMARTER ABOUT IT. WE CAN MANAGE BETTER AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE CAN GUARANTEE THE BEST NET BENEFIT HEALTH POPULATION HEALTH BENEFITS TO WHATEVER DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE GOING FORWARD. THAT MAKES SENSE AND IT’S JUST A THINK OF ALL THESE MOVING PUZZLE PIECES, BUT THEY’RE ALWAYS MOVING RIGHT AND YOU CONSTANTLY I MEAN ALMOST ON AN HOUR-TO-HOUR BASIS THE TEAM’S PUTTING THEM TOGETHER AND SEEIN WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND SEE THOSE PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS LOOK LIKE BOTH GEOGRAPHICALLY WITHIN THOSE INDUSTRIES. IT’S A CHALLENGE. IT’S A LOT. HI THE QUESTION IS THERE ARE A LOT OF SCHOOLS THAT ARE NOT DOING THEIR OWN CONTACT TRACING. I THINK THAT’S GREAT. I THINK IT’S AWESOME. WE’VE TRIED TO PROVIDE A LOT OF THE RESOURCES AND TRAINING AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE TO THOSE. LOOKS AT WANT TO DO THEIR OWN CONTACT TRACING MAKE MANCHESTER AND NASHUA FOR EXAMPLE HAVE BEEN DOING THEIR OWN ALL ALONG MORE AND MORE DISTRICTS ARE STARTING TO DO THAT, WHICH IS GREAT. IT TAKES THE IDEA OF THAT. WE’RE ALL THIS CONTACT TRACING IS JUST GOING TO BE IN THIS ONE CENTRALIZED LOCATION TAKES THE BURDEN OFF OF THAT A LITTLE BIT EVERYONE STILL COMMUNICATES THEIR DATA AND INFORMATION, WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND YOU KNOW, WHERE SOMETHING MIGHT BE HAPPENING OR WHAT NOT, BUT YOU JUST HAVE MORE MORE HANDS ON DECK THE FACT THAT I THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA AS THE CONTACT TRACING DEMAND GROWS. GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS THE FACT THAT WE’RE GOING TO REALLY LEAN ON AND WORK WITH PROVIDERS WHICH ARE FRANK SOME OF THE BEST COMMUNICATORS IN TERMS OF AN INDIVIDUAL’S HEALTH IN TERMS OF YOU KNOW HERE THE PRECAUTIONS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN IF YOUR CONTENT IF YOU’RE COVID POSITIVE HERE IS WHAT QUARANTINING LOOKS LIKE THAT THAT TADA LET THEM ALSO BE PART OF THAT COMMUNICATION TOOL. SO I THINK IT’S GREAT THE MORE WE CAN DECENTRALIZE THAT WITH THE CONSISTENCY THAT YOU NEED IN TERMS OF MAINTAINING THE DATA POINTS, BUT WHETHER IT’S MORE DISTRICTS DOIN CONTACT TRACING MORE PROVIDERS IN DOCTORS THEMSELVES JUST BEING PART OF OUR COMMUNICATION MECHANISM BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT CONTRACTOR TRACING THIS ONE THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS. IT’S GETTING THE DATA, BUT IT’S ALSO COMMUNICATING THE EXPECTATIONS THE PROTOCOLS WHAT THEY SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR. YOU KNOW, THAT’S A BIG PART OF IT. SO ANY THE MORE HANDS WE HAVE HAVE ON DECK THE BETTER. NOT NECESSARILY. I MEAN, I THINK THAT’S HELPED DON’T I DON’T DON’T MISUNDERSTAND ME. THERE’S NO DOUBT MASS. DEFINITELY HELP TRANSMIT. THE VIRUS IS EVEN DATA SHOWING THAT MASS HELP US WE PREVENT US FROM RECEIVING THE VIRUS TO SOME A CERTAIN EXTENT WHICH WASN’T REALLY KNOWN A FEW MONTHS AGO. SO THAT’S ALL GOOD NEWS. NOT ONLY LOCALLY. CAN YOU LOOK AT HOW LOCAL MASS MANDATES MIGHT BE HAPPENING? I’D SAY LOOK AT NATIONALLY, RIGHT THE FACT THEY HAVE 35 STATES WITH MASKS MANDATES THEIR NUMBERS A STILL SKYROCKETING. I THINK THE MASTER HELP. PROBABLY MANAGE THOSE NUMBERS FROM GOING EVEN HIGHER BUT WHERE THERE’S THE HIGHEST PREVALENCE OF COVID FOR THE MOST PART A LOT OF COMMUNITIES ARE TAKING THOSE MASS MANDATES AND THEY’RE MOVING FORWARD WITH THEM. WE SUPPORT THAT IF FOLKS WANT TO DO THAT AT A LOCAL LEVEL, BUT THEY DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY ANY DATA TO SHOW THAT OH, AND PUT IN A MASS MANDATE AND THEIR NUMBERS ARE DROPPING OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT CCC TO THINK THAT PASS REAL NUMBERS DOWN. ANYONE’S IGNORING THAT IF YOU TOLD ME THAT IF YOU IF THE IDEA IS IF WE JUST DO A MASS MANDATE OU NUMBERS WILL GO DOWN. ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL. IT’S PROBABLY A VARIABLE IN THE PUZZLE. NOW. I KNOW VERY FEW PEOPLE THAT WALK OUT OF THEIR HOUSE. THEY DON’T HAVE A MASK IN THEIR BACK POCKET. I I MEAN BECAUSE THERE’S VERY FEW STORES YOU CAN EVEN GO INTO ADAM ASKED THIS PERFORMING A WEDDING THIS AFTERNOON AND IT WAS GOING TO BE WEARING A MASK. SO THERE’S JUST THERE’S EVENTS ALL OVER THE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE TAKING THE MASK WEARING VERY VERY SERIOUSLY. AND IF ANYTHING I THINK VENUE AND PLACE OF BUSINESS SCHOOLS, THEY’RE TAKING IT A LITTLE EXTRA CAUTIOUS NOW, THEY’RE SEEING THE SPREAD GO INTO PLACES LIKE COAS AND GRAFTON. THEY UNDERSTAND RURAL COMMUNITIES CAN GET IT JUST AS EASILY AS ANYWHERE ELSE. THEY REALLY CAN. THERE’S BEEN A DELAY THERE, WHICH IS A GOOD THING, BUT YOU’RE SEEING THOSE THOSE OUTBREAKS IN THOSE NUMBE MOVE VERY AGGRESSIVELY SO MASS OR HORTON THAT THE MESSAGE HAS TO BE THERE THEY HELPED US NO DOUBT BUT AN IDEA THAT A MASS MANDATE IS GOI TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THAT’S