Coronavirus Replace: FDA restricts J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine as a result of blood clot threat

Coronavirus Replace: FDA restricts J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine as a result of blood clot threat

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The latest replace from the N.H. Division of Well being and Human Companies on Could 5.

  • 0 demise
  • 565 new instances
  • 25 present hospitalizations (see N.H. Hospital Affiliation’s inpatient dashboard)
  • 2,487 complete deaths as a result of COVID-19
  • 3,808 present instances
  • NOTE: Our reporting of the ages of newly-reported instances and COVID-19 deaths is a mirrored image of the state’s reporting by age, which you will discover proper right here. The state doesn’t report new figures on holidays.

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FDA restricts J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine as a result of blood clot threat
Replace: Thursday, Could 5, 6:01 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators are strictly limiting who can obtain Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine as a result of a uncommon however critical threat of blood clots.

The Meals and Drug Administration mentioned Thursday the shot ought to solely be given to adults who can’t obtain a distinct vaccine or particularly request J&J’s vaccine.

The choice is the most recent restriction to hit the corporate’s vaccine, which has lengthy been overshadowed by the simpler pictures from Pfizer and Moderna.

In December, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention beneficial prioritizing the Moderna and Pfizer pictures over J&J’s due to its issues of safety.

— Related Press

WHO: Almost 15 million deaths related to COVID-19
Replace: Thursday, Could 5, 5:40 p.m.

(AP) The World Well being Group is estimating that just about 15 million individuals have been killed both by the coronavirus or by its affect on overwhelmed well being methods within the first two years of the pandemic.

That’s greater than double the present official demise toll.

The U.N. well being company mentioned in a report launched Thursday that a lot of the fatalities have been in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas. It says missed deaths in India alone ranged between 3.3 million to six.5 million. India, nonetheless, disputed the U.N. company’s methodology.

Precisely counting COVID-19 deaths has been onerous to do, as confirmed instances signify solely a fraction of the devastation wrought by the virus. That is largely as a result of restricted testing and the variations in how international locations rely COVID-19 deaths.

— Related Press

1 demise, 583 new instances
Replace: Thursday, Could 5, 9:10 a.m.

State well being officers introduced one extra COVID-19 demise on Wednesday.

There are 583 new instances, 3,483 lively infections, and 21 present hospitalizations.

As of Could 3, New Hampshire is monitoring 19 outbreaks at long-term care and institutional services.

— NHPR Employees

Pfizer hopes to submit little-kid vaccine knowledge by early June
Replace: Wednesday, Could 4, 2:23 p.m.

(AP) Pfizer now hopes to inform U.S. regulators how properly its COVID-19 vaccine works within the littlest youngsters by early June.

Presently solely youngsters ages 5 or older might be vaccinated within the U.S., utilizing Pfizer’s vaccine. Rival Moderna hopes to be the primary to supply vaccinations to the youngest youngsters, and started submitting its personal knowledge with the Meals and Drug Administration final week.

The FDA has set tentative conferences in June to evaluate knowledge from one or each firms.

— Related Press

CDC restates suggestion for masks on planes, trains
Replace: Tuesday, Could 3, 3:42 p.m.

(AP) U.S. well being officers are restating their suggestion that Individuals put on masks on planes, trains and buses, regardless of a court docket ruling final month that struck down a nationwide masks mandate on public transportation.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention on Tuesday issued an announcement saying Individuals age 2 and older ought to put on a well-fitting masks on public transportation, in addition to in airports and practice stations.

Final month, a federal decide in Florida struck down a authorities requirement for masking in public transportation. The Justice Division is interesting the choice.

— Related Press

Racial break up on COVID-19 endures as restrictions ease in US
Replace: Friday, April 29, 1:08 p.m.

(AP) Black and Hispanic Individuals stay much more cautious of their method to the COVID-19 pandemic than white Individuals.

That is in keeping with current polls that mirror diverging preferences on the right way to take care of the pandemic as federal, state and native restrictions decline.

Sixty-three % of Black Individuals and 68% of Hispanic Individuals say they’re at the least considerably fearful about themselves or a member of the family being contaminated with the virus in contrast with 45% of white Individuals, in keeping with an April ballot from The Related Press-NORC Middle for Public Affairs Analysis.

Consultants say divided opinions amongst racial teams mirror not solely the unequal affect of the pandemic on individuals of colour but in addition apathy amongst some white Individuals.

— Annie Ma and Hannah Fingerhut, Related Press

Moderna seeks to be 1st with COVID pictures for littlest youngsters
Replace: Thursday, April 28, 4:24 p.m.

Moderna is asking U.S. regulators to open its COVID-19 vaccine to the nation’s youngest youngsters.

Youngsters beneath 5 are the one group within the U.S. not but eligible for vaccination. Annoyed mother and father are ready impatiently for an opportunity to guard them.

Moderna submitted knowledge to the Meals and Drug Administration Thursday. The corporate hopes the FDA will rule in time for tots to begin getting vaccinated by summer time.

It is a complicated resolution partly as a result of whereas different international locations give Moderna pictures to older youngsters, the U.S. thus far has restricted them to adults. Rival Pfizer is also learning its vaccine within the littlest youngsters.

— Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Author

1 extra COVID demise
Replace: Wednesday, April 27, 4:32 p.m.

One extra Granite Stater has died from COVID-19, the state Division of Well being and Human Companies introduced.

The demise was a resident of Cheshire County, a girl 60 or older.

The state stories 514 new instances, 2,654 lively infections, and 20 present hospitalizations.

— NHPR Employees

CDC estimates 3 in 4 youngsters have had coronavirus infections
Replace: Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.

(AP) — Authorities researchers say three out of each 4 U.S. youngsters have been contaminated with the coronavirus.

Amongst Individuals of all ages, greater than half had indicators of earlier an infection. The figures come from a Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention research launched Tuesday.

It regarded within the blood of greater than 200,000 Individuals for virus-fighting antibodies produced from infections, not vaccines. They discovered that indicators of previous an infection rose dramatically between December and February, when the omicron variant surged.

CDC officers stress that the beforehand contaminated ought to nonetheless get COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC report got here out the identical day one vaccine producer, Pfizer, sought permission to supply a booster dose to youngsters ages 5 to 11 — similar to individuals 12 and older can get.

— Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Author

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2 deaths, 206 new instances
Replace: Tuesday, April 26, 4:06 p.m.

State well being officers introduced two extra COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday. Whereas solely simply confirmed associated to the virus, the deaths occurred in late 2021.

The deaths have been a girl from Belknap County, who was in her 30s, and a girl from Carroll County, who was in her 70s, in keeping with the Division of Well being and Human Companies.

There are 206 new instances, 2,364 lively infections, and 18 present hospitalizations.

— NHPR Employees

Administration expands availability of COVID antiviral capsule
Replace: Tuesday, April 26, 10:09 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is taking steps to develop availability of the life-saving COVID-19 antiviral remedy Paxlovid.

The administration is making an attempt to reassure docs that there’s ample provide for individuals at excessive threat of extreme sickness or demise from the coronavirus.

Paxlovid is produced by Pfizer and was first permitted in December. Provide of the routine was initially very restricted. However as COVID-19 instances throughout the nation have fallen and manufacturing has elevated, it’s now much more ample.

White Home COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha says the administration needs to make the remedy out there to anybody who wants it.

— Zeke Miller, Related Press

920 new instances, 0 deaths
Replace: Monday, April 25, 4:54 p.m.

New Hampshire recorded 920 new infections from Friday by means of Sunday.

There are at the moment 22 sufferers hospitalized with the virus, and a couple of,444 lively infections statewide.

For the reason that pandemic started, the Granite State has recorded 2,475 COVID-19 deaths and confirmed 308,446 instances.

— NHPR Employees

Canada eases virus journey measures for youths aged 5 to 11
Replace: Monday, April 25, 10:20 a.m.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada says unvaccinated youngsters aged 5 to 11 touring with a totally vaccinated grownup will not want a COVID-19 take a look at to enter Canada starting Monday.

Pre-entry exams will nonetheless be wanted for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated vacationers over the age of 12 who’re eligible to journey to Canada. Youngsters beneath 5 years of age do not at the moment require a COVID-19 take a look at to enter Canada.

Authorities officers introduced a number of different small adjustments to ease restrictions for worldwide vacationers taking impact on Monday. Totally vaccinated vacationers, and youngsters beneath 12 accompanying them, will not want to supply their quarantine plans once they enter the nation.

— Related Press

3 extra deaths, 425 new instances
Replace: Friday, April 22, 4:51 p.m.

The state introduced three extra COVID-19 deaths tonight, and an uptick in new infections.

There have been 425 new instances and a couple of,523 lively infections. The brand new instances this week represents practically a 20% improve from the earlier seven-day interval.

Well being officers mentioned the brand new deaths Friday have been two residents of Hillsborough County and a resident of Rockingham county.

— NHPR Employees

Boston urges masks as battle brews over transit rule
Replace: Friday, April 22, 10:26 a.m.

(AP) Boston has urged individuals to begin sporting masks, and the Biden administration is weighing its subsequent authorized step in a court docket struggle over the abrupt finish of the nationwide masks mandate on airplanes and mass transit.

In early April, Boston adopted New York, Los Angeles and different main U.S. cities in enjoyable pandemic restrictions as officers pushed for extra normalcy after two grueling years of the pandemic.

Philadelphia final week turned the primary massive metropolis to deliver again a masks mandate, responding to an increase and infections and hospitalizations. The Boston Public Well being Fee cited a 65% improve in instances in its resolution Thursday.

— Related Press

WHO says international COVID instances, deaths declined once more final week
Replace: Thursday, April 21, 3:30 p.m.

BERLIN (AP) — The World Well being Group says that the variety of reported new COVID-19 instances worldwide decreased by practically 1 / 4 final week. Which means there’s been a decline in reported infections for the reason that finish of March.

The Geneva-based U.N. well being company mentioned in a weekly report that just about 5.59 million instances have been reported between April 11 and 17. That is 24% fewer than within the earlier week. The variety of newly reported deaths dropped 21% to 18,215.

WHO mentioned new instances declined in each area although solely by 2% within the Americas. The company mentioned that “these tendencies must be interpreted with warning as a number of international locations are progressively altering their COVID-19 testing methods, leading to decrease general numbers of exams carried out and consequently decrease numbers of instances detected.”

— Related Press

Moderna pronounces step towards updating COVID pictures for fall
Replace: Wednesday, April 20, 4:06 p.m

(AP) Moderna hopes to supply up to date COVID-19 boosters within the fall that mix the unique vaccine with safety in opposition to the most recent variant.

Now it is reporting a touch that such an method would possibly work. Earlier than omicron struck, Moderna started testing a shot combining the unique vaccine with safety in opposition to an earlier variant named beta.

The corporate says individuals provided that take a look at combo shot developed extra antibodies able to preventing newer variants — together with omicron — than in the present day’s common booster. Research are underway to see if a mixture shot that provides omicron-specific safety works higher.

— Related Press

UPDATED: Manchester-Boston Airport and different transit companies in N.H. drop masks necessities following a federal court docket ruling
Posted: April 19, 5:31 p.m.

Lower than a day after a federal decide dominated that the Facilities for Illness Management overstepped its authority by imposing a masks mandate on all public transportation nationwide, New Hampshire transit companies, together with Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, are going mask-optional for vacationers and workers.

“The federal masks mandate has been lifted for transportation hubs, together with airports and airways. Efficient instantly, masks at the moment are non-compulsory at MHT for all passengers, company, and workers,” the state’s busiest airport introduced Tuesday.

Lebanon Municipal Airport can be not requiring masking.

“Everybody touring ought to proceed to examine the web sites for his or her respective airways,” mentioned airport supervisor Carl Gross.

The foremost airways servicing Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, together with Spirit, Southwest, American and United, all introduced masks for workers and vacationers at the moment are non-compulsory following the federal court docket ruling, besides on sure worldwide flights or if native ordinances require masking.

