On March 19, Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order #9 , establishing the COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund. The order creates a $50 million fund to provide emergency relief to hospitals and other health care providers who can demonstrate that receipt of funds is necessary for maintaining an essential component of New Hampshire's healthcare system during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
For more information, go to the COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund webpage.
An outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China has spread globally, including to the United States. The virus has been named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19"). This novel coronavirus is primarily spread from person-to-person through contact with an infected person’s respiratory droplets and secretions. Please check the CDC webpage for the most up to date situation summary.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe symptoms, and may include fever (subjective or documented), respiratory illness (e.g., cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath), or mild flu-like illness (e.g., fatigue, chills, muscle aches). Fever is not present in everybody, and if fever does develop it may occur several days after onset of symptoms. People are infectious early in the course of their illness and may even be able to spread the virus before symptoms develop. Symptoms may appear any time from 2 to 14 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is working with healthcare organizations and providers as well as other local and state partners to help respond to this challenging situation and provide updated evidence-based information and guidance.
The New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories (PHL) now has testing capacity for COVID-19. Results take a minimum of 24 hours from receipt of clinical specimens.
To submit specimens to the NH PHL for COVID-19 testing, the guidance below for "Laboratory Testing for COVID-19" should be followed, including completion of the NH PHL Requisition.
For specimens being sent to New Hampshire Public Health Lab: Collect NP swabs and place into tube of viral transport media (VTM).
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