Updated COVID-19 information March 25, 2020 - Town Hall Closed to the Public

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March 25, 2020

 

As of March 24, one hundred and eight (108) people in New Hampshire have tested positive for COVID-19. As of today, they have announced one (1) death. There are no known cases in Newmarket. These numbers will continue to increase over the next few weeks as testing becomes more available. For additional information, visit nh.gov/covid19/.

 

Town First Responders Need Personal Protective (PPE) Supplies

 

Police Chief Kyle True and Fire Chief Rick Malasky are requesting donations of PPE supplies so the City's health and first responder teams have a sure supply as demand grows. In addition to outfitting COVID-19 health providers, the fire and police officers who respond to any 'possibly infected or exposed' individuals must take PPE precautions. That uses up supplies, fast! 

 

Please see the list below.

 

Donations accepted:

Newmarket Police Department, 70 Exeter St.

(parking lot next to the left of the building near garage)

Sunday March 28

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

WHAT WE NEED:

 

  • Sterile and non-sterile gloves - latex-free preferred
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bleach bottles or sprays 
  • Bleach wipes 
  • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Eye protection and goggles 
  • Clear face shields - These look like a welder's mask but are transparent
  • Masks - tie, ear-loop
  • Respirator masks - N95, N99, P100 - all sizes. Extra filters are also needed for these devices.
  • PAPR respirators - 3M or MaxAir - unused. Hoods, filters, batteries, chargers, tubes to go with these units are also needed.
  • Disposable gowns - unused isolation gowns
  • Shoe covers
  • Biohazard bags - unused

 

 

Please don't bring:

  • Used PPE
  • Clothing new or used
  • Food of any kind
  • Water
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For more information about PPE donations and collection, please contact the Newmarket Police Department at (603)659-6636

 

GOVERNOR SUNUNU MOBILIZES VOLUNTEER EFFORTS

 

Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statement after announcing that the State has mobilized three websites to coordinate volunteer efforts in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

 

"In these unprecedented times, we have been encouraged and inspired by Granite Staters rallying together to help. Whether you are helping a neighbor get groceries, are a retired nurse who wants to help out at potential surge flex facilities, or are a business who is answering the call – we cannot thank you enough."

 

NHResponds.org: This effort will serve as a secure online registration system for medical and non-medical volunteers who can quickly mobilize if needed. NHResponds is part of a nationwide volunteer management system that was established after 9/11 to get medical professionals quickly, and properly deploy them during a public health emergency or disaster.

 

VolunteerNH.org: New Hampshire is blessed to have many amazing non-profits which do critical work 365 days a year – and especially in times like these. Individuals interested in volunteering for a local non-profit can visit volunteernh.org to be connected with an organization in their area.

 

NHEconomy.com/PPEHelp: This portal will allow for all businesses to see what products the State needs, and reach out to offer assistance. The State has already heard from nearly 100 companies who are ready to adapt and adjust their operations to provide the protection, equipment, and knowledge base to stop the spread of COVID19 by either donating or producing PPE.

 

 

 

GOVERNOR SUNUNU ORDER GATHERINGS NO LARGER THAN 10 PEOPLE

 

Governor Sununu order that the following are now prohibited:

 

scheduled gatherings of 10 people or more for social, spiritual and recreational activities, including but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, faith based, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities. This prohibition does not apply to the General Court, day-to-day operations of for profit or not for profit organizations and State Government, or gatherings for urgent medical purpos~s such as blood drives or meetings of medical personnel to discuss efforts to com hat the COVD-19 pandemic.

 

TOWN MEETINGS TO GO VIRTUAL FOR THE TIME BEING

 

On Monday November 23, Governor Sununu issued Emergency Order #12 which allows municipalities to hold meetings either by conference call or virtually as long as the public can call in.

 

The Town of Newmarket will use GoToMeeting to hold public meeting for the time being. We will simulcast them on Channel 13 as well as provide a number for the public to call into. We are still examining public participation.

 

To get the number and access code for a meeting, you will have to look at the meeting's public notice.