A THAT’S A COMFORT LEVEL THAT I DON’T THINK THE DATA BEARS OUT RIGHT NOW. I HAVE A QUESTION OF I’D LIKE TO GET A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE POLLING PLACES AND TIMES OF DAY PERHAPS OR GIV PEOPLE MORE INFORMATION ON YOU KNOW, HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED IN THESE SO I WOULD SAY WE KNOW OF ABOUT MORE POLLING PLACES NOW, BUT WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO IS SAY THESE FOUR LOCATIONS ARE ALL YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT OUR SENSE IS THERE WAS MORE VOTERS OUT THERE THAN EVER BEFORE AND OUR LEVEL OF COVID-19. VERY VERY YOU KNOW HIGHER THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST THE I THINK THE MESSAGE IMPORTANT PART OF THE MESSAGES. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO ACT LIKE THEY MIGHT HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH SOME POTENTIALLY WITH SOMEONE WITH COVID AND JUST THINK ABOUT WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN DISTANCE AND KEEP AN EYE ON ANY POTENTIAL SYMPTOMS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE AND YOU KNOW RESPOND ACCORDINGLY RESPOND ACCORDINGLY AND IF YOU HAVE TO GO GET A TEST AND FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO GET A TEST BY ALL MEANS GO GET TESTED AND AND KEEP IT ELEVATED. BUT I’D SAY THAT THESE WERE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FOR INDIVIDUAL LOCATIONS, BUT I THINK THE THE GENERAL MESSAGE I WANT TO REALLY EMPHASIZE IS IT COULD HAVE THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A SITUATION ALMOST ANYWHERE AND I THINK W WANT ALL THE CITIZENS TO APPRECIATE THAT, YOU KNOW GOING TO VOTE IF YOU WEREN’T WEARING A MASK OR OR MIGHT HAVE COME IN VERY CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW AND HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS FOLLOWING, YO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. ADDRESS THIS BEFORE YOU TALKED ABOUT IT, BUT NOW THAT THE NUMBERS ARE GOING UP. I’M SURE YOU’RE AWARE THAT THERE’S STILL THIS OPINION OUT THERE THAT THIS IS ALL AN OVER REACTION TO THE VIRUS. SOME FOLKS STILL JUST NOT REFUSING TO TAKE IT. SERIOUSLY. WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE? YEAH, IT’S SIMILAR TO WHAT I WAS CLOSED WITH A LITTLE BIT ON MY INITIAL STATEMENTS. IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS REFRESH YOURSELF WITH THE UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE THE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS IN YOUR WORKPLACE THE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS IN SCHOOL THE EXPECTATIONS FOR LARGE GATHERINGS. WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE YOUR PLACE OUR WORSHIP GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS. IT WAS DONE VERY CAREFULLY. THEY WORKED THERE IS COVID FATIGUE OUT THERE AT THE END OF THE DAY THE GOVERNMENT CAN PUT ALL THESE RULES AND RESTRICTIONS AND WE’VE DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THAT, BUT EVERYONE HAS TO TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY AND HAS TO FOLLOW THEM ALL THE WAY THROUGH YOU GOT TO PLAY AS BILL BELICHICK SAYS YOU GOT TO PLAY 60 MINUTES. I GUESS THE PAGES LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY MORE OFTEN THAN NOT NOW THAN BEFORE, BUT YOU GOT TO PLAY THIS THING ALL THE WAY THROUGH AND WE ARE WE’RE NOT NEAR THE YET WE’RE GETTING THERE, BUT WE STILL HAVE QUITE SOME MONTHS TO GO. IT’S GOING TO BE A WHILE BEFORE THE VACCINE IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED WITH JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH IT’LL START BUT MY SENSES WILL BE WELL INTO THE SPRING BEFORE WE REALLY HAVE A SENSE OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE VACCINE. IT’S TRUE AVAILABILITY TO CITIZENS. AND THEN ONCE WE GET TO A POINT, I MEAN, I THINK WE ALL HOPE THAT WE GET TO A POINT WHERE IF YOU WANTED THE VACCINE YOU COULD HAVE THE VACCINE THOSE WHO HAVE MADE THAT CHOICE FOR THEMSELVES THEY WERE ABLE TO DO SO IF FOLKS DIDN’T WANT TO MAKE THAT CHOICE FOR THEMSELVES THAT’S THEIR CHOICE AS WELL A AND WITH THAT COMES MORE FLEXIBILITY BECAUSE REMEMBER ALL THESE STIPULATIONS ARE LOOKING OUT NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES, BUT FOR OTHERS IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT OTHERS WHEN MANAGING COVID AND SO IF OTHERS HAVE THE CHOICE NOW TO BE VACCINATED AT A HIGH RATE OF SUCCESS THAN THAT OBVIOUSLY WILL GIVE EVERYBODY A LOT MORE FLEXIBILITY AND WHAT THEY CAN DO AND YOU KNOW THE COVID FATIGUE. I DON’T THINK WILL BE AS BIG OF A CONCERN BUT WE ARE NOWHERE NEAR THAT RIGHT NOW. I KNOW WE HAVE SOME ON THE PHONE SO W STICK THAT COMES FROM KATHY. WHEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KATHY, PLEASE G AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. QUESTIONS REGARDING ELECTION DAY SO JOE BIDEN IS THE PRESIDENT-ELECT. THERE’S NO INDICATION OF WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. I CAN’T SPEAK TO OTHER STATES. I JUST DON’T KNOW EVERYONE’S EVERY STATE DOES IT DIFFERENT, BUT I CAN TELL YOU IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. THERE’S NO EVIDENCE OF WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD FOLKS VOTED AT AN UNBELIEVABLE RATE AND THEY THEY THEY WE GOT THE RESULTS THAT NIGHT WE COUNTED AND IT LOOKS GOOD IF THERE ARE INDIVIDUAL CASES WHERE GOING TO LOOK INTO THOSE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE HAS BEEN VERY GOOD ABOUT THAT AND NO NO ONE FROM THE BY THE ADMINISTRATION HAS CONTACTED MY OFFICE YET. ROBERT I’M HOPING I’M GETTING IT RIGHT THE LAST SHOW FROM THE CALEDONIAN RECORD ROBERT, PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. THANK YOU. YOU WANT KNOW LIKE YOUR PART QUESTION HERE. DOES ANYONE KNOW WAS THERE ANY SPECIFIC EVENT THAT? TO THE OUTBREAK AT THE COUNTY HOSPITAL. I’M GOING TO TURN IT A LITTLE BIT OVER TO COMPUTER SHIPPING. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S ANY SINGLE EVENT THAT DEFINE. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION NO EVENT SPECIFICALLY IN COHAS COUNTY THAT RESULTED IN LIKE A SUPER SPREADER EVENT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. COHAS COUNTY NURSING HOME OR COHAS COUNTY HOSPITAL IN WEST STEWARTSTOWN IS BEING SUPPORTED LIKE EVERY OTHER NURSING HOME OUTBREAK THAT WE’VE HAD THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC. I’VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR. WE’VE REACHED OUT TO MAKE SUR THE STAFFING IS OKAY TO DO INFECTION CONTROL VIRTUAL SURVEYS. I MEAN, WE’RE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. WE HAVE A CONTRACT FOR STAFFING THAT WE’VE UTILIZED WE’RE EXPLORING OTHER CONTRACTS BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY CAN FIND OUR COMPANIES CAN’T FIND PEOPLE IN EVERY CORNER OF THE STATE TO WORK WHEN WE NEED THEM TO WORK IN THAT TENDS TO BE MORE CHALLENGING IN THE NORTH COUNTRY. GOVERNOR OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM DONNA JORDAN AT THE CHRONICLE DONNA. PLEASE GO TO THIS VIRUS. FOR EVERYONE AND WOULD PROBABLY FEEL BETTER IF YOU COULD HAVE A NORMAL WORKDAY AGAIN, THOUGH. I GUES WE’LL BE A WHILE. I DO WANT TO MENTION FIRST OF THE VACCINE. I TALKED WITH OUR NORTH COUNTRY INCIDENT COMMAND CAME THIS WEEK AND THEY’RE BASICALLY BACKING UP THE INFO YOU’RE PROVIDING WHICH IS THAT IT PROBABLY CLOSE TO TWO YEARS BEFORE THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE BUT THEY’RE PUSHING ALL THE SAME SPECS OF THIS IS YOU WEARING MASKS. THERE ARE 65 RESIDENTS AT THE COLLETTES COUNTY NURSING HOSPITAL OF WHI 28 HAVE TESTED POSITIVE. THERE ARE NOW 26 BECAUSE TO PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS WEEK. THERE ARE 33 EMPLOYEES THAT ARE POSITIVE WHO ARE OUT OF WORK AS YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THE HOSPITAL. THEY TURNED THEIR ENTIRE THIRD FLOOR TO THE POSITIVE UNIT WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TODAY TALKED ABOUT HER NEED FOR THE EXTRA NURSING STAFF THE N95 MASK AND SMALL AND MEDIUM GLOVES. THE COMMISSIONERS WERE CONTINUALLY ON THE PHONE DURING THE MEETING AND GATHERING GLOVES UNBOX GLOVES ON OPEN CLUB FROM ALL OF THE TOWNS IN THE AREA. AND 95 MACMASTER LITERALLY ARRIVING WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD ANY MINUTE NOW, BUT THE NURSING CONSULT CONTINUES TO URGE THAT THEY WERE TOLD BY THE ORGANIZATION. I GUESS YOU GUYS ARE CONTRACTING WITH THAT. THERE IS NO NURSING STAFF AVAILABLE FOR THIS AREA. SO I’M JUST WONDERING IF THERE’S ANY OTHER WAY YOU CAN GET THEM THE EXTRA NURSING CARE THAT THEY THANK NO. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. AND I MEAN YOU’VE HIT THE ONE OF OUR BIGGEST ISSUES THAT WE’RE DEALING WITH RIGHT ON THE HEAD AND THAT IS NURSING STAFF. THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS FACING A SHORTAGE OF THIS VIRTUALLY. NO STATE THAT THAT ISN’T DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE IN SOME LEVEL ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS BECAUSE AS COMMISSIONER SHIP AND IT JUST NOTED IT’S VERY HARD TO GET FOLKS INTO THOSE AREAS. IT’S JUST THEY DON’T HAVE THE POPULATION DENSITY TO SUPPORT TH TURNOVER OF NURSES THAT YOU UNFORTUNATELY NEED IT’S NOT JUST THOSE THAT HAVE COVID IT’S THOSE THAT ARE QUARANTINE BECAUSE OF OTHER SITUATIONS. I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW IN MANY OF THESE SITUATIONS IF FOLKS ARE ASYMPTOMATIC, BUT THEY’RE POSITIVE THEY’RE WORKING WITH THE THE OTHER POSITIVE FOLKS WITH THE RESIDENTS WITHIN SOME OF THOSE FACILITIES WHEN THEY CAN AND THAT’S THAT’S A GOD BLESS HIM FOR DOING THAT AND FOR KEEPING COMING INTO WORK TO HELP PROVIDE THAT CRITICAL CARE THAT IS NEEDED FOR THOSE. JULES OUTSIDE STAFFING SERVICES OF THERE’S A COUPLE OTHER THINGS THAT WERE LOOKING AT. THERE ISN’T A SINGLE SOLUTION HERE. IT ISN’T LIKE YOU CAN YOU KNOW NECESSARILY PICK