COAST, which operates bus routes within the Seacoast, additionally dropped their masks requirement, following the Federal Transit Administration’s steering.

C&J Bus Strains introduced Tuesday additionally it is going mask-optional for riders and workers, although the corporate famous it would keep its different COVID-19 security protocols, together with enhanced cleansing.

Harmony Coach Strains can even now be mask-optional, although the corporate famous it “will proceed to produce complimentary masks for these vacationers that select to put on one.”

Amtrak’s Downeaster, which makes three stops in New Hampshire and the Vermonter, which makes one cease in Claremont, can even not require masks whereas on board or in practice stations. “Masks are welcome and stay an essential safety measure in opposition to COVID-19. Anybody needing or selecting to put on one is inspired to take action,” Amtrak wrote in an announcement. 

Ridesharing firm Uber introduced Tuesday morning that it’s not requiring masks for drivers and passengers within the U.S.

—Alli Fam and Todd Bookman, NHPR

1 demise, 749 new instances
Replace: Monday, April 18, 4:41 p.m.

State well being officers reported one extra COVID-19 demise in the present day — a male resident of Hillsborough County, who was youthful than 60.

There are 749 new instances and a couple of,102 lively infections.

— NHPR Employees

It isn’t over: COVID-19 instances are on the rise once more in US
Replace: Saturday, April 16, 8:19 a.m.

(AP) The U.S. could also be heading into one other COVID-19 surge, with instances rising nationally and in most states after a two-month decline.

Consultants do not understand how excessive the mountain will develop, however they do not count on a peak practically as excessive because the final one, when the contagious omicron model of the coronavirus ripped by means of the inhabitants.

Nonetheless, specialists warn the approaching wave will wash throughout the nation and push up hospitalizations in a rising variety of states, particularly these with low vaccination charges, within the coming weeks. Most instances at the moment are being brought on by a subvariant referred to as BA.2 that’s regarded as 30% extra contagious.

— Laura Ungar, AP Science Author

FDA authorizes 1st breath take a look at for COVID-19 an infection
Replace: Friday, April 15, 11 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Meals and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for what it says is the primary system that may detect COVID-19 in breath samples.

The InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer is in regards to the measurement of a bit of carry-on baggage, the FDA mentioned Thursday, and can be utilized in physician’s places of work, hospitals and cellular testing websites.

The take a look at, which may present leads to lower than three minutes, have to be carried out beneath the supervision of a licensed well being care supplier. The FDA says the system is 91.2% correct at figuring out constructive take a look at samples and 99.3% correct at figuring out unfavorable take a look at samples.

— Related Press

CDC extends journey masks requirement to Could 3 as COVID rises
Replace: Wednesday, April 13, 2:09 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has introduced it would lengthen by means of Could third the nationwide masks requirement for public transit because it screens an uptick in COVID-19 instances.

The order was set to run out April 18, however the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention on Wednesday prolonged it by two weeks. The administration had been hoping to roll out a extra versatile masking technique this week to switch the nationwide requirement.

In an announcement Wednesday, the CDC mentioned it would take the time to “asses the affect the rise of instances has on extreme illness, together with hospitalizations and deaths, and well being care system capability.”

— Zeke Miller, Related Press

4 extra COVID deaths
Replace: Tuesday, April 12, 4:06 p.m.

The state tonight is reporting 4 extra COVID-19 deaths; three of them occurred greater than two weeks in the past and have been simply confirmed as associated to the virus.

There are 158 new instances, 1,542 lively infections, and 13 present hospitalizations.

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, New Hampshire has recorded 2,463 COVID deaths and confirmed 304,503 instances.

— NHPR Employees

What will we find out about “stealth omicron” thus far?
Replace: Tuesday, April 12

(AP) Scientists say an extra-contagious model of the omicron variant is spreading globally, nevertheless it would not appear to trigger extra extreme illness.

For the reason that “stealth omicron” was first recognized in November, it has been driving new surges in components of Asia and Europe. BA.2 is now the dominant variant within the U.S. and greater than 5 dozen different international locations.

COVID-19 vaccines seem simply as efficient in opposition to each sorts of omicron, providing sturdy safety in opposition to extreme sickness and demise. Well being officers are monitoring different variants together with XE — a mixture of BA.2 and the unique omicron. It isn’t but a variant of concern or curiosity.

— Victoria Milko, AP Science Author

1 demise, 266 instances
Replace: Friday, April 8, 5:01 p.m.

State well being officers introduced one extra COVID-19 demise in the present day — a feminine from Merrimack County who was youthful than 60.

There are 266 new instances, 1,405 lively infections, and 10 sufferers hospitalized with the virus.

— NHPR Employees

Flu instances behind the COVID testing ramp-up within the North Nation
Up to date: 1:11 p.m., April 8, 2022

Coos County Household Well being Companies, which sees hundreds of regional sufferers, is experiencing a spike in demand for his or her COVID vaccine providers.

Some North Nation residents are newly eligible for a second booster, and over 100 have already signed up for a clinic this weekend.

Valerie Hart, the chief working officer and a nurse with the well being middle, mentioned demand for COVID-19 exams has additionally shot up prior to now few weeks.

However the improve in COVID testing isn’t as a result of extra individuals have COVID, in keeping with Hart. It’s as a result of individuals within the area are coming down with the flu.

“Sadly, oftentimes the one method you’ll be able to inform between COVID and influenza is to check and decide if any person has it,” she mentioned.

Coos County Household Well being Companies has performed round 120 Covid exams within the final two weeks, yielding just a few constructive exams. In the identical time interval, the well being middle has seen over 75 constructive influenza outcomes, increased than they sometimes see throughout flu season.

The close by hospital is treating some flu sufferers. Earlier this week, whereas Androscoggin Valley Hospital had no COVID sufferers, they’d 40 influenza sufferers.

—Alli Fam, NHPR

COVID spending invoice stalls in Senate as GOP, Dems stalemate
Replace: Thursday, April 7

WASHINGTON (AP) — A compromise $10 billion measure buttressing the federal government’s COVID-19 defenses has stalled within the Senate. It appears all however definitely sidetracked in that chamber for weeks, sufferer of a campaign-season struggle over the incendiary situation of immigration.

There was ample finger-pointing Wednesday however no indicators that the 2 events have been close to resolving their stalemate over a bipartisan pandemic invoice that President Joe Biden and prime Democrats needed Congress to approve this week.

And with Senate Democrats’ prime aim this week being the affirmation of Supreme Court docket nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, the COVID-19 invoice appeared positive to slide at the least till Congress returns after a two-week recess.

— Related Press

Consultants say US suspension of COVID assist will lengthen pandemic
Replace: Thursday, April 7

LONDON (AP) — Within the newest Senate package deal focused at stopping the coronavirus, U.S. lawmakers dropped practically all funding for curbing the virus past American borders, a transfer many well being specialists describe as dangerously short-sighted.

They warn the suspension of COVID-19 assist for poorer international locations might finally spur the type of unchecked transmission wanted for the subsequent worrisome variant to emerge.

Though the U.S. has been among the many greatest contributors to funding the worldwide response to the pandemic, that can quickly change. The brand new price range means many American-funded vaccination campaigns in dozens of nations, together with Zambia, Ivory Coast and Mali, will come to a grinding halt.

— Maria Cheng and Chris Megerian, Related Press

2 deaths, 149 new infections
Replace: Wednesday, April 6, 4:11 p.m.

Two extra residents have died from COVID-19, state well being officers introduced tonight.

They have been residents of Cheshire and Sullivan counties. Up to now, the state has recorded 2,457 virus-related deaths.

There are 1,122 lively infections and seven present hospitalizations.

The New Hampshire Division of Well being and Human Companies stories the variety of outbreaks at institutional settings is all the way down to seven: Applewood Rehabilitation Middle, Arbor View Inn, Bedford Hills Middle, Jaffrey Rehabilitation and Nursing Middle, Pheasantwood Middle, Rochester Manor, and St. Vincent de Paul Rehab and Nursing.

— Dan Tuohy, NHPR

124 new instances, 4 hospitalizations
Replace: Tuesday, April 5, 4:19 p.m.

The state has confirmed three deaths from January have been associated to COVID-19. No new deaths have been introduced for the second day in a row Tuesday.

There are 124 new instances, 1,036 lively infections statewide, and 4 hospitalizations.

— NHPR Employees

White Home to increase scholar mortgage pause by means of August
Tuesday, April 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration plans to freeze federal scholar mortgage funds by means of Aug. 31, extending a moratorium that has allowed thousands and thousands of Individuals to postpone funds through the coronavirus pandemic.

The choice was confirmed by an administration official conversant in the White Home’s decision-making.

Scholar mortgage funds have been scheduled to renew Could 1 after being halted since early within the pandemic. However following calls from Democrats in Congress, the White Home plans to offer debtors extra time to arrange for funds.

The choice was first reported by Bloomberg. The motion applies to greater than 43 million Individuals who owe a mixed $1.6 trillion in scholar debt held by the federal authorities.

— Related Press

394 new instances
Replace: Monday, April 4, 5:11 p.m.

State well being officers in the present day introduced 394 new coronavirus instances from over the weekend.

No new deaths have been reported. For the reason that begin of the pandemic, New Hampshire has recorded 303,010 infections and a couple of,452 COVID-19 deaths.

There are 1,033 present instances.

— NHPR Employees

5 cited beneath Boston’s new protest ordinance
Replace: Monday, April 4, 12:20 p.m.

BOSTON (AP) — Police say 5 individuals have been issued fines for protesting exterior of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s residence on the primary day a brand new metropolis ordinance that limits when protesters can collect in residential neighborhoods took impact.

The protesters have been issued fines on Friday, the day after Wu signed the ordinance into regulation, and two days after it was permitted by the Metropolis Council. Folks have gathered exterior Wu’s residence as early as 7 a.m. to protest her metropolis employee vaccine mandate.

The brand new measure permits protesters to reveal exterior a house solely between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. It protects any residence, not simply these of elected officers.

— Related Press

Bargainers: Bipartisan deal close to on trimmed $10B COVID invoice
Replace: Sunday, April 3

(AP) — Lawmakers have moved to the brink of clinching a scaled-back bipartisan compromise to supply a contemporary $10 billion to fight COVID-19. That would arrange ultimate congressional approval subsequent week.

The worth tag was a discount from an earlier $15.6 billion compromise that fell aside weeks in the past after Home Democrats rejected cuts in pandemic assist to states to assist pay for it. Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is a lead negotiator and he says bargainers have reached an settlement in precept on a package deal that may be utterly paid for.

The brand new cash could be to buy vaccines, remedies and exams, which the administration says are working low, even because the extra transmissible omicron variant BA.2 spreads.

— Related Press

Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Grey exams constructive for COVID-19
Replace: Sunday, April 3

(AP) Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Grey has examined constructive for COVID-19. Grey made the announcement on Thursday, saying she is absolutely vaccinated and boosted, and quarantining at residence.

The Democrat, who can be working for Vermont’s lone seat in U.S. Home of Representatives, met with Vice President Kamala Harris together with different lieutenant governors from across the nation in Washington on Tuesday.

— Related Press

Variety of COVID sufferers in US hospitals reaches report low
Replace: Friday, April 1, 4:45 p.m.

(AP) — COVID-19 hospitalization numbers have plunged to their lowest ranges for the reason that early days of the pandemic, providing a a lot wanted break to well being care employees and sufferers alike following the omicron surge.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with the coronavirus has fallen greater than 90% in additional than two months, and a few hospitals are going days with out a single COVID-19 affected person within the ICU for the primary time since early 2020.

The freed up beds are anticipated to assist U.S. hospitals retain exhausted workers, deal with non-COVID-19 sufferers extra shortly and reduce down on inflated prices. Extra relations can go to family members.

And docs hope to see a correction to the slide in pediatric visits, yearly checkups and most cancers screenings.

