NH COVID information: What you need to know
Officials detail number of coronavirus cases
HERNANDEZ. WE ARE HERE WITH BREAKING NEWS. GOVENOR SUNUNU IT IS HERE. LET’S LISTEN AND. GOV. SUNUNU: LET ME MAKE AN UPDATE PRIOR TO THAT SO THAT DR. CHAN CAN GO INTO DETAILS. THROUGHOUT THE LAST FEW WEEKS, WE HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN CASES. WE HAVE SEEN A SMALL BUT STEADY INCREASE, AS PREDICTED. IT IS THERE, AND WE NEED TO KEEP MANAGING TO THAT. OUR PERCENT POSITIVE HAS REMAINS LOW, BUT WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO DATA AS TO WHY WE MIGHT SEE SOME OF THESE INCREASES AND CLUSTERS SPRINGING UP. ONE AREA THAT CONTINUES TO HAVE ISSUES SURROUNDS HOCKEY. BY AND LARGE, THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN A FEW INSTANCES OF COVID-19 IN YOUTH SPORTS. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN RECENT INCIDENTS AROUND HOCKEY THAT WE APPRECIATE PRESENT A NEW CHALLENGE NOT JUST IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BUT ALSO ACROSS NEW ENGLAND. WE HAVE SEEN ISSUES IN THIS WITH STATES AROUND THE AREA. WE ARE PAUSING ON ALL ACTIVITIES ON THE ICE FOR A TWO WEEK. — TWO WEEK PERIOD. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO PUT ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE TO ENABLE THE RANKS TO CLEAN AND SANITIZE IN TIME FOR PLAYERS AND FAMILIES TO GET TESTED. OUR GOAL TO KEEP ALL OF THOSE ON THE ICE IN A SAFE MANNER. THAT INVOLVES TAKING A PAUSE FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. MUST TURN OVER TO DR. CHAN TO GIVE US THE GENERAL UPDATE AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT FOLKS MAY HAVE. DR. CHAN: GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANK YOU GOVERNOR. I WOULD LIKE TO START OFF BY GIVING A GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE AND TALK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE HOCKEY-RELATED DATA THAT WE ARE SEEING. WE ARE REPORTING 82 NEW PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 TODAY. 58 OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WERE TESTED POSITIVE AND 54 BY ANTIGEN TESTING. AS WE ROLL OUT ANTIGEN TESTING, I THINK WE WILL SEE MORE UTILIZATION OF THAT TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE BEEN REPORTING ON AVERAGE BETWEEN 70 AND 80 NEW INFECTIONS EVERY DAY. THE NUMBER IS UP FROM LAST WEEK. THE RATE OF NEW INFECTIONS IN THE LAST 14 DAYS IS 73 TOTAL INFECTIONS PER 100,000 POPULATION. WE ANNOUNCED A RATE OF 53 INFECTIONS PER 100,000 PUBLISHING FOR THE PRIOR 14 DAYS. WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS. THERE IS ONE NEW PERSON HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 THAT WE ARE ANNOUNCING TODAY. WE HAVE BEEN SEEING ONE TO TWO HOSPITALIZATIONS REPORTED PER DAY. THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS HAS BEEN STABLE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. FIVE NEW DEATHS TODAY. THREE ARE ASSOCIATED WITH ONE OF THE LARGER LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY OPERATES THAT WE ARE SEEING. WE DO HAVE A TOTAL OF 463 PEOPLE THAT HAVE DIED DIRECTLY TO OR RELATED TO COVER 19. — COVI D-19. REGIONALLY AND IN THE NORTHEAST, THE NUMBERS ARE GOING UP. IT IS A SIMILAR PATTERN TO WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN STATES AROUND THE COUNTRY. WE BELIEVE THAT THESE INCREASES REFLECT INCREASING SPREAD AND RISK IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THERE ARE NOW FIVE DIFFERENT NEW HAMPSHIRE COUNTIES THAT ARE NOW CATEGORIZED AS HAVING A MODERATE LEVEL OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION SPREAD. THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL LEVELS AND SUBSTANTIAL — WE KNOW HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. WE KNOW HOW TO PREVENT IT FROM SPREADING PERCENT TO PERSON. IT REQUIRES ALL OF US TO REMAIN VIGILANT AND ENHANCE OUR SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES. WHERE CLOCK FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC AREAS WHERE CLOSE CONTACT MAY OCCUR. PAY GOOD ATTENTION TO HAND CLEANING AND SANITIZING. AVOID GATHERINGS AND SOCIAL SITUATIONS WHERE GROUPS MAY BE COMING CLOSER AND CONTACT WITH ONE ANOTHER, ESPECIALLY INDOOR LOCATIONS. THAT IS THE GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE. LET ME GIVE SOME NUMBERS ON HOCKEY. HOCKEY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE HIGH-RISK ACTIVITIES WHERE WE HAVE SEEN SUBSTANTIAL SPREAD AND RISK OF COVID-19 WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES. THERE BEEN A TOTAL OF 158 NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 ASSOCIATED WITH ICE HOCKEY. THIS INCLUDES 117 PEOPLE CONNECTED TO EIGHT DIFFERENT OUTBREAKS. 41 ARE ASSOCIATED WITH ICE HOCKEY. THESE 158 WITH COVID-19 ASSOCIATED WITH HOCKEY ARE FROM 23 DIFFERENT NEW HAMPSHIRE RELATED HOCKEY ORGANIZATIONS AND TEAMS. THERE ARE ADDITIONAL CONNECTIONS WITH OUT-OF-STATE HOCKEY ORGANIZATIONS. IT HAS NOT ONLY BEEN A HIGH-RISK ACTIVITY FOR ACQUIRING COVID-19, BUT THE PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH IT THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HOCKEY HAVE LIKELY LEAD TO OTHER COMMUNITY EXPOSURES, INCLUDING EXPOSURES AND SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES, WITH SOCIAL GATHERINGS. WE NOTE THAT PEOPLE WHO WE BELIEVE HAVE ACQUIRED COVID-19 THROUGH HOCKEY HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH AND POTENTIALLY EXPOSED OTHERS WITH AT LEAST 24 OTHER K-12 SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THIS TYPE OF SPREAD AND EXPOSURE TO OTHER FACILITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY INTRODUCES — INCREASES RISK OF SPREAD OUTSIDE OF HOCKEY. ONE OF THE HIGH-RISK ACTIVITIES, THANKFULLY WE HAVE NOT SEEN SPREAD OR TRANSMISSION IN OTHER SPORTS. WE ARE MONITORING THIS SITUATION VERY CLOSELY. THIS IS PART OF WHAT WE ARE SAYING IN TERMS OF RISK FACTORS AND SPREAD IN THE COMMUNITY. LET ME HAND THINGS OVER TO THE COMMISSIONER, THANK YOU. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M GOING TO DO A LONG-TERM CARE UPDATE FOR YOU TODAY. WE ARE ANNOUNCING ONE NEW OUTBREAK TODAY. THEY HAVE SEVEN RESIDENT CASES AND TWO STAFF CASES. THIS IS AN INTERESTING OUTBREAK TO FOLLOW, AND VERY INDICATIVE OF HOW QUICKLY COVID-19 CAN GET IN AT FACILITY AND SPREAD. EVERYONE TESTED NEGATIVE LAST FRIDAY AND TODAY WE STAND HERE WITH SEVEN RESIDENTS AND TWO STAFF. IT IS VERY INTERESTING TO SEE SURVEILLANCE TESTING SO RECENTLY AND HAVE THAT BE THE TOTAL OUTBREAK. IT COMES TO FOUR. ADDITIONALLY, I’M JUST GOING TO UPDATE THE PREVALENCE RATES, AS WE HAVE INDICATED IN PAST PRESS CONFERENCES. THE DEGREE TO WHICH A FACILITY CAN OPEN UP OR DO DIFFERENT TYPES OF VISITS, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL MORE OR LESS, IF YOU ARE NOT ACTIVE, YOU SHOULD BE DOING VISITS. THE TYPE, WHETHER THEY ARE OUTDOOR OR INDOOR, THE TYPE OF ACTIVITIES THAT CAN BE CONDUCTED IS BASED ON THE PREVALENCE RATES IN YOUR COMMUNITY. THE STATE HAS FOR THE MOST PART BEEN IN FACE TO OR — PHASE TWO OR PHASE THREE. WE ARE NOW BACK TO PHASE ONE FOR THE ACTIVITY BOTH WITHIN THE BUILDING AND VISITATION. THIS STILL ALLOWS FOR PASSIONATE CARE VISITATION. THIS IS NOT JUST HOSPICE, BUT FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED TO VISIT AND THE NUMBERS FOR MULTIPLE REASONS. IT IS THAT DECISION POINT THAT IS BETWEEN THE FAMILY. THE YELLOW IS PHASE TWO, WHERE THEY HAVE MOSTLY BEEN FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. THERE IS VERY LOW PREVALENCE RATES IN THE COUNTY THAT REMAINS IN PHASE 3. SEEING THIS ESCALATION IN COVID CASES, WE NEED TO BE MINDFUL THAT WE HAVE TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE PHYSICAL SAFETY AND THE CYCLE-SO QUOTE — P SYCHO-SOCIAL WELL BEING. TO MAKE SURE THAT RESIDENTS’ QUALITY OF LIFE IS END LINE AND INCORPORATES FAMILY AND LOVED ONES THROUGH A VARIETY OF METHODS. THAT IS ALL THAT I HAD TODAY, THANK YOU. GOV. SUNUNU: GREAT. THANK YOU DR. CHAN. THANK YOU COMMISSIONER. A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE WILL TOUCH UPON THIS AFTERNOON, AND THEN WE WILL OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS. AS WE ALL KNOW, EARLIER THIS YEAR ON JUNE 30, THE BOOKS FOR THE STATE OFFICIALLY CLOSED FOR THE 2020 STATE BUDGET. OUR FISCAL CYCLE GOES FROM JULY 1 AND CLOSES ON JUNE 30. IT TAKES A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO BE SURE THAT WE COUNTED ALL OF THE DOLLARS AND EXPENSES. THE NEWS IS MUCH BETTER THAN WE HAD ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED. EARLIER, WE HAD SAID THAT WE WERE ANTICIPATING REVENUE SHORTFALLS DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. BACK IN JUNE, WE ORIGINALLY STRETCHED OUT WHERE OUR PROJECTIONS COULD BE. BECAUSE OF GOOD MANAGEMENT, OUR GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES HAVE COME DOWN. WE HAVE ENDED OUR YEAR IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE THAN EXPECTED. OUR ECONOMY IS RECOVERING QUICKER THAN ANYONE THOUGHT POSSIBLE, AND REVENUES CONTINUE TO OUTPERFORM EARLY ESTIMATES. WE ARE NOW ESTIMATING A BUDGETARY SHORTFALL OF A LITTLE LESS THAN $20 MILLION — $200 MILLION. ONLY A FRACTION OF WHAT WE HAD ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED. I STILL FEEL VERY CONFIDENT THAT OUR ADMINISTRATIONS CONTINUED MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS THE UNDERLYING STRENGTH OF OUR ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE IMPACTS THAT COULD FURTHER REDUCE THE BUDGETARY DEFICIT AS A MOVE CLOSER TO JUNE 2021. WE ARE ON A VERY GOOD PATH TO MAKE UP A LOT OF GROUND. WE KNOW THAT COVID EBBS AND FLOWS, SO THAT THERE COULD STILL BE NEGATIVE IMPACTS FOR OUR ECONOMY. WE ARE ON A VERY GOOD TRACK, AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CLOSE A LOT OF THAT BUDGETARY SHORTFALL. ANOTHER ISSUE TODAY, BACK IN JUNE, HAMPSHIRE MADE THE DECISION TO PROVIDE A LAW OF DIRECT SUPPORT TO LOCAL, SMALL BUSINESSES, WHEN WE CREATED AND ANNOUNCED THE MAIN STREET RELIEF FUND. IT WAS AN INNOVATIVE FIND THAT GAVE CASH TO SMALL BUSINESSES, AND TODAY WE ARE PROUD THAT IT REMAINS THE SINGLE LARGEST INVESTMENT INTO SMALL BUSINESSES OF ANY STATE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FROM CARES ACT FUNDS. WE MADE IT AVAILABLE AND PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO OVER 5000 BUSINESSES. IT IS A VERY HEARTENING COMING IF I MAY, AND YOU’RE OUT AND ABOUT TO HEAR BUSINESSES SAID THAT IT WAS A TRUE LIFELINE FOR THEIR BUSINESSES. BASED ON THE VERY POSITIVE FEEDBACK THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM THAT OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CREATED FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES, TODAY WE ARE GOING TO ANNOUNCE MAIN STREET RELIEF FUND 2.0. IT IS NOT THE MOST CREATIVE NAME, BUT IT IS SIMPLE AND TO THE POINT. IT WILL ANNOUNCE AN ADDITIONAL $100 MILLION AVAILABLE TO ALL QUALIFIED BUSINESSES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A REWARD UNDER THE ORIGINAL MAIN STREET RELIEF FUND. THE WHO RECEIVED IT INITIALLY ARE STILL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY, OR BUSINESSES WHO MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ONE REASON ANOTHER. MAYBE THEY THOUGHT THEIR REVENUES WOULD BE OK, BUT THEY HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT THE SHORTFALL IS STEEPER THAN INTENDED. THIS COMING MONDAY, THE APPLICATION PROCESS WILL BE OPEN, AND WILL KEEP IT OPEN FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS, UNTIL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30. YOU CAN BIZARRE WEBSITE, AND — YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE, AND ALL OF OUR FUNDS ARE THERE. WE ARE DOING MAIN STREET, PART TWO. IT IS A WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CARES ACT FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY IS GETTING OUT TO THE CITIZENS AND OUR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR ECONOMY IS VIBRANT AND STAYING WITH US. SHIFTING GEARS, I WHAT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE UNEMPLOYMENT TRUST FUND. THIS PAYS OUT ALL OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND IS VERY IMPORTANT AS WE HIT THIS GIANT FINANCIAL CRISIS WITH COVID. THIS GROUP MANAGE THE ADDITIONAL FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS THAT CAME INTO THE STATE. THE $600 WAS REDUCED DOWN TO $300. THIS FUND EXPANDED THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS EARLY ON. KNOWING THAT WE