As a reminder, I'd like to share that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports US based infections are patterning similar to other countries reinforcing suppression measures for vulnerable populations. Taking care of yourself- hand washing, staying home, social distancing- is taking care of the community.
NH SPECIFIC DISEASE TRACKING
The NH Department of Health and Human Services created a website for all information related to Coronavirus at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/. The website reports the incidence (new cases), and geographic distribution, of the known cases.
For questions about symptoms and symptom management, please call your Primary Care Physician (PCP). If you do not have insurance or a PCP, you can call the State of NH 24/7 hotline at 2-1-1 or 1-866-444-4211 with any questions.
NH STATE OF EMERGENCY AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS
The Governor’s executive order declared a state of emergency to increase access to resources in order to strengthen the ability to respond to the pandemic. Additionally, five emergency orders (1, 2, 3-5) have been issued to further public safety and security. Emergency Order 1 directs schools to conduct remote instruction for schools in NH. Emergency Order 2 prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people and restricts restaurants to take-out and delivery service only. Emergency orders 3 - 5 provide economic relief for Granite Staters impacted by COVID19 including, but not limited to, prohibiting disconnecting or discontinuing service for non-payments, prohibiting evictions, and providing access to unemployment benefits through the duration of the State of Emergency.
Stay-at-Home Order: Starting today (Friday) at midnight, Gov. Chris Sununu is telling everyone to stay home and ordering nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of COVID-19. Emergency Order 17. The list of essential businesses can be found here. This could stay in place until May 4th, and schools will be closed that long as well. Additionally, beaches on the seacoast will be closed.
If your place of employment has been closed, you are home taking care of a dependent, you’ve been required to self-quarantine, or your hours have been cut back due to COVID-19, you can apply for New Hampshire unemployment benefits. You can call the unemployment hotline at 603-271-7700 or visit https://nhes.nh.gov. Please note that due to the unprecedented volume of new claims, there are assigned claim windows based on the first letter of your last time. Please check the Employment Security website before calling to look at the daily schedule.
HELPING CHILDREN COPE
I have been in regular contact with a local developmental pediatrician who has offered several resources for helping children and families cope during this time. Listed here are resources that offer grounded, evidence based approaches for reassuring children and strategizing for this challenging time.
When children are anxious language can be much harder to process. Use images and social stories to help decrease anxiety and improve behavior. Dr. Dr. Lisa Gutherie's COVID Social Story
General Guidance from HealthyChildren.org: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This website covers symptoms, talking to your child(ren) about COVID19 as well as other helpful tips for dealing with this "new normal"
Reaching Higher NH Remote Learning Resources
RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS/PARENTS
E-Learning resources: GOOGLE DOCS
Childcare: Childcare Aware
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (Updated) : Amazing Educational Resources
Disability Rights Center (DRC) COVID19: https://drcnh.org/covid-19/
Animal and Pet Toolkit: https://www.animalsheltering.org/COVID19
NH National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hotlines for mental health support - includes support hotlines for suicide prevention, veteran support, trans support, LGBTQ youth, and text support services. You are NOT alone - we are in this together!
National Domestic violence support specific to COVID: https://nnedv.org/latest_update/resources-response-coronavirus-covid-19/
Securing food for under resourced homes: NH FOOD BANK
Small businesses: New Hampshire has received a disaster zone declaration allowing our small businesses to access federal resources including low-interest loans and other opportunities. The COVID-19 business resource page can be found here
Health insurance: HealthCare.gov has Special Enrollment Periods (SEP) for people who may have recently lost their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. You can find additional guidance from the New Hampshire Department of Insurance here. The Insurance Department is here to help, you can contact them with any questions at (603) 271‐2261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have stated previously, if you are home sick, without family or support to care for you, or if you are in need of emergency supplies and at home with small children, please reach out to me and I will do my best to meet your need or find someone who can in your community: (603) 660-6561.
Additionally, If you are experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19, please do not hesitate to request a refund for your campaign contribution if you need it. I have faith in our campaign, yet a win at the NH Senate won’t mean anything if I could help you now & didn’t.