— Related Press

US opens second COVID boosters to 50 and up, others in danger
Replace: Thursday, March 31, 3:50 p.m.

(AP) Individuals age 50 and older can get a second COVID-19 booster if it has been at the least 4 months since their final vaccination.

The Meals and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for that age group and for sure youthful individuals with severely weakened immune methods.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention later beneficial the additional shot as an choice however stopped in need of urging that these eligible rush out and get it instantly.

The transfer comes at a time of nice uncertainty. COVID-19 instances have dropped to low ranges after the winter surge of the super-contagious omicron variant.

— Related Press

11 state-run vax websites to shut
Replace: Wednesday, March 30, 6:01 p.m.

Eleven state-managed COVID-19 vaccination websites will likely be closing Thursday night, as demand for the vaccine has fallen throughout New Hampshire in current months.

In January, state-managed websites administered practically 6,000 pictures. In March, that dropped to round 930. That is an about three pictures per day per web site, on common.

Demand might improve now that some Granite Staters are eligible for a second booster shot, however the vaccine stays out there at lots of of places within the state, together with pharmacies and a few docs places of work.

The state can even be decommissioning over half of its cellular vaccination van groups Thursday.

Native well being networks and metropolis departments are additionally slowing down of their efforts to vaccinate residents. Jane Goodman, with Nashua Division of Public Well being and Neighborhood Companies, mentioned the division is holding fewer clinics, though group well being employees will proceed weekly outreach efforts.

“They go to type of attempt to discover some hard-to-reach populations, whether or not it is the library or housing complexes or barbershops” she mentioned.

The slowdown of public vaccination efforts is part of New Hampshire’s plan to shift the COVID infrastructure away from the general public sector and into the standard well being system, like pharmacies and docs places of work.

— Alli Fam, NHPR Information

1 extra demise, 131 new instances
Replace: Wednesday, March 30, 5:50 p.m.

The state introduced one extra COVID-19 demise and 131 new instances in the present day.

The demise was a girl from Rockingham County.

There are 1,039 lively infections and 6 present hospitalizations.

The variety of establishments and long-term care services with an outbreak is down to only eight, in keeping with the New Hampshire Division of Well being and Human Companies.

— NHPR Employees

Present hospitalizations drop to 7
Replace: Tuesday, March 29, 6:20 p.m.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized in New Hampshire for COVID-19 is all the way down to seven, a notable drop from 26 reported only a day earlier.

The state introduced 62 new instances from Monday, and 988 lively infections.

Two extra COVID deaths have been reported, bringing the general virus-related demise rely in state to 2,451.

— NHPR Employees

2 deaths, 399 new infections
Replace: Monday, March 28, 4:19 p.m.

State well being officers introduced two extra COVID-19 deaths in the present day. They have been residents of Cheshire and Hillsborough counties.

The state reported 399 new instances, with 340 of these from Friday by means of Sunday.

Twenty-six residents are at the moment hospitalized with the virus.

— NHPR Employees

Sununu asks for extension of college COVID-19 testing program
Replace: Friday, March 25, 10:15 a.m.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is asking the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention to increase a program that gives funding for COVID-19 screenings at colleges.

The Epidemiology and Laboratory Capability Reopening Colleges program is scheduled to finish in July.

Sununu is asking for a one-year extension. He mentioned in a letter Thursday that this system has helped New Hampshire colleges preserve their doorways open whereas fostering a safer, more healthy return to in-person studying for college students and educators alike.

He mentioned Hampshire colleges are already looking forward to the subsequent calendar yr and getting ready for future variants that might come up.

— NHPR Employees

2 deaths, 143 new instances
Replace: Friday, March 25, 9:59 a.m.

State well being officers introduced two extra COVID-19 deaths Thursday evening, and 143 new instances.

There are 1,070 lively infections and 24 sufferers hospitalized with the virus.

— NHPR Employees

1 new demise; hospitalizations down to twenty
Replace: Wednesday, March 23, 3:53 p.m.

Coronavirus hospitalizations are down to twenty, which is the bottom variety of COVID sufferers in New Hampshire since July.

The very best variety of present hospitalizations was 335 again on Jan. 2, 2021.

State well being officers introduced one extra COVID demise on March 23 — a girl, 60 or older, from Belknap County.

There are 140 new instances for Tuesday, and 986 present infections.

— NHPR Employees

EXPLAINER: What to find out about COVID vaccines for little youngsters
Replace: Wednesday, March 23, 3:30 p.m.

(AP) Moderna says it would ask regulators to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters beneath 6 however a number of hurdles should be cleared earlier than the pictures might develop into out there.

The corporate introduced early findings from a research of youngsters youthful than 6 on Wednesday.

As soon as Moderna submits its knowledge, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration will determine if the kid-size doses are secure and efficient sufficient to authorize.

Then the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention will determine whether or not to suggest their use. If the pictures are cleared, the littlest youngsters might begin getting vaccinated by summer time.

— Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Author

6 deaths, 89 new instances
Replace: 4:29 p.m, Tuesday, March 22

State well being officers have introduced six extra COVID-19 deaths. Three of them occurred across the begin of the yr, and have been solely not too long ago confirmed to be as a result of virus.

Neighborhood transmission continues to drop. There are 89 new instances, 881 lively infections, and 27 sufferers hospitalized.

— NHPR Employees

Scientists fear virus variant could push up COVID instances in US
Replace: Tuesday, March 22

(AP) Scientists fear {that a} contagious coronavirus variant could quickly push instances up in the USA simply because it has in Europe and Asia. One purpose? After about two months of falling instances within the U.S., COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted throughout the nation.

Persons are taking off their masks and returning to indoor areas.

On the identical time, immunity from vaccines is waning and the quantity of the variant referred to as BA.2 is rising within the U.S. Consultants are additionally monitoring one other variant: a uncommon delta-omicron hybrid that they are saying just isn’t posing a lot of a risk at this level.

— Laura Ungar, AP Science Author

Hospitalizations drop to 30
Replace: 4:26 p.m., Monday, March 21

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with coronavirus is all the way down to 30.

The newest public well being replace Monday reveals 356 new instances from over the weekend, together with 911 present infections.

Two extra deaths have been introduced: residents of Grafton and Rockingham counties, each 60 or older, in keeping with New Hampshire well being officers.

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, the state has recorded 2,436 COVID deaths and 301,308 individuals recognized with the virus sooner or later.

— NHPR Employees

The AP Interview: Well being chief warns of COVID funds scarcity
Replace: 4 p.m. Monday, March 21

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the nation craving for a brand new regular after its lengthy battle with the coronavirus, U.S. Well being Secretary Xavier Becerra is warning that vaccines, exams and coverings will likely be “caught on the bottom” except Congress offers extra funds the White Home has demanded.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Related Press on Thursday, Becerra additionally expressed issues about instances rising amongst youngsters as colleges carry masks necessities.

He mentioned his Division of Well being and Human Companies is making an attempt to arrange so thousands and thousands of individuals don’t lose medical insurance as soon as their eligibility for Medicaid lapses when the federal government ends the official COVID public well being emergency.

— Related Press

Pop-up COVID testing websites shut across the state
Up to date: 5:29 p.m., March 15, 2022

Seven pop-up COVID-19 testing websites closed for the ultimate time this afternoon, as demand for testing continues to decrease throughout New Hampshire.

All exams performed at these websites, even when individuals had no signs or publicity to the virus, have been free.

Amanda Katsaros has helped workers the Manchester location, which has been in operation for the reason that fall. She says ever for the reason that begin of the brand new yr, fewer and fewer individuals have are available in for exams.

Forward of the vacations, Katsaros recalled round 400 sufferers coming for a take a look at. She mentioned the labs processing the exams have been so overwhelmed, leads to some instances took round every week.

Nowadays, consequence time is again to its regular 48 hours and her colleague Diane Dow mentioned when “some days, we don’t even hit a dozen [people coming in for a test].”

The 2 suppose the precipitous decline is a results of the top of the omicron surge and the elevated availability of residence exams throughout the state.

Proper now, main state labs are processing round 4,000 exams per day, down from over 15,000 earlier this winter.

Residence exams at the moment are stocked extra constantly at pharmacies, liquor shops and well being facilities.

The 2 girls have been sentimental as they labored their final morning, and boxed up provides. Working on the testing web site has been attention-grabbing, the 2 mentioned. They’ve loved the work.

For Dow, the closure of the location means she must discover a new job. Not like Katsaros, she wasn’t a full-time worker of ClearChoice MD, the corporate serving to run the websites.

Dow mentioned she has been making use of for brand new, comparable jobs.

“I am searching for laboratory work, specimen assortment, knowledge entry, registration, that type of factor,” she mentioned.

—Alli Fam, NHPR

1 demise, 86 new instances
Replace: Friday, March 11, 5:36 p.m.

The state reported solely 86 new instances of coronavirus tonight, a notable drop in new every day infections.

COVID hospitalizations additionally continued to lower, and at the moment are at 44.

One extra demise was reported.

— NHPR Employees

New COVID-19 remedy capsule coming to N.H. pharmacies
Up to date: 5:13 p.m. March 10, 2022

Paxlovid, an efficient COVID-19 remedy capsule, is coming to business pharmacies in New Hampshire.

The capsule is an easier method to deal with COVID-19 than monoclonal antibodies, which frequently require a prolonged and intensive infusion course of.

Paxlovid can be simpler than the opposite antiviral Molnupiravir at lowering hospitalization from the virus.

Virtually two dozen Walgreens pharmacy places throughout New Hampshire have been slated to every obtain 20 programs of Paxlovid Wednesday.

Whereas some places have obtained the capsule, different pharmacies NHPR spoke with Wednesday morning mentioned they have been nonetheless ready. A further 14 Walgreens places will get programs of the remedy subsequent week.

Granite Staters seeking to entry the capsule by means of Walgreens should have a prescription from their well being supplier.

The remedy can be coming to 6 CVS Minute Clinic places this week, by means of the federal “Take a look at to Deal with” program. At these places, a supplier on-site can prescribe COVID-positive sufferers the remedy if they’re at excessive threat of growing a extreme case of the virus.

COVID antivirals proceed to be administered by hospitals and a few well being facilities.

-Alli Fam

COVID vaccination invoice for 16, 17-year-olds with out parental consent voted down
Up to date: 5:13 p.m. March `10, 2022

A invoice that may have allowed 16 and 17-year-olds in New Hampshire to get a COVID-19 vaccine with out parental permission was voted down by the Home Thursday morning.

The overwhelming majority of states require parental consent for vaccination normally, in keeping with knowledge from the Kaiser Household Basis.

However some states give minors broad authority to make these choices for themselves. In Oregon, teenagers 15 and up can consent to their very own medical care, together with vaccinations.

Rhode Island and South Carolina permit 16 and 17-year-olds to get COVID-19 vaccinations on their very own.

COVID vaccination charges in teenagers lag behind that of the final inhabitants each nationally, and in New Hampshire.

-Alli Fam, NHPR

6 extra COVID-19 deaths
Replace: Thursday, March 10, 4:45 p.m.

The state introduced six extra COVID-19 deaths tonight.

The newest COVID case numbers stay low:

  • 126 new instances, with 110 from March 9
  • 47 present hospitalizations
  • 1,049 present instances

The deaths have been residents of Carroll, Grafton, Hillsborough, Rockingham (2), and Strafford counties.
For the reason that begin of the pandemic, New Hampshire has recorded 299,999 coronavirus instances, and a couple of,414 deaths.

— NHPR Employees

US extends masks rule for journey whereas weighing new method
Replace: Thursday, March 10, 4 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officers are extending the requirement for masks on planes and public transportation by means of mid-April whereas taking steps that might result in lifting the rule.

The masks mandate was scheduled to run out March 18, however the Transportation Safety Administration mentioned Thursday that it’ll lengthen the requirement by means of April 18.

TSA mentioned the additional month will give the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention time to develop new, extra focused insurance policies that can contemplate the variety of instances of COVID-19 nationally and in native communities, and the chance of latest variants.

