COVID-19 Resources

WHAT MUNICIPALITIES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS - 2019 (COVID-19)

The New Hampshire Municipal Association is providing these resources from federal and state agencies in order to assist cities and towns in developing appropriate responses at the local level regarding COVID-19.  

New resources and/or information added to this webpage are highlighted in yellow for your convenience.

QUICK LINKS TO STATE AND FEDERAL WEBSITES:

NH DPHS: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
NH HSEM: https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/index.html
CDChttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Posted DPHS Health Alerts:  https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/alerts/han.htm

Registration link to the NH Health Alert Networkhttps://maillist2.nh.gov/mailman/listinfo/nhlho

QUICK REFERENCE HOTLINES:

People with general questions on COVID-19 to this phone number:  2-1-1
Callers will reach a phone menu, and then select the ‘COVID’ option to reach a live operator.  Callers should expect to wait patiently for many minutes to reach an operator. 
Report any suspect cases of COVID-19 (via exposure or travel) to the DPHS at these phone numbers:
During the day, call 603-271-4496 (office hours from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) or 603-271-5300 (only after hours). Caller should expect to leave a message with an operator, or leave a voice mail, and wait patiently for a return call within a few hours.
Direct sick people (i.e. symptomatic with fever, cough or shortness of breath) to call their healthcare provider:
If they don’t have a provider, they can call an urgent care clinic and ask for an evaluation.

COVID-19 FUNDING RESOURCES:

COVID-19 Resource Page, New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (NHCDFA)

Public Assistance Question/Answers, FEMA -3445-EM-NH, NHDOS, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, March 27, 2020 (3 pages)

Public Assistance, Eligible Applicants, NHDOS, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, March, 2020 (4 pages)

Section by Section Summary, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, (56 pages)

National League of Cities, Seeking FEMA Assistance to the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 20, 2020

NEW INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:

Temporary Modification of Municipal and Local Government Statutory Requirements, Emergency Order #23, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, April 1, 2020

Relief from Statutory Requirements in Light of COVID-19, Memorandum to Governor Christopher T. Sununu from the NHMA Board of Directors, March 20, 2020

NHMA Guidance Regarding Employment Taxes Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, April 2, 2020

How to Conduct Emergency Meetings in Compliance with New Hampshire's Right-to-Know Law in Light of COVID-19 Concerns, State of New Hampshire, Department of Justice, March 31, 2020 (4 pages)

Checklist to Ensure Meetings are Compliant with the Right-to-Know Law During the State of Emergency, State of New Hampshire, Department of Justice, March 31, 2020 (1 page)

COVID-19:  Human Resource Considerations, Primex, March 30, 2020 (2 pages)

NHMA GUIDANCE - Public Meetings and Right-to-Know Law

Electronic Meeting - Right-to-Know Law Checklist, Prepared by James W. Kennedy, Esq.  City Solicitor, City of Concord, March 26, 2020
NHMA Guidance Regarding Public Meetings and COVID-19,  Updated March 24, 2020
NHMA Guidance on COVID-19 & The Right-to-Know Law,Updated March 16, 2020
Gov. Sununu's Memo to Municipal Officials regarding The Right-to-Know Law, March 16, 2020

NHMA GUIDANCE - Town Meetings and Elections:

NHMA Guidance for Public Meetings, Town Meeting and Elections, March 18, 2020
NHMA Guidance on Town Meeting Postponement and COVID-19, March 13, 2020
DOJ/SOS Memorandum regarding March 10, 2020 Municipal Elections

NHMA GUIDANCE - Public Health:

NHMA Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and FMLA, Update, March 2020
NHMA Guidance for Public Health Officials regarding Communicable Disease, Updated March 26, 2020 
GOVERNOR'S EMERGENCY ORDERS:

Emergency Order #17, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, Closure of Non-essential Business and Requiring Granite Staters to Stay at Home, March 26, 2020

Exhibit A to Emergency Order #17, List of Essential Services, March 26, 2020 (11 pages)

Governor's Order Prohibiting Scheduled Gatherings of 10 or More Attendees, Emergency Order #16, March 23, 2020
Governor's Order Grants Relief from Certain Public Meetings Requirements, Emergency Order #12, Temporary Modification of Public Access to Meetings Under RSA 91-A, March 23, 2020
Gov. Sununu bans gatherings with more than 50 people, March 16, 2020

FEDERAL RESOURCES:  

CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

DOL website:   https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

Summary of Senate Passage of CARES Act, Third COVID-19 Response Package, National League of Cities, March 25, 2020, (5 pages)

Section by Section Summary, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, (56 pages)

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19, March 25, 2020 (3 pages)

