Free At-Home COVID Tests Available
(Sign up SOON if you want one)
And About Those COVID Numbers
A new link has appeared on the NH DHHS COVID page allowing you to order free at-home rapid COVID tests. You have to enter your zip code to see if you qualify, but I tried it and Walpole residents qualify. Signing up is easy—you only have to enter your address and phone number. The tests will be sent to you via Amazon, but there is no charge to you.
You can also sign up for a free PCR test, but those have to be mailed to a laboratory for the results, and I don’t know about you, but these days my mail is slow as molasses in…well…you know.
Don’t delay signing up for the rapid at-home tests—they are likely to be snapped up quickly.
As you all know, I have stopped the COVID numbers updates, partially because I find them so depressing, but also because WMUR is updating the statewide numbers daily. If you want to find the numbers I have been using, they are at that same site linked above.
Statewide Statistics: Go to the web site, click on News on the top blue line, then click on DHHS Updates, and then click on the date you want to check for some of the statewide numbers. They have archived all of the daily bulletins back to the start of the pandemic.
Local Statistics: These are updated most week days. Go to the web site, page down and click on the Interactive Dashboards link. Then, on the right-hand side, second row, click on Case Summary. Just above the line saying New Hampshire Laboratory Confirmed COVID 19 Cases, there are three small tabs. Click on either Map of Cumulative Positive Cases or Map of Current Positive Cases to get the latest available numbers, town by town. You will have to enlarge the map to see all of the numbers, or you can click on the individual towns.
There is a lot of other data available on the site as well. Sometimes it is more current than others, so I’m not vouching for the accuracy on any given day, and often the numbers don’t actually add up properly, but they are what is available. Happy data mining.
Today, Walpole has 18 active cases, down from a high of 29 a few days ago. There is still a wicked lot of COVID out there, so keep taking precautions. You know what to do.
Wishing each of you the very best in 2022—health and happiness and community.
~Rep. Lucy McVitty Weber
217 Old Keene Road
Walpole NH 03608