Largest Cargo Flight in MHT History Lands With PPE Destined for NH, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
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Concord, NH — Today, Governor Chris Sununu, Deborah Scher, Executive Advisor to the Secretary, Secretary's Center for Strategic Partnerships, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dean Kamen, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and local VA officials, greeted a FedEx charter flight aboard a Boeing 777 - the largest cargo flight in Manchester-Boston Regional Airport history - carrying 450,000 gowns destined to be shipped to the areas of greatest need both in New Hampshire and VA facilities across the country.

"Today's PPE delivery - the fifteenth flight to touch down in New Hampshire, and the eighth shipment destined for VA facilities across the United States - emphasizes just how well prepared New Hampshire is," said Governor Chris Sununu. "We're incredibly proud of our national role in securing lifesaving PPE to ensure that veterans across the country - the men and women who stood tall for us - continue to receive the quality care they deserve. New Hampshire gets the job done like no other."

The State of New Hampshire purchased the entire shipment of PPE, and will be reimbursed for the gowns delivered to the VA.

"Through the leadership of Governor Sununu and his championing of VA causes, the ingenuity, humanitarian-focused efforts and patriotism of Dean Kamen and the whole team at DEKA, the NH National Guard and our team at VA Manchester, we have been able to put together a coalition unlike any other in the nation," said Deborah Scher, Executive Advisor to the Secretary, Secretary's Center for Strategic Partnerships, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs. "New Hampshire is the single most dependable source for PPE for the entire VA serving 9M Veterans and protecting our healthcare workers. The department could not be more grateful."

To date, over 1,200 tons of PPE has been delivered to New Hampshire aboard FedEx charter flights at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

“FedEx team members have been working hard to keep supply chains moving, delivering critical supplies where and when they are needed most during this crisis," said Don F. Colleran, FedEx Express President and CEO. "Through close collaboration with the State of New Hampshire and the team at DEKA Research, we have delivered more than 1,200 tons of personal protective equipment and critical supplies to the state on fifteen charter flights since April. To add to the excitement, the arrival of today’s charter marks the first Boeing 777 cargo operation at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Thank you to all those involved in this incredible achievement.”

Largest Cargo Flight in MHT History Lands With PPE Destined for NH, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Largest Cargo Flight in MHT History Lands With PPE Destined for NH, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Largest Cargo Flight in MHT History Lands With PPE Destined for NH, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Largest Cargo Flight in MHT History Lands With PPE Destined for NH, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

CDC Investigation Update: Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Continues to Grow; Now Linked to Red Onions
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CDC, several states, and FDA continue to investigate a rapidly growing outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections. Red onions have been identified as the likely source. An update is posted here: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport-07-20/index.html.

Key points:

  • CDC is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any onions from Thomson International, Inc., or food made with these onions. This advice applies to red, white, yellow, and sweet onions.
    • Although red onions have been identified as the likely source, other types of onions may be contaminated due to the way onions are grown and harvested.
  • If you don’t know where your onions are from, don’t eat, serve, or sell them or any food prepared with them.
  • Epidemiologic and traceback information showed that red onions are the likely source of this outbreak.
  • The traceback information collected identified Thomson International, Inc., of Bakersfield, Calif., as a likely source of red onions in this outbreak. Additional traceback is ongoing to determine if other onions are linked to the outbreak.
  • Since our last update on July 24, 2020, an additional 184 ill people have been reported in this outbreak, including 37 from 11 new states: Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.
  • A total of 396 ill people have been reported from 34 states. 59 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • This investigation is ongoing. CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

CDC advises people to take action if they have symptoms of a Salmonella infection:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
  • Report your illness to the health department. The health department will likely call you for an interview to ask you about foods you ate in the week before you got sick.
  • Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness. This information could help identify the source of the outbreak and prevent other people from getting sick.

About Salmonella:

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient is hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body.
  • Children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness.

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.

FDA In Brief: FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Red Onions from California Supplier, Investigation Continues to Find Source
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The following quote is attributed to Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response:

"The FDA has been working with CDC, state, local and international partners on a rapidly developing investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections likely linked to red onions.

"Canadian health officials have been investigating a similar outbreak in that country and have announced that they had determined red onions from the U.S. to be the potential source of the Canadian outbreak.

"Building on this information, and on epidemiologic information in the U.S. outbreak from CDC, the FDA's traceback investigation was able to identify Thomson International, Inc. as a likely source of contaminated red onions in the U.S.

"Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International and if you cannot tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains these onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out.

"We will provide updates as we learn more during our continuing traceback investigation, especially if there are any updates to this critical public health advice."

Additional Information:

  • The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections.
  • The FDA's traceback investigation is ongoing but has identified Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, CA as a likely source of potentially contaminated red onions. Although the investigation has determined that red onions are the likely source of this outbreak, Thomson International, Inc. has notified FDA that it will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, due to the risk of cross-contamination.
  • This recall would include red, white, yellow, and sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. Recall information will be made public as soon as it is available from Thomson International, Inc.
  • The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Two Tests that Estimate a Patient’s Antibodies from Past SARS-CoV-2 Infection
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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first two COVID-19 serology tests that display an estimated quantity of antibodies present in the individual’s blood. Both tests from Siemens, the ADVIA Centaur COV2G and Attelica COV2G, are what are known as “semi-quantitative” tests, meaning that they do not display a precise measurement, but estimate the quantity of a patient’s antibodies produced against infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.