UP THE PHONEE THE EVEN TO ANOTHER STATE RIGHT NOW AND SAY SEND US SOME OF YOUR NURSES BECAUSE VIRTUALLY EVERYBODY’S GOING THROUGH THE SAME PROBLEM AND THE SAME CRUNCH AT THE SAME TIME ALSO WITH THE WHAT IS EXACERBATING THIS ISSUE A LITTLE BIT IS THE FACT THAT SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS REALLY SHUT DOWN RIGHT ALL THE TRAINING PROGRAMS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. WE’RE SHUTTING DOWN IN THE SPRING. SO SOME OF THE CERTIFICATIONS OR THE FOLKS THAT WERE IN THOSE PROGRAMS THEM THOSE INDIVIDUALS BEING ABLE TO COME OUT OF THOSE PROGRAMS AND INTO THOSE FACILITIES TO BE PART OF THAT WORK FORCE THAT’S BEEN DELAYED TO SOME EXTENT. SO WE’RE TURNING OVER EVERY STONE. WE REALLY ARE AND THIS SOME INNOVATIVE IDEAS OUT THERE, BUT ANYTHING THAT THAT FOLKS CAN DO TO BE PART OF THAT SOLUTION, OBVIOUSLY, WE’RE WE’RE WE’RE WIDE OPEN WITH IDEAS, BUT WE KNOW IT’S A MAJOR ISSUE AND WILL TO BE PROBABLY THE ONE OF THE SINGLE BIGGEST JUST ISSUES EVEN ABOVE THE NUMBER OF CASES. WE SIMPLY SEE ONE OF THE SINGLE BIGGEST ISSUES IS AGAIN MANAGING THE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE MAKING SURE THAT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DOES NOT GET OVERWHELMED, BUT AN ASPECT OF THAT IS DEFINITELY THE WORKFORCE THAT’S NEEDED TO PROVIDE IT. WE DO HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION ON THE PHONE THIS ONE COMES FROM CAROL ROTO WITH MANCHESTER INKLING OF CAROL, PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY QUESTIO ARE STATE WIDE ANGLE. PRICES AT THIS MOMENT WITH OVER 300 OR MORE PEOPLE LIVING OUT IN THE ROUGH. THE STATE HAS BECOME INVOLVED WITH PROPERTY OWNED BY THE STATE OF THE COURTHOUSE, WHICH I KNOW YOU’RE AWARE. THAT FINDS HAVE BEEN POSTED LAST WEEK FOR THAT VACATED BY 40 PLUS THERE. AS FAR AS I UNDERSTAND THE STATE AS FAR AS WHO WILL BE REMOVING ANYBODY WHO DOES NOT VACATE THE PROPERTY AND WHERE THEY WILL BE 2 SO, THAT’S MY FIRST QUESTIO CAN BE ADDRESSED AS FAR AS THE PLAY. THE 170 PEOPLE WHO M BE LIVING IN SHELTERS CASES THAT HAVE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE, BUT I APOLOGIZE. COULD YOU JUST REPHRASE THE QUESTION ASPECT OF IT? WHAT’S THE I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THE EXACT QUESTION. THOSE INDIVIDUALS MAKING SURE THAT THEY’RE AWARE. OF THE SERVICES AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM THEIR OPTIONS WHERE THEY MIGHT GO WHETHER IT’S IN MANCHESTER ARE OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE MAYBE FOR SOME OF THEM NOT ALL OF THEM ARE NECESSARILY FROM MANCHESTER ORIGINALLY AND SO THAT’S THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT COORDINATION IS THE COORDINATION WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS WAS THEIR SECOND QUESTION. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. WE HAVE AN OUTREACH TEAM THAT HAS BEEN WORKING WITH EVERY INDIVIDUAL A BLADES FOR THOSE THAT ARE ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN AND THEN EVEN FOR THOSE THAT ARE IN THE OTHER ENCAMPMENTS AND WE’VE MET WITH THE CITY OF MANCHESTER SEVERAL TIMES ALSO SINCE THE PANDEMIC STARTED TO TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND WHEN WE WHEN THEY FIRST SET UP ENCAMPMENTS DOWN ON CANAL STREET, WE PUT SERVICES IN PLACE INCLUDING PORTA-POTTIES AND CLEANING SERVICES AND THINGS LIKE THAT SIN THAT TIME WE’VE HAD OUTREACH TEAMS GOING TO THE ENCAMPMENTS PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY. AND RIGHT NOW WE’VE RAMPED UP THOSE SERVICES TRYING TO PLACE THE PEOPLE AT THE COURTHOUSE ENCAMPMENT INTO HOUSING ACROSS THE STATE NOW. THERE’S A COUPLE OF VERY IMPORTANT PARTS THERE IS THAT WE OFFER THOSE SERVICES AND WE OFFER THOSE THAT HOUSING IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT EVERY CLIENT IS GOING TO ACCEPT THOSE OFFERS AND I AND I THINK THAT IS THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE THAT WE DO HAVE TEAMS GOING IN AND TRYING TO REACH THESE PEOPLE. BUT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE OPEN OR RECEPTIVE TO RECEIVING THOSE SERVICES RIGHT NOW. I KNOW AND AS A FOLLOW-UP IF I MAY AS A BIT OF A REMINDER, YOU KNOW IN THAT LETTER THAT WE THAT WE DID RECEIVE AND WE’LL WE’RE GOING TO RESPOND TO IT TO MAKE ONE THING I TRY TO DO WHEN I RESPOND TO THESE LETTERS ISN’T JUST TO SEND A HEY, THANK YOU FOR THE LETTER. WE TRY TO RESPOND WITH ALL THE FACTS AND FIGURES AND THE DATA THAT KIN OF SURROUND THE ISSUE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT PUT TOWARDS THE HOMELESS ISSUE FROM THE STATE PERSPECTIVE INTO LOCAL COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE STATE IS ABSOLUTELY UNPRECEDENTED. IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT THE CITIES THEMSELVES WHETHER THE CITY OF MANCHESTER THEY NEED TO COORDINATE WITH THEIR PROVIDER COMMUNITY THAT PROVIDERS ARE THERE THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS THAT IS NOT SOLELY