NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 12, 2020
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Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, DHHS announced 31 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,054 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there are six individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 58% being female and 42% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (8), Rockingham (3), Merrimack (2), Strafford (2), Carroll (1), and Cheshire (1) counties, and in the cities of Nashua (8) and Manchester (1). The county of residence is being determined for five new cases.

No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 589 (10%) of 6,054 cases. Eight of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Most of the remaining cases have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, recently traveled, or are associated with an outbreak setting.

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated July 12, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191

6,054

Recovered

5,027 (83%)

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19

391 (6%)

Total Current COVID-19 Cases

636

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19

589 (10%)

Current Hospitalizations

22

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2

134,866

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2

21,562

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL

33,600

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3

545

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)

3,550

1Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.

2Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.

3Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

7/10

7/11

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

633

313

273

504

892

479

195

470

LabCorp

135

288

330

363

249

373

639

340

Quest Diagnostics

679

174

288

279

315

229

424

341

Mako Medical

150

261

167

176

323

361

845

326

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

57

33

110

164

174

121

196

122

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

124

344

329

225

264

93

n/a**

230

Other Laboratory*

28

34

15

53

7

21

23

26

Total

1,806

1,447

1,512

1,764

2,224

1,677

2,322

1,822

Antibody Laboratory Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

7/10

7/11

Daily Average

LabCorp

10

0

4

31

20

19

22

15

Quest Diagnostics

54

48

201

154

209

163

139

138

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

0

1

32

38

37

32

14

22

Other Laboratory*

0

13

2

11

7

4

8

6

Total

64

62

239

234

273

218

183

182

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not already listed in the table.

n/a: not available

** Not available at the time of this report.

Number of Persons Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

7/10

7/11

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

86

30

105

279

370

127

105

157

LabCorp

112

233

273

300

205

318

528

281

Quest Diagnostics

622

148

257

255

247

191

377

300

Mako Medical

21

46

22

64

47

71

171

63

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

50

29

105

148

154

102

181

110

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

124

344

329

225

264

93

n/a**

230

Other Laboratory*

25

21

11

48

3

17

19

21

Total

1,040

851

1,102

1,319

1,290

919

1,381

1,129

Antibody Laboratory Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

7/10

7/11

Daily Average

LabCorp

9

0

3

29

19

16

20

14

Quest Diagnostics

51

44

178

141

197

152

133

128

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

0

1

27

34

33

30

14

20

Other Laboratory*

0

9

0

10

6

4

7

5

Total

60

54

208

214

255

202

174

167

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not

already listed in the table.

** Not available at the time of this report.

NH DHHS Daily Update on COVID-19 Archive

For more information, please visit the DHHS COVID-19 webpage at https://www.nh.gov/covid19.

Exploring the Great Outdoors
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The moderate summer, and months of confinement, has contributed to a rise in outdoor enthusiasts in the Barrington area. With lots of great trails in our town, it’s a no brainer to get out, get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.There are some tips, however, that will ensure that your hike is safe and if you do lose direction you can be more easily found:

  1. “Always make sure they have a phone charger, flashlight, and some sort of alarm.” Nicole Marcin, Simply Stunning Safety
  2. Wear sturdy shoes that are broken in – ending up with a blister halfway through the hike because shoes are new is a painful and crippling experience.
  3. Wear long sleeves and pants with bug spray – it is tick season, and keeping yourself healthy is critical.There are natural remedies as well, just find one that is rated well.
  4. Find a good head covering – keeping cool, and protected is the way to go.
  5. Wear clothes that wick the sweat away – merino wool or a quality synthetic.This keeps moisture away and helps to avoid chafing in more sensitive areas.
  6. Layer your clothes.It’s easier to remove layers when you get overly warm than to find extra clothes in the woods if you get cold.
  7. Pack bug spray, bear mace, sunscreen, lightweight rain gear, protein snacks and extra water in your backpack.
  8. Be aware of the weight of your backpack.A loaded backpack for a day hiking trip should not be more than 10 percent of your body weight.
  9. Bring a partner – you should never hike alone, even the most seasoned hiker can take a misstep and end up injured or lost.
  10. Plan on bringing out what you bring in.Many trails in our area do not have garbage cans, and it’s unfair to rely on local residents to clean up after others using the area.
  11. Let someone else know where you plan on going, and don’t change the plans!
  12. Bring a trail guide, GPS and a good old compass just in case.

