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/
Posted DPHS Health Alerts: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/alerts/han.htm
Registration link to the NH Health Alert Network: https://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:
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 - 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 - Town Meetings and Elections:
NHMA GUIDANCE - Public Health:
GOVERNOR'S EMERGENCY ORDERS:
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
CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
DOL website: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
Coronavirus-related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Mid-size Businesses, US Department of Labor
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
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
Employers Obligations Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Primex Legal and Human Resource Bulletin, Updated March 25, 2020 (3 pages)
Workers' Compensation Coverage for Exposure to COVID-19, Re: Lost Wages During Quarantine, Updated March 21, 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)
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 email@example.com, Chad Fillion, Owner, Phlume MEDIA, O: 603-636-7027, C: 603-969-1123.