Coronavirus-related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Mid-size Businesses, US Department of Labor

US DOL Website for Other Labor-related Information Regarding Coronavirus

US DOL Website for New Guidance about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

US DOL Questions and Answers Document, Updated March 30, 2020

H.R. 6021, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Title -by-Title Summary, March 19, 2020 (10 pages) 

H.R. 6021, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Emergency Paid Sick Leave, March 19, 2020 (3 pages)

COVID-19 Pandemic:  Eligible Emergency Protective Measures, FEMA Fact Sheet, March 19, 2020  (3 pages)
COVID-19:  Guidance for Small Businesses, US Small Business Administration, New Hampshire District Office, March 18, 2020
Emergency Disaster Declaration Information, NHDOS, HSEM, COVID-19 EM 3445, March 17, 2020
Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza, 2017    

Recommendations for Election Polling Locations

          USCDC FACT SHEET:  What You Need to Know About COVID-19, 03/03/20 (1 page)

          USCDC FACT SHEET:  What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19, 02/29/20 (1 page)

COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act: Questions and Answers, US DOL

COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers, US DOL

National League of Cities Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, IRS AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCE PLAN TO IMPLEMENT CORONAVIRUS-RELATED PAID LEAVE FOR WORKERS AND TAX CREDITS FOR SMALL AND MIDSIZE BUSINESSES TO SWIFTLY RECOVER THE COST OF PROVIDING CORONAVIRUS-RELATED LEAVE

PARTNER RESOURCES:

HEALTHTRUST: Member and Enrollee Coverage Updates, HealthTrust, March 24, 2020

PRIMEX:

Employers Obligations Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Primex Legal and Human Resource Bulletin, Updated March 25, 2020 (3 pages)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Federal Poster, Revised March, 2020

Volunteer Coverage and Best Practices, Primex Volunteer Information, March 24, 2020 (2 pages)
Workers' Compensation Notice from Primex:  Coverage for Exposure to COVID-10, March 15, 2020
Workers' Compensation Coverage for Exposure to COVID-19,  Re: Lost Wages During Quarantine, Updated March 21, 2020, Primex
Liability Bulletin:  Liability Coverage for Responding to COVID-19, March 19, 2020, Primex

VC3: IT to Support Working from Home - VC3 has IT solutions designed to securely support a remote workforce. 

Additional Educational Resources (For more cybersecurity and IT resources, visit www.vc3.com/blog)

https://www.vc3.com/webinar-7-tips-to-make-working-from-home-more-secure

https://www.vc3.com/is-your-it-ready-to-support-remote-work-4-questions-to-ask/

Insurance Department Order Regarding Health Insurance Coverage and COVID-19, March 10, 2020

UNH Technology Transfer (T2) Center, COVID-19 Resource Page

New Hampshire Legal Assistance, Community Guidance for COVID-19 

Prepare a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP/HSEM)

            Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan Template

            Continuity of Operations (COOP) 2017 Plan Review Checklist

FIRST RESPONDERS:

COVID-19 Response, First Responder Incident Exposure Reporting, NHDOS, Division of Fire Safety, Office of State Fire Marshal, March 20, 2020

Emergency Service Members, COVID-19 Unprotected Exposure Guidelines, NHDOS et al, March 21, 2020 (4 pages)

OTHER RESOURCES:

Municipalities Becoming Remote Organizations, Fast Webinar, Presented by Ryan Robinson, Chief Service Officer, Mainstay Technologies, (15 pages), Aired March 25, 2020

Mainstay Webinar, YouTube Video Recording, dated March 25, 2020

Cleaning & Sanitization Best Practices, ServiceMaster by Gaudet, April 2, 2020

High Touch Cleaning Checklist, ServiceMaster by Guadet, April 2, 2020 

Commercial Cleaning Services, SERVPRO, Cleaning and Disinfecting Services in the Event of a COVID-19 Exposure Event, Posted March 31, 2020

Phlume MEDIA, a live streaming and broadcasting company in Lancaster, NH. This organization can provide a multicamera, live streaming broadcast with a secure chat feature for municipalities, particularly ones that may not have access to PEG television services in their townships.  A full service operation available to travel as needed for as little as $150/meeting. Our staff travels with just one person and they follow all recommended "distancing" practices on site. This is a safe, and cost effective way for municipalities to continue their town meetings effectively, rather than resort to cell-phone coverage of meetings with bad camera resolution, and difficult audio. Interested town managers or selectboard chairs can reach out to me at cfillion@phlume.com,  Chad Fillion, Owner,  Phlume MEDIA, O: 603-636-7027, C: 603-969-1123.