Governor Chris Sununu Vetoes SB 311
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed SB 311, relative to annulment of criminal records.

A copy of the Governor's veto message can be found here.

Senator D’Allesandro Urges Governor Sununu to Issue Mask Mandate
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CONCORD - Today, Senator Lou D’Allesandro publicly called on Governor Chris Sununu to issue a statewide mask mandate during a meeting of the GOFERR Legislative Advisory Board. The Legislative Advisory Board split 4-4 on party lines on whether to encourage the governor to issue the mandate.

“We have heard from the CDC, national experts, and our own state epidemiologist that masks are the key to preventing the spread of the coronavirus. It is a simple, commonsense measure that has been proven to reduce positive cases. If we truly care about getting New Hampshire back on track, we all need to do our part. I urge Governor Sununu to do the right thing that makes the most sense for the citizens of New Hampshire and join the 32 other states who have put public safety first and issued a state wide mask mandate.”

Governor Chris Sununu Signs HB 1558 Into Law
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 1558, relative to discipline of students, addressing students' behavioral needs, and making an appropriation therefor; kindergarten funding; violence in schools; policies for students with head injuries; child sexual abuse prevention education and training; authorizing the issuance of bonds or notes by a municipality; adding the chancellor of the university system of New Hampshire to the department of business and economic affairs council of partner agencies; change of school or assignment due to manifest educational hardship; school board expenditure of year-end fund balances; a children's system of care; student wellness; and criminal background checks for bus drivers, into law.

Governor Chris Sununu Signs HB 1639 Into Law
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 1639, relative to health care, into law.

Governor Chris Sununu Signs HB 1245 Into Law
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 1245, adopting omnibus legislation concerning state agencies, into law.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Posts New Template for At-Home and Over-the-Counter Diagnostic Tests for Use in Non-Lab Settings, Such as Homes, Offices or Schools
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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a new template for commercial developers to help them develop and submit emergency use authorization (EUA) requests for COVID-19 diagnostic tests that can be performed entirely at home or in other settings besides a lab, such as offices or schools, and that could be available without a prescription.

"The FDA continues to help facilitate innovation in test development, thereby enhancing Americans' access to COVID-19 tests," said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. "The recommendations provided today are intended to help get tests to market that are simple enough to use at home, similar to a pregnancy test. We hope that with the innovation we've seen in test development, we could see tests that you could buy at a drug store, swab your nose or collect saliva, run the test, and receive results within minutes at home, once these tests become available. These types of tests will be a game changer in our fight against COVID-19 and will be crucial as the nation looks toward reopening."

The template includes recommendations for validation when a sample is to be collected and analyzed, and results are to be returned without the need to send a sample to a lab for analysis. The template also gives recommendations for validation of tests that are intended to be made available over-the-counter, that is, without a prescription.

This template outlines the recommended performance for this type of test, including sensitivity and specificity. While the recommended sensitivity for these non-lab tests is lower than lab-based tests, the tremendous benefits of broader access to simple and fast testing options generally outweighs this risk.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup for 7/28/2020
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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:

  • Today, FDA posted the audio and transcript versions of Episode 6 in its new podcast series, FDA Insight, which features Dr. Peter Marks, Director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), in part 2 of a discussion on COVID-19 vaccines. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Anand Shah, FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs. Part 1 of this discussion, posted July 21, is accessible also in audio and transcript versions as Episode 5.
  • FDA issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs) today for two molecular diagnostic tests for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 to:
  • Testing updates:
    • To date, the FDA has currently authorized 193 tests under EUAs; these include 158 molecular tests, 33 antibody tests, and 2 antigen tests.

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Governor Chris Sununu Issues Exhibit M to Emergency Order #29
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Concord, NH — Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued Exhibit M to Emergency Order #29 as part of the state's efforts to respond to COVID-19.

A copy of the Emergency Order can be found here.

Governor Sununu Vetoes HB 1234
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CONCORD – Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1234, an omnibus bill relative to state and local government administration.

Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) issued the following statement in response:

“Despite a global pandemic, the Legislature worked hard to complete the people’s work and to ensure public transparency throughout the entirety of our remote legislative activities. Every bill passed - including HB 1234 - was printed in the Senate calendar, had a public hearing and committee vote, and was voted on by the full Senate and House. For the Governor to suggest otherwise is inaccurate and frankly offensive.