The TSA enforces the masks rule, which extends to planes, buses, trains and transit hubs.

— Related Press

Hospitalizations fall beneath 50
Replace: Wednesday, March 9, 4:18 p.m.

Present hospitalizations have fallen beneath 50, one other vital knowledge level for public well being officers. There at the moment are 47 sufferers hospitalized with the virus.

Well being officers didn’t report any extra COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.

There have been 126 new instances and 1,007 lively infections.

The state is monitoring 19 outbreaks at long-term care and institutional settings.

N.H. COVID outbreaks as of March 9, 2022

N.H. COVID outbreaks as of March 9, 2022, in keeping with the Dep. of Well being and Human Companies.

— NHPR Employees

5 extra deaths, as new instances drop
Replace: Tuesday, March 8, 4:11 p.m.

State well being officers reported simply 73 new coronavirus instances in the present day, one other vital lower in group transmission in New Hampshire.

There are 984 lively infections and 52 sufferers at the moment hospitalized with the virus.

5 extra deaths have been introduced — three occurred over two weeks in the past, however have been only recently confirmed to be as a result of virus.

— NHPR Employees

State’s fastened testing websites to shut
Replace: Tuesday, March 8, 3:58 p.m.

New Hampshire will likely be completely closing its state-run COVID-19 testing websites on March 15.

The state testing websites will stop operations at 3 p.m. subsequent Tuesday. The websites are in Belmont, Claremont, Keene, Lincoln, Manchester, Nashua and Newington.

The choice was made amid a notable drop in group transmission charges and decreased want for testing.

Gov. Chris Sununu referred to as it a major milestone.

Within the announcement in the present day, the state famous testing will stay out there at 90 places, together with hospitals, pharmacies, pressing care facilities – and take a look at kits are being offered for $11.29 at New Hampshire state liquor shops.

Discover testing websites in New Hampshire.

— Dan Tuohy, NHPR Information

WHO says COVID boosters wanted, reversing earlier name
Replace: Tuesday, March 8, 12:33 p.m.

GENEVA (AP) — An knowledgeable group convened by the World Well being Group mentioned it “strongly helps pressing and broad entry” to coronavirus vaccines, together with booster doses.

The decision caps a reversal from the U.N. well being company’s earlier insistence that booster doses weren’t mandatory and contributing to vaccine inequity. In an announcement on Tuesday, WHO mentioned its knowledgeable group concluded that immunization with approved COVID-19 vaccines present excessive ranges of safety in opposition to extreme illness and demise amid the worldwide circulation of the massively contagious omicron variant.

Final yr, WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus referred to as for a moratorium on booster doses, pleading with wealthy international locations to donate their vaccines as a substitute.

— Related Press

Hospitalizations drop to 56
Replace: Monday, March 7, 4:06 p.m.

Present hospitalizations in New Hampshire have dropped to 56.

State well being officers proceed to report decreases in group transmission of COVID-19 — there have been solely 42 instances from Sunday, and 146 from Friday and 158 from Saturday.

One extra COVID demise was introduced — a resident of Hillsborough County.

— NHPR Employees

Harmony college board to vote on masks req
Replace: Monday, March 7, 12:10 p.m.

The Harmony Faculty Board will vote on the colleges’ masks requirement Monday night.

On the finish of February, the state lifted its masking suggestion for common indoor masking. Gov. Chris Sununu and the Division of Schooling mentioned colleges which have mandates in place should transition away from them as quickly as doable.

Earlier than the announcement from the state, the educational committee of the Harmony Faculty Board had already beneficial that the district transfer to an non-compulsory masks coverage beginning March 14.

The committee additionally beneficial that colleges return to required masking if constructive instances exceed 3% of the varsity’s inhabitants.

— Alli Fam, NHPR Information

UNH not requiring face masks
Replace: Sunday, March 6, 8:20 a.m.

The College of New Hampshire not requires face masks in indoor areas.

President James Dean introduced the up to date COVID-19 protocol March 4, efficient instantly. It contains all UNH campuses: Durham, Manchester, and Harmony.

There are just a few exceptions.

“Masks are nonetheless required in well being care services, together with Well being & Wellness, as a part of common PPE in labs, on public transportation together with Wildcat Transit, and for people who have been not too long ago in isolation or quarantine and must masks for 10 days,” Dean writes in his announcement.

— NHPR Employees

Boston’s indoor masks mandate for companies is lifted
Replace: Sunday, March 6, 8:15 a.m.

BOSTON (AP) — A metropolis order that required individuals to put on face coverings in indoor public areas in Boston, together with eating places, retailers, museums and leisure venues, has been lifted.

The choice to carry the masks mandate Saturday was made earlier this week by metropolis public well being Commissioner Dr. Bisola Ojikutu together with town well being board.

They cited a decline in new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, in addition to excessive vaccination charges. The town nonetheless recommends masking for individuals at excessive threat of changing into sick. Particular person companies and different venues can proceed to require masks for his or her clients.

— Michael Casey, Related Press

4 deaths, 201 new instances
Replace: Friday, March 4, 4:27 p.m.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped once more, and is now at 71.

The newest public well being replace from the state contains 201 new instances and 1,429 lively infections.

4 extra residents have died from the coronavirus. They’re from Hillsborough (2), Merrimack, and Rockingham counties.

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, New Hampshire has recorded 2,402 COVID deaths and confirmed 299,213 constructive instances.

— NHPR Employees

Fewer Individuals apply for jobless advantages final week
Replace: Friday, March 4, 11:41 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Individuals utilized for unemployment advantages final week reflecting a low degree of layoffs throughout the financial system.

Jobless claimes fell by 18,000 to 215,000 for the week ending February 26, from 233,000 the earlier week, the Labor Division reported Thursday.

The four-week common for claims, which compensates for weekly volatility, fell by 6,000 to 230,500. In complete, 1,476,000 Individuals have been amassing jobless assist the week that ended Feb. 12, a small uptick of two,000 from the earlier week’s revised quantity.

First-time purposes for jobless assist usually monitor the tempo of layoffs, that are again all the way down to pretty wholesome pre-pandemic ranges.

— Related Press

Hospitalizations all the way down to 77
Replace: Thursday, March 3, 4:45 p.m.

The state is reporting three extra COVID-19 deaths and 171 new infections tonight.

There are 77 present hospitalizations and 1,488 lively infections statewide.

The deaths are residents from Cheshire, Hillsborough, and Strafford counties.

— NHPR Employees

As vaccine demand falls, states are left with large stockpile

(AP) As demand to get COVID-19 vaccines within the U.S. collapses in lots of areas, states are scrambling to make use of stockpiles of doses earlier than they expire and should be added to the thousands and thousands which have already gone to waste.

From among the least vaccinated states, like Indiana and North Dakota, to among the most vaccinated states, like New Jersey and Vermont, public well being departments are shuffling doses across the state within the hopes of discovering suppliers that may use them. State well being departments instructed The Related Press they’ve tracked thousands and thousands of doses that went to waste.

Vermont going mask-optional as of March 14

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont goes mask-optional as of March 14, primarily based on its low COVID-19 hospitalization charges and the vast majority of its inhabitants is vaccinated.

State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso mentioned at Gov. Phil Scott’s information convention Thursday the choice to put on a masks will likely be as much as every particular person primarily based on their very own circumstances and well being wants.

Schooling Secretary Dan French mentioned the mask-optional coverage additionally will embody colleges, “no matter vaccination standing.” He mentioned it additionally will apply to highschool buses, since masks are not required on college buses because of a current change in federal regulation.

— Related Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont goes mask-optional as of March 14, primarily based on its low COVID-19 hospitalization charges and the vast majority of its inhabitants being vaccinated.

“The choice to put on a masks will likely be as much as every particular person primarily based on their very own circumstances and well being wants,” Patsy Kelso, state epidemiologist, mentioned at Gov. Phil Scott’s weekly information convention on Thursday.

Kelso mentioned the state can even simplify its isolation and quarantine steering as of March 14. “In case you take a look at constructive, you may want to remain residence and isolate for 5 days. In case you’re a detailed contact and never updated in your vaccines, you don’t want to quarantine, however ought to get examined.”

She added that whereas the state has realized a lot in regards to the virus, “it does proceed to shock us, and we should be ready to regulate, if mandatory.”

The mask-optional coverage additionally will embody colleges, “no matter vaccination standing,” Schooling Secretary Dan French mentioned. “And it will apply to highschool buses, as properly, since masks are not required on college buses because of a current change in federal regulation.”

Earlier this week, the state mentioned Vermont colleges with a scholar vaccination fee of 80% or increased can carry their masking necessities.

8 extra COVID deaths
Replace: Wednesday, March 2, 4:21 p.m.

Eight extra Granite Staters have died from COVID-19.

State well being officers introduced the deaths whereas reporting one other notable drop in new infections and present hospitalizations.

There have been 148 new instances and 73 sufferers hospitalized, as of Wednesday morning. There are 1,431 lively infections statewide.

The state can be monitoring outbreaks at 33 institutional services. They embody the federal jail in Berlin with 326 resident and 50 workers instances and Strafford County jail, with 91 resident and 33 workers instances.

— NHPR Employees

Hospitalizations drop to 82
Replace: Tuesday, March 1, 4:11 p.m.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized in New Hampshire as a result of COVID-19 is the bottom it has been since mid-August. The affected person headcount was all the way down to 82 in the present day.

New Hampshire additionally continues to see a lower in new instances. State well being officers reported 191 new instances from Feb. 28, with one other 61 from over the previous week.

The state did announce 10 extra COVID-19 deaths — with 5 occurring greater than two weeks in the past, however have been simply confirmed to be as a result of virus.

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, New Hampshire has recorded 2,387 deaths.

— NHPR Employees

Most individuals in New Hampshire can cease sporting masks, in keeping with the CDC
Replace: Monday, Feb. 28, 5:35 p.m.

Most Granite Staters not must put on masks indoors, primarily based on new tips from the CDC.

The brand new steering makes use of metrics that concentrate on the affect the virus has on the native hospital system and the way vital the pressure is.

Previous to the up to date steering, the CDC calculated COVID-19 on the group degree utilizing case counts and take a look at positivity charges.

In New Hampshire, COVID-19 associated hospitalizations have been declining for the previous month.

Proper now, the state is averaging round 93 Granite Staters formally hospitalized with the virus, down from practically 400, this time final month.

Presently, most counties in New Hampshire are at a medium degree of COVID-19 locally. Based on the CDC, that’s a degree the place these at excessive threat for extreme sickness, could wish to contemplate taking further precautions.

Solely Strafford, Sullivan and Grafton counties have excessive ranges of COVID-19, the place the CDC nonetheless recommends common indoor masking.

The state of New Hampshire has taken a distinct method to its masking steering, and not recommends common indoor masking in any area.

Final week, all colleges within the state have been instructed by Governor Chris Sununu and the Division of Schooling that they may must transition away from masks necessities as quickly as doable.

Some college districts, which beforehand had a masks requirement, like Manchester, dropped them instantly, whereas others like Harmony, are ready somewhat longer.    

—Alli Fam, NHPR

Almost half of Biden’s 500M free COVID exams nonetheless unclaimed
Replace: Sunday, Feb. 27, 10:01 a.m.

(AP) — Almost half of the five hundred million free COVID-19 exams that the Biden administration not too long ago made out there to Individuals nonetheless have not been claimed as virus instances plummet and other people really feel much less urgency to check.

That is in keeping with administration officers who say this system nonetheless represents a step towards a deeper and extra responsive testing program that can accommodate demand surges and stay on standby when instances wane.

On the primary day of the White Home take a look at giveaway in January, the federal government web site COVIDtests.gov obtained 45 million orders.

Now officers say fewer than 100,000 orders a day are coming in for the packages of 4 free fast exams per family.

— Related Press

CDC: Many wholesome Individuals can take a break from masks
Replace: Friday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m.