 

A Message to the Community from Lamprey Health Care:

 

For close to fifty years, Lamprey Health Care has been committed to serving our communities. The challenges we face with the spread of COVID 19 has only strengthened our resolve to serve our patients. To continue to provide patient care, we need to change how we provide care. We want you to know that our primary focus is to ensure the safety of both patients and staff and to continue to provide high-quality care to our patients.

 

For that reason, effective Wednesday, March 25, we will consolidate our Newmarket and Raymond centers. Our Newmarket center will be providing 100% telehealth services. Our Raymond center will accommodate patients who require in-person visits. Patients should continue to call the phone number for their primary care provider.

 

Patients need to call before coming to the health center. This is so our staff can assess which type of appointment will best meet your needs. There may also be specific instructions we will ask you to follow. Any instructions from our staff are in place for your safety and the safety of our staff. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

WATCH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE CRISIS

 

You are not alone. Everyone is feeling some level of anxiety and discomfort right now. It is normal to feel this way. If you or a loved one have struggled with anxiety or other mental health concerns, this may be an even more difficult time for you. Resources are available if you need them: http://ow.ly/NIJL50yUbV8

 

TOWN HALL NOW CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

 

Following the Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency for New Hampshire due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and in accordance with guidelines from state and federal health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Town of Newmarket facilities are closed to public access until further notice. Town staff will transition to a customer service model that utilizes remote and online public access. Town staff will continue to report to work and will be available to respond to the public by phone or email.

 

BILLING AND PAYMENTS

Payments for water and utility bills and property taxes can be mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office at the 186 Main Street Newmarket NH 03857. In addition, payments can be dropped off at the drop box, located on the side of Town Hall.

 

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS

Motor vehicle registrations are available online. To register online, visit the online portal at https://www.eb2gov.com/scripts/eb2gov.dll/TownLaunch?towncode=846  .

 

While Town Hall is closed, motorists registering online will not be charged the transaction fee of $1.50. A mailing fee of 50 cents and credit card processing fee still apply.

 

Residents can also register by mail or by using the drop box.

 

The State of New Hampshire has extended 20-day plates to help reduce the number of people visiting NH Division of Motor Vehicles locations. NH DMV 20-day plates, as well as authorized 20-day dealer plates, issued on or after March 1, 2020, will be automatically extended through April 30.

 

For more information about motor vehicle registrations, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (603) 659-3073.

 

DOG LICENSES

Payment for dog licenses can be made online. Visit https://www.eb2gov.com/scripts/eb2gov.dll/TownLaunch?towncode=846. All dogs must be licensed by April 30 to avoid a late fee. The cost for a male or female dog is $10, a neutered male or spayed female dog is $7.50 and puppies (3-7 months) are $7.50 for first licensing. Residents 65 years of age or older may license one dog for $3. Additional licenses require regular fees. The Town Clerk's office requires proof of rabies information and a certificate of spaying or neutering.

 

VITAL RECORDS

Vital records such as marriage licenses and birth and death certificates can be accessed via the State of New Hampshire’s online portal at https://www.eb2gov.com/scripts/eb2gov.dll/TownLaunch?towncode=846 Requests can still be mailed to Town Hall at the address above. Payment must be included. For more information about vital records, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (603) 659-3073.

 

ASSESSING

Ongoing property inspections will occur on the exterior of a home or building. No interior inspections are currently scheduled. Property owners seeking tax exemptions or credits such as the Veteran’s tax credit and elderly exemption are asked to contact the Assessing Office at (603)659-3617 x 1313. Staff will work to get the application submitted prior to the April 15 deadline and, as necessary, follow up for additional information. Applications for credits and exemptions can be mailed in to the Tax Assessing office at the address above or dropped off at the Town Hall drop box.

For more information, including tax credit applications, visit https://www.newmarketnh.gov/assessors-office.

 

BUILDING SAFETY

As of the close of business on March 23, permits will be issued online or by US Mail only.  Online and paper permit applications can be found HERE. Please understand due to modified staffing and a surge in other duties, permits will likely take more time to approve. The Office of Building Safety has modified inspection procedures to safeguard all parties. For inspections and questions call Building Safety at (603) 292-1230 or by email at mhoffman@newmarketnh.gov.