HB 1234 was not a partisan bill; its contents were administrative bills essential to continuity of government. In vetoing it, Governor Sununu struck down requests from his own department heads in addition to prime sponsored legislation from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Morse, House Minority Leader Dick Hinch, and House and Senate Republican leaders Jeb Bradley and Sherm Packard.

While the issues this bill encompassed were not political, they were incredibly important to constituents, state agencies, and New Hampshire’s economy. Governor Sununu’s inclination to veto rather than engage in the legislative process has today thwarted critical efforts to increase sales opportunities for New Hampshire farmers, expand sports betting opportunities for New Hampshire cities, and expand renewable energy capacity.”

On Background:

· Of the 38 bills comprised in HB 1234, 18 were introduced by Republicans. One was a request of the Adjutant General and another was a request from the Banking Department. Further, 27 had already been voted on in their originating bodies and were passed on a voice vote. The details are as follows:

o SB 423 relative to the election of charter commission members - Senator D’Allesandro

o HB 1234 relative to the heating of certain state-owned buildings in Concord and making an appropriation therefor - Rep. Mary Jane Wallner - passed House on VV

o HB 1259 relative to the rulemaking authority of the department of information technology - Rep. L Ober (R) - passed House on VV

o HB 1326 requiring the independent investment committee of the New Hampshire retirement system to report investment fees - Rep. Schuett - passed House on VV

o HB 1377 making a technical correction and a clarification in the law governing death benefits for emergency medical technicians and rescue squad members - Rep. Proulx (R)- passed House on VV

o HB 1407 relative to adopting rules relative to departmental forms - Rep. Hatch - passed House on VV

o HB 1437 relative to the qualifications of the banking department commissioner and deputy commissioner, relative to consumer complaints, and relative to applications for money transmitters - Rep. Hunt (R) - request of the banking department - passed House on VV

o HB 1627 creating an animal records database - Rep. Bixby

o HB 1695 relative to background checks for certain persons under the banking law - Rep Butler - recommendation of the committee to study the effects of past New Hampshire trust code legislation, established pursuant to 2019, 230:5 - passed House on VV

o HB 1702 establishing a solid waste working group on solid waste management planning - Rep. Ebel - request of the study committee on recycling and solid waste, established pursuant to 2019, 265 (HB 617) - passed House on VV

o HB 1704 relative to compost - Rep. Ebel - request of the HB 617 study committee on recycling and solid waste - passed House on VV

o HB 1714 relative to ratification of amendments to the state building code and state fire code - Rep. Goley - passed House on VV

o SB 757 local option for operation of sports book retail locations - Sen. Rosenwald

o SB 414 relative to roads within the Woodsville Fire District - Sen. Giuda (R) - passed Senate on VV

o SB 512 relative to transportation of beverages and wine - Sen. French (R)

o SB 557 relative to the advisory council on career and technical education - Sen. Kahn - passed Senate on VV

o SB 592 relative to the Pease development authority board of directors - Sen. Sherman - passed Senate on VV

o SB 635 establishing the lakes region development authority - Sen. Morse (R)

o SB 746 relative to the charter for Brewster Academy - Sen. Bradley (R) - passed Senate on VV

o SB 525 relative to probate administration, distribution upon intestacy, and powers of attorney. - Sen. Feltes

o SB 571 relative to the uniform disclaimer of property interests act. - Sen. Feltes

o SB 692 relative to certain costs of the public utilities commission for participation in regional activities - Sen. Feltes - passed Senate on VV

o SB 444 amending the alimony statute due to changes in federal tax law - Sen. Carson (R) - passed Senate on VV

o SB 669 relative to authorization to grow industrial hemp - Sen. Carson (R) - passed Senate on VV

o SB 575 relative to appeals from the victims' assistance commission Sen. Khan

o SB 591 establishing a statewide solid waste disposal reduction goal Sen. Watters - passed Senate on VV

o SB 540 repealing the emergency medical services personnel licensure interstate compact Sen. Rosenwald - passed Senate on VV

o SB 626 (New Title) decreasing the fee to file a petition for a declaratory ruling with the site evaluation committee Sen. Ward (R)- passed Senate on VV

o HB 496 relative to the definition of antique snowmobiles, relative to water quality rules, and relative to the disposition of administrative fines for asbestos management violations - Rep. Hinch (R)

o HB 311 (New Title) relative to the authority of the state fire marshal to grant an exemption from fire code requirements to recovery houses. Rep. Connors - passed House 269-92

o HB 1592 relative to milk pasteurization Rep. Allard (R)- passed House on VV

o HB 1347 addressing impacts to other water users from new sources of water for community water systems Rep. M. Pearson (R) - passed House on VV