WOULD HIT SOME TOUGH TIMES, IT ALLOWED FOLKS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES. AS WE USE THE FUNDS, THE FUNDS GET REPLENISHED WITH A TAX ON THE BUSINESSES. AS YOU USE, THE FUNDS GET DRAWN DOWN. WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT, WE HAD $300 MILLION FOR THE UNDER CLAIMANT FUND. — THE UNEMPLOYMENT TRUST FUND. — NOW THAT THE ECONOMY HAS COME BACK STRONG, WE ARE APPROXIMATELY AT 4% UNAPPOINTED RATE, AND THAT IS GREAT NEWS. TO KEEP MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND CREATE THE CLIMATE THAT ENCOURAGES CONTINUED HIRING, WE NEED TO CREATE CERTAINTY FOR BUSINESSES TO KNOW THAT CONTINUING TO HIRE WORKERS WILL NOT HAVE TO LEAD TO PAYING MORE TAXES. YOU PAY BASED ON THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES THAT YOU HAVE. YOU PUT YOUR TAX IN THE FUND. IN SOME WAYS, AS THE FUND IT’S DRAWN DOWN, YOU HIT TRIGGERS. TAXES END UP GOING PER EACH EMPLOYEE THAT YOU HAVE. IT PUTS A BIG FINANCIAL BURDEN ON A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE STAYING OPEN. TO HELP THOSE THAT MAY BE DRAWING OUT OF THE FUND. TODAY, I AM ANNOUNCING A $50 MILLION PAYMENT FROM THEIR REMAINING CARES ACT FUNDS INTO THE UNEMPLOYMENT TRUST FUND. THIS WILL PREVENT THE RAISING OF TAXES ON EMPLOYERS. BY DIRECTING THESE MONEYS INTO THE TRUST FUND, IT WILL LET THE NEW HAMPSHIRE UNEMPLOYED NOTE THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO DRAW UPON THE UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES. IT ALSO HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENCOURAGES JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. ULTIMATELY, NOT ONLY DOES IT GET RID OF THE NEXT TYKE — THE NEXT TAX HIKE OF NEXT YEAR, THE FUND WILL REDUCE A TRIGGER THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY HIT. IT WILL CREATE A TAX BREAK OF $65 MILLION THROUGH 2021. THAT IS A TAX BREAK THAT BUSINESSES WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY INTO THE FUND, BY ALLOWING THIS MONEY TO GO IN. A TRIPLE BONUS. IT KEEPS THE FUNDS SOLVENT AND REMOVES THE TAX INCREASE THAT WOULD LIKELY COME ON GENERALLY FIRST. — ON JANUARY1ST. AS OUR ECONOMY KEEPS GETTING BACK ON TRACK, AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS KEEP DROPPING, THE SOLVENCY IS MORE INTACT. IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP HIRING AND TO KEEP THINGS MOVING FORWARD IN A PRODUCTIVE WAY. ANOTHER TOPIC TODAY, WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE’S PATIENCE. WE ARE ONLY DOING ONE PRESS CONFERENCE PER WEEK. THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD STUFF. WE ARE ANNOUNCING A VERY SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT INTO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AS THEY SPONSOR TO THE INCREASED COST OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. I KNOW THAT THE LEGISLATOR HE ADVISORY BOARD, AND THEY MAY TAKE UP ANOTHER MEETING ON THE ISSUE. WE ARE GETTING TO THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER, AND WE ARE SEEING THE NEED TO START TO GROW UP THERE. WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING THESE RESOURCES, BECAUSE THESE DOLLARS HAVE TO BE SPENT WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING TODAY. AS CITIES AND TOWNS EXHAUST THE CURRENT FUNDING STREAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. AND THERE IS STILL A LOT OF MONEY AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS, WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE AN ADDITIONAL $45 MILLION AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS THAT WILL COME INTO SEPARATE FUNDS. THE FIRST FUND WILL DISTRIBUTE PER-PUPIL AND WILL BE ALLOCATED OUT OF THE CARES ACT TO EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE. EVERYBODY GETS THEIR SHARE, AND THOSE DOLLARS CAN BE SPENT VERY FLEXIBLY AND THROUGH 2021. PER THESE NEW FEDERAL GUIDELINES THAT HAVE COME DOWN, THEY CAN BE SPENT PAST DECEMBER. THEY CAN BE SPENT ON CHROME BOOKS OR TECHNOLOGY OR COMPUTERS, WHATEVER IS NEEDED FOR THE STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION. THAT IS $200 PER PUPIL, EQUATING TO APPROXIMATELY $35 MILLION. WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER $10 MILLION IN A SECONDARY FUND. WE’LL CALL IT A RESERVE, AN EMERGENCY FUND FOR THOSE DISTRICTS THAT HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE SPENDING THAT WAS INITIALLY PROVIDED. THEY CAN USE THE RESERVE FUND SPECIFICALLY FOR PPE OR TESTING OR DIRECT COSTS THAT THE SCHOOLS MAY INCUR BECAUSE OF THE COVID CRISIS, SPECIFICALLY AROUND PPE OR TESTING. $35 MILLION FOR EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND AN ADDITIONAL $10 BILLION FOR ADDITIONAL HELP — $10 MILLION ADDITIONAL. WE ALWAYS SAID THAT FUNDS WERE NOT GIVEN THE WAY, AND BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE THIS RELIEF AND SUPPORT IS A GREAT WAY TO SHORE UP INSECURITIES THAT SOME SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS MAY HAVE AS COVID COSTS PILOT. WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE THERE FOR THEM. ONE OF THE FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS IS THAT AS WE HAVE PUT GREAT EMPHASIS ON LONG-TERM FAIR SILLIES — LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES — AND THEY ARE PRONE TO OUTBREAKS. WE NOTE THAT THE COVID-19 AFFECTS CAN BE VERY SEVERE. WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE RESIDENTS AND STAFF OF THOSE FACILITIES. IN ADDITION TO THE STEPS THAT THE COMMISSIONER SHARED, WE ARE ANNOUNCING ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR TESTING TO COVER THE COSTS. WE DO NOT WHAT COST TO BE A BARRIER TO GETTING THE TESTING FOR THE WORKERS AND THE STAFF AND THE RESIDENTS. THAT IS REALLY NEEDED TO HELP KEEP THE NUMBER OF OUTBREAKS LOW AND MINIMIZE AND HOPEFULLY BACK TO ZERO AT SOME POINT. THESE RESOURCES SAVE LIVES AND HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON LOVED ONES RESIDING IN THOSE FACILITIES. I APPRECIATE IT. I KNOW THERE WAS A LOT THERE AND A LOT OF VARIETY WAYS. SO WE ARE TAKING AN INTERMISSION ON TWO WEEKS FOR HOCKEY. IT IS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO KEEP MOVING SOME OF THESE CARES ACT FUNDS OUT AND GET THAT FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY WHERE IT BELONGS. WITH THAT, WE CAN TAKE SOME QUESTIONS. REPORTER: SOME COLLEGES HAVE ALREADY STARTED THEIR PRACTICES. DOES THIS AFFECT THEM? WHAT ABOUT TRAVELING TEAMS THAT TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE CITY? GOV. SUNUNU: IT DOES AFFECT THEM. ANY INDOOR HOCKEY ACTIVITIES, SKATING RINK ACTIVITIES, WE ARE TAKING A PAUSE, FOR SANITARY REASONS, SO THAT WE CAN TEST ALL OF THE PLAYERS AND PARENTS. WE FIND A LOT OF TRANSMISSION BETWEEN PLAYERS AND PARENTS. WE HAD AN ISSUE WITH A REFEREE THAT HAD BEEN TESTED POSITIVE. WE FEEL THAT THE TWO WEEK PERIOD IS ENOUGH TO DO THAT AND REESTABLISH THE GUIDANCE. WE CANNOT TELL FOLKS, IF THEY ARE GOING TO ANOTHER STATE, THAT IS ALLOWED. WE CANNOT PREVENT TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS GOING TO A RINK IN ANOTHER STATE. WE WANT FOLKS TO SEE THAT THIS IS NOT JUST FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE, BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD INCIDENTS AROUND HOCKEY SPECIFICALLY IN OTHER STATES. WE WOULD ASK EVERYONE TO USE EVERY PRECAUTION AVAILABLE. ONE THING THAT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH STUDENTS, THEY MAY GET COVID OR TRANSMIT COVID WITHIN THE HOCKEY ATMOSPHERES, AND WE ARE SEEING IT COME INTO THE SCHOOLS. SOME OF THE DRIVERS, WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF OUTBREAKS IN SCHOOLS. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF WE HAVE ANY OUTBREAKS IN THE SCHOOLS. WE HAVE FOUR CLUSTERS OF ILLNESSES IN OUR SCHOOLS. NOBODY WANTS TO BE THE DRIVER OF THAT. THERE IS A DOMINO EFFECT, NOT JUST IN THE HOCKEY COMMUNITY. THAT IS SOMETHING WE TAKE VERY SPECIFICALLY, IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR SURE. REPORTER: MILWAUKEE IN HIGH SCHOOL — MILWAUKEE — NO HOCKEY IN HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE? GOV. SUNUNU: THAT’S RIGHT. NO SKATING EITHER. THE HOCKEY RINKS, THE HOCKEY ACADEMIES, EVERYBODY HAS BEEN A PART OF THAT. WE’VE HAD A LOT OF PARENTS ASKING FOR US TO TAKE A CLOSE LOOK. A LOT OF THE OUTBREAKS THAT HAVE HAPPENED. I THINK WE HAVE SIX OFFICIAL OUTBREAKS RELATED TO HOCKEY. NOT CASES. SIX, AND OVER 40 CASES. WE WANT TO NIP IT AND TAKE A PAUSE AND IDENTIFY THOSE WHO MAY HAVE IT WITH OUR NEW ANTIGEN TESTING. WANT ENCOURAGES INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO GET TESTING. REPORTER: IS THERE A PARTICULAR IDENTIFYING A RISK FACTOR THAT WE KNOW OF THAT IS CAUSING THESE PROBLEMS IN HOCKEY? REPORTER: GOV. SUNUNU: NO, THERE IS NOT. ONE OF THE OBVIOUS THINGS, IT IS IT HAPPENING IN THE LOCKER ROOM? IT WAS NOT CLEAR. IS IT HAPPENING ON THE ICE? THAT WAS NOT CLEAR THERE IS A LOT OF SOCIAL GATHERINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED. WE HAVE HAD THAT WITH OTHER SPORTS AS WELL. IT IS KIND OF A VARIETY OF THINGS, BECAUSE I DO NOT THINK THAT ANYONE CAN PUT A PINPOINT ON ANY SINGULAR ISSUE, WE WILL COME BACK WITH MORE GUIDANCE. WILL TAKE A BREAK AND DISINFECT THE FACILITIES AND HAVE A RESET BUTTON. WE’LL COME BACK FOR THE NEXT PERIOD OF PLAY. REPORTER: YOU MENTIONED FOUR CLUSTERS IN SCHOOLS. WE SAW IN ACADEMY YESTERDAY GOING TOTALLY REMOTE. WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT AS TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SCHOOLS? SOME SCHOOLS ARE STILL GOING AND IN SMALL GROUPS. WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT WITH THAT? GOV. SUNUNU: SCHOOLS ARE MAKING A LOT OF THEIR DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THEIR COMMUNITY. WHAT I’M SAYING, THEY TEND TO BE USING DIFFERENT SETS OF DATA AND REASONING BEHIND THOSE DECISIONS. DR. CHAN AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, I THOUGHT PUT TOGETHER A REALLY GOOD RUBRIC AND TERMS OF HOW TO HELP SCHOOLS MAKE SOME OF THE DECISIONS GOING FROM FULLY REMOTE TO HYBRID OR FULLY IN PERSON TO HYBRID. I WILL POINT YOU SHOULD CHANGE? — AT WHAT POINT SHOULD YOU CHANGE? WHILE THERE MAY BE CASES AND INDIVIDUALS WITH COVID IN SCHOOLS, WE KNEW THAT THAT WOULD HAPPEN. IT CAN BE MANAGED. THERE IS VERY LITTLE IDENTIFIED TRANSMISSION WITHIN THE CLASSROOMS RIGHT NOW, AND THAT IS A GOOD THING. THESE ARE KIND OF SINGULAR CASES THAT MIGHT SPREAD TO ONE OR TWO OTHER CLASSMATES. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE DO NOT HAVE SOME OF THE MASSIVE OUTBREAKS THAT YOU HAVE SEEN IN OTHER STATES. THERE IS A PATHWAY TO MANAGE THIS, AND I THINK THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS AND ADMINISTRATORS HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB. THEY DESERVE A LOT OF THE CREDIT THAT WE HAVE HAD. THEY SEEM TO ALL BE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT DATA POINTS TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS, AND I WILL TURN IT OVER TO OFFER CHAN FOR MORE DETAILS. DR. CHAN: THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION ABOUT SCHOOLS. SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN A LOT OF WORK ON THE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SCHOOL BOARDS. WE HAVE CONTINUED TO HAVE WEEKLY CALLS AND CHATS WITH SCHOOL NURSES AND PARTNERS TO HELP TROUBLESHOOT PROBLEMS. A LOT OF THE SCHOOLS ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB IN INCREMENTING THE GUIDANCE. THERE IS A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY FOR SCHOOLS TO ADAPT TO THEIR LOCAL SITUATION. THE MODE OF LEARNING, WITH THE STRUCTURAL MODEL THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD HAD SELECTED, I THINK THE NUMBERS AND THE DATA SHOW THAT THERE IS NOT A LOT OF TRANSMISSION THAT WE HAVE SEEN OCCURRING WITHIN SCHOOLS. AS OF A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, THE NUMBERS AND DATA DASHBOARD ARE CHANGING DAY TODAY, BUT THERE WERE OVER 150 STUDENTS AND STAFF ASSOCIATED WITH 94 DIFFERENT K-12 SCHOOLS. OVER 150 STUDENTS AND STAFF, 94 DIFFERENT K-12 SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND ONLY FOR CLUSTERS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. COMPRISING A TOTAL OF 50 220 STUDENTS AND STAFF — 15-20 STUDENTS AND STAFF. WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THAT MANY POTENTIALLY INTRODUCING COVID-19 TO MANY FACILITIES, THERE IS REMARKABLY VERY LITTLE TRANSMISSION THAT WE ARE SEEING. WE GET ASKED ABOUT IF SCHOOL REOPENING IS DRIVING COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION, WE DO NOT BELIEVE SO. WE BELIEVE THAT THE TESTING WE ARE DOING IS PICKING UP STUDENTS AND STAFF THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED FROM THE COMMUNITY. THE HOCKEY SITUATION IS ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED AS CONTINUING TRANSMISSION. WE BELIEVE THAT SCHOOLS HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB IN PREVENTING THE TRANSITION. GOV. SUNUNU: THANK YOU, DR. CHAN. REPORTER: IN REGARD TO THE EDUCATION MONEYS, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SPENT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR EVEN THOUGH IT IS CARES ACT? GOV. SUNUNU: THERE IS FLEXIBILITY THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT ALLOWS FOR UP TO $500 PER PUPIL, AND WE ARE ALLOCATING UP TO $200 PER PEOPLE — PER PUPIL. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE GIVEN BACK, IT CAN BE SPENT. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE] GOV. SUNUNU: THERE IS APPROXIMATELY $100 MILLION FROM THE CARES ACT FUNDS. A LOT HAS LAPSED. A BIG PART OF THE EDUCATION SPENT IS THE BROADBAND FUND. ONLY ABOUT $15 MILLION OF PROJECTS QUALIFIED FOR THAT ADDITIONAL FUNDS, SO THE EXTRA FUNDS ARE BEING REALLOCATED FOR THE TECHNOLOGY OR CHROMEBOOK’S OR WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, THE $200 PER PUPIL ALLOWING FOR STABILITY. THE AMOUNTS OF TIME THAT WE SPEND IT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE FEDERAL RULES IS UNBELIEVABLE. THERE IS AN AMOUNT THAT NEEDS TO BE SPENT BY DECEMBER 31. THEY ARE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT, BUT THE LEGISLATIVE ADVISORY BOARD WAS ORIGINALLY LOOKING AT A 40 MILLION DOLLAR EXPENDITURE. I THINK $45 BILLION WILL PUT OUT A LOT OF SUPPORT — $45 MILLION FOR SUPPORT AND SECURITY FOR THE SCHOOLS. I THINK WE’VE SPENT THIS MONEY EXACTLY AS WE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THE TIMING. PPE COSTS AND TESTING, WHO KNOWS WHAT THE REQUIREMENT MIGHT BE IN NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER. WE START HAVE SOMETHING IN THE TILL IN CASE WE SEE LARGE SPIKES OR SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH. REPORTER: THIS QUESTION IT MAY BE BEST FOR DR. CHAN, BUT IN THE CASE OF SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS, CONTACT TRACING SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN TAKING LONGER THAN EXPECTED. I’M WONDERING IF YOU CAN EXPLAIN THE DELAY IN CONTACT TRACING FOR SOME SCOTUS TRICKS, AND ALSO, — FOR SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS. AND ALSO THERE MIGHT BE A LAG IN GETTING SOME OF THE TESTING RESULTS. DOES THIS SOMETIMES ACCOUNTS FOR A DELAY IN CONTACT TRACING? COMMISS. SHIBINETTE: WE HAVE HEARD RECENTLY, ESPECIALLY WITH THE ANTIGEN, THE RAPID ANTIGEN TEST COMING UP, THAT EXPLAINS A LOT OF THE DELAY. IF YOU’RE SITTING IN AN URGENT CARE FACILITY, AND YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU ARE COVID POSITIVE, YOU GET THE RESULT IMMEDIATELY. FELLOW MEMBERS MIGHT NOTIFY THE LOVED ONES AND TAKE POSSESSION OF MEDIA, CALL THE PRINCIPAL AT SCHOOL. THE PUBLIC HEALTH MAY NOT GET THAT REPORT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. WE USUALLY GET THE REPORT WITHIN 24 HOURS. THERE ARE TIMES THAT THERE IS A DELAY, AND IT IS USUALLY DUE TO THE RAPID TEST THAT WE ARE SEEING. WITH THAT SAID, OUR CONTACT TRACING AROUND POSITIVES IN SCHOOLS, THE CASE INVESTIGATION ITSELF IS BECOMING MORE COMPLEX. WHEN DR. DALY WITH YOUR COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, SHE HIGHLIGHTED THAT THE NUMBER OF CONTACTS PER CASE IS GOING UP AS COMPARED TO SPRING. WE WERE AVERAGING MAYBE THREE CONTACTS PER CASE BACK IN THE SPRING, AND NOW WE ARE AVERAGING FIVE TO SIX. AND THAT IS A BIG JUMP FOR US. SCHOOLS ARE BACK IN, AND MAYBE THEY ARE PLAYING ON A SPORTS TEAM OR A CLUB. THERE IS DEFINITELY A DELAY, WHEN THERE IS A RAPID ANTIGEN TEST INVOLVES WITH WHEN THE FAMILY FINDS OUT AND WHEN WE FIND OUT. REPORTER: IT SOUNDS LIKE IN SOME CASES, SCHOOL NURSES HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN ASKED TO INITIATE SOME OF THE CONTACT TRACING. THEY ARE BACKED UP WITH EITHER CONTACT TRACING PRE-CAN YOU REASSURE RESIDENTS THAT THERE IS ENOUGH CONTACT TRACING TOOLS? COMMISS. SHIBINETTE: WE JUST BROUGHT IN AN ADDITIONAL 30 NATIONAL GUARD STAFF TO HELP WITH CONTACT TRACING. THEY HELPED US DURING THE SPRING, AND DURING OUR LOWELL IN THE SUMMER, THEY HAD BEEN REASSIGNED. WE ARE NOW BRINGING THEM BACK TO HEALTH. A LOT OF THE CONTACT TRACERS AND HIT THE GROUND RUNNING BECAUSE THEY WERE TRAINED BACK DURING THE SPRING, AND THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THE COVID MAPPING FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE NOW. WE DID BRING IN ADDITIONAL HELP. IT IS NOT UNUSUAL IN A CONGREGANT LIVING SETTING THAT WE HAVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, WHEN WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR CASE INVESTIGATORS, FOR US TO SAY TO THEM, IT IF YOU KNOW THAT THESE PEOPLE AREN’T CLOSE CONTACTS, GO AHEAD AND START THE QUARANTINE PROCESS. WHAT MAY TAKE US A COUPLE OF HOURS OR DAY TO DO A FULL CASE INVESTIGATION AND NOTIFY EVERYBODY, WE CONSIDER SCHOOL NURSES, OR LONG-TERM CARE PARTNERS, AND HOSPITALS, WE CONSIDER THEM OUR PARTNERS. WE ASK THEM, IF YOU KNOW THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACTS, GO AHEAD AND QUARANTINED THEM UNTIL WE FINISH OUR CASE INVESTIGATION. REPORTER: DR. CHAN MENTIONED VICTORY OF THE RECENT DEATHS WERE AT ONE LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE FACILITY. CAN YOU TOUCH ON THIS? COMMISS. SHIBINETTE: THE BEDFORD HILLS CENTER IS CURRENTLY AT 58 RESIDENTS, 21 STAFF, 13 DEATHS. I DO NOT HAVE THE NUMBERS REGARDING THE FATALITIES. BEGIN ASSUME THAT SOME OF THEM ARE FROM THAT FACILITY. REPORTER: IS THERE A SENSE THAT WE SHOULD LINK EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE HEARING ABOUT WITH OUTBREAKS, HOCKEY, COMMUNITY SPREAD, AND THE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ARE BEING HIT AGAIN. IS THIS ALL ONE BIG ISSUE IN GENERAL? COMMUNITY SPREAD? IS THIS ALL ONE THING? REPORTER: I THINK THAT IS