LIMITED TO MANCHESTER. IT ISN’T SOLELY LIMITED TO THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WHILE WE HAVE THE LOWEST POVERTY RATE IN THE COUNTRY. THERE IS A HOMELESSNESS ISSUE HERE. IT HAS TO BE ADDRESSED. SO ONE THING THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THE STATE CAN DO IS PROVIDE THOSE RESOURCES PROVIDE THAT UNDERSTANDING IN TRAINING MAKING SURE THOSE COMMUNITIES ARE CONNECTING WITH THEIR PROVIDERS. SO THAT THEIR CITIZENS HAVE THE HAVE THAT CONNECTION THAT KNOWLEDGE BASE THAT OPPORTUNITY YOU THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN FORCE A CITIZEN TO TAKE A SERVICE. NO, YOU JUST YOU CAN’T DO THAT UNFORTUNATELY, AND WE SHOULD BE DOING THAT. DON’T GET ME WRONG, BUT YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE AWARE OF ALL THE DIFFERENT PIECES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. THEM AND THERE ARE A LOT OF WRAPAROUND SERVICES AT HALF THAT GO INTO THAT WHETHER IT BE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES S UD SERVICES, THERE COULD BE A VARIETY OF ISSUES OR A VARIETY OF SERVICES THAT SURROUND THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND SO THAT’S WHY OUR TEAMS HAVE BEEN ON THE GROUND IN MANCHESTER EVERY SINGLE DAY EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE CITY OF MANCHESTER TO SAY THAT THEY’RE N — IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. OF COURSE THEY KNOW WE ARE THERE BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING THEM VIRTUALLY EVERY DAY. WE PROVIDED THE FUNDS, THE MANPOWER. WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT THE RESOURCES ARE THERE. I LIVE IN THE TOWN IN NEWFIELDS. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO BE VERY AWARE OF ESPECIALLY WITH WINTER COMING. YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE INDIVIDUALS ARE CONNECTED TO THE OPPORTUNITIES. I THINK WE HAVE DONE, I THINK THE STATE HAS GONE UP — HAS GONE OVER AND ABOVE. — THEN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN THE STATE HISTORY. THE OPPORTUNITY IS THERE FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS, BUT IT TAKES A PARTNERSHIP TO COME TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THAT LEVEL OF SUCCESS THAT WE EXPECT. GOVERNOR, OUR LAST AND FINAL PHONE QUESTION. MY QUESTION IS REGARDING POLLING PLACES. — THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19. GOV. SUNUN I BELIEVE THE INDIVIDUAL IN QUESTION WAS THERE MUCH LATER BETWEEN 12:00 A 1230 — AND 12:30 P.M. IT IS A STATEWIDE CONCERN. IF YOU HAV SYMPTOMS, CONCERNS GET TESTED. FOLLOW THE PROTOCOLS THAT WE HAVE PUT INTO PLACE. >> WE ARE ALL SET THERE — WE ARE ALL SET HERE. WHAT KIND OF SESSION THEY MIGH HAVE. WOUL YOU AGREE WITH THE DECISION TO — GOV. SUNUNU: NO. IT WOULD BE A BAD IDEA TO HAVE 400 REPRESENTATIVES, AVERAGE AGE IS 50, 60, ALL BE IN A TIGHT SPACED ROOM LIKE THAT. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO HAPPEN. THAT WOULD BE A BAD IDEA. >> ALL OF TH HEARINGS HAVE ALMOST NO AIR CIRCULATION. IS THE STATE WORKING WITH LEADERSHIP TO FIND A SOLUTION? GOV. SUNUN I THINK THERE IS A VARIETY OF OPTIONS THEY ARE LOOKING AT. YOU WOULD HAVE TO SPEAK TO THEM SPECIFICALLY. WE ARE ALWAYS THERE TO PROVIDE OPTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY MAY OR MAY NOT BE THINKING. I HAVE DISCUSSED IT WITH FUTUR, BOTH CONCORD AND MANCHESTER. VENUES LIKE THAT, IT CAN DONE. WHEN IT COMES TO THE HEARINGS, YOU CAN ALSO HAVE A HYBRID OF SOME IN PERSON AND SOME ZOOM. IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT T PUBLIC INPUT HAPPENS. THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE LAST SESSION. THEY DIDN’T GET A FAIR SHOT AT A PUBLIC HEARING. >> THE NUMBER OF BILLS THAT ARE GOING TO BE PASSED SEVERELY REDUCED. GOING INTO THE SESSION, DO YOU THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE A SIMILAR REDUCTION AND A REDUCTION IN HOW OFTEN THEY MEET AND REDUCTION AND HOW MUCH THEY FOCUS ON? GOV. SUNUN AS LONG AS THEY ARE MEETING IN A SAFE AND PRODUCTIVE WAY, AND THEY ARE DOING THE RIGHT THINGS ABOUT HOW THEY MEET, I DON’T KNOW THAT THE NUMBER OF TIMES THEY MEET WITH MATTER. — MEET WOULD MATTER. >> WOULD YOU RECOMMEND REDUCE GOV. SUNUNU: I HAVE A LOT MORE CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MANAGE THE BILLS, THE REDUNDANCY OF BILLS. YOU DON’T NEED EVERY BILL TO BE REPEATED IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. I THI THOSE FOLKS WILL HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO MANAGE THE PROCESS TO MAKE SURE THINGS ARE HEARD IN A TIMELY FASHION. THEY HAVE THEIR ROLE TO PLAY. I HAVE MINE. WITH REGARD T CONTRACT — CONTACT TRACING, PEOPLE GETTING TASTED — TESTED IF THEY ARE IN THAT GROUP. GOV. SUNUNU: I THINK IF FOLKS ARE SYMPTOMATIC, IT’S FEW AND FAR BETWEEN THAT I THINK PEOPLE ARE NOT SAYING THEY SHOULD GET IT — GET A TEST. WE HAVE ONLY HAD 40%, 50% PICKED UP ON THE FIRST CALL. YOU CONNECTION GET AN EVEN