If you are new to hiking it’s best to find a trail guide, or seasoned friend to help select your starter trails, go alongside, and teach you about things to look for – poison ivy, animal scat, tracks and trail markers.Start slowly, and work your way up to longer hikes or more challenging hikes.

Hiking is good for the mind, body and spirit.Hiking with friends can allow for social interaction while maintaining social distancing.Get out, enjoy yourself and be safe!

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 11, 2020
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Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

On Saturday, July 11, 2020, DHHS announced 33 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,024 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there are three individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 63% being female and 37% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (9), Rockingham (6), Belknap (2), Coos (2), Merrimack (2), Grafton (1), and Strafford (1) Counties, and in the cities of Manchester (3) and Nashua (7).

Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 589 (10%) of 6,024 cases. Nine of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Most of the remaining cases have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, recently traveled, or are associated with an outbreak setting.

DHHS has also announced one additional death related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.

• 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated
July 11, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191

6,024

Recovered

5,013 (83%)

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19

391 (6.5%)

Total Current COVID-19 Cases

620

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19

589 (10%)

Current Hospitalizations

22

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2

133,389

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2

21,388

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL

33,571

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3

906

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)

3,525

1Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.

2Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.

3Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/04

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

7/10

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

370

633

313

273

504

892

479

495

LabCorp

361

135

288

330

363

249

373

300

Quest Diagnostics

627

679

174

288

279

315

229

370

Mako Medical

1,031

150

261

167

176

323

361

353

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

171

57

33

110

164

174

121

119

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

34

124

344

329

225

261

n/a

220

Other Laboratory*

4

28

34

15

53

7

21

23

Total

2,598

1,806

1,447

1,512

1,764

2,221

1,584

1,847

Antibody Laboratory Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/04

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

7/10

Daily Average

LabCorp

17

10

0

4

31

20

19

14

Quest Diagnostics

119

54

48

201

154

209

163

135

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

6

0

1

32

38

37

32

21

Other Laboratory*

1

0

13

2

11

7

4

5

Total

143

64

62

239

234

273

218

176

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not already listed in the table.

n/a: not available

** Not available at the time of this report.

Number of Persons Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/04

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

7/10

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

173

86

30

105

279

370

127

167

LabCorp

311

112

233

273

300

205

318

250

Quest Diagnostics

584

622

148

257

255

247

191

329

Mako Medical

461

21

46

22

64

47

71

105

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

162

50

29

105

148

154

102

107

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

34

124

344

329

225

261

n/a

220

Other Laboratory*

4

25

21

11

48

3

17

18

Total

1,729

1,040

851

1,102

1,319

1,287

826

1,165

Antibody Laboratory Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/04

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

7/10

Daily Average

LabCorp

17

9

0

3

29

19

16

13

Quest Diagnostics

118

51

44

178

141

197

152

126

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

6

0

1

27

34

33

30

19

Other Laboratory*

0

0

9

0

10

6

4

4

Total

141

60

54

208

214

255

202

162

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not

already listed in the table.

** Not available at the time of this report.

NH DHHS Daily Update on COVID-19 Archive

For more information, please visit the DHHS COVID-19 webpage at https://www.nh.gov/covid19.

MCE123 Receives 2020 Best of Barrington Award - Program Honors the Achievement

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MCE123 Receives 2020 Best of Barrington Award - Program Honors the AchievementBarrington, NH -- MCE123 has been selected for the 2020 Best of Barrington Award in the Website Designer category by the Barrington Award Program.

Each year, the Barrington Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Barrington area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Barrington Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Barrington Award Program and data provided by third parties.

The Company Founder and Chief Technology Officer of MCE123, Patrick R. McElhiney, said “This is a great honor to be selected as the best website designer in Barrington for two years in a row now!” He added, “I know this award is because of the tireless work we have been doing with Barrington Town News for the past 10 months – it’s the only website we’ve been working on.”

“When I am working on Barrington Town News, I am not thinking about winning awards – I want a formal way for people living and visiting the town of Barrington to communicate and receive factual content that also serves the purpose of promoting local businesses,” said McElhiney.

McElhiney conveyed that he is currently working on the next version of this website, which will be for the purpose of placing a local news website in every town and city across America. He says building something that scales up to hundreds of millions of potential users is a completely different type of website design that requires years of planning, and even many more years of website development.