A GREAT OBSERVATION. COMMISS. SHIBINETTE: AS WE SEE HIGHER COMMUNITY SPREAD, YOU CAN ASSUME THAT THE CAREGIVERS IN THE LONG-TERM FACILITIES ARE GOING TO, THEY ARE A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEIR RISK INCREASES JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY. THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS, WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR OUTBREAK STATUS, HOW IT IS PROGRESSED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF OUTBREAKS, COMPARED TO THAT SPRING. WE USED TO SEE CREEP IN THESE FACILITIES, AND NOW WE ARE GOING FROM ZERO TO 10 OR 30 IN SOME CASES. IN OUR TESTING CAPACITY IS SO MUCH QUICKER AND SO MUCH BETTER. WE ARE NOW ABLE TO GO IN WITH ANTIGEN MACHINES AT THE POINT OF CARE’S, AND WE HAVE PCR TURNAROUND TIMES IN A DAY OR TWO. SOME OF IT IS TESTING, BUT I THINK IT IS A GOOD OBSERVATION TO MAKE THAT AS TESTING INCREASES, YOU CAN EXPECT THE RISK TO LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ALSO TO INCREASE. GOV. SUNUNU: DO WE HAVE CALLS ON THE PHONE? >> OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM DONNA JORDAN FROM THE LOCAL CHRONICLE. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. I HAVE ONE QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY. HERE IN MY COUNTY, WE HAVE TOURISTS AND A HIGH VOLUME OF DAY-VISITORS. WE DO NOT HAVE THE VIRUS. IT IS ALMOST LIKE WE ARE IN A BUBBLE, WHICH WE DO NOT TAKE FOR GRANTED. WE HAVE HAD ONLY 23 POSITIVE CASES HERE SINCE MARCH. WHEN OUR VISITORS ARE HERE FOR A DAY, OR TWO, OR SEVEN, OUR POPULATION COUNT CAN DOUBLE. WHAT IS DIFFERENT FOR OUR COUNTY VERSUS THE REST OF THE STATE? IS IT SIMPLY THE POPULATION NUMBERS OR THE DENSITY, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE ADDED VISITOR POPULATION? GOV. SUNUNU: I WILL GIVE MY TWO CENTS, AND MAYBE DR. CHAN CAN ADD. WITH IT BEING A RURAL AREA, THERE ARE A LOT MORE NATURAL PHYSICAL BARRIERS BETWEEN COMMUNITIES AND HOUSES. THERE IS AN AREA THAT TENDS TO BE MORE OUTDOORS WITH WHAT THEY DO. OUTDOOR TOURISM, HEALTHY, FRESH AIR. THAT IS ALSO, I THINK, A POSITIVE ASPECT CONTRIBUTING TO THE SUPPRESSION OF THE VIRUS. TO BE VERY CLEAR, I WILL LET DR. CHAN ADD IN HERE, CHOLOS — THAT CITY IS NOT IMMUNE. YOU HAVE SEEN NUMBERS IN MONTANA, UTAH, YOU CAN GO DOWN THE LIST OF RURAL COMMUNITIES, AND THEY ARE SKYROCKETING. ROQUE COMMUNITIES AND RURAL STATES ARE STILL VERY SUSCEPTIBLE IF THEY DO NOT TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS. THEY ARE LESS LIKELY BECAUSE OF THE CLOSE DANCE OPERATIONS AND OTHER CITIES. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT IS BY NO MEANS IS THE CITY IMMUNE, AND I THINK THE CITIZENS DESERVE THE CREDIT FOR KEEPING THE NUMBERS DOWN. THE PERCENT POSITIVITY RATE IS 25% IN SOME STATES ON A GIVEN DAY. IF WE HAD 825% POSITIVE — IF WE HAD A 25% POSITIVITY RATE, — I THINK THOSE GOVERNORS AND MAYORS ARE DOING THE PRESS THAT THEY CAN TO DEAL WITH IT. NO ONE IS IMMUNE, AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ALL HAVE TO STAY VIGILANT. I WILL LET DR. CHAN THROW HIS TWO CENTS IN. DR. CHAN: I THINK WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAYS IS CORRECT. I WOULD LIKE TO ONCE AGAIN REITERATE THAT IT IS CROWDS AND CLOSE CONTACT AND INDOOR CONFINED SPACES THAT POSE THE CONFINED SPACES. WHILE COOS COUNTY AND OTHER RURAL AREAS MAY HAVE THE ABILITY TO MINIMIZE THAT, NO PLACE IS IMMUNE. WHERE THERE ARE CROWDS AND CLOSE CONTACT IN INDOOR ENVIRONMENTS, THAT IS WHERE WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE HIGHEST RISKS. WE CONTINUE TO DISCOURAGE PEOPLE ANYWHERE IN THE STATE, EVEN IN AREAS OF LOW INCIDENCE, TO GATHER IN THOSE TYPES OF SETTINGS. WE CAN SEE A SPARK AND SET OFF NEW CHAINS OF TRANSMISSION, AND SUPER SPREADER EVENTS IN ANY AREA OF THE STATE. GOV. SUNUNU: I WOULD ALSO ADD THAT WHEN DR. CHAN AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH DR. BIRX, IS A KEY POINT OF HERS. RURAL STATES, ESPECIALLY IN THE MIDWEST AND OTHER PARTS OF COUNTRY, THE NUMBERS ARE JUMPING NOW. IT CAN HAPPEN AND A MATTER OF DAYS, WHICH IS WHY WE STAY SO VIGILANT AND ADAMANT ABOUT THAT MESSAGE, AS IT GETS A LITTLE COLDER, AND AS OUR AND THE EXISTENCE BECOME SUPPRESSED. I WILL ADD MY TWO CENTS ON FAMILY GATHERINGS. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT HERE AS WE HIT THOSE TYPES OF EVENTS, WHETHER IT BE FILLED COMING OVER FOR THANKSGIVING OR — FAMILY COMING OVER FOR HOLIDAYS OR DINNER. THE VIRUS HAS NO PREJUDICE AND COULD BE SUSCEPTIBLE ANYWHERE. I BROUGHT UP THE EXAMPLE OF DWAYNE JOHNSON, THE ROCK. HE PRIDES HIMSELF IN TAKING CARE OF HIMSELF, AND I BELIEVE HIS WHOLE FAMILY UNFORTUNATELY CAME DOWN WITH COVID. HE WAS POSTING ABOUT THE IDEA THAT EVERYONE IS SUSCEPTIBLE, AND EVERYONE’S IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN BE COMPROMISED WITH COVID. IF YOU KEEP THE VIGILANCE ALL THE WAY THROUGH. >> OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES WITH PAULA TRACY FROM IN-DEPTH NEW HAMPSHIRE. GO AHEAD POLYP. — GO AHEAD, PAULA. REPORTER: I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. ONE OF THEM RELATES TO YOUR NEXT STEPS TO IF WE CONTINUE TO SEE THESE CASES GO UP. I KNOW THAT LISTENING TO THE OPENING OF TASK FORCE, RETAIL IS STILL INTERESTED IN GOING UP 50%. THERE ARE OTHER REQUESTS ON YOUR TABLE. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THERE WILL BE A POT CONSIDERATION OF THOSE THINGS, OR YOU LOOKING — AND THEN HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION AFTER THAT. GOV. SUNUNU: I GUESS I WOULD SAY THAT WE TAKE, THE BEAUTY IS THAT WE TAKE EACH SITUATION AS AN INDIVIDUAL SITUATION OR OPPORTUNITY AS ITSELF. AS WE ENTER THE FALL, WE KNOW THE NUMBERS ARE GOING UP, AND THAT IS THE VARIABLE THAT WE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION, WITH ANY FLEX ABILITIES THAT WE ARE LOOKING TO PROVIDE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THEM INDIVIDUALLY. I DO NOT THINK THAT THERE IS ANY WAY THAT WE WOULD SHUT ALL THINGS DOWN. WE WILL BE FLEXIBLE. INSTEAD OF SHUTTING DOWN ALL YOUTH SPORTS, WE PINPOINTED HOCKEY. WITH WHAT THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT LOOKS AT AND THE SPECIFICITY THAT WE HAVE IN THOSE AREAS, WE CAN BE VERY SURGICAL AND HOW WE LOOK AT THIS. HE WILL KEEP TAKING IT AT AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. REPORTER: THIS NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWSLETTER ASKS THAT READERS CAN POSE QUESTIONS TO YOU. WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO DO ONE QUESTION PER WEEK. GOV. SUNUNU: I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THIS IS GOING TO BE. GO FOR IT. I AM AN OPEN BOOK, POLYP. — PAULA. REPORTER: DO YOU BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE? GOV. SUNUNU: DO YOU BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE? I THOUGHT WE WOULD TALK COVID. THERE HAVE BEEN CLIMATE CHANGE BECAUSE THE HUMAN INTERACTION, AND WE HAVE TO TAKE STEPS WE CAN ON A GOVERNMENT LEVEL AND AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL TO COMBAT IT. >> GOVERNOR. GOV. SUNUNU: THAT WAS THAT? >> OUR LAST QUESTION ON THE PHONE COMES FROM MICHAEL GRAHAM AT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GENERAL. MICHAEL, GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE] WE CHATTED WITH YOUR COLLEAGUE AND IF SHE WAS GETTING THE SUPPORT THAT SHE NEEDED. SHE SAID THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB, AND I BELIEVE THE QUOTE IS THAT, HE HAS MY BACK FOR COVID-19. ANY REQUEST FROM ANY STATE WAS RESPONDED TO WITHIN 24 HOURS. MY QUESTION IS ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. HOW IS NEW HAMPSHIRE BEING TREATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION? GOV. SUNUNU: ANY TIME THAT WE HAD A REQUEST OF THE ADMINISTRATION, THERE WAS A RESPONSE WITHIN ABOUT 12 HOURS. IT WAS NOT ALWAYS THE RESPONSE THAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR. I WOULD NEVER SPEAK TO GOVERNOR NOEM’S EXPERIENCE, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT ALL ARE DOING THEIR BEST. I’VE EXPRESSED A LOT OF FRUSTRATION WITH FEMA. THEY SENT US TESTING DEVICES AND NO TESTS THEMSELVES. THEY SENT US PPE THAT DID NOT WORK. A GALLON THAT HAS NOTE — A GOWN THAT HAS NO HOLES IN IT, AND THINGS LIKE THAT. I’VE EXPRESSED A LOT OF MY FRUSTRATIONS. ONE OF MY LATEST FRUSTRATIONS, AND I HAVE BEEN VERY PROACTIVE, ABOUT WHETHER IT BE TO TALKING WITH DR. DEBORAH BIRX, AS WE DO MORE OF THIS ANTIGEN TESTING, THE EFFICACY OF IT, HOW IT SHOULD BE USED, IF IT SHOULD BE USED FOR SYMPTOMATIC OR ASYMPTOMATIC. HOW TESTS LIKE THAT AND MASKS COULD BE DISTRIBUTED. BETWEEN THE FDA AND THE CDC, WE ALWAYS GET SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT ANSWERS. THE FACT THAT I COULD PICK UP THE PHONE, AND DR. BIRX COULD COME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE AND TALK ONE-ON-ONE. THEY ARE BEING RESPONSIVE, AND I THINK THAT THEY ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO RELAY CLEAR ANSWERS. AS THESE NEW OPPORTUNITIES ARISE. WE ALWAYS GET A RESPONSE VERY QUICKLY OUT OF THE ADMISSION, THAT IS FOR SURE. SOMETIMES IT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR, BUT IT CAN BE FRUSTRATING WHEN EXPECTATIONS ARE SET AT A CERTAIN LEVEL, AND THEY ARE NOT MET. I AM A BIG BELIEVER THAT A BIG PART OF WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC SPHERE OF THE CRISIS IS TRANSPARENCY AND SETTING EXPECTATIONS UP BILLY. IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT FRUSTRATING WITH SMALL PARTS OF THE CRISIS. HAMPSHIRE’S OVERALL AND A GOOD SHAKE. — NEW HAMPSHIRE IS OVERALL IN GOOD SHAKE. — GOOD SHAPE. REPORTER: INITIAL REACTIONS FROM THE COLLEGE LEVEL REGARDING HOCKEY. IF THE ISSUES AROSE FROM NEW SPORTS, HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE POLICIES? GOV. SUNUNU: WHY WOULD WE NOT EXCLUDE COLLEGES FROM THE DECISION? WE DO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THE PINPOINTS ARE FOR THIS. SOMETHING ON THE EYES, SOMETHING IN THE LOCKER ROOMS. — SOMETHING ON THE ICE, SOMETHING IN THE LOCKER ROOMS. I DO NOT KNOW, EXACTLY, WHAT THAT DOMINO EFFECT MIGHT BE WITHIN THAT UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. I THINK THE UNIVERSITIES HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB. THIS IS ABOUT CLEANING THE RINKS AND LOOKING AT NEW GUIDANCE. IN LOOKING AT ANY SPORTS WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEMS. WE WANT EVERYONE TO GET TESTED, SO WE CAN HIT A RESET BUTTON. THIS IS NOT A DECISION TAKEN LIGHTLY, BUT WE HAVE SIX OUTBREAKS NOW, AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THIS COMMUNITY FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, AND IT IS NOT GETTING BETTER. MY JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HANDLING THINGS BEFORE THEY BECOME A CRISIS, THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF PARENTS, STUDENTS, REFEREES, OR COACHES. THEY ARE ALL IN IT. WE NEED TO BE DOING RIGHT BY THEM. WHEN NOT CANCELING HOCKEY FOR THE SEASON. YOU’RE TAKING A PAUSE, GET THE DATA, AND ENSURING THAT WE MAKE BEING RIGHT NEXT STEPS SO THAT WHEN WE PUT THINGS BACK IN MOTION, WE LOOKING AT FRIDAY THE 29TH, THAT WE ARE DOING IT IN THE RIGHT WAY. WE WANT TO SAVE A HUGE PART OF THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON. I KNOW THAT TWO WEEKS CAN SOUND LIKE AN ETERNITY. BUT CONSIDER HOW MANY SPORT LEAGUES AND TEAMS HAVE STOPPED PLAYING FOR THE FALL. IT IS WAS A SMALL SACRIFICE DIRECTOR THAT WE CAN SAVE THE REST OF THE SEASON — IT IS A SMALL SACRIFICE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN SAVE THE REST OF THE SEASON. REPORTER: DO YOU THINK THAT THE SENATE SHOULD VOTE TO REPLACE THE NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE? IS AMY CONEY BARRETT QUALIFIED? GOV. SUNUNU: I DID NOT WATCH ANY OF THE HEARINGS. I AM NOT GOING TO PONTIFICATE ON THIS. THE PREVIOUS CONFIRMATION PROCESS WHICH SO BADLY WITH JUSTICE KAVANAUGH. THIS SEEMS TO HAVE GONE OFF WELL IN THAT RESPECT. I HAVE NOT WATCH OR BE DISSIPATED. MY SENSE IS THAT THEY ARE GOING TO VOTE IN A WEEK OR SO. I HAVE REALLY PULLED MYSELF OUT OF MAKING ANY STATEMENTS RELATED TO WASHINGTON. I THINK THAT IT IS A BIG MESS. I FOCUSES ON THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AND FOCUSING ON SCHOOLS AND SPORTS. I HAVE ENOUGH ON MY PLATE THAN TO PONTIFICATE ON WHAT HAPPENS IN D.C.. MOST OF THOSE VOTES ARE BAKED STAND, AND IT IS ALL POLITICS. “HE SAID WITH EYE ROLL.” THANK YOU A
