New Hampshire orders nonessential businesses to close

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s governor on Thursday introduced a collection of measures to additional sort out the coronavirus outbreak, together with requiring nonessential companies to shut and telling residents to remain house. More on developments within the state:

NONESSENTIAL BUSINESS TO CLOSE

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on joined a number of different New England states in ordering in-person operations of nonessential companies to shut and telling New Hampshire’s residents to remain house to assist stop the unfold of the coronavirus.

Sununu stated all companies not exempted by the order should droop all in-person enterprise operations by at midnight on Friday. Grocery shops, fuel stations, {hardware} shops, liquor shops, well being care services, eating places, information media, producers and even breweries are exempt. Construction will even be allowed to proceed.

Sununu, who was beneath strain from Democrats to take more durable motion, was cautious to say the order was solely an effort to align insurance policies put in place by close by states like Massachusetts.

“This is not a shelter-in-place,” Sununu stated. “We are not closing down transportation. We are not closing our borders and no one will be prevented from leaving their home. … While the spread of COVID-19 has not reached the level of other nearby states, we are putting ourselves in a strong position with these proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus.”

Sununu additionally introduced that every one state seashores alongside the seacoast could be pressured to shut at midnight Friday and an earlier order requiring colleges to supply distant studying could be prolonged to May 4.

“Beyond the essential necessities, you should not be leaving your home,” Sununu stated. “These are tough decisions. They really are. But at the end of the day, we know the worst may be ahead of us.”

EXPIRED MEDICAL SUPPLIES

New Hampshire’s four-Democrat congressional delegation is criticizing federal well being and emergency administration businesses for delays in receiving medical provides — a few of which had already expired — to assist the state cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas stated it’s their understanding that one supervisory error on the Federal Emergency Management Agency resulted in a request sitting unprocessed for 4 days.

When New Hampshire obtained provides in response to its March 17 request, a few of it was expired, and the 16,000-plus gloves that have been despatched have been latex, “which are unusable in the medical setting due to latex allergies,” in line with the letter despatched Wednesday to the heads of FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The delegation stated between this cargo and a previous one this month, the businesses have supplied solely 28% of respirator masks requested, one-third of nasal swabs wanted, about 26% of surgical masks and no ventilators.

“Health care providers from across New Hampshire are exasperated by this piecemeal approach, which has not afforded them the supplies they need,” the delegation wrote.

CASES

Nearly 140 folks have examined optimistic for the coronavirus in New Hampshire, with 19 of these hospitalized. One individual has died. Nearly 30 new instances have been introduced Wednesday.

For most individuals, the virus causes gentle or average signs, comparable to fever and cough that clear up in two to 3 weeks. For some, particularly older adults and other people with present well being issues, it may possibly trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia, or dying. The overwhelming majority of individuals get better.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS

More than 21,000 in preliminary unemployment claims have been filed in New Hampshire final week, reflecting nationwide developments, the U.S. Department of Labor stated.

The week earlier than, over 600 claims have been filed.

George Copadis, commissioner of New Hampshire’s Department of Employment Security, stated Wednesday that earlier than the coronavirus hit, the division averaged about 500 claims every week.

Those who want to file a declare can go to www.nhes.nh.gov or name 271-7700.

TEACHERS’ PARADE

In Bethlehem, New Hampshire, carloads of academics placed on a parade for college kids on Wednesday, adorning their car home windows with messages like “We Miss You,” “Pre-K Rocks!” and “Hello Friends! Good To See You!”

“It’s just to let the kids know we’re missing them and it’s a way for them to connect with us and a way for us to see their faces,” Bethlehem Elementary School Principal Sue Greenlaw instructed the Caledonian-Record. “We want them to know that through this whole thing we’re missing them a lot. It’s not the same without them.”

Public college in New Hampshire has been closed via a minimum of April 3.


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