COVID-19 Resources

NHMA's CORONAVIRUS - 2019 (COVID-19) RESOURCE PAGE

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.  We will endeavor to post newest information and resources at top of webpage for your convenience. 

NHMA Guidance Regarding Supplemental Information for Local Enforcement of Emergency Order #74, December 1, 2020 (1 page)

Joint Guidance on Employee Travel and Return to Work Issues for Local Government Employees, Primex3 and NHMA, Updated November 18, 2020 (3 pages)
Emergency Order #74 Requiring Persons to Wear Masks or Cloth Face Coverings when in Public Spaces without Physical Distancing, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, November 20, 2020 (3 pages)
COVID-19 Risk Management Reminders and Guidance, Primex3 Risk Management Bulletin, posted October 30, 2020 (6 pages)
Joint Guidance on Employee Travel and Return to Work Issues for Local Government Employees, Primex and NHMA, Revised October 27, 2020 (2 pages)
Coronavirus Relief Fund, Guidance for State, Territorial, Local and Tribal Governments, US Treasury Department, Updated October 19, 2020 (8 pages)
Coronavirus Relief Fund, Frequently Asked Questions, US Treasury Department, Updated October 19, 2020 (15 pages)
Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions Related to Reporting and Recordkeeping , Revised September 21, 2020 (19 pages)
NHMA Guidance Regarding COVID-Related School Expense Reimbursement through GOFERR's Municipal Relief Fund, Provided to NHMA on September 15, 2020 (1 page)
NHMA Guidance Regarding Public Meetings, Right-to-Know Law and COVID-19, September 17, 2020 (2 pages)
Big 7 Letter to Director Inspector General Regarding Eligible Expenditures Related to COVID-19, US Department of Treasury, September 10, 2020 (3 pages)
Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief & Recovery, Municipal and County Relief Fund, Subgrantee Notice:  SN 20-04, September 2, 2020 (22 pages)
Governor's Office for Emergency Relief & Recovery, Municipal and County Relief Fund, Subgrantee Notice:  SN 20-03, September 2, 2020 (1 page)
NHMA Guidance Regarding Supplement Information for Local Enforcement of Emergency Orders As Extended by Emergency Order #65, September 2, 2020 (2 pages)
NHMA Follow-Up COVID-19 Financial Impact Survey, August 31, 2020 (17 pages)
NHMA Guidance on Requiring Face Coverings at Polling Places, August 31, 2020 (3 pages)
De-escalation Tips for Effectively Communication with Voters Webinar, presented by Director John V. Scippa of the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.
Supplemental Guidance of Elections Operations during the Public Health Crisis, NH Department of Justice, August 20, 2020 (4 pages)
Joint Guidance of Elections Operations during the Public Health Crisis, Secretary of State and NH Department of Justice, August 19, 2020 (10 pages)
Frequently Asked Questions, US Treasury's Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance, US Treasury, Updated August 10, 2020 (12 pages)
Dozens of Municipalities Haven't Sought COVID-19 Aid as Deadline Looms, article in Union Leader, 2020 Union Leader Corporation, August 19, 2020 (1 page)
Notice of Grant Opportunity for Election Funding Through Federal CARES Act, Grant Agreement, New Hampshire Department of State, August 10, 2020 (38 pages)
Joint Guidance on Employee and Premises Exposures for Local Government Employees, Primex3 and NHMA, August 7, 2020 (2 pages)
COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health and Available HealthTrust Resources, July 28, 2020 (2 pages)
NHMA Notice to Large Key Officials  Regarding Revised GOFERR Reimbursement Deadlines and Guidance, July 22, 2020
NHMA Guidance regarding Health Officers, Communicable Disease, & COVID-19, Updated July 22, 2020 (3 pages)
NHMA Guidance regarding COVID-19 Municipal Relief Fund (MRF), Frequently Asked Questions, Revised July 21, 2020 (9 pages)
COVID-19:  Health Inspection Protocols & Governor's Emergency Orders, Health Inspections Memorandum, prepared by NH Department of Health and Human Services, July 20, 2020 (3 pages)
NHMA Municipal Reopening Survey Results, July 17, 2020 (18 pages)
Court Order, Notice of Decision, Hillsborough Superior Court, No. 2020-CV-00266, Order on Plaintiff's Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction, Andrew Cooper v. Governor Christopher T. Sununu and City of Nashua, Decision released on July 13, 2020 (16 pages)
Emergency Order #56 Regarding Temporary Modification of Procedure Relative to Appropriations and Tax Payments, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, June 25, 2020 (2 pages)

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JOIN NHMA ATTORNEYS EVERY THURSDAY FOR WEEKLY COVID-19 CALL

Every Thursday, beginning at 1:00 pm (and for the indefinite future), NHMA attorneys will host a weekly call for municipal officials and employees on issues and matters arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  All municipal officials from member municipalities are encouraged to listen in. The purpose of the calls is to learn about continuing and new issues municipalities are facing, as well as to try to answer questions.  
The call-in information will be listed below and will be sent in a separate email from NHMA to members before each Thursday call. 
We encourage members to use the highlighted link below to join us via computer instead of the phone.  Thanks.


Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Conference ID: 727 655 019#


PAST NHMA COVID 19 TEAMS CALLS:

November 12, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration: 5:53)

November 5, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration: 8:34)

October 29, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration:  10:01)

October 15, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration: 11:55)
October 1, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration:  9:34)

September 17, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration: 20:36)

September 10, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration: 24:28)

September 3, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration: 36:54)

August 20, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration: 18:23)

August 13, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration:  29:37)

July 30, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration:  21:10)

July 23, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration: 20:20)

July 9, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration:  24:33)

July 2, 2020 Teams Call Recording (Duration:  27:35)


JOINT GUIDANCE FROM SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL
Joint Memorandum dated June 3, 2020 regarding Absentee Voter Registration, Voter Registration and Change to Undeclared (8 pages)

COVID-19 Related Registration and Voting Instructions, posted June 4, 2020 (7 pages)

COVID-19 Related Registration and Voting Instructions to Public, posted June 4, 2020 (1 page) 


RE-OPENING GUIDANCE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES:
NHMA Guidance on the Resumption of Tax Deeding on July 2, 2020, June 18, 2020 (1 page)

Safer at Home: Libraries, Recommendations of Governor's Economic Re-Opening Task Force,  June 11, 2020 Update (4 pages)

Governor's Economic Re-Opening Task Force Website
 NH Health Officers Association, Compliance Assessment Checklists for Retail, Restaurant, Cosmetology, Campgrounds and Universal Guidance, Released by Governor's Economic Task Force  

COVID-19 FUNDING-RELATED RESOURCES:

Federal COVID-19 Funding Summary, New Hampshire Allocations, prepared by Legislative Budget Office, May 18, 2020 (3 pages)
For updates to Federal Funding Summary, please visit Legislative Budget Assistant website: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/lba/COVID_19_Information.aspx   
 
Letter to House Leadership, Local Officials Join Pappas and Kuster in Calling for Robust Local Funding in Next COVID-19 Response Package, May 8, 2020

 

Press Release, Local Officials Join Pappas and Kuster in Calling for Robust Local Funding in Next COVID-19 Response Package, May 8, 2020 
Coronavirus Relief Fund Payments to Local Governments, Program Overview and Guidance, Governors' Office for Emergency Relief & Recovery (GOFERR) May 4, 2020 (2 pages)
Town by Town Allocation, Based on 2018 OSI Population Estimates, Alphabetical Listing, GOFERR, May 4, 2020 (23 pages)
Guidance Regarding 2020 Revaluation Requirements During COVID-19, New Hampshire Department of Revenue, April 27, 2020 (4 pages)
Community Development Finance Authority, Partner Update, April 24, 2020 (4 pages)
Who is an Eligible Applicant Fact Sheet, FEMA-4516-DR-NH: COVID-19,  Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, April 2020 (3 pages)
NHMA's COVID-19 Financial Impact Survey Results Summary, April 20, 2020 (10 pages)
The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide, USDA Rural Development, April 13, 2020 (5 pages)

Emergency Grant Application for Law Enforcement and First Responders, New Hampshire Department of Justice (2 pages)

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

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:
What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabiliation Act, and Other EEO Laws, Technical Assistance Updated June 17, 2020, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (11 pages)

Important Coverage Updates Related to COVID-19, HealthTrust, June 16,2020 (3 pages)