NH COVID information: What you need to know
Officials detail number of coronavirus cases
More than 9,600 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 Oct. 15, 2020* New Hampshire data:Number of overall COVID-19 cases: 9,625Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 466Number of patients who have recovered: 8,222Number of active cases: 937Number of people who have been hospitalized: 761Number of current hospitalizations: 18Number of pending COVID-19 tests: at least 423Number of total COVID-19 (PCR) tests: 311,615Number of total antibody tests: 31,731Number of people being monitored: 4,000 (approximate number) Number of MIS-C cases: 1Average number of PCR tests each day over last seven days: 8,601Average number of tests for antibodies each day over last seven days: 33** 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 coronavirusKEY DATESOn 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 WMURSafety tips for Halloween from DHHS List of cities, towns with mask rules in placeInformation about coronavirus testingUnemployment information Guidelines about wearing cloth masks in public >> DHHS information: Coronavirus in New Hampshire | Volunteering opportunities | How to donate 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** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **POSSIBLE COMMUNITY EXPOSUREOfficials announced on Oct. 16 that there was a potential community exposure at Fat Katz Food and Drink in Hudson, after two people who should have been isolating did not do so and knowingly visited the establishment. Officials said the potential exposures occurred between Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. Anyone who went to Fat Katz Food and Drink during that time should watch for symptoms and seek testing. In addition, state health officials say people who were seated at a bar recently at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café may have been exposed to COVID-19. A person with a confirmed case of COVID might have exposed patrons during the following times:Wednesday, Sept. 30, between 5 and 9 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 1, between 5 and 9 p.m.Friday, Oct. 2, between 5 and 10 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 3, between 5 and 10 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 4, between 5 and 9 p.m.ACTIVE OUTBREAKS AT FACILITIES IN STATEThe following facilities have seen confirmed cases in residents and/or staff in recent days or weeks, according to officials: Bedford Hills Center in BedfordPine Rock Manor in WarnerSt. Teresa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in ManchesterWarde Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Windham 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 UPDATESMore than 7.7 million people in the country have been infected with the virus and more than 214,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.More than half of U.S. states are seeing an increase in new COVID-19 cases, with five states — Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont — reporting a jump of more than 50% in one week. Only Maine, Texas and Washington are reporting fewer new daily cases on average from last week. The number of new cases is holding steady in 16 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina and Wisconsin.Another 20,000 COVID-19 deaths by the end of the month are “inevitable,” according to a former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimate is based on the number of infections “that have already occurred,” Dr. Tom Frieden said Saturday, during CNN’s “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears” town hall.
More than 9,600 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 Oct. 15, 2020*
New Hampshire data:
- Number of overall COVID-19 cases: 9,625
- Number of deaths attributed to COVID-19: 466
- Number of patients who have recovered: 8,222
- Number of active cases: 937
- Number of people who have been hospitalized: 761
- Number of current hospitalizations: 18
- Number of pending COVID-19 tests: at least 423
- Number of total COVID-19 (PCR) tests: 311,615
- Number of total antibody tests: 31,731
- Number of people being monitored: 4,000 (approximate number)
- Number of MIS-C cases: 1
- Average number of PCR tests each day over last seven days: 8,601
- Average number of tests for antibodies each day over last seven days: 33
** 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
- 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
>> DHHS information: Coronavirus in New Hampshire | Volunteering opportunities | How to donate PPEs
** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **
POSSIBLE COMMUNITY EXPOSURE
Officials announced on Oct. 16 that there was a potential community exposure at Fat Katz Food and Drink in Hudson, after two people who should have been isolating did not do so and knowingly visited the establishment. Officials said the potential exposures occurred between Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. Anyone who went to Fat Katz Food and Drink during that time should watch for symptoms and seek testing.
In addition, state health officials say people who were seated at a bar recently at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café may have been exposed to COVID-19. A person with a confirmed case of COVID might have exposed patrons during the following times:
- Wednesday, Sept. 30, between 5 and 9 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 1, between 5 and 9 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 2, between 5 and 10 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 3, between 5 and 10 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 4, between 5 and 9 p.m.
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:
- Bedford Hills Center in Bedford
- Pine Rock Manor in Warner
- St. Teresa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Manchester
- Warde Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Windham
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
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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.
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