State and Local Officials Promote Open Water Safety
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CONCORD, N.H. – Tomorrow, state and local safety officials will hold a press conference at 10:00 AM to promote open water safety.

With municipal pools and public beaches limiting capacity to facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 public health emergency, many people are seeking relief from the summer heat in more remote swimming locations, which are not monitored by lifeguards. The New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of State Police Marine Patrol Unit, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources are urging residents and visitors to exercise extreme caution while swimming in, or recreating around, any of the Granite State’s many waterbodies.

WHO: Department of Safety Commissioner Robert Quinn, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Commissioner Sarah Stewart, Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Colonel Kevin Jordan, NH State Police Colonel Nathan Noyes, NH Marine Patrol Lieutenant Crystal McClain join state and local safety officials.

WHERE: Behind the Douglas N. Everett Arena, 15 Loudon Road, Concord, NH

WHEN: Friday, August 7, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

Yesterday, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol Unit issued a joint press release promoting everyone to Enjoy the Granite State’s Waterbodies Safely This Summer.

Governor Chris Sununu Issues Emergency Order #62
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Concord, NH — Yesterday, Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order #62, an order protecting pre-existing non-conforming use status for summer camps unable to operate due to COVID-19 during the summer of 2020.

NOTE: Yesterday, Governor Sununu also issued Exhibit O to Emergency Order #29.

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – August 5, 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 Wednesday, August 5, 2020, DHHS announced 27 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,719 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 two individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 37% being female and 63% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (5), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (5), Cheshire (2), Belknap (2), Carroll (1), and Merrimack (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (7) and Nashua (3). The county of residence is being determined for one new case.

No new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 698 (10%) of 6,719 cases. Seven of the new cases had 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 either had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or have recently traveled.

Current Situation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(data updated August 5, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191

6,719

Recovered

5,923 (88%)

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19

418 (6%)

Total Current COVID-19 Cases

378

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19

698 (10%)

Current Hospitalizations

20

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

167,407

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2

27,506

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL

37,397

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3

511

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)

2,950

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

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

532

501

666

478

422

294

107

429

LabCorp

689

205

109

720

641

735

193

470

Quest Diagnostics

679

955

1,023

1,201

1,006

1,026

673

938

Mako Medical

391

61

57

54

4

1

1

81

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

258

175

257

232

66

149

0

162

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

119

78

152

128

130

154

118

126

Other Laboratory*

49

37

4

59

74

21

35

40

Total

2,717

2,012

2,268

2,872

2,343

2,380

1,127

2,246

Antibody Laboratory Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

Daily Average

LabCorp

15

22

11

11

9

5

0

10

Quest Diagnostics

121

89

113

129

46

37

117

93

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

13

16

18

5

0

19

0

10

Other Laboratory*

11

16

0

12

4

15

5

9

Total

160

143

142

157

59

76

122

123

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

NH DHHS Daily Update on COVID-19 Archive

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup for 8/5/2020
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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 its first warning letter to New Life International and its second warning letter to Fishman Chemical of North Carolina, LLC, both of which distribute chloroquine phosphate products intended to treat disease in aquarium fish. Chloroquine phosphate intended to treat disease in aquarium fish has not been approved, conditionally approved, or indexed. Although neither company identified in today's warning letters made claims about these products' use by people, the agency is concerned that consumers may mistake, and have mistaken, unapproved chloroquine phosphate animal drugs for the human drug chloroquine phosphate. People should not take any form of chloroquine unless it has been prescribed by a licensed health care provider.
  • Testing updates:
    • To date, the FDA has currently authorized 203 tests under EUAs; these include 166 molecular tests, 35 antibody tests, and 2 antigen tests.