McElhiney would not say when he thinks the new website will be online, however he did say that Barrington Town News is like a blueprint for the new website. He said, “You can’t get into the news business if you don’t have some kind of idea about how it works.” He explained that with the new website, companies will be able to advertise regionally throughout the Seacoast and beyond.

With this platform existing news companies will be provided with valuable tools that they can use to increase their subscription bases and viewers, sell advertising, and the site will be friendly to advertising and marketing firms, on a scale that existing companies won’t be able to touch without using the platform.

About Barrington Award Program

The Barrington Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Barrington area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Barrington Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

For more information about the Barrington Award Program, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the website at http://www.town-best-ofinformation-2020.com

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup for 7/10/2020
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The FDA issued a statement in conjunction with preparations to resume domestic inspections, guided by a new a risk-assessment system. The White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again are providing FDA a roadmap for optimizing operations and new work arrangements, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidance is informing efforts related to workplace exposures to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. To arm FDA investigators with the most reliable and accurate information, the FDA developed a rating system to assist in determining when and where it is safest to conduct prioritized domestic inspections. The COVID-19 Advisory Rating system (COVID-19 Advisory Level) uses real-time data to qualitatively assess the number of COVID-19 cases in a local area based on state and national data. The Advisory Level data will be made available to state partners who, under contract, conduct inspections of FDA-regulated entities on the agency's behalf.

    At this time, the agency is working toward restarting on-site inspections during the week of July 20. However, resuming these inspections will depend on the data about the virus' trajectory in a given state and locality and the rules and guidelines established by those state and local governments.

  • The agency issued new Emergency Use Authorizations for diagnostic tests developed by:
  • Testing updates:
    • To date, the FDA has currently authorized 173 tests under EUAs; these include 144 molecular tests, 27 antibody tests, and 2 antigen tests.

Additional Resources:

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 10, 2020
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Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

On Friday, July 10, 2020, DHHS announced 18 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 5,991 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there is one individual under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 44% being female and 56% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (9), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (2), Carroll (1), Belknap (1), Merrimack (1), and Strafford (1) Counties, and in the cities of Manchester (1) and Nashua (1). The county of residence is being determined for one new case.

Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 585 (10%) of 5,991 cases. Five of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Most of the remaining cases have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, recently traveled, or are associated with an outbreak setting.

DHHS has also announced three additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.

  • 1 male resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 female resident of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
  • 1 male resident of Belknap County, 60 years of age and older

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated
July 10, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191

5,991

Recovered

4,897 (82%)

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19

390 (6.5%)

Total Current COVID-19 Cases

704

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19

585 (10%)

Current Hospitalizations

20

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2

132,302

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2

21,186

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL

33,387

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3

386

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)

3,475

1Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.

2Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.

3Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/03

7/04

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

643

370

633

313

273

504

892

518

LabCorp

253

361

135

288

330

363

249

283

Quest Diagnostics

647

627

679

174

288

279

315

430

Mako Medical

94

1,031

150

261

167

176

323

315

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

118

171

57

33

110

164

174

118

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

174

34

124

344

329

225

n/a

205

Other Laboratory*

19

4

28

34

15

53

7

23

Total

1,948

2,598

1,806

1,447

1,512

1,764

1,960

1,862

Antibody Laboratory Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/03

7/04

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

Daily Average

LabCorp

31

17

10

0

4

31

20

16

Quest Diagnostics

159

119

54

48

201

154

209

135

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

25

6

0

1

32

38

37

20

Other Laboratory*

7

1

0

13

2

11

7

6

Total

222

143

64

62

239

234

273

177

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not already listed in the table.

n/a: not available

** Not available at the time of this report.

Number of Persons Tested by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/03

7/04

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

159

173

86

30

105

279

370

172

LabCorp

215

311

112

233

273

300

205

236

Quest Diagnostics

587

584

622

148

257

255

247

386

Mako Medical

82

461

21

46

22

64

47

106

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

107

162

50

29

105

148

154

108

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

174

34

124

344

329

225

n/a

205

Other Laboratory*

14

4

25

21

11

48

3

18

Total

1,338

1,729

1,040

851

1,102

1,319

1,026

1,201

Antibody Laboratory Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/03

7/04

7/05

7/06

7/07

7/08

7/09

Daily Average

LabCorp

25

17

9

0

3

29

19

15

Quest Diagnostics

147

118

51

44

178

141

197

125

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

24

6

0

1

27

34

33

18

Other Laboratory*

1

0

0

9

0

10

6

4

Total

197

141

60

54

208

214

255

161

* Includes out-of-state public health laboratories, out-of-state hospital laboratories, and other commercial laboratories not

already listed in the table.