New business inspections are currently being postponed. 

Health inspections will continue, as determined by the Town Health Inspector. 

Code enforcement issues will be followed up on a case-by-case basis.

 

CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY/COMPLETION

Building Safety will alert the Planning staff when a certificate of occupancy is requested. The planning staff will reply via email to acknowledge the certificate.

 

BURN PERMITS

Burn permits are available online at nhfirepermit.com.

 

RECREATION DEPARTMENT

All Recreation facilities are closed until further notice.

 

Assessing

Tax cards are available online, by clicking the link above.

 

Also, if you need to drop off a bill or other materials, please use the drop box on the side of the building.

 

As part of its response, the Town is ensuring that public facilities are subject to extra cleaning and regular disinfection of common surfaces.

 

In addition to providing timely information, the Town of Newmarket wants to remind its residents about the simple precautions that can help protect themselves and others.

 

Among the steps residents can take to reduce the risk of getting sick from respiratory infections and prevent transmission to others include: 

 

·       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

·       Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

·       Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

·       Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are not feeling well.

·       Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·       Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

 

People who are showing signs of the virus, including fever, a cough and shortness of breath, are advised to stay home, limit their contact with others, and immediately contact their healthcare provider or dial 9-1-1.

 

 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RELEASES NEW GUIDELINES ON WHO SHOULD BE TESTED

 

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced new recommendations to help healthcare providers determine who should be tested for COVID-19. These new recommendations acknowledge that providers and first responders nationwide lack the equipment they need to safely and accurately test any person who may be exposed to the novel coronavirus. The recommendations also acknowledge that more than 80% of people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms and current inventory in all states should be directed to people with severe illness as well as healthcare workers.

 

Given the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other testing supplies, healthcare providers in New Hampshire must preserve the State’s existing inventory of these materials to care for patients who will develop severe COVID-19 illness, as well as exposed health care providers and exposed first responders. Any significant decline in the healthcare workforce will have a negative impact on residents’ access to treatment for COVID-treatment and other health needs. 

 

As COVID-19 becomes more common in our communities, testing every person presenting with mild symptoms of fever or respiratory illness becomes impractical and does not change how a person’s illness is managed. Therefore, DHHS has shared the following recommendations for COVID-19 testing:

 

People who are 60 years of age and older, or those with chronic medical problems are at higher risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19 and should:

  • Stay at home and away from public places.
  • Avoid any domestic or international travel.
  • Call a provider if you are experiencing symptoms. If not severely ill, please call ahead before showing up at a hospital or emergency department.

 

People who have mild symptoms of COVID-19, even if not tested, should stay home until:

  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

AND

  • At least 72 hours have passed since recovery; which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms.

 

People who do not have symptoms but have been notified that they may have been exposed through close contact with a person with COVID-19 or a person presumed to have COVID-19 (without testing), and any persons who have traveled from countries with widespread sustained transmission should:

  • Stay home (self-quarantine) for 14 days from the last day of potential exposure. It can take up to 14 days from the time someone is exposed to develop symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Not be tested for COVID-19 because it doesn’t change the need for a person to self-quarantine even if testing is negative.
  • Help us preserve our medical supplies by not asking to be tested.

 

For information on the differences between isolation and quarantine, please see the following information: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/documents/terms.pdf.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 most often include fever or respiratory illness, such as cough. Early mild symptoms can include fatigue, headache, and muscle aches. Fever may not develop until several days into illness, or not at all, but people can still transmit the novel coronavirus very early in their course of illness.

 

For more information on COVID-19 in NH, please visit https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm. For the latest information from the CDC, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

 

KEEP CALM - STOP SPREADING RUMORS

 

A word to the wise about rumors. They generally contain unreliable and/or unsubstantiated information. They can cause undue stress on people and their communities. To help keep our citizens properly informed, Newmarket Public Safety relies on information that comes directly from the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, who are the folks with the most current and most accurate data for our community. This is the most recent information available from their office: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/

 

 

TRANSFER STATION REMAINS OPEN - PLEASE USE CURBSIDE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

 

While the Transfer Station remains open, we will change procedures as needed.

