COVID by the Numbers, and Other Information—March 21 Edition
The roller coaster continues.
Statewide the numbers are up. The seven-day average of reported cases per 100,000 went from 17.1 last week to 21.0. Active reported cases went from 2,190 up to 2,377. Hospitalizations went from 71 to 72. Statewide deaths went from 15 last week to up to 18 this week. We crossed the 80,000 mark for total number of statewide reported cases yesterday.
In Cheshire County, the numbers are mixed. Our seven-day average went from 17.5 up to 19.9, with an infection rate that went down just a tad to 0.87. Currently active reported cases went down considerably, from 147 last week down to 118 this week. Cheshire County has had a total of 2,994 reported cases of COVID to date; as of tomorrow, the county will probably cross the 3,000 mark. There were 2 new hospitalizations, and we lost 3 more of our citizens this week. Both of those numbers are up from 0 last week.
NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program: If you know of anyone having difficulty with rent or utility payments, This program may help. Here is the information:
Please help us get the word out about this important federal/state rent and utility assistance program for people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
· If you are a community partner with questions, please contact Lynn Greenleaf Lippitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
· If you have a client or customer who needs assistance, please refer them to CAPNH.org or 2-1-1.
Please share and post our flyer where feasible. Thank you!
Apply for assistance through a Community Action Partnership (CAP) agency. The CAP agency will assist with the application process. The application can be completed online, or a paper application can be requested or downloaded (in English and Spanish).
WHAT THE PROGRAM COVERS
· Past-due and future rent payments
· Utilities, such as electricity, home heating, costs, water, sewer, trash
· Other housing-related costs such as internet and relocation expenses associated directly or indirectly with COVID-19
· Relocation expenses including rental application fees, utility hook-up fees, and security deposits
· You may qualify for utility assistance even if you do not receive or need rental assistance
· At least one person in your household has qualified for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, had significant costs, or had other financial hardship due to COVID-19.
· Certain income requirements must be met.
· You do not need to be receiving unemployment benefits payments.
· The CAP agency will assist in identifying information needed.
· Eligible households may qualify for assistance for past-due and future rent and utility payments for a period not to exceed 15 months.
Please keep on taking good care of yourselves, and each other. Don’t let down your guard. Be careful out there.
Wear your mask, even when keeping your distance, keep your distance-even when wearing a mask, wash your hands, and keep well.
~Representative Lucy Weber