** Not available at the time of this report.

NH DHHS Daily Update on COVID-19 Archive

For more information, please visit the DHHS COVID-19 webpage at https://www.nh.gov/covid19.

Funding for Nashua’s Substance Use Disorder Services Sent to Governor
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CONCORD - Today, HB 1230 which makes an appropriation to the department of health and human services for the purpose of funding substance use disorder services in Nashua, was delivered to the Secretary of State. It next goes to the governor’s desk where he will have five business days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature.

Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement in response:

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated substance use disorder triggers including anxiety, financial hardship, and general uncertainty. When individuals begin to seek treatment, it is essential that those programs be properly funded, even if there are changes in how services are delivered. This bipartisan legislation gives Nashua the flexibility to use its resources to fight the opioid epidemic during this unprecedented time. I thank my Legislative colleagues for their work on this critical issue and urge the governor to sign HB 1230 into law.”

Renewable Energy Legislation Sent to Governor
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CONCORD - Today, SB 166, a critical piece of net metering legislation, was delivered to the Secretary of State. It next goes to the governor’s desk where he will have five business days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature.

Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement in response:

“SB 166 is a critical piece of net metering legislation to reduce electric rates, expand clean energy jobs, and combat climate change here in New Hampshire. This bill both opens up opportunities for community renewable power and ensures that customer generators, including those with solar installations, get treated fairly in the competitive market. Our current statute allows competitive electric suppliers to determine the terms, conditions, and prices by which they agree to provide generation supply to and purchase net generation output from eligible customer-generators. This legislation brings consistency across all energy suppliers and moves renewable energy forward here in New Hampshire. I urge the governor to sign SB 166 and side with New Hampshire ratepayers, not out-of-state fossil fuel interests.”

Senate Democrats’ Granite Promise Plan to Provide COVID-19 Relief & Recovery for New Hampshire Workers Sent to Governor
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CONCORD - Today, HB 1166, a portion of the Senate Democrats’ Granite Promise Plan addressing worker safety and unemployment insurance was delivered to the Secretary of State. It next goes to the governor’s desk where he will have five business days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature.

Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement in response:

“HB 1166 is about getting people back to work – safely. For those who have lost their jobs, and in turn their financial security, we need to put into law the current temporary relief measures including eliminating the one-week waiting period, which was vetoed last year by Governor Sununu, ensure proper funding for the unemployment insurance trust fund, and upgrade the computer system so no Granite Stater is systematically denied help like so many of our self employed workers. For those going back to work, HB 1166 waives cost-sharing and out-of-network charges for the testing and treatment for COVID-19 and extends FMLA unpaid leave for COVID-19 related reasons. It ensures free PPE for our small businesses to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. If the economy is going to begin to recover we have to support our workers and small businesses over big insurance. It is critical HB 1166 gets signed into law to ensure financial security and to safely get people back to work.”

Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Election Accessibility During COVID-19 State of Emergency Heading to Governor’s Desk
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CONCORD - Today, HB 1266, a bipartisan package of initiatives to ensure election accessibility during the COVID-19 state of emergency was delivered to the Secretary of State. HB 1266 makes temporary modifications to the absentee voter registration, absentee ballot application, and absentee voting processes in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disease. It next goes to the governor’s desk where he will have five business days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature.

Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Chair Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) and Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye) issued the following statements in response:

“No one should be forced to choose between their health and their right to vote,” stated Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Chair Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline). “Absentee ballots are a secure way to enable participation while protecting public health and access must be expanded. A voter should not have to claim disability in order to protect themselves. HB 1266 takes necessary action to ensure this September and November, no eligible voter is prevented from participating in free and fair elections due to fear of COVID-19.”

Vice Chair Tom Sherman (D-Rye) added, “The temporary measures taken in HB 1266 as amended were developed directly out of the recommendations made by the Secretary of State's Select Committee on 2020 Emergency Election Support including changes to the absentee voter registration, absentee ballot application, and absentee voting processes. While we will continue to seek long term improvements to secure and modernize New Hampshire’s election system, these short term, 2020 only measures will help ensure that every eligible voter can participate safely in the 2020 state primary and general elections. I urge the governor to sign HB 1266 into law and support New Hampshire’s proud tradition of engaged participation in the election process.”