 

We would encourage people to keep people as safe as possible. If possible please use curbside trash collection.

 

SENIOR – SPECIAL ASSISTANCE POPULATION SUPPORT

 

Effective immediately, the Town of Newmarket is ready to assist our senior population AND/OR those who generally require special assistance, and DO NOT have the resources or family nearby to help you.

 

Recreation staff members are ready to assist by fulfilling light grocery errands, picking up prescriptions, going to the food pantry, or anything critical that you may need while you are housebound during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Do you know of someone that may fit into this category, please give us a call or forward this information? Our Rec database does not hit ALL seniors or those who need assistance in our town.  

 

START DATE OF SERVICE: Friday, March 20th continuing on Tuesdays and Fridays until further notice. 

 

SERVICES WE ARE PROVIDING AT THIS TIME:

PRESCRIPTION PICK UP: EMERGENCIES ONLY! 

The Rec can pick up your prescriptions at Rite Aid on an emergency basis only.  

      You will need to:

  • Call the Sunrise Sunset Center at 659-4469 to inquire about Prescription Pickup Service
  • Make sure you have your date of birth available, it will be required information
  • Call Rite Aid and inform them that Recreation Staff members will be pick up your prescription
  • Be prepared to make payment with exact cash or check upon delivery
  • Please make checks payable to the Town of Newmarket.  

 

Did you know that Rite Aid Delivers?  

 

Rite Aid in Newmarket does FREE delivery service each Tuesday morning. If you would like to utilize this service, please call the Pharmacy at 659-7852 by Monday afternoon to set up your delivery on Tuesday. 

 

What if your Prescription is NOT at Rite Aid? If Rite Aid is not your pharmacy and your pharmacy does NOT offer FREE delivery, please call and provide us with the pharmacy & prescription information. We will do our best to provide you with service. 

 

LITE GROCERY SHOPPING: 

 

The Recreation Department/Sunrise Sunset Center will provide you with lite grocery shopping for up to 10 essential items per trip:

      You will need to:

  • Call the Sunrise Sunset Center at 659-4469 to inquire about the Lite Grocery Shopping Service
  • You will need to provide your name, address, phone number and email address
  • You will need to provide a list of items (up to 10) that you need at the grocery store
  • Be prepared to make payment with exact cash or check upon delivery
  • Please make checks payable to the Town of Newmarket.  

 

Note: Staff members will not go inside any residence and/or lobbies of apartment units. Please note that we may not be able to fill all orders due to low supplies at the grocery store 

 

FOOD PANTRY OPTION FOR SHOPPING:  

 

If you are in financial need and would like to utilize the Newmarket Food Pantry offerings, Recreation Staff members can shop at the Food Pantry and delivery for you.  

You will need to:

  • Call the Sunrise Sunset Center at 659-4469 to inquire about the Lite Grocery Shopping Service
  • You will need to provide your name, address, phone number and email address
  • You will need to provide a list of items (up to 10) that you would like pick up at the Food Pantry.

 

MOBILE REC FUN: Puzzles & Books Borrowing Service! 

 

While we are doing prescription & lite grocery deliveries staff members will have the Recreation Van full of carry-out books and puzzles! This service is to provide you with some in-home recreational options to keep you busy while you are home-bound.

     

 Borrowing Procedure:

  • Recreation Staff members will bring out a box of books and puzzles for you to point and choose from
  • Recreation Staff members will step back let you browse (not touch) from above
  • When you have decided what you would like to borrow, staff members will remove them from the box.

 

DURING EACH TRANSACTION TRY TO KEEP A SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCE OF 6’ FROM YOU AT ALL TIMES.

 

WE WILL ONLY BE DROPPING OFF ITEMS OUTSIDE YOUR HOME OR APARTMENT COMPLEX. 

 

YOU WILL NEED TO COME OUTSIDE TO PICK UP YOUR ORDER AND/OR RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM US.

 

PLEASE CALL 659-4469