GREATER NUMBER OF PEOPLE INTERACTING AND MAY EVEN SEEING A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF SUCCESS. I NOTICE IT’S TO 12:00 P.M. WHICH MEANS GENERAL HOSPITAL HAS STARTED. IF WE DON’T END THIS QUICKLY, I’M GOING TO GET A LOT OF NEGATIVE EMAILS. ANY LESS QUESTIONS? >> YOU SAID THAT YOU RECOGNIZE JOE BIDEN AS THE PRESIDE ELECT. I WANT TO ASK YOUR COMMENTS ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. DO YOU STAND BY THOSE COMMENTS? GOV. SUNUNU: DO I STAN BY THE COMMENTS QUESTION MARK I WOULD SAY THIS, IF THERE ARE VOTING IRREGULARITIES AND THEY ARE GOING TO CHALLENGE THOSE IN COURT EVERY DAY THAT GOES B. THAT’S JUST THE REALITY OF IT. THAT’S THEIR RIGHT TO CHALLENGE IT. JOE BIDEN IS THE PRESIDENT ELECT. I TALKED TO A FEW PEOPLE THAT TESTED POSITIV. >> WE WILL MAKE SURE — GOV. SUN
Coronavirus in New Hampshire: Key information, data
Officials detail number of COVID-19 cases
More than 14,000 Granite Staters have tested positive for coronavirus disease COVID-19, which was first detected last year in Wuhan City, China. The outbreak was labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization in mid-March.>> Download the FREE WMUR app | *Full press conference in the video above was held Nov. 12, 2020* New Hampshire data:Number of people diagnosed with COVID-19: 14,311Most-recent daily PCR test positivity rate (data for 11/14): 2.4% Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 499Number of active cases: 2,970Number of patients who have recovered: 10,842Number of current hospitalizations: 68Number of people who have been hospitalized: 813 Number of people being monitored: 6,100 (approximate number) Number of total PCR tests for COVID-19: 381,412 Number of total antibody tests: 32,612Average number of tests for antibodies each day over last seven days: 31Number of MIS-C cases: 1 ** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **>> Latest worldwide coronavirus data | Interactive map from Johns Hopkins University | CDC guidelines on coronavirus PGRpdiBjbGFzcz0iaW5mb2dyYW0tZW1iZWQiIGRhdGEtaWQ9Il8va2I1OW5tSmpubGlPTUt4M1lpd1YiIGRhdGEtdHlwZT0iaW50ZXJhY3RpdmUiIGRhdGEtdGl0bGU9Ik5IIENvcm9uYXZpcnVzIENPVklELTE5Ij48L2Rpdj48c2NyaXB0PiFmdW5jdGlvbihlLGksbixzKXt2YXIgdD0iSW5mb2dyYW1FbWJlZHMiLGQ9ZS5nZXRFbGVtZW50c0J5VGFnTmFtZSgic2NyaXB0IilbMF07aWYod2luZG93W3RdJiZ3aW5kb3dbdF0uaW5pdGlhbGl6ZWQpd2luZG93W3RdLnByb2Nlc3MmJndpbmRvd1t0XS5wcm9jZXNzKCk7ZWxzZSBpZighZS5nZXRFbGVtZW50QnlJZChuKSl7dmFyIG89ZS5jcmVhdGVFbGVtZW50KCJzY3JpcHQiKTtvLmFzeW5jPTEsby5pZD1uLG8uc3JjPSJodHRwczovL2UuaW5mb2dyYW0uY29tL2pzL2Rpc3QvZW1iZWQtbG9hZGVyLW1pbi5qcyIsZC5wYXJlbnROb2RlLmluc2VydEJlZm9yZShvLGQpfX0oZG9jdW1lbnQsMCwiaW5mb2dyYW0tYXN5bmMiKTs8L3NjcmlwdD4=** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **POSSIBLE COMMUNITY EXPOSURESSeveral potential community COVID-19 exposures have been announced recently. Here is what you need to know:Jumpin Jay’s Fish Cafe in Portsmouth — Between Sept. 30 and Oct. 4Fat Katz Food and Drink in Hudson — Between Oct. 2 and Oct. 9Daniel Street Tavern in Portsmouth — Oct. 9, 14 and 15The Goat Bar and Grill in Portsmouth — Oct. 15Draft Sports Bar and Grill in Concord — Oct. 9, 11; between Oct. 14 and Oct. 18Barley House Restaurant and Tavern in Concord — Oct. 12, 13, 14, 16Bantam Grill in Peterborough — Oct. 13Concord Casino at Draft Sports Bar and Grill in Concord — Evening of Oct. 14Paddy’s American Grille in Portsmouth — Between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16La Vista Italian Cuisine in Lincoln — Oct. 17, 18, 20 and 22Merrill’s Tavern & Stagecoach Grille at Atkinson Resort & Country Club — Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 24-26401 Tavern in Hampton — Oct. 23 and Oct. 24Additionally, people later confirmed to have COVID-19 voted in person at four polling places in the state, and officials are warning about the potential for exposure.>> DHHS information: Coronavirus in New Hampshire | Volunteering opportunities |How to donate PPEsACTIVE OUTBREAKS AT FACILITIES IN STATEThe following facilities have seen confirmed cases in residents and/or staff in recent days or weeks, according to officials:Coos County Nursing Hospital in West StewartstownMount Prospect Academy in PlymouthNew Hampshire Veterans Home in TiltonPine Rock Manor in WarnerProspect-Woodward Home in KeeneSt. Ann Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DoverSt. Teresa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in ManchesterWoodlawn Care Center in Newport KEY DATESOn Nov. 12, the state announced that all interstate youth hockey competitions in New England and New Jersey have been suspended until Dec. 31 at the earliest. Plus, due to a rise in cases, state officials said they will no longer conduct contact tracing for every single case and instead will focus on certain populations. On Oct. 23, the state released new guidance for indoor hockey and ice rink activities that includes