“Being able to measure a patient’s relative level of antibodies in response to a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection may be useful as we continue to learn more about the virus and what the existence of antibodies may mean,” said Tim Stenzel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “There are still many unknowns about what the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies may tell us about potential immunity, but today’s authorizations give us additional tools to evaluate those antibodies as we continue to research and study this virus. Patients should not interpret results as telling them they are immune, or have any level of immunity, from the virus.”

Due to these unknowns, the FDA cautions patients against using the results from these tests, or any serology test, as an indication that they can stop taking steps to protect themselves and others, such as stopping social distancing, discontinuing wearing masks or returning to work. The FDA also wants to remind patients that serology tests should not be used to diagnose an active infection, as they only detect antibodies the immune system develops in response to the virus – not the virus itself.

Governor Chris Sununu Emergency Order #61
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Concord, NH — Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order #61, an order extending Emergency Order #52, as part of the state's efforts to respond to COVID-19.

A copy of the Emergency Order can be found here.

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 31, 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 31, 2020, DHHS announced 42 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,583 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 54% being female and 46% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (12), Rockingham (10), Merrimack (2), Strafford (2), and Sullivan (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (12) and Nashua (3).

One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 693 (11%) of 6,583 cases. Nine 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 July 31, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191

6,583

Recovered

5,772 (88%)

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19

415 (6%)

Total Current COVID-19 Cases

396

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19

693 (11%)

Current Hospitalizations

18

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

159,801

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2

26,920

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL

36,602

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3

660

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)

3,075

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

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

567

267

451

53

279

532

501

379

LabCorp

854

762

534

628

138

689

44

521

Quest Diagnostics

344

205

716

540

1,158

678

852

642

Mako Medical

600

591

395

1,383

646

391

61

581

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

282

137

127

42

224

258

52

160

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

94

77

106

146

133

118

58

105

Other Laboratory*

11

36

28

50

6

49

35

31

Total

2,752

2,075

2,357

2,842

2,584

2,715

1,603

2,418

Antibody Laboratory Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

Daily Average

LabCorp

18

12

10

6

9

15

0

10

Quest Diagnostics

100

112

27

39

126

116

81

86

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

4

21

1

16

20

13

1

11

Other Laboratory*

9

12

0

6

2

11

8

7

Total

131

157

38

67

157

155

90

114

* 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 7/31/2020
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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:

  • As part of the FDA's effort to protect consumers, the agency issued a warning letter jointly with the Federal Trade Commission to one company for selling fraudulent COVID-19 related products. The company, Vapore, LLC, dba Mypurmist, sells Mypurmist with misleading claims that the product can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people. There are currently no FDA-approved products to prevent or treat COVID-19. FDA requested that Vapore, LLC, immediately cease selling this unapproved and unauthorized product. Consumers concerned about COVID-19 should consult with their health care provider.
  • Testing updates:
    • To date, the FDA has currently authorized 194 tests under EUAs; these include 159 molecular tests, 33 antibody tests, and 2 antigen tests.

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PPE Delivery Aboard Largest Cargo Flight in MHT History
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Concord, NH - Tomorrow, Governor Chris Sununu, Dean Kamen, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials, state officials, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun, and CVS Caremark President Alan Lotvin will greet and unload a Boeing 777-200 - the largest cargo flight operation in Manchester-Boston Regional Airport history - carrying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) bound for VA hospitals across the country.

The FedEx charter flight is scheduled to depart Anchorage, Alaska at 3:35 AM local time after passing through United States Customs, and is due to arrive at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport at 9:39 AM.

An updated advisory will be sent should the plane be delayed substantially.

This is the eighth flight secured by the State of New Hampshire on behalf of the VA, with the help of inventor Dean Kamen and others, to have landed at the Manchester Boston-Regional Airport. It is the fifteenth FedEx charter flight with PPE delivered to New Hampshire.

The 450,000 gowns aboard the flight will be be distributed to the areas of greatest need across the state and country. The VA will reimburse the State of New Hampshire for the gowns delivered.

The plane can be tracked here.

Governor Sununu Vetoes Bipartisan Independent Redistricting Commission
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CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1665, a bipartisan bill to establish an independent advisory commission on redistricting.

Senator Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst) issued the following statement in response:

“When we allow those with the most vested interest to determine our districts, we become gerrymandered, and in turn silence the voices and will of Granite State voters. Over 80% of New Hampshire voters believe that gerrymandering creates unfair districts and agree that a neutral commission could correct unfair district lines. I am disappointed that the Governor did not support this bipartisan legislation that would have increased accountability, transparency, and fairness in our election process.”

Governor Sununu Vetoes SMART Act, Blocks Election Security Legislation
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CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed SB 7, the Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology (“SMART”) Act.

Prime sponsor Senator Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) issued the following statement in response:

“It is disappointing, yet not surprising, to see Governor Sununu once again veto a cost saving, common sense measure to secure and modernize New Hampshire’s election system. The SMART Act could have lowered costs for our municipalities, reduced the amount of time spent in line on election day, and created a more streamlined and accessible registration process. I thank my House and Senate colleagues, as well as voting rights advocates across the state, for their dedication to our democracy and remain committed to working towards modern, secure, and accessible elections.”