7 Ways to Reduce Stress and Improve Health, A Message from the Wellness Team at HealthTrust, June 4. 2020 (2 pages)

Private Business Use of Public Premises During Pandemic, Primex Legal and HR Service Bulletin, May 18, 2020 (2 pages)
NHMA Guidance Regarding Enforcement of Stay at Home Order and Reopening, May 18, 2020 (1 page)
NHMA Letter to Select Committee on 2020 Emergency Election Support, May 7, 2020
Stay at Home 2.0, The Role of the Health Officer, NH Division of Public Health Services, Zoom webinar materials, May 7, 2020 (12 pages)
First Responder COVID-19 Stipend Payment FAQs, Prepared by NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management and NHMA, May 8, 2020
Guidance for Health Officers regarding Re-opening of Business,  NHDHHS/DPHS/Bureau of Health Protection, May 5, 2020 (1 page)
COVID-19 Reopening Guidance, Governor's Economic Reopening Task Force, Updated May 1, 2020  (6 pages)
COVID-19:  Preparing Your Workplace, Primex Risk Management Bulletin, May 5, 2020 (3 pages)
Fillable Health Screening Questionnaire, Prepared by Primex, May 5, 2020 (1 page)
NHMA Memorandum Clarifies Emergency Order #40:  What's Extended, May 4, 2020 (1 page)
COVID-19:  Preparing Your Workplace, Primex Risk Management Bulletin, Revised May 4, 2020 (3 pages)
NHMA Letter to Governor Sununu Requesting Additional Action be Taken to Support Continued Operation of Local Government during COVID-19, April 29, 2020 (3 pages)
NHMA Guidance on Emergency Order #25 Regarding Tax Collection, Interest Abatements, Tax Deeds & Tax Liens, April 29, 2020 (1 page)

NHMA's Audio Testimony Before the Governors' Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) Committee, April 17,2020 

NHMA Letter to Governor Sununu Requesting Extension of Emergency Order #27 to Public and Private Campgrounds, April 20, 2020 (2 pages)
Elections Operations During the State of Emergency, Memorandum to Election Officials from Secretary of State and Attorney General, April 10, 2020 (5 pages) 
NHMA Guidance Regarding Moratorium on Issuing Tax Deeds, April 9, 2020

Five Ways to be Cyber Secure, New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center (NHIAC), posted April 7, 2020, (2 pages)

Restrictions of Hotels and Other Lodging Providers to Provision of Lodging for Vulnerable Populations and Essential Workers, Emergency Order #27, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, April 6, 2020
Temporary Modification of Interest Penalty for Late Payment of Property Taxes, Emergency Order #25, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, April 3, 2020
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
Employer Responsibilities Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Primex Legal and Human Resource Bulletin, April 7,2020 (3 pages)
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:
Order Requiring Face Coverings For Certain Scheduled Gatherings of 100 or More Individuals, Executive Order #63, Governor Christoper T. Sununu, August 11, 2020
Temporary Modification of Procedure Relative to Appropriations and Tax Payments, Executive Order #56, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, June 25, 2020
Temporary Modification of Interest Penalty for Late Payment of Property Taxes, Emergency Order #25, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, April 3, 2020
Temporary Modification of Municipal and Local Government Statutory Requirements, Emergency Order #23, Governor Christopher T. Sununu, April 1, 2020
Gov. Sununu bans gatherings with more than 50 people, March 16, 2020
Insurance Department Order Regarding Health Insurance Coverage and COVID-19, March 10, 2020
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)

FEDERAL RESOURCES:  
CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 
DOL website:   https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, Updated April 9, 2020 (4 pages)
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
REMOTE PUBLIC MEETING OPTIONS (5 pages)
Remote Public Meetings in the Time of COVID-19 Webinar, UNH Cooperative Extension, April 24, 2020
Microsoft Teams Tutorial Webinar for NHMA Members, April 22, 2020
Town of Raymond, New Hampshire Procedures and Protocols for Using Zoom Conference Technology
         Virtual Board & Committee Meetings Using Zoom Conference
          Board & Committee Meetings Go Virtual with Zoom Webinar
          Sample Abutter Notices and Public Notice
          Board & Committee Meetings, Organizational Details
Board of Selectmen's Virtual Meeting Notice

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.

HEALTHTRUST:
Important Medical Coverage Update from HealthTrust, April 21, 2020 (1 page)
Important Message to HealthTrust Members, April 6, 2020
Member and Enrollee Coverage Updates, HealthTrust, March 24, 2020

PRIMEX:
Important Links to Resources that Employers Should Regularly Check, Primex Legal and Human Resource Bulletin, April 29, 2020 (1 page)
What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws, Updated April 17, 2020 (5 pages)
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, Updated 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. 
UNH Technology Transfer (T2) Center, COVID-19 Resource Page
New Hampshire Legal Assistance, Community Guidance for COVID-19 

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

 Plymouth Water and Sewer District Pump House Clogged Pump

GCD Exemption from Municipal Registration