(AP) U.S. officers say most Individuals dwell in locations the place wholesome individuals can safely take a break from sporting masks.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention on Friday outlined a brand new set of measures for communities the place COVID-19 is easing its grip. They focus much less on constructive take a look at outcomes and extra on what’s taking place at hospitals.

Greater than 70% of the U.S. inhabitants lives in counties the place the coronavirus is posing a low or medium risk to hospitals. These are the individuals who can cease sporting masks for now. The company remains to be advising that individuals, together with schoolchildren, put on masks the place the chance of COVID-19 is excessive.

The brand new suggestions do not change the requirement to put on masks on public transportation.

— Related Press

3 extra COVID deaths
Replace: Friday, Feb. 25, 4:20 p.m.

The state introduced three extra COVID-19 deaths on Friday.

There are 92 sufferers hospitalized with the virus, and lively infections statewide complete 2,130.

— NHPR Employees

2 deaths, 929 new instances
Replace: Thursday, Feb. 24, 4:40 p.m.

Two extra COVID-19 deaths have been introduced in the present day in New Hampshire, bringing the general virus-related deaths to 2,370.

Well being officers reported practically a thousand new instances, with 691 of them from Wednesday.

There are 2,063 lively infections and 95 sufferers hospitalized with the virus, as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

— NHPR Employees

Amid declining instances, NH not recommends indoor masks
Replace: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 3:49 p.m.

Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, introduced in the present day that New Hampshire is not recommending face masks use indoors, with some exceptions.

This comes as New Hampshire sees a notable drop in new instances — and hospitalizations fell beneath 100.

“At this level within the pandemic, we’re not recommending common face masks for individuals in indoor public places, except an individual is required to put on a face masks for his or her particular scenario,” Chan mentioned.

Chan mentioned some conditions, beneath federal steering or rules, face masks will nonetheless be required, similar to public transportation and entry into well being care services.

Chan mentioned the omicron surge is lowering statewide, as it’s nationwide, and there is a notable decline within the severity of COVID-19.

Gov. Chris Sununu famous the up to date masks steering, which incorporates colleges, is predicated on a lot of components past instances plummeting within the state, together with availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

“What’s essential transferring ahead is, I feel, is that we have a look at this from a place of understanding. it isn’t about masks shaming or something like that,” Sununu mentioned. “Personal companies, as all the time, can nonetheless select to mandate masks or produce other protections of their very own in place.”

Watch the information convention the place Sununu, Chan spoke Wednesday.

The state did announce 21 extra COVID-19 deaths, within the first public well being replace since Feb. 17.

The deaths have been residents of Belknap (4), Cheshire (2), Coos (4), Grafton, Hillsborough (4), Merrimack (3), Rockingham (2), and Strafford counties.

— NHPR Employees

US virus instances, hospitalizations proceed regular decline
Replace: Monday, Feb. 21, 7:30 a.m.

(AP) Common every day COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations are persevering with to fall within the U.S., an indicator that the omicron variant’s maintain is weakening throughout the nation.

Whole confirmed instances reported Saturday barely exceeded 100,000, a pointy downturn from round 800,850 on Jan. 16, in keeping with Johns Hopkins College knowledge.

In New York, the variety of instances went down by greater than 50% during the last two weeks. Infectious illness specialist Dr. Thomas Russo mentioned what’s influencing the decline in Omicron instances is that it has constructed up some inhabitants immunity.

Public well being specialists say they’re feeling hopeful. Nevertheless, many expressed concern that vaccine uptick within the U.S. has nonetheless been beneath expectations.

— Related Press

Pope hails well being care employees as heroes for COVID service
Replace: Sunday, Feb. 20

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has hailed well being care employees as heroes for his or her service every single day, not simply through the pandemic.

The pontiff clapped his fingers and invited the general public in St. Peter’s Sq. on Sunday to do the identical in a an indication of “a terrific thanks” for docs, nurses and volunteers who take care of the sick.

Italy was marking Sunday as a nationwide day to pay tribute to well being care employees. The nationwide skilled affiliation of docs counts 370 physicians who died of COVID-19 through the pandemic. The pope mentioned the coronavirus pandemic has made plain the “heroism” that characterizes well being care personnel on a regular basis.

— Related Press

Keene hospital restarts emergency surgical procedures

Replace: 5:30 p.m., Feb. 18
As COVID-19 hospitalizations proceed to fall throughout the state, this week, Cheshire Medical Middle in Keene lifted a pause on non-emergency surgical procedures.

The stoppage started in early December, when Cheshire was overwhelmed with excessive volumes of COVID-19 sufferers, and different non-COVID sufferers in want of emergency care.

Pausing “elective surgical procedures” freed up workers and area to assist elsewhere within the hospital. However whereas a surgical procedure is perhaps thought of elective, like a hernia restore, it doesn’t imply it’s not mandatory, workers say.

Now, Cheshire is making an attempt to reschedule round 600 sufferers, mentioned Dr. Paul Sanders, a common surgeon on the hospital who additionally chairs the surgical division.

“We’re always including sufferers on prime of that,” Sanders mentioned. “It’ll be a short time earlier than we’re again to, as you would possibly name it, ‘enterprise as common.’”

Sanders mentioned sufferers who had a process postponed can count on a name from Cheshire workers.

Different hospitals like Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Elliot are additionally working by means of a backlog of surgical procedures postponed through the winter surge.

However some New Hampshire hospitals say they have been in a position to preserve tempo with elective surgical procedures through the winter surge, and are usually not reporting a major backlog.

There are at the moment 108 Granite Staters hospitalized with the virus, down from practically 500 in December.
—Alli Fam, NHPR

Canadian police begin arresting protesters in Ottawa
Replace: Friday, Feb. 18, 12:32 p.m.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Authorities in Canada are pushing again and arresting protesters who’ve paralyzed visitors in Ottawa for 3 weeks in an illustration in opposition to the nation’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Scuffles are breaking out in entrance of a downtown lodge the place police made a number of arrests. A whole bunch of officers descended on the center of the protest hours after police ked demonstrators away in handcuffs.

Police have sealed off a lot of the downtown space to outsiders. The protesters within the capital make up the motion’s final stronghold after weeks of demonstrations and blockades that shutdown border crossings into the U.S. and precipitated immense financial hurt.

— Related Press

Home OKs weaker COVID vaccine mandates at state well being care services
Replace: 4:56 p.m., Feb. 17

Home lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a invoice that may weaken COVID-19 vaccine mandates at state well being care services Thursday.

The invoice requires state medical services with a COVID vaccination mandate to permit workers to simply decideout by means of an objection of conscience, which might successfully render the mandate toothless.

However services the invoice applies to, like county nursing houses throughout the state, are already beneath federal vaccination necessities. These federal guidelines solely supply spiritual and medical exemptions.

Workers in New Hampshire have to be absolutely vaccinated by March 15 per the rules, from the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Companies.

The potential battle between state and federal guidelines has Heather Moquin, the Administrator of Merrimack County Nursing Residence on edge. Her facility has had a mandate in place for months.

Moquin worries if her facility was unable to keep up compliance with the federal mandate due to a state regulation, they may “obtain citations for not following an infection management processes that might result in monetary penalties.”

In an FAQ about its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, CMS says federal regulation would supersede any state legal guidelines in battle.

The invoice goes now for evaluate earlier than a second Home committee.

-Alli Fam, NHPR

10 deaths, 377 new instances
Replace: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 5:50 p.m.

State well being officers in the present day introduced 10 extra COVID-19 deaths.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with the virus fell by practically 20, to 134 hospitalizations. It is the lowest variety of COVID sufferers since early October.

Energetic infections quantity 3,273.

— NHPR Employees

Portsmouth ends masks directive
Replace: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 9:20 a.m.

The town of Portsmouth on Tuesday rescinded its face masks directive, efficient instantly.

The announcement from town’s Public Well being officer famous “a precipitous and sustained drop in take a look at positivity charges” in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth metropolis supervisor nonetheless urges masks sporting indoors for metropolis services.

— NHPR Employees

Ontario drops vaccine proof, protests persist
Replace: Monday, Feb. 14, 12:03 p.m.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ontario’s premier introduced Monday that Canada’s most populous province will carry its COVID-19 proof of vaccination necessities in two weeks– not due to the protests which have blocked the border and paralyzed Ottawa, however as a result of “it’s secure to take action.”

The busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing, in the meantime, was open Monday after protesters demonstrating in opposition to COVID-19 measures blocked it for practically every week, however a bigger protest within the capital, Ottawa, persevered as metropolis residents seethed over authorities’ incapability to reclaim the streets.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says his authorities will carry its COVID-19 proof of vaccination necessities on March 1. Ford additionally says he would assist Trudeau’s authorities if it proposes additional measures to quell the protests.

— Related Press

Key US-Canada bridge reopens after police clear protesters
Replace: Monday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — The busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing has reopened after protests in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions closed it for nearly every week, whereas Canadian officers are holding again from a crackdown on a bigger protest within the capital, Ottawa.

Detroit Worldwide Bridge Co. mentioned in an announcement late Sunday that “the Ambassador Bridge is now absolutely open permitting the free circulate of commerce between the Canada and US economies as soon as once more.”

The crossing usually carries 25% of all commerce between the 2 international locations, and the blockade on the Canadian facet had disrupted enterprise in each international locations. The protest in Ottawa, in the meantime, has paralyzed downtown, infuriated residents who’re fed up with police inaction and turned up strain on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

— Related Press

Canada police arrive to take away protesters at US border
Replace: Saturday, Feb. 12, 9:56 a.m.

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Canadian police have moved in to take away protesters who’ve disrupted Canada-US commerce at a serious bridge border crossing, although a number of vans remained blocking visitors.

Many protesters started driving away as police approached shortly after daybreak. They’d spent the evening on the busiest crossing between the USA and Canada regardless of new warnings to finish the blockade that has disrupted the circulate of products between the 2 international locations and compelled the auto trade on each side to roll again manufacturing.

Bur three giant vans and about 20 protesters remained blocking visitors early Saturday and so they started singing Canada’s nationwide anthem.

— Related Press

6 extra COVID deaths
Replace: Friday, Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m.

The state introduced six extra COVID-19 deaths on Friday.

There are 1,113 new instances, 174 present hospitalizations, and 5,343 lively infections statewide.

New Hampshire averaged 635 new instances per day over the previous week, which is a 36% lower from the earlier seven-day interval, in keeping with the state’s COVID dashboard.

N.H. state COVID dashboard Feb. 11, 2022

— NHPR Employees

The FDA postpones a extremely anticipated assembly on the Pfizer vaccine for younger youngsters
Replace: Friday, Feb 11, 3:48 p.m.

A extremely anticipated assembly of knowledgeable advisers to debate whether or not to suggest using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for younger youngsters has been postponed.

The Meals and Drug Administration mentioned Pfizer instructed the company that new knowledge have not too long ago emerged concerning its emergency use authorization request for the Pfizer vaccine in youngsters 6 months by means of 4 years of age.

The company mentioned its preliminary evaluation and wish to permit extra time to guage extra knowledge led it to postpone the assembly scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15.

“We imagine extra info concerning the continuing analysis of a 3rd dose must be thought of as a part of our decision-making for potential authorization,” FDA officers mentioned in an announcement.

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What number of occasions can I reuse my N95 masks?
Replace: Friday, Feb. 11, 6:40 a.m.

(AP) — Consultants say how typically you’ll be able to safely put on an N95 or KN95 masks will fluctuate relying on the way it’s used.

Utilizing a masks to run to the grocery retailer, for instance, may be very completely different than sporting all of it day at work. Richard Flagan, who research masks and aerosols on the California Institute of Know-how, says the period of time a masks is worn is extra essential than how regularly it is worn.

However generally, he recommends limiting using an N95 masks to about two or three days. N95 masks cannot be washed and must be thrown away as soon as you’ll be able to not use them.