mandatory testing for all those involved.On Oct. 15, the governor announced that all indoor hockey activities would be paused for two weeks after officials noted increased community transmission that is likely connected to hockey.On Oct. 2, health officials began adding antigen test results to the totals because the rapid tests are becoming more widely used. That resulted in an apparent spike in positive cases, as positive antigen tests from over the course of the pandemic were added. One additional death and five hospitalizations related to positive antigen tests were also added.On Sept. 24, the governor said that all restaurants can move tables closer than 6 feet as long as there is a protective divider in place between tables.On Aug. 21, the governor announced that all New Hampshire restaurants could open at 100% capacity, though they still must following distancing and mask guidelines.On Aug. 11, the governor announced that masks would be required at all scheduled gatherings of 100 or more people.On July 14, officials announced the plan to reopen schools in the fall.On June 15, the stay-at-home order expired and was replaced by a safer-at-home advisory. A key difference is that the requirement that all groups must be fewer than 10 people is no longer in place.On May 22, officials announced the state’s first case of MIS-C in a child.On March 23, officials announced the state’s first death of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19.On March 13, the governor first declared a state of emergency, which ensures resources will be ready so the state is able to respond quickly, as needed. This has been renewed and is currently active. It needs to be renewed every three weeks while an emergency is ongoing in order to remain active.KEY LOCAL INFORMATION>> Latest coronavirus coverage from WMURList of cities, towns with mask rules in placeInformation about coronavirus testingUnemployment informationGuidelines about wearing cloth masks in public SYMPTOMSOfficials said symptoms might appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.Symptoms include:Fever or chillsCoughDifficulty breathing or shortness of breathFatigueMuscle or body achesNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrhea According to the CDC, emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:Difficulty breathing or shortness of breathPersistent pain or pressure in the chestNew confusionInability to wake or stay awakeBluish lips or face PROTECTING YOURSELFThe best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, officials said.Here are ways to protect yourself:Frequent hand-washing with soap and water (or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) for at least 20 secondsAvoid close contact through social distancing (at least 6 feet from someone)Stay homePREVENTING THE SPREADThere are steps that can be taken to avoid spreading coronavirus:Covering coughs and sneezes and then washing hands afterwardStay home and avoid public places when sickAvoid being within 6 feet of a person when sickDisinfect frequently touched surfacesAvoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva Wear cloth face coverings when near other people in public CURRENT TESTING PROCEDURES>> More information about testing << Testing is available for active COVID-19 infections and for antibodies, which would indicate evidence of past infection.All Granite Staters, whether they have symptoms or not, are now allowed to get tested and are being encouraged to do so. Visit this link to learn more. UNEMPLOYMENTTens of thousands of Granite Staters have filed for unemployment, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out. Here’s what you need to know about how to file and if you’re eligible. REMOTE LEARNINGOnline instruction became the new normal for schools across the state this past school year. Many districts have some form of remote learning this fall, as well. Here are important resources if your children are learning from home. RECENT COVERAGE** See the latest headlines at this link. **You are also encouraged to subscribe to the daily coronavirus newsletter to get the latest updates in your inbox.NATIONAL UPDATESIn an unprecedented weekend of COVID-19 infections, nearly all of the U.S. is seeing cases rise as the national total teeters near 10 million. There were 105,927 new coronavirus cases reported on Sunday, marking the 5th day in a row that cases topped 100,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators.President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced the group of public health experts that will make up his coronavirus advisory board, which includes Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration who alleged that his early warnings about the pandemic were ignored and ultimately led to his removal. Revealing the members of the pandemic task force is the transition’s first major announcement.