o HB 1518 relative to the alternative compliance payments for renewable energy Rep. Pearl (R) - passed House on VV

o SB 456 relative to the use of capital reserve funds Sen. Bradley (R) - passed Senate on VV

o HB 274 (New Title) relative to including under the meals and rooms tax facilitators of Internet transactions of motor vehicle rentals and facilitators of Internet transactions of room occupancies Rep. Packard (R)- passed House on VV

o SB 498 relative to customer electrical energy storage Sen. Fuller Clark

o SB 511 relative to the formula used to determine current use tax rates. Sen. Giuda (R)- passed Senate on VV

o HB 1420 relative to the use of force at New Hampshire national guard facilities Rep. Graham (R) - request of the Adjutant General - passed House on VV

o JLCAR OHRV Language

o Issue to address issue w/ Monadnock Paper Mills in Peterborough

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – July 28, 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 Tuesday, July 28, 2020, DHHS announced 59 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 6,500 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 53% being female and 47% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (26), Carroll (3), Cheshire (3), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (3), Grafton (2), and Strafford (2) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (15) and Nashua (5).

One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 690 (11%) of 6,500 cases. Three 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 28, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-191

6,500

Recovered

5,688 (88%)

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19

409 (6%)

Total Current COVID-19 Cases

403

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19

690 (11%)

Current Hospitalizations

21

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

156,083

Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2

26,524

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL

36,184

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3

257

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)

3,225

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.

New Hampshire Institutions Associated with COVID-19 Outbreak (as of 7/28/2020)

Current COVID-19 Outbreaks

Resident Cases

Staff Cases

Under Investigation

Deaths

Birch Hill

40

29

0

14

Evergreen Place Manchester

25

10

0

1

Greenbriar Nashua

119

34

0

28

Ridgewood Genesis Bedford

2

7

0

0

Closed COVID-19 Outbreaks

Resident Cases

Staff Cases

Deaths

All American Assisted Living Londonderry (6/9/2020)

15

16

2

Aurora Assisted Living Derry (6/6/2020)

38

17

10

Bedford Falls (6/6/2020)

40

21

11

Bedford Hills Center Genesis (7/16/2020)

37

25

7

Bedford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (7/7/2020)

62

28

17

Bellamy Fields Dover (5/16/2020)

35

13

10

Clipper Harbor Genesis Portsmouth (5/29/2020)

0

8

0

Community Bridges Belmont (6/9/2020)

2

7

0

Community Resources for Justice Transitional Housing Manchester (5/18/2020)

16

4

0

Courville Manchester (6/30/2020)

15

14

6

Crestwood Center Milford (6/30/2020)

54

28

15

Crotched Mountain (4/20/2020)

3

12

1

Easterseals - Manchester (5/16/2020)

45

70

0

Greystone Farm at Salem (6/16/2020)

9

3

0

Hackett Hill Genesis Manchester (6/5/2020)

56

16

16

Hanover Hill Manchester (5/26/2020)

79

60

25

Hillsborough County Nursing Home (7/27/2020)

154

55

39

Holy Cross Manchester (7/15/2020)

19

18

1

Huntington Nashua (5/8/2020)

23

19

7

Institute for Professional Practice, Inc (4/21/2020)

2

6

1

Kimi Nichols Center Plaistow (6/10/2020)

3

6

0

Mt. Carmel Nursing and Rehabilitation Manchester (6/26/2020)

38

16

5

Mountain Ridge Genesis Franklin (6/18/2020)

49

2

9

Ridgewood Genesis Bedford (6/18/2020)

64

23

23

Pleasant Valley Derry (5/27/2020)

87

29

21

Salemhaven (7/9/2020)

46

15

11

Salem Woods (5/18/2020)

23

26

10

Villa Crest Manchester (7/1/2020)

54

45

15

Number of Tests Conducted by Date of Report to NH DHHS

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests

Testing Laboratory

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

Daily Average

NH Public Health Laboratories

390

998

640

567

267

451

53

481

LabCorp

690

1,167

1,172

854

762

534

628

830

Quest Diagnostics

476

547

840

344

205

713

539

523

Mako Medical

247

423

1,164

600

591

395

1,383

686

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

133

238

179

282

137

127

42

163

Other NH Hospital Laboratory

119

127

87

94

77

106

144

108

Other Laboratory*

10

34

36

11

36

28

47

29

Total

2,065