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New Hampshire Civic Groups to Host Voter Information Virtual Town Hall on Voting Rights Act Anniversary
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Experts will Answer Granite Staters' Questions On How to Register and Vote in New Hampshire in 2020
Concord, N.H. - On August 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm - on the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act - top New Hampshire civic groups will host a voter information virtual town hall, where Granite Staters will be able to ask their questions and learn everything they need to know to exercise their right to vote in November.
As voting processes have been adapted in New Hampshire to keep voters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, this town hall event will provide Granite Staters non-partisan accurate information about how to register and vote this fall.
Organizations co-hosting this event include America Votes New Hampshire, Granite State Progress, the Kent Street Coalition, NEA-NH, the New Hampshire Democrats African-American Caucus, the New Hampshire Democrats Asian-American and Pacific Islander Caucus, New Hampshire High School Democrats, the New Hampshire College Democrats, the New Hampshire Young Democrats, the New Hampshire Sierra Club, SEA/SEIU Local 1984, the New Hamppshire Stonewall Democrats, Black Women for Biden N.H., the New Hampshire Democrats Veterans & Military Families Caucus, and Organize New Hampshire.
“No one should have to choose between their health and safety and their right to vote,” said Kelsey Klementowicz, Organize New Hampshire's voter protection director. “Any Granite Stater who is a U.S. citizen, and is over 18 can vote. And any Granite Stater who is concerned about COVID-19 can vote by absentee ballot this year. We’re hosting this event to make sure Granite Staters know their rights and to answer any questions about how to register and vote."

What: N.H. Voter Information (Virtual) Town Hall

When: Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Who:
Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, and Senator Melanie Levesque, chair of the N.H. Senate Election and Municipal Affairs Law Committee, will each introduce the event by discussing the importance of voting and of the Voting Rights Act.

Following the brief remarks, voting experts will answer Granite Staters' questions about how to register, vote, and make sure their vote is counted:
  • Maggie Goodlander is a lawyer and adjunct professor of constitutional law at UNH Law School, a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and a former senior adviser to U.S. Senator John McCain
  • Kelsey Klementowicz is the voter protection director for Organize NH and previously an attorney at the New Hampshire Public Defender Program
  • Miles Rapoport is the Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center of the Harvard Kennedy School, the former Secretary of the State of Connecticut, and the former president of Demos and Common Cause
Where: This will be an online event - hosted on Facebook Live. Members of the public can RSVP here to receive information on how to join. Members of the media are asked to RSVP to .
Senators Feltes and D'Allesandro Send Letter To Massachusetts Department of Revenue Regarding Income Tax On New Hampshire Residents
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CONCORD — Today, Senator Dan Feltes, Chair of Senate Ways and Means, and Senator Lou D’Allesandro, Chair of Senate Finance, sent a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue regarding the potential tax increase for New Hampshire residents who traditionally commute to Massachusetts for work, but who have been working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, these individuals pay income tax for the days worked in Massachusetts and are exempt when working outside the state. However, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue recently issued an emergency order giving it the right to collect taxes on income earned outside the state.

Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) issued the following statements in response:

“It is completely unfair to charge New Hampshire workers the Massachusetts income tax while they are not working in Massachusetts,” stated Senator Feltes. “These workers are acting in everyone’s best interest when it comes to public health and safety and should not be penalized for their actions. I strongly encourage the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to withdraw this anti-worker tax rule change.”

Senator D’Allesandro added, “Across the board, everyone’s finances have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. However, workers who have accepted employment in Massachusetts under one set of tax rules should not be forced to accept such a significant change to their paychecks, particularly at such an uncertain and unsteady economic period. Respectfully, I would ask that the rule be withdrawn as we all continue to do our best to navigate these uncertain times.”

Offshore Wind Commission Signed Into Law
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CONCORD - Last week, HB 1245, was signed into law. The omnibus legislation consisted of several bills concerning state agencies including SB 668, establishing an offshore wind commission.

Senator David Watters (D-Dover) issued the following statement in response:

“The development of offshore wind as a source of renewable energy is extremely important to New Hampshire’s economic and energy future. New energy sources are essential to job development opportunities, education, economic expansion, and protecting and preserving our environment. This commission will bring stakeholders together to prepare necessary laws and ensure that the needs of New Hampshire ratepayers are met. We are uniquely positioned when it comes to the development of offshore wind as a source of renewable energy and I am pleased to see the state moving forward through the passage of HB 1245.”

DOE Congratulates Award-Winning Math and Science Teachers
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Exeter and Souhegan High School teachers receive national recognition

CONCORD- Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut congratulates Michelle Morton-Curit of Exeter High School and Susan Downer of Souhegan High School on being named this year’s recipients of the Presidential Excellence Awards in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science.