— Related Press

Hospitalizations fall once more
Replace: Thursday, Feb. 10, 4:06 p.m.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with coronavirus continues to lower. The state reported 175 present hospitalizations in the present day.

There are 1,150 new instances, with 747 of them from Wednesday, and lively infections are at 6,064.

One other 4 Granite Staters have died from COVID-19, in keeping with state well being officers. They have been residents of Hillsborough (2), Rockingham, and Strafford counties.

The state has recorded 2,288 virus-related deaths.

— NHPR Employees

Jobless claims fall once more for third straight week
Replace: Thursday, Feb. 10, 10:54 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Individuals utilized for unemployment advantages for the third straight week. Jobless claims fell by 16,000 to 223,000 final week, from 239,000 the earlier week, the Labor Division reported Thursday.

The four-week common for claims, which compensates for weekly volatility, fell barely after rising for 5 straight weeks because the omicron variant of the coronavirus unfold, disrupting enterprise in lots of components of the U.S.

Final week, the Labor Division reported a stunning burst of hiring in January, with employers including 467,000 jobs.

— Related Press

Free N95 masks start to reach in N.H.
Replace: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:27 pm.

Late final month, the Biden administration introduced it might ship N95 masks to pharmacies and well being facilities throughout the nation to distribute without spending a dime.

This system remains to be rolling out right here in New Hampshire, with some taking part pharmacies awaiting their shipments.

The free masks are coming to most of the identical pharmacies that supply COVID-19 vaccines, like Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.

Solely two Walgreens within the state have obtained the masks, each of that are in Manchester. That is in keeping with a firm listing, which a Walgreens spokesperson says is regularly up to date.

Pharmacies that do have the free masks in inventory are giving out three per buyer. The N95 masks present extra safety in opposition to COVID-19 than fabric masks do.

Solely two well being facilities within the state have been chosen to take part within the first spherical of this system. One in all them is Coos County Household Well being Companies.

CEO Ken Gordon says they haven’t gotten the 20,000 masks they ordered.

When the masks arrive, Gordon plans to distribute them all through the group.

“We hope to distribute them to senior house complexes, on the library, and to colleges,” Gordon mentioned.

Different well being facilities have ordered the masks too, however are nonetheless undecided when they may arrive.

—Alli Fam, NHPR

14 deaths, 786 new instances
Replace: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 3:15 p.m.

Gov. Chris Sununu says New Hampshire, together with Vermont, has the bottom COVID-19 hospitalization fee within the nation.

“This isn’t a victory by any means, however we’re undoubtedly trending in the precise path,” Sununu mentioned at a information convention in the present day in Harmony.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with the virus is all the way down to 181.

Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, reported 786 new instances and 5,818 lively infections — and 14 new deaths. Solely one of many deaths was related to a long-term care facility or institutional setting, he mentioned.

— NHPR Employees

Hospitalizations drop beneath 200
Replace: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 4:19 p.m.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped beneath 200, and is now at 185.

The promising pattern strains in Tuesday’s public well being replace proceed with a notable drop in new instances: there have been 307 new instances for Monday.

Energetic instances are down to five,284 — although officers have famous, with the higher availability of at-home take a look at kits, this quantity is much less dependable.

The state did announce 10 extra COVID-19 deaths, with three of them occurring over two weeks in the past, however have been solely simply confirmed.

The deaths have been residents of Carroll, Hillsborough (4), Merrimack (2), and Rockingham (3) counties.

Over the course of the pandemic, New Hampshire has now recorded 2,270 deaths and 284,567 coronavirus instances.

— Dan Tuohy, NHPR

14 deaths, 2,790 new instances
Replace: Monday, Feb. 7, 4:06 p.m.

State well being officers introduced 14 extra COVID-19 deaths tonight, together with 2,790 new infections.

Of the brand new instances, 2,044 are from Feb. 4-6, and 994 of the general new infections are residents beneath age 18.

There are 206 sufferers hospitalized with the virus, which is nearly 40 fewer hospitalizations than on Feb. 4.

Present case numbers are additionally down notably, to six,277.

The newest COVID deaths have been residents of Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Hillsborough (6), Merrimack (2), Rockingham, and Strafford counties.

— NHPR Employees

Bubble life: China takes COVID sports activities routine to new excessive
Replace: Monday, Feb. 7

BEIJING (AP) — Formally, the Beijing Olympics are going down inside what organizers are calling “the enclosed compound exercise space.”

That is a flowery method of claiming “a closed loop.” You in all probability realize it higher as “the bubble.” And bubbles at the moment are a part of the norm at main sporting occasions. The premise of this bubble is easy: Maintain those that handed a number of exams simply to get entry to the Olympics in, preserve the remainder of the world and, hopefully, COVID-19 out.

It has labored for the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation, the Nationwide Hockey League, Main League Baseball, Grand Slam tennis occasions, school sports activities, the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics that befell final summer time and a lot extra.

— Related Press

Hospitalizations drop beneath 250
Replace: Friday, Feb. 4, 3:34 p.m.

New Hampshire continues to report fewer sufferers hospitalized with the coronavirus. The newest tally reveals 244 hospitalizations, a drop of 13 from a day earlier.

The state introduced seven extra COVID-19 deaths, 1,497 new infections, and eight,464 lively infections.

The deaths are residents of Cheshire, Merrimack, Rockingham (3), and Strafford (2) counties.

— NHPR Employees

COVID falling in 49 of fifty states as deaths close to 900,000
Replace: Friday, Feb. 4, 1:01 p.m.

(AP) With the brutal omicron wave quickly easing its grip, new instances of COVID-19 within the U.S. are falling in 49 of the 50 states, even because the nation’s demise toll closes in on one other bleak spherical quantity: 900,000.

The variety of lives misplaced to the pandemic within the U.S. stood at over 897,000 as of noon Friday, with deaths working at a median of greater than 2,400 a day, again as much as the place they have been final winter, when the vaccine drive was nonetheless getting began.

However new instances per day have tanked by nearly a half-million nationwide since mid-January, the curve trending downward in each state however Maine.

— Related Press

COVID exams now in inventory at liquor shops
Replace: Friday, Feb. 4, 8:59 a.m.

COVID-19 exams at the moment are out there in any respect N.H. state liquor shops.

Governor Sununu and New Hampshire Liquor Fee chairman Joseph Mollica introduced that an preliminary spherical of 500,000 take a look at kits can be found in any respect 67 state Liquor & Wine outlet places.

The state Govt Council permitted spending $12 million final month to obtain 1 million exams, which will likely be offered at value on the state-run liquor shops.

The take a look at kits are $11.29. Prospects can buy as many kits as they want.

— NHPR Employees

New England Faculty, Harmony Hospital companion to handle nursing scarcity
Replace: Thursday, Feb. 3, 4:30 p.m.

New England Faculty is launching a brand new nursing program with Harmony Hospital to assist handle the state’s long-standing nursing scarcity.

The necessity for brand new workers has grown through the pandemic, mentioned Robert Steigmeyer, president and CEO at Harmony Hospital.

“We’re experiencing an unprecedented variety of professionals which are leaving bedside nursing,” he mentioned.

Some nurses are retiring early, whereas others are leaving the career altogether, as a result of excessive ranges of stress introduced on by the pandemic.

Round 40 nursing college students will enter the brand new program at New England Faculty within the fall of 2022.

As soon as college students start their second yr, they may work as licensed nursing assistants for Harmony Hospital. This system will run three years, and college students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The mannequin is meant to assist the hospital not solely increase its staffing with scholar employees, however ideally, add new, skilled hires as soon as college students graduate this system. Nonetheless, there are not any grantees college students will keep in New Hampshire to work.

College students will likely be paid for his or her work at Harmony Hospital, although they may nonetheless should pay tuition prices.
— Alli Fam

7 deaths, 1,243 new instances
Replace: Thursday, Feb. 3, 3:40 p.m.

Seven extra residents have died from COVID-19, the state introduced Thursday.

The newest public well being numbers supply some promising information: the variety of sufferers hospitalized with the virus has dropped once more, by 21 individuals, to 257.

There have been 1,243 new coronavirus instances and 9,312 lively infections statewide.

The deaths introduced Thursday are residents of Carroll, Hillsborough (5), and Strafford counties.

— NHPR Employees

Hospitalizations drop once more
Replace: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 4:45 p.m.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with coronavirus dropped once more, now all the way down to 278, as of Wednesday morning.

State well being officers reported 1,394 new infections and 9,204 lively infections.9 extra residents have died from COVID-19. They’re residents of Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough (2), Rockingham, Strafford (3), and Sullivan counties.

— NHPR Employees

EXPLAINER: COVID vaccines for youths beneath 5: What’s subsequent?
Replace: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1:20 p.m.

(AP) COVID-19 vaccines for youths beneath 5 could also be out there within the U.S. as early as March, however there are a number of hurdles nonetheless to clear.

Pfizer requested the Meals and Drug Administration Tuesday to authorize extra-low doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 6 months by means of 4 years.

The FDA will evaluate the applying and convene a panel of out of doors advisers in mid-February to debate the information.

The FDA will use that recommendation in deciding whether or not the brand new doses are secure and efficient.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention will then collect its personal knowledgeable panel to assist determine if the pictures must be beneficial for this age group.

— Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Author

10 deaths, hospitalizations drop beneath 300
Replace: Tuesday, Feb. 1

The state introduced 10 extra COVID-19 deaths, together with 4 deaths from over the previous two months that have been not too long ago confirmed to be linked to the coronavirus.

Hospitalizations dropped once more to 292 sufferers.

There are 9,104 lively infections statewide. For the reason that begin of the pandemic, New Hampshire has recorded 277,355 coronavirus instances.

— NHPR Employees

4 extra COVID-19 deaths
Replace: Monday, Jan. 31, 5:01 p.m.

State well being officers in the present day introduced 4 extra coronavirus deaths and one other 4,410 instances — 3,271 of the brand new instances come from Friday to Sunday.

Of the brand new instances, 1,223 are people beneath 18 years outdated.

There are 10,436 lively instances and 303 hospitalizations — there are 60 fewer sufferers from Jan. 27.

New Hampshire has confirmed 276,856 constructive outcomes for the reason that pandemic started.

— NHPR Employees

Moderna lands full OK for COVID-19 vaccine
Replace: Monday, Jan. 31, 12:06 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderna says U.S. well being regulators have given full approval to its COVID-19 vaccine after reviewing extra knowledge on its security and effectiveness.

The choice Monday by the Meals and Drug Administration comes after many tens of thousands and thousands of Individuals have already obtained the shot beneath its unique emergency authorization.

Full approval means FDA has accomplished the identical rigorous, time-consuming evaluate for Moderna’s shot as dozens of different long-established vaccines.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine obtained full approval final summer time. Public well being advocates initially hoped the excellence would increase public confidence within the pictures.

However there was no discernable bump in vaccinations after the Pfizer resolution.

— Related Press

Impending blizzard prompts closures
Replace: Friday, Jan. 28, 1:50 p.m.

The winter storm and blizzard warnings for New Hampshire has prompted the state to shut its fastened vaccination and testing websites on Saturday.

They may reopen Sunday.

See COVID19.nh.gov for extra info

FDA stops ineffective antibody remedy amid omicron

Replace: Jan. 27, 5:08 p.m.

This week, the FDA curbed using two monoclonal antibody remedies that aren’t efficient in opposition to the omicron pressure of COVID-19, which now accounts for 99 % of instances in New England.

“It would not have an effect on our operations,” mentioned Dr. Mark Pundt the Chief Medical Officer at ConvenientMD Pressing Care. “We made that change a lot of weeks in the past.”

Earlier this month, the state instructed all services to cease utilizing therapies that aren’t efficient in opposition to omicron. However the drugs which are efficient in opposition to omicron are in restricted provide, and state officers count on that might proceed till the summer time. Pundt mentioned thus far, provide constraints haven’t had a major affect on Handy MD’s capacity to satisfy scheduled appointments and demand.

