New Hampshire - COVID-19 Covered

New Hampshire

Total Cases: 99,143 (June 14)
Tests Administered: 656,443 (March 7)
Fatalities: 1,363 (June 14)
Testing:
  • You can fill out a COVID-19 testing request form here 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Sununu issued emergency order 27, allowing hotels and other lodging establishments to provide accommodations for “essential health care workers, first responders, state-approved quarantining accommodations for individuals, and victims of domestic and sexual violence.” (April 6)
  • Governor Sununu’s stay-at-home order excludes groceries and convenience stores, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals, gas stations, banks, credit unions, and other essential businesses. (March 26)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Guidance for businesses can be found here 
  • Governor Sununu issued an emergency order that authorized certain nursing students to obtain temporary licensure. (December 10) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Sununu signed a bill that would provide $100 million in tax relief for New Hampshire families and businesses. (June 10) 
  • New Hampshire announced it would end its participation in the federal pandemic unemployment program that gave unemployed workers an extra $300 each week and introduce a bonus for people who return to work. (May 19) 
  • Governor Sununu announced that the New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide aid to eligible residents of New Hampshire who cannot pay their rent, utilities, and heating costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (March 15) 
  • Governor Sununu announced a rental assistance program that would assist eligible residents with rent and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (February 25) 
  • Governor Sununu announced the NH Department of Health & Human Services received $20 million from the federal government as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) to support child care programs across the state. (February 16 
  • Governor Sununu joined several other governors in urging Congress to pass a new, bipartisan COVID-19 relief package as soon as possible. (December 9) 
  • Governor Sununu reactivated New Hampshire’s Long-Term Care Stabilization Program, which would offer stipends to frontline health care workers at Medicaid facilities until December 31. (November 16) 
  • Governor Sununu announced an additional $35 million in funding for those facing eviction or who cannot pay their past utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 1) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • On March 18, Governor Sununu announced that the US Small Business Administration (SBA) approved New Hampshire’s application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, which will help small businesses overcome the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the SBA, the loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for small businesses and may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. (March 18) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • New Hampshire health officials announced that state-run vaccination sites would no longer administer first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as inoculations shift to doctor’s offices and pharmacies. (June 1) 
  • Governor Sununu renewed the state of emergency until June 11. (May 29) 
  • All residents 12 years of age and older are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (May 12) 
  • All COVID restrictions on New Hampshire businesses were changed to “recommendations.” (May 8) 
  • Individuals 16 years of age or older, regardless of residence, can now register for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Hampshire. (April 19) 
  • Governor Sununu lifted New Hampshire’s mask mandate. (April 16) 
  • New Hampshire residents 40 years of age and older became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (March 29) 
  • Governor Sununu announced all staff working in K-12 schools, licensed childcare settings, license-exempt settings enrolled with the Bureau of Child Development, municipal or recreation programs, Head Start programs, or licensed youth camps would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on March 18. (March 16) 
  • New Hampshire launched the Vaccine & Immunization Network Interface, the state’s new COVID-19 vaccine scheduling and appointment management website. (March 16) 
  • Governor Sununu announced the state would begin accepting vaccination appointments for individuals within Phase 1B on January 22. (January 19) 
  • Governor Sununu extended New Hampshire’s mask mandate, citing the state’s high COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations and fatalities. Anyone over the age of five is required to wear a mask in indoor or outdoor public spaces where they do not consistently maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from people outside their own households. (January 15) 
  • Governor Sununu issued Executive Order 2020-25, extending the State of Emergency declaration that was first issued in March. (January 1) 
  • Governor Sununu announced that restaurants would be required to ask customers for their name and phone number under new state requirements. (October 29) 
  • New Hampshire released final guidance for the ski industry. (October 2) 
  • New Hampshire eased restrictions on indoor dining in restaurants, allowing them to serve people closer together as long as barriers were in place. (September 24) 
  • Governor Sununu issued an emergency order requiring face coverings for certain scheduled gatherings of 100 or more individuals. (August 11) 
  • Governor Sununu lifted the state’s COVID-19 ban on reusable shopping bags at grocery stores. (July 26) 
  • Some movie theaters were permitted to reopen with new social-distancing requirements on July 24. (July 7) 

SCHOOL PLANNING:

K-12:

  • New Hampshire will make COVID-19 tests available to children and staff in schools, overnight camps, and some day care centers, but regular testing will largely be limited to people at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, including students who play contact sports. (May 11) 
  • Governor Sununu issued an executive order requiring all K-12 schools to transition back to full time, in-person instruction. (April 2) 
  • Governor Sununu, along with the governors of New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, announced an extension of the suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions for public and private schools and youth hockey leagues through at least January 31. (December 30) 
  • Governor Sununu on announced guidance for how New Hampshire public schools should reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 15 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of New Hampshire universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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