“STEM is a crucial part of every New Hampshire student’s education, and this year’s winners show how much students benefit from having excellent math and science teachers,” said Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “I want to congratulate Michelle Morton-Curit and Susan Downer for the difference they make in their classrooms.”

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the State and National levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. President Donald J. Trump this week announced the winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States territories which includes American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation.

Michelle Morton-Curit is entering her 25th year at Exeter High School. She currently teaches 9th-11th grade Algebra Foundations, Honors Geometry, and Academic Geometry.

“I am honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Presidential Award and to be included among the many talented mathematics educators who inspire students every day,” Morton-Curit said. “This award is recognition not only of my accomplishments as an educator, but also of those of the many mentors, colleagues, and students who have been influential in my career. I look forward to more opportunities to reflect and grow so that I can continue to do my part in providing quality mathematics education for all students.”

Susan Downer is entering her 25th year as a science teacher at Souhegan High School in Amherst. She currently teaches 10th-12th grade Chemistry and AP Chemistry.

“Receiving the Presidential Award is both confirming and empowering. Being chosen by distinguished colleagues in the field helps validate my passion to have students develop the skills and practices necessary to do scientific inquiry,” Downer said. “I strongly believe in students ‘doing’ science and hope that I can use this endorsement to empower others to help develop the next generation of scientists.”

Morton-Curit and Downer will be recognized at the 2020 New Hampshire Celebrating Leadership in Education Awards.

For more information on PEAMST, visit the New Hampshire Department of Education or www.PAEMST.org.

Enjoy the Granite State’s Waterbodies Safely This Summer
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CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) and the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol Division (NHSPMP) are urging residents and visitors to exercise extreme caution while swimming in, or recreating around, any of the Granite State’s many waterbodies. Large rivers such as the Merrimack River present unique hazards for bathers including steep drop-offs and dangerous currents which makes these types of moving waters inappropriate for novice swimmers.

“It is incredibly important that all Granite Staters take the necessary steps to remain safe while enjoying New Hampshire’s waterbodies,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “We must remain vigilant while enjoying the outdoors and these precautions will help save lives.”

With municipal pools and public beaches limiting capacity to facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 public health emergency, many people are seeking relief from the summer heat in more remote swimming locations which are not monitored by lifeguards.

“Swimming, like any other form of outdoor recreation, has the potential to be life-threatening for people who are unprepared or do not have a deep respect for the power of flowing water. Rivers like the Merrimack are as unpredictable as they are beautiful, and all swimmers must be responsible and know their own capabilities and physical limitations,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Colonel Kevin Jordan. “Always tell someone where you will be swimming, when you will return, and never swim alone”

“With a little extra planning, communication, approved life jackets and PFDs, and respect for the power that all New Hampshire waterbodies’ possess, outdoor enthusiasts will be better prepared to more safely enjoy the recreational opportunities of the Merrimack River this summer,” said Captain Tim Dunleavy of the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol Division.

Colonel Jordan and Captain Dunleavy strongly recommend that anyone recreating in, on, or along any of New Hampshire’s waterbodies should:

  • Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) whether recreating from a boat, along shore, or in the water.
  • Know where you will be swimming and the name of the area you will be in.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Never swim alone, always bring a friend.
  • Research new swimming spots thoroughly including known drop-offs and currents.
Reproductive Health Parity Act of 2020 Sent to Governor
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CONCORD - Today, HB 685, a bill requiring insurance plans which cover maternity benefits to provide coverage for emergency or elective abortion services, 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:

“Access to safe, legal abortion care is an essential component of reproductive health care. With the insurance market disrupted by COVID-19 and the Trump administration continuing to jeopardize access to reproductive health care, it is critical that we continue to put protections in place to ensure that everyone has the right to make decisions that are best for themselves and their families without the fear of crushing financial burden or discriminatory attacks. Last session, Senate Democrats led the charge to enshrine essential health benefits of the Affordable Care Act into state law and require New Hampshire insurers to cover infertility diagnosis and treatment. The Reproductive Health Parity Act builds on that progress and pushes New Hampshire to join the seven other states, including Maine and Connecticut that have already passed laws guaranteeing full reproductive health care and reducing barriers for women when making their constitutionally protected decisions. I urge Governor Sununu to support this important legislation and sign HB 685 into law.”