The identical has been true for Memorial Hospital in North Conway, mentioned emergency preparedness coordinator Will Owen. Owen mentioned prior to now few weeks, demand for COVID remedies at Memorial Hospital has truly dropped.

However demand isn’t constant throughout the state, Brian O’Hearn with Androscoggin Valley Hospital mentioned. He expects that restricted provide might quickly imply his workers should be extra frugal with drugs to make sure they will these most in danger for development of a extreme case of the virus.
-Alli Fam, NHPR

20 deaths, 2,274 new instances
Replace: Thursday, Jan. 27, 4:21 p.m.

Twenty extra residents have died from COVID-19, state well being officers report tonight.

Of the 20, three have been youthful than 60, with the rest 60 or older.

There are 2,274 new instances, 14,542 lively infections, and 387 hospitalizations.

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, New Hampshire has recorded 270,063 constructive instances of coronavirus, and a couple of,193 associated deaths.

The deaths introduced Thursday are residents of Belknap (1), Carroll (2), Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough (8), Merrimack (2), Rockingham (4), and Sullivan counties.

— NHPR Employees

FEMA OKs deployment of paramedics
Replace: Thursday, Jan. 27, 11:19 a.m.

The Federal Emergency Administration Company has permitted New Hampshire’s request to increase deployment of 30 paramedics as a part of the state’s response to COVID-19, Gov. Chris Sununu says.

The deployment is prolonged one other two weeks, from Feb. 2 to Feb. 16. Based on the governor, the paramedics are assigned primarily based on present hospital staffing:

  • Southern New Hampshire Medical Middle: 10 paramedics
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital: 10
  • Elliot Hospital: 5
  • Harmony Hospital: 5

— Dan Tuohy, NHPR

NH opening extra vaccination websites
Replace: Wednesday, Jan. 26, 3:21 p.m.

The state will likely be opening extra vaccination websites, together with new fastened places in Keene and Manchester.

There at the moment are a couple of dozen vaccination websites, the place no appointment is required, and so they’re staffed by ConvenientMD or On-Web site Medical Companies.

3 deaths, 1,023 new instances

Dr. Benjamin Chan on Wednesday introduced three extra COVID-19 deaths and 1,023 new instances. Different numbers reported embody:

  • 401 sufferers hospitalized
  • 17% take a look at positivity fee
  • 13,870 lively infections

— NHPR Employees

Alongside Vermouth and Hennessy, COVID-19 fast exams to be offered at N.H. liquor shops
Replace: Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 2:05 p.m.

Possibly you’ve discovered your self asking: Can I get that Covid take a look at, can I get that Henny?

At New Hampshire state-owned liquor shops, you’ll be capable to do each. The Govt Council voted unanimously Wednesday to make use of $12 million {dollars} in federal cash to purchase a million at-home COVID-19 fast exams, which will likely be offered to the general public at government-owned liquor shops.

The antigen exams will likely be ordered later this week, and are anticipated to hit cabinets often populated with bottles of Sancerre and single malts by the center of February.

“Chances are you’ll choose one up if you go to get a bottle of wine, to have it in your medication cupboard,” DHHS Commissioner Lori Shibinette instructed the council, which voted unanimously to approve the acquisition.

The cash comes from American Rescue Plan Funds.

Based on paperwork related to the acquisition, the state-run liquor shops will promote the fast exams at value, plus a $1.50 payment per case to cowl the price of storage and the addition of bar codes.

-Todd Bookman, NHPR

COVID-19 vaccine booster drive is faltering within the US
Replace: Wednesday, Jan. 26, 11:22 a.m.

(AP) — The COVID-19 booster drive within the U.S. is dropping steam, worrying well being specialists who’ve pleaded with Individuals to get an additional shot to shore up their safety in opposition to the extremely contagious omicron variant.

Based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, simply 40% of absolutely vaccinated Individuals have obtained a booster dose.

And the typical variety of booster pictures disbursed per day within the U.S. has plummeted from a peak of 1 million in early December to about 490,000 as of final week.

— Related Press

25 extra COVID deaths
Replace: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 5:54 p.m.

The state has introduced 25 extra COVID-19 deaths.

There are 724 new instances to report from Monday, and one other 136 new instances from over the previous week. Different numbers launched tonight embody:

  • 412 hospitaliations
  • 13,667 lively instances (a quantity that has notably dropped in current days)
  • 2,170 general deaths in N.H. up to now

5 of the 25 deaths reported in the present day occurred greater than two weeks in the past, however have been newly confirmed to be associated to the coronavirus. The newest deaths are residents of Belknap (2), Carroll (3), Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough (3), Merrimack (6), Rockingham (6), Strafford (2), and Sullivan counties.
— NHPR Employees

COVID instances up dramatically amongst youngsters in state custody
Replace: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m.

The variety of New Hampshire youngsters in state custody testing constructive for COVID-19 elevated dramatically this month.

Roughly 300 youngsters in New Hampshire are within the state’s custody in residential services or on the Sununu Youth Companies Middle.

In January 2022, the state obtained stories of constructive COVID instances for a couple of third of those youngsters. That is exponentially increased than in most of 2021, when constructive instances have been hovering between zero and 20. It is also considerably increased than the speed of group transmission in New Hampshire, even through the omicron surge.

The state’s Workplace of the Baby Advocate says among the constructive instances are amongst youth in services exterior of New Hampshire. In some instances, youngsters who take a look at constructive are quarantining of their rooms, unable to attend courses or actions. The workplace says the excessive transmission is probably going due partly to workers coming to and from the services each day.

—Sarah Gibson, NHPR
Be aware: The variety of youngsters within the state’s custody has been corrected. 

Survey: No less than 29% of Granite Staters have examined constructive
Replace: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 12:01 p.m.

A brand new ballot finds 29% of New Hampshire residents say they examined constructive for coronavirus at the least as soon as for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

And 13% responded that they examined constructive prior to now month, in keeping with the Granite State Ballot from the UNH Survey Middle. The findings have been launched in the present day.

— Dan Tuohy, NHPR

10 extra deaths, new instances spike over weekend
Replace: Monday, Jan. 24, 4:57 p.m.

The state in the present day reported 6,196 new coronavirus infections over the previous three days, together with one other 1,075 instances from the earlier week.

Of the brand new instances, 1,924 are people beneath 18 years outdated, in keeping with the Division of Well being and Human Companies.

The estimated variety of identified lively infections dropped to fifteen,641. There are 411 sufferers hospitalized with the virus.

A further 10 Granite Staters have died because of COVID-19. The state mentioned the residents who died have been from Carroll, Coos, Hillsborough (2), Merrimack (2), Rockingham (2), and Strafford (2) counties.

Up to now, New Hampshire has recorded 2,145 COVID deaths.

— NHPR Employees

12 deaths, 3,045 new instances
Replace: Friday, Jan. 21, 3:45 p.m.

State well being officers introduced 12 extra COVID-19 deaths and three,045 new coronavirus instances in the present day.

There are 18,462 lively infections and 393 sufferers hospitalized with the virus.

Of the brand new instances, 906 are people beneath age 18.

The deaths Jan. 21 are residents of Carroll (2), Cheshire, Hillsborough (3), Merrimack (2), Rockingham (3), and Strafford counties.

— NHPR Employees

Booster pictures wanted in opposition to omicron, CDC research present

(AP) — Three new U.S. research supply extra proof that the COVID-19 vaccines are standing as much as the omicron variant, at the least amongst individuals who have gotten booster pictures.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention launched the research Friday. The outcomes echo earlier analysis — together with research in Germany, South Africa, and the UK.

They discovered out there vaccines are much less efficient in opposition to omicron than they have been in opposition to earlier variations of the coronavirus. One of many papers discovered that two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines supplied no vital safety in opposition to omicron. A number of research have concluded a booster can considerably enhance safety.

— Related Press

14 deaths, 3,190 new instances
Replace: Thursday, Jan. 20, 4:06 p.m.

Greater than 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 residents of New Hampshire have now had the coronavirus, in keeping with the most recent public well being numbers.

The state continues to report excessive every day new infections. One other 3,190 have been introduced Thursday, with 2,461 of these from Wednesday alone.

Fourteen extra Granite Staters have died from COVID-19, bringing the whole variety of virus-related deaths to 2,123.

There are 20,026 lively infections and 411 sufferers at the moment hospitalized with the virus.

— Dan Tuohy, NHPR

State provides fastened vaccination websites
Replace: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 4:52 pm.

Because the omicron surge continues in New Hampshire, the state is including extra walk-in fastened COVID vaccination websites.

A brand new location opened Wednesday in Stratham, subsequent door to the Tailgate Tavern. New websites are additionally coming in Keene, Harmony, Nashua, Manchester and Salem. They are going to be open for boosters in addition to first doses.

The vaccine can be out there at lots of of different places throughout the state, like pharmacies and group clinics. Governor Chris Sununu pressured the significance of getting booster pictures, as the most recent pressure of the virus spreads shortly throughout the state, even in vaccinated individuals.

“It actually makes all of the distinction on the earth of getting again to highschool or work shortly or being laid up for weeks and weeks on finish,” Sununu mentioned.

Round 68 % of the state’s inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated in keeping with CDC knowledge. Roughly half of those that have been vaccinated are additionally boosted, in keeping with NHPR estimates.

-Alli Fam, NHPR

24 deaths, 595 new instances
Replace: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 3:44 pm.

Dr. Benjamin Chan introduced 24 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday. The state epidemiologist says New Hampshire is averaging three deaths a day; the general deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic is now 2,109.

Different COVID numbers Jan. 19 embody:

  • 595 new instances from Tuesday
  • 18,986 lively infections
  • 410 hospitalizations
  • 22% take a look at positivity fee

The deaths reported are residents from: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire (4), Hillsborough (4), Merrimack (5), Rockingham (6), and Strafford (3) counties.
— NHPR Employees

US begins providing 1B free COVID exams, however many extra wanted
Replace: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2:01 p.m.

(AP) For the primary time, individuals throughout the U.S. can go online to a authorities web site and order free, at-home COVID-19 exams.

However the White Home push could do little to ease the omicron surge, and specialists say Washington should do much more to repair the nation’s long-troubled testing system.

The web site, COVIDTests.gov, permits individuals to order 4 at-home exams per family and have them delivered by mail. However the exams will not arrive for seven to 12 days, after omicron is anticipated to peak in lots of components of the nation.

— Related Press

6 deaths, surge in new instances
Replace: Jan. 18

Six extra residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s complete virus-related deaths to 2,085.

State well being officers introduced 12,997 new instances from Friday by means of Monday, with one other 1,413 instances reported from final week.

There are 20,045 lively infections and 409 present hospitalizations. three of the six deaths reported Tuesday have been from two weeks in the past, and solely simply reported.

— NHPR Employees

COVID deaths and instances are rising once more at U.S. nursing houses
Replace: Jan. 17

(AP) COVID-19 infections are hovering once more at U.S. nursing houses due to the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too.

That is resulting in new restrictions on household visits and a renewed push to get extra residents and workers members vaccinated and boosted. Nursing houses have been the deadly epicenter of the pandemic early on, earlier than the arrival of the vaccines allowed a lot of them to reopen and welcome guests once more.

Now the extremely contagious variant has dealt them a setback. Nursing houses reported about 32,000 COVID-19 instances amongst residents within the week ending Jan. 9, an almost sevenfold improve from a couple of month in the past. A complete of 645 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported throughout the identical week, a 47% improve from a month earlier.

— Related Press

28 extra deaths reported
Replace: Friday, Jan. 14, 3:28 p.m.

There have been 28 extra COVID-19 deaths introduced Friday, bringing New Hampshire’s pandemic-related demise toll to 2,079.

State well being officers reported 2,374 new instances, with 2,177 of these from Thursday, Jan. 13. Of the brand new instances, 502 have been people beneath 18 years outdated.

There are 426 sufferers hospitalized with the virus, and 21,291 lively infections.

The deaths reported have been residents of Belknap (3), Cheshire (2), Grafton (2), Hillsborough (7), Merrimack (5), and Rockingham (9) counties.

— NHPR Employees

4 fastened testing websites to shut as a result of chilly

NH well being officers say the state’s 4 fastened testing websites will shut Saturday, Jan. 15, as a result of excessive chilly climate. They’re anticipated to reopen Sunday at 9 a.m.

The websites are in Claremont on the River Valley Neighborhood Faculty, Manchester on the JFK Coliseum, in Nashua at 25 Crown St., and in Newington on the Fox Run Mall.

Discover a PCR take a look at close to you
Discover Fast antigen testing places

— NHPR Employees

19 extra COVID deaths as new instances surge
Replace: Thursday, Jan. 13, 4:46 pm.

The state reported greater than 3,800 new coronavirus instances in the present day, as well being officers monitor the winter surge.

Nineteen extra COVID-19 deaths have been additionally introduced.

There are at the moment 432 sufferers hospitalized with the virus, and 22,750 lively instances statewide.

The brand new deaths are residents from Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Hillsborough (7), Merrimack, Rockingham (4), Strafford (3), and Sullivan counties.

– NHPR Employees

Well being officers replace steering
Replace: Thursday, Jan. 13, 9:51 a.m.

The rise in omicron instances has led state well being officers to replace their steering for services that give COVID-19 remedies, like monoclonal antibodies and antiviral capsules.

The brand new steering tells services to prioritize remedies which are simpler in opposition to omicron, and to not use the much less efficient ones.

However, the remedies efficient in opposition to omicron, a few of that are new, are briefly provide. Which means well being care services could have to put extra limits on who will get the remedy to those that are on the highest threat of growing a extreme COVID case.

Dr. Michael McLeod, affiliate chief medical officer at Harmony Hospital, says the hospital is sorting by means of a set of standards to assist decide eligibility.

“You do should put, you understand, possibly a 35-year-old one that’s obese and that is their solely threat issue up in opposition to maybe the 75 yr outdated who’s immunocompromised with diabetes and hypertension. So, you understand, you actually do want to take a look at that clinically.”

McLeod says race and ethnicity just isn’t an element the hospital plans to make use of to find out eligibility.

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— Alli Fam, NHPR

Improve in COVID sufferers, lively instances
Replace: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 3:46 p.m.

Present hospitalizations are up once more as New Hampshire offers with the omicron coronavirus surge.

There at the moment are 415 sufferers hospitalized with the virus, a rise of 26 from a day earlier.

State well being officers report 2,438 new instances, and New Hampshire is averaging about 2,500 new instances a day over the previous week, mentioned Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist.

Energetic infections are additionally as much as 20,458.

Chan says the state is averaging 9 to 10 deaths a day over the previous week.

— NHPR Employees

Hospitals strategize on the right way to use restricted provide of greatest remedies for omicron
Up to date: 2:20 p.m. Jan. 12

The rise in omicron instances has led state well being officers to replace their steering for services that give COVID-19 remedies, like monoclonal antibodies and antiviral capsules.

The brand new steering tells services to prioritize remedies which are simpler in opposition to omicron, and to not use the much less efficient ones.

However, the remedies efficient in opposition to omicron, a few of that are new, are briefly provide. Which means well being care services could have to put extra limits on who will get the remedy to those that are on the highest threat of growing a extreme COVID case.

Dr. Michael McLeod, affiliate chief medical officer at Harmony Hospital says the hospital is sorting by means of a set of standards to assist decide eligibility.

“You do should put, you understand, possibly a 35-year-old one that’s obese and that is their solely threat issue up in opposition to maybe the 75-year-old who’s immunocompromised with diabetes and hypertension. So, you understand, you actually do want to take a look at that clinically,” he mentioned.

McLeod says race and ethnicity just isn’t an element the hospital plans to make use of to find out eligibility.
-Alli Fam, NHPR

“Strike groups” arrive at state nursing houses
Up to date: 5:52 p.m. Jan. 11

The primary of the state’s so-called “strike groups” have arrived at a number of New Hampshire nursing houses.

The “strike groups” are successfully short-term healthcare employees paid for with American Rescue plan cash.

Funding permitted for the out-of-state workers by lawmakers final month totaled $6,000,000, with workers estimated to value $200-300 per hour. The determine does embody administrative prices and bills like housing. Touring workers sometimes make a lot increased wages than their native coworkers.

The state’s flip to touring workers comes as nursing houses throughout New Hampshire face staffing shortages which have pushed them to cut back the variety of sufferers they take care of. The drop in affected person admissions have meant hospitals are struggling to discharge sufferers who’re prepared to depart.

Premier Rehab and Healthcare in Nashua obtained a number of touring workers final week, in keeping with Carolyn Moran, a nurse and director of medical providers on the facility. With the addition of the brand new workers, Moran mentioned the ability has been in a position to admit “extra sufferers from the hospitals that we usually admit from.”

Moran mentioned she is working with New Hampshire’s Division of Well being and Human Companies, which helps deliver within the touring workers to her facility. Whereas this staffing partnership with the state is new, Moran says the ability has used touring workers prior to now.
-Alli Fam, NHPR

Variety of every day new COVID instances goes up
Up to date: 5:35 p.m. January 10

New Hampshire is averaging over 2,500 new instances of COVID-19 per day. That’s greater than double the quantity the state was seeing two weeks in the past.

The entire state is experiencing excessive ranges of group transmission, which implies indoor masking is beneficial by the CDC.

The 4 state run out of doors COVID testing websites, at River Valley Neighborhood Faculty in Claremont, the JFK Colosseum in Manchester, St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, and the Fox Run Mall in Newington will likely be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan 11, as a result of excessive chilly.
Alli Fam, NHPR

The second spherical of COVID antiviral capsules is on the best way
Up to date: 4:45 p.m. January 10

New Hampshire is imminently awaiting its second spherical of COVID-19 antiviral remedy capsules, says a spokesperson for the state well being division.

The primary spherical of the capsules, which deal with COVID-19 and cut back the chance of hospitalization and demise from the virus, got here on the finish of December. In that spherical, Pfizer’s antiviral capsule, Paxlovid, went to eight New Hampshire Hospitals. No hospital obtained greater than 40 doses.

The capsule, which is in very restricted provide, is just for these at excessive threat for a extreme case of COVID-19. One other antiviral capsule, Molnupiravir, made by Merck, is at just a few pharmacies that work with expert nursing services.
-Alli Fam, NHPR

Home members notified about potential publicity

Up to date: Monday, Jan. 10, 6:00 a.m.

Members of the New Hampshire Home have been notified this weekend that two individuals finally week’s Home session examined constructive for COVID-19.

In a Sunday e-mail to legislators obtained by NHPR, officers mentioned shut contacts to the 2 individuals have been notified individually.

The assembly befell in particular person at a Manchester lodge’s expo middle. All Home members obtained at-home COVID exams forward of the session however have been beneath no obligation to take them, or report outcomes.

Members have been requested to remain residence in case of a constructive take a look at or any signs of sickness.

-NHPR Employees

Document excessive lively instances
Replace: Friday, Jan. 7, 5:20 p.m.

New Hampshire reported a report excessive variety of lively coronavirus instances on Friday, Jan. 7. Amid the omicron surge, there are 15,340 present instances of COVID-19.

The state introduced two extra deaths; residents of Cheshire and Rockingham counties.

There are 2,633 new instances, with 651 of them people beneath 18 years outdated, and 366 present hospitalizations.

– NHPR Employees

N.H. adopts new CDC tips on COVID quarantine. What does that appear like?

Underneath the up to date New Hampshire steering, individuals who take a look at constructive for COVID-19 or are uncovered to an individual of their family who exams constructive ought to quarantine or isolate for 5 days, reasonably than the beforehand beneficial 10-day interval.

No quarantine is required for many who are uncovered to COVID however who’re updated on all their COVID-19 pictures. That features individuals over the age of 18 who’ve obtained a full spherical of COVID vaccines in addition to a booster shot, if eligible. Testing on day 5 remains to be beneficial for all uncovered individuals no matter vaccination standing.

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New instances surging
Replace: Jan. 6, 3:21 p.m.

State epidemiologist Benjamin Chan introduced 4 extra COVID-19 deaths and a couple of,184 new coronavirus instances in the present day.

Over the previous week, New Hampshire has averaged 1,500 new instances per day. The take a look at positivity fee is now 20%.

Hospitalizations dropped 10 to 359.

With the higher use of at-home COVID exams, the variety of lively instances is rising notably. There are practically 15,000 lively infections, as of 9 a.m. Jan. 6.

Gov. Chris Sununu is activating one other 100 members of the N.H. Nationwide Guard to assist native and state well being care services take care of the pandemic.

— NHPR Employees

NH adopting CDC steering
Replace: Jan. 5, 6:10 p.m.

New Hampshire well being officers say they’re adopting the CDC’s new steering on shortened quarantine necessities for individuals who have examined constructive for or been uncovered to COVID-19.

In December, the CDC shortened its isolation and quarantine occasions from 10 days to 5. It says individuals who develop signs after publicity ought to get examined instantly and people with out signs ought to get examined 5 days after publicity.

State epidemiologist Benjamin Chan says the state will incorporate this into its steering for most of the people and Ok-12 colleges. The ultimate resolution on quarantine protocols, nonetheless, will stay as much as particular person college districts.

The replace doesn’t apply to well being care services and congregant dwelling services like nursing houses and jails. The CDC is anticipated to make clear steering for these settings and for faculties and universities later this month.

— Sarah Gibson, NHPR

Energetic infections swell
Replace: Jan. 5, 4:22 p.m.

State well being officers report 12,149 lively coronavirus infections tonight, which is round 3,000 greater than a day earlier.

The newest public well being replace reveals 3,149 new instances, with 1,854 of them from Tuesday, and 369 sufferers hospitalized with the virus.

9 extra COVID-19 deaths have been introduced. They’re residents of Rockingham (7), Cheshire, and Coos counties.

— NHPR Employees

Issues appear grim now. However America’s COVID scenario might get higher in 6-8 weeks

Discover the Information: Monitoring COVID-19 in New Hampshire

31 extra COVID-19 deaths
Replace: Jan. 4, 4:11 p.m.

Thirty-one extra residents have died from COVID-19, as New Hampshire crossed 2,000 deaths for the reason that pandemic started

Dr. Thomas Lydon works at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, the place two deaths from the virus occurred in a single day.

“There are eight sufferers within the ICU who’re on ventilators which, after I referred to as this morning, was nice as a result of we had 10 yesterday … however I realized two individuals died in a single day, so that’s simply horrible,” Lydon mentioned.

Lydon says at Wentworth-Douglass, COVID-19 hospitalizations have began rising once more after falling earlier than holidays.

State well being officers on Tuesday reported 1,147 new coronavirus instances, 9,177 lively infections, and 381 sufferers at the moment hospitalized with the virus.

The deaths are residents from Belknap (3), Carroll (2), Cheshire (3), Grafton, Hillsborough (13), Merrimack (2), Rockingham (4), Strafford (2), and Sullivan counties. 4 of the deaths occurred greater than two weeks in the past, however have been simply confirmed

Eleven of the deaths have been residents beneath 60 years outdated.

Up to now, New Hampshire has recorded 2,004 COVID-19 deaths.

— Alli Fam, NHPR

FDA authorizes a Pfizer booster shot for youths ages 12 to fifteen
Replace: Jan. 3 6:07 p.m.

The Meals and Drug Administration has approved using a Pfizer-BioNTech booster in adolescents 12 to fifteen years outdated.

The company on Monday additionally shortened the time between the completion of major vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose to 5 months from six.

Lastly, the FDA allowed for a 3rd dose of vaccine in immunocompromised youngsters 5 to 11 years of age.

The director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, should nonetheless weigh in with a suggestion on the FDA’s announcement earlier than the adjustments can take impact.

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