New Hampshire - COVID-19 Covered

New Hampshire

Total Cases: 6,660 (August 4)
Tests Administered: 162,622 (August 2)
Fatalities: 417 (August 4)
Testing:
  • You can fill out a COVID-19 testing request form here.  
  • Governor Sununu announced that COVID 19 testing will be made available to all New Hampshire residents. (June 4) 
  • New Hampshire announced that the state would open a new testing site in downtown Concord as part of an effort to increase statewide testing capacities to 1,500 tests per day. (May 12) 

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 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Sununu announced an additional $35 million for those facing eviction or who cannot pay their past utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 1) 
  • Governor Sununu announced that the state would create a state fund for self-employed business people.  The fund will be an offshoot of the Main Street Relief Fund, a $400 million pool of federal funds. (June 18) The governor announced the launch of the initiative, known as SELF the Self-Employment Livelihood Fund, on June 26.  The fund will accept applications from July 6 to July 17 and distributions will be capped at $50,000 for qualifying business owners. (June 26) 
  • New Hampshire Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper announced that the state would be providing $4.7 million in combined state and federal funds to dairy farmers adversely affected by the COVID 19 outbreak. (June 4) 
  • Over 1,700 small businesses and non-profits in New Hampshire have been approved for $356 million in emergency loans through federal stimulus law. (April 10) 
  • New Hampshire’s congressional delegation announced the state will receive an additional $11.7 million in federal aid from the coronavirus relief package to help community service programs and the homeless. (April 2)  
  • Governor Sununu issued an emergency order to authorize emergency funding for child protection services, including domestic violence support, substance use support, the Strength to Success program, technology to support youth family services families, and the family resiliency support line during the COVID-19 outbreak. (April 1)  
  • New Hampshire’s congressional delegation announced that the state will receive an additional $147 million from the massive coronavirus aid package signed into law by President Trump. (March 31)  
  • New Hampshire will receive $1.25 billion in relief from the CARES Act. (March 30)  
  • For those unemployed due to COVID-19New Hampshire increased the weekly minimum benefits from $32 to $168, added an additional $600 per week to individual benefits, and extended the maximum length of benefits from 13 weeks to 39 weeks. (March 30)  

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Sununu signed a bill that makes permanent some parts of the expanded telehealth system put in place for COVID-19. (July 27) 
  • New Hampshire extends business tax payment deadlines to June 15 for 98% of New Hampshire small businesses. (March 30 
  • On March 18, Governor Sununu announced that the U.S. 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:

  • Governor Sununu has lifted the state’s COVID-19 ban on reusable shopping bags at New Hampshire grocery stores. (July 26) 
  • Governor Sununu signed HB 1266 into law, making temporary modifications to the absentee voter registration, absentee ballot application, and absentee voting processes. (July 17) 
  • Some movie theaters will be permitted to reopen with new social-distancing requirements on July 24. (July 7) 
  • Governor Sununu announced that those visiting New Hampshire from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermontand Rhode Island will no longer be required to quarantine for 14-days upon entering the state. (July 2) 
  • Beginning June 29, movie theaters and performing arts venues can reopen at 50 percent capacity, while amusement parks in the state can reopen at 25 percent capacity. (June 29)  
  • Governor Sununu extended the State of Emergency. (June 26) 
  • Governor Sununu issued detailed guidelines for state businesses to follow during reopening, such as instructing restaurants to require customers to wear facemasks. (June 16) 
  • Governor Sununu extended the state’s Stay-at-Home order to June 26. (June 10)  
  • New Hampshire’s seacoast beaches reopened on June 1, but only for visitors who remain in motion. (June 1) 
  • State-owned parking lots are limited to 50 percent capacity until further notice (June 1)  

SCHOOL PLANNING:

K-12:

  • Governor Sununu announced guidance for how New Hampshire public schools should reopen this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 15 
  • Governor Sununu announced that the state’s school summer programs may be operated remotely. (April 28) 

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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