More than 14,000 Granite Staters have tested positive for coronavirus disease COVID-19, which was first detected last year in Wuhan City, China. The outbreak was labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization in mid-March.
>> Download the FREE WMUR app | *Full press conference in the video above was held Nov. 12, 2020*
New Hampshire data:
- Number of people diagnosed with COVID-19: 14,311
- Most-recent daily PCR test positivity rate (data for 11/14): 2.4%
- Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 499
- Number of active cases: 2,970
- Number of patients who have recovered: 10,842
- Number of current hospitalizations: 68
- Number of people who have been hospitalized: 813
- Number of people being monitored: 6,100 (approximate number)
- Number of total PCR tests for COVID-19: 381,412
- Number of total antibody tests: 32,612
- Average number of tests for antibodies each day over last seven days: 31
- Number of MIS-C cases: 1
** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **
>> Latest worldwide coronavirus data | Interactive map from Johns Hopkins University | CDC guidelines on coronavirus
** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **
POSSIBLE COMMUNITY EXPOSURES
Several potential community COVID-19 exposures have been announced recently. Here is what you need to know:
Additionally, people later confirmed to have COVID-19 voted in person at four polling places in the state, and officials are warning about the potential for exposure.
>> DHHS information: Coronavirus in New Hampshire | Volunteering opportunities |How to donate PPEs
ACTIVE OUTBREAKS AT FACILITIES IN STATE
The following facilities have seen confirmed cases in residents and/or staff in recent days or weeks, according to officials:
- Coos County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown
- Mount Prospect Academy in Plymouth
- New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton
- Pine Rock Manor in Warner
- Prospect-Woodward Home in Keene
- St. Ann Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Dover
- St. Teresa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Manchester
- Woodlawn Care Center in Newport
- On Nov. 12, the state announced that all interstate youth hockey competitions in New England and New Jersey have been suspended until Dec. 31 at the earliest. Plus, due to a rise in cases, state officials said they will no longer conduct contact tracing for every single case and instead will focus on certain populations.
- On Oct. 23, the state released new guidance for indoor hockey and ice rink activities that includes mandatory testing for all those involved.
- On Oct. 15, the governor announced that all indoor hockey activities would be paused for two weeks after officials noted increased community transmission that is likely connected to hockey.
- On Oct. 2, health officials began adding antigen test results to the totals because the rapid tests are becoming more widely used. That resulted in an apparent spike in positive cases, as positive antigen tests from over the course of the pandemic were added. One additional death and five hospitalizations related to positive antigen tests were also added.
- On Sept. 24, the governor said that all restaurants can move tables closer than 6 feet as long as there is a protective divider in place between tables.
- On Aug. 21, the governor announced that all New Hampshire restaurants could open at 100% capacity, though they still must following distancing and mask guidelines.
- On Aug. 11, the governor announced that masks would be required at all scheduled gatherings of 100 or more people.
- On July 14, officials announced the plan to reopen schools in the fall.
- On June 15, the stay-at-home order expired and was replaced by a safer-at-home advisory. A key difference is that the requirement that all groups must be fewer than 10 people is no longer in place.
- On May 22, officials announced the state’s first case of MIS-C in a child.
- On March 23, officials announced the state’s first death of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19.
- On March 13, the governor first declared a state of emergency, which ensures resources will be ready so the state is able to respond quickly, as needed. This has been renewed and is currently active. It needs to be renewed every three weeks while an emergency is ongoing in order to remain active.
KEY LOCAL INFORMATION
>> Latest coronavirus coverage from WMUR
Officials said symptoms might appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
- Fever or chills
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
According to the CDC, emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, officials said.
Here are ways to protect yourself:
- Frequent hand-washing with soap and water (or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid close contact through social distancing (at least 6 feet from someone)
- Stay home
PREVENTING THE SPREAD
There are steps that can be taken to avoid spreading coronavirus:
- Covering coughs and sneezes and then washing hands afterward
- Stay home and avoid public places when sick
- Avoid being within 6 feet of a person when sick
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva
- Wear cloth face coverings when near other people in public
CURRENT TESTING PROCEDURES
>> More information about testing <<
Testing is available for active COVID-19 infections and for antibodies, which would indicate evidence of past infection.
All Granite Staters, whether they have symptoms or not, are now allowed to get tested and are being encouraged to do so. Visit this link to learn more.
Tens of thousands of Granite Staters have filed for unemployment, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out.
Here’s what you need to know about how to file and if you’re eligible.
Online instruction became the new normal for schools across the state this past school year. Many districts have some form of remote learning this fall, as well.
Here are important resources if your children are learning from home.
** See the latest headlines at this link. **
You are also encouraged to subscribe to the daily coronavirus newsletter to get the latest updates in your inbox.
In an unprecedented weekend of COVID-19 infections, nearly all of the U.S. is seeing cases rise as the national total teeters near 10 million. There were 105,927 new coronavirus cases reported on Sunday, marking the 5th day in a row that cases topped 100,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators.
President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced the group of public health experts that will make up his coronavirus advisory board, which includes Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration who alleged that his early warnings about the pandemic were ignored and ultimately led to his removal. Revealing the members of the pandemic task force is the transition’s first major announcement.