Much of $3 million in pandemic aid for restaurants remains unspent

BY: - July 22, 2022

Blue Harbor Coffee was four months old when COVID-19 first arrived in New Hampshire, and business was strong.  It was about to get stronger. As Gov. Chris Sununu issued an executive order closing down indoor dining and officials urged residents to stay at home, many restaurants found themselves challenged by dwindling customers and departing employees. […]

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Shibinette on ‘functional conflict,’ misinformation, and departing early

BY: - July 21, 2022

When she steps down in December, Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette will technically be leaving her term one year early. By another measure, three years of managing a pandemic crisis is a full term, and then some. “I have 10 dogs at home,” said Shibinette, who announced her departure plans last week. “I […]

‘We are just treading water’: State still struggling to ensure poor people have an attorney

BY: - July 20, 2022

Late last year, several of the state’s most experienced attorneys accepted an urgent invite to the state Supreme Court’s conference room. The state Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Gordon MacDonald, made a big ask.  Crushing caseloads had driven a mass exodus of public defenders, leaving 185 criminal defendants too poor to hire an attorney […]

From skepticism to insurance denials, long COVID patients face more than only health challenges

BY: - June 1, 2022

With so much still unknown about long COVID, Wendy Thomas has accepted that managing her myriad of debilitating symptoms will require trial and error. So, when her doctor prescribed Adderall for her struggle to focus, even to understand a paragraph, she agreed to give it a try. Thomas’ insurance company was less agreeable. She was […]


New federal COVID aid delayed after U.S. Senate Republicans insist on immigration debate

BY: - April 8, 2022

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress have departed their offices and hearing rooms on Capitol Hill for a two-week spring recess without passing additional funding to combat the coronavirus, amid a stalemate over immigration policy. Despite reaching a bipartisan agreement Monday for $10 billion for testing, treatments, and vaccines, much of it needed in states, the […]

Biden administration details new research plan on ‘long COVID’ illness

BY: - April 5, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19.   The illness that lasts for months and possibly even years has so far confounded doctors trying to figure out exactly why some people are […]

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5 questions about COVID-19 funding that’s stuck in D.C.

BY: - April 1, 2022

WASHINGTON – Congress remains undecided over how exactly to provide billions more to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a new variant spreads throughout states and public health officials caution the virus doesn’t show signs of fading away. Negotiators were close to an agreement for about $10 billion in federal spending, but as of Friday, several […]

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Nearly 42 percent of federal ARPA money has been allocated, analysis finds

BY: - February 18, 2022

New Hampshire has approved the expenditure of nearly $415 million out of the $995 million total it received in American Rescue Plan Act money, according to an analysis by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. As of late January, around 42 percent of the funds had been earmarked for different uses in the state to […]

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State’s liquor stores sold 8,152 COVID-19 tests in 15 days

BY: - February 15, 2022

This story was updated Feb. 23, 2022 at noon to remove inaccurate information about insurance reimbursement that had been provided by the state.  If you’re still looking for an at-home COVID-19 test, the state’s liquor stores have plenty.  In the 15 days since the state began selling the tests at its 67 liquor stores and […]

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Committee recommends pared back version of vaccine registry bill

BY: - February 14, 2022

Rather than spend more than $7 million attempting to contact all 790,000 people vaccinated and automatically included in the state’s immunization registry during six months of the pandemic, a House committee is recommending the state instead advertise the opportunity to have that vaccine record removed. With its 19-0 vote for a scaled back outreach effort, […]

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CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead

BY: - February 9, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing guidance for governors about when to relax masking and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, but doesn’t want to release those instructions just yet. Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that it’s too soon to begin rolling back masking and other public […]

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Venue directors say law allowing them to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols needed

BY: - February 7, 2022

The Palace Theater in Manchester lost $7.5 million and laid off 50 artists during the 15 months it was closed after COVID-19 hit. At Concord’s Capitol Center for the Arts, ticket sales are down 40 percent this year after omicron led it to cancel its January shows. Citing those losses, directors of both venues urged […]