Interest in boosters is up, as is parents’ resistance to vaccinating children

BY: - December 21, 2021

The state’s vaccination rate has stalled in recent months, and that has not changed since November, even with the arrival of the more contagious omicron variant, according to the latest Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The poll also reported increased interest in boosters and a drop in support among […]

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Inside ICUs and ERs of flooded hospitals, an endless loop of preventable tragedies

BY: - December 15, 2021

A young, unvaccinated mom of three was more fortunate than some after being admitted to Catholic Medical Center’s intensive care unit recently. Before she died, she had time to call home and request that her children be vaccinated. An unvaccinated male patient in his early 50s didn’t have that option.  He needed a breathing tube […]

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Amid another COVID surge, the state’s schools brace for the challenging winter ahead

BY: - December 10, 2021

The post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge is more than theoretical in Bow.  On Tuesday, 20 children in the elementary school were home from school after testing positive for COVID-19 or reporting a family member in their home who did, Superintendent Dean Cascadden announced to parents. In the middle and high schools, the numbers were 14 and 15, […]

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Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes.  And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing Thursday, according to senior administration officials who briefed […]

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State opens registration for 20-site ‘Booster Blitz’

BY: - November 30, 2021

Granite Staters struggling to schedule a booster shot can sign up Wednesday morning for one of the 10,000 boosters the state will make available Dec. 11 during its statewide “Booster Blitz.”  Individuals will be allowed to make appointments for up to five people at and choose among 20 sites located from the North Country […]

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Amid COVID-19 exposures, State House contact tracing questioned

BY: - November 29, 2021

When Beverly Cotton got the call telling her of a potential COVID-19 exposure at a legislative committee session, it didn’t come from the New Hampshire House. It came from a fellow audience member.  Cotton, of Weare, had joined a dozen other lobbyists, advocates, and reporters on Nov. 12 to watch the Friday morning proceedings of […]

State: Children must have parental consent to be vaccinated

BY: - November 24, 2021

In the last several days, groups opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine have suggested in emails and on social media that children can be vaccinated in New Hampshire even if a parent does not grant permission. Not true, said a top state public health official Tuesday. “We’ve heard a lot of misinformation in some communities and […]

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Executive order targets shortage of health care workers, hospital beds

BY: - November 24, 2021

Citing the state’s record levels of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Gov. Chris Sununu announced new statewide at-home testing and vaccination programs Tuesday in addition to issuing an executive order allowing hospitals to set up large “surge” treatment rooms. The order also directs more resources to the state agency that must process licenses for health care […]

More staff urgently needed to license health care workers

BY: - November 23, 2021

This story was updated November 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. with comments from the executive director of the Office for Professional Licensure and Certification. The office that processes licenses for health care workers has made an urgent request to the Executive Council for nine temporary employees to process licenses for traveling health care staff and […]

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With COVID-19 cases surging, some hospitals pause elective surgeries

BY: - November 23, 2021

Concerns about surging COVID-19 hospitalizations have prompted Cheshire Medical Center in Keene to join the list of hospitals postponing some elective surgeries, pleading with patients to avoid the emergency room if possible, or begging people to get vaccines and boosters. The state has fewer available hospital beds now than it has ever had during the […]

So far, drinking water and wastewater have claimed the most in federal aid

BY: - November 22, 2021

With a third of the state’s nearly $1 billion of federal pandemic money allocated, drinking water and wastewater projects have received the biggest slice of funding as of October, according to recent analysis by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. Of the $360 million approved, over 40 percent of it has gone to water infrastructure. […]

Poll: Twice as many Granite Staters hosting or traveling for Thanksgiving this year

BY: - November 22, 2021

For most New Hampshire families, the 2020 Thanksgiving dinner table was abnormally empty. This year, that caution has mostly disappeared.  Nearly twice as many Granite Staters are planning to travel or host people in their homes this Thanksgiving than were last Thanksgiving, according to a poll by the University of New Hampshire, suggesting a broad […]