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Commentary: The last line separating the sick from the dead

BY: - January 24, 2022

A friend of mine in our Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) today asked me for some good news about COVID-19. Anything. His question made me appreciate how much we all want and need something good to center on, and how little there is to share. I am tired. I am frustrated. I am sad. And […]

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Remote learning debate continues at state level as schools weigh closures

BY: - January 20, 2022

To Megan Tuttle, president of New Hampshire’s largest teachers union, the question of whether a school should return to remote learning is not a matter of preference but necessity.  “Almost no educator in the state would be eager to revert to the remote instructional model,” said Tuttle, who heads the National Education Association of New […]

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Debunked information dominates public testimony as lawmakers consider vaccine-related bills

BY: - January 17, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. to correct the name of the federal agency that pays hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients and again at 10:35 a.m. to clarify that one person falsely claimed most people hospitalized with COVID-19 are vaccinated. COVID-19 is driving up new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. It’s also […]

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Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel – the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members – will go to hospitals […]

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State to apply for new federal batch of tests as schools say they’re running short

BY: - January 12, 2022

New Hampshire will apply to a federal program intended to boost the number of COVID-19 tests available to schools, Gov. Chris Sununu said Wednesday, a week after school superintendents said testing quantities continue to be a challenge. Responding to a question at his weekly press conference, Sununu said the state would “absolutely” be applying for […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange […]

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A new venue for the House – but fight over remote participation remains the same

BY: - January 11, 2022

As the New Hampshire House met in Manchester Thursday, lawmakers struck an urgent pace. Hoping to avoid a snowstorm that blanketed much of the state Friday, they rushed through bills, tabling where they could and limiting debate to avoid coming in the next day.  Rep. Katherine Rogers had a more pressing reason to hurry. The […]

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Pair of House lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

BY: - January 10, 2022

Two New Hampshire House representatives tested positive for COVID-19 after a two-day meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Manchester last week, House leadership announced in an email to members Sunday. The members, who were not identified, reported their positive test results to House leadership, the email stated. The Speaker’s Office then carried out […]

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GOP lawmakers seek to broaden exemptions for non-COVID school vaccine mandates

BY: - January 4, 2022

As opposition to COVID-19 vaccines continues, some Republican lawmakers are seeking to broaden exemptions for all vaccines for New Hampshire school children – including polio. A bill set to appear before the Legislature this year would allow parents to seek exemptions for the statewide school vaccine requirements if they are a “conscientious objector.” Under current […]

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Schools facing omicron variant are running short of tests

BY: - January 4, 2022

It’s the item on every superintendent’s wish list: more tests. Ten minutes into a monthly Zoom call with Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut Monday, school leaders across the state sang a similar refrain: Cases of COVID-19 are going up, and their schools need more tests.  “We would like more tests and would use them!” wrote Dan […]

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Vaccine, environment, energy, and abortion will dominate legislative session

BY: , and - January 3, 2022

Lawmakers won’t have a budget to write, debate, and negotiate this session, but with at least 900 bills awaiting their return on Jan. 5, it will be another busy year. We told you about some of the under-the-radar bills last month. We’re back with a preview of the bills that will be front and center, […]

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No-bid contract leads to testy exchange and near loss of six new vaccination sites

BY: and - December 22, 2021

The state barely secured six additional walk-in vaccination sites capable of providing 15,000 shots a week after a vote Wednesday by three councilors who opposed a $7.2 million contract because it was not put out to bid, a process that would delay the sites by as much as three months. Gov. Chris Sununu did not […]