New Hampshire

New Hampshire's COVID-19 Cases Increase to 314

The state has had 3 deaths, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

The number of COVID-19 cases in the state of New Hampshire increased to 314 on Monday, up from 56 from the day before, according to Dr. Benjamin Chan of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

Over the weekend, about 100 residents total were diagnosed with COVID-19, Chan said.

"The majority of these individuals are people with more mild infection who are at home and self-isolating at home. About 45 of these individuals—close to 15%—have required some hospitalization during the course of their illness and unfortunately, three individuals have passed away," Chan said during Monday's news conference with Gov. Chris Sununu.

There have been 5,700 residents who have been tested for the virus.

New Hampshire is set to issue a stay-at-home order and directing non-essential businesses to end in-person operations by midnight on Friday, March 27.

Merrimack, Carroll, Grafton, Hillsborough, Cheshire, Sullivan, Strafford and Rockingham counties all have residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

During the news conference, the governor said New Hampshire will be canceling standardized testing for the remainder of the school year and that the state will work with individuals wanting to reschedule them for summer or fall.

Sununu also said unemployment related to the coronavirus pandemic will be moving the newly passed federal Cares Act. Under the act, those receiving unemployment will see an increase in their benefits.

"No one will have to take new steps, just continue to file unemployment through state channels," Sununu said.

The governor also announced that New Hampshire will extend its business tax payment deadline to June 15 for 98% of small businesses while they try to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

With President Donald Trump signing the Cares Act last week, Sununu said New Hampshire will receive at least $1.25 billion in Covid-19 relief.

"It's an unprecedented amount of relief, but given this unprecedented time — while it's a large amount of money — it's being dedicated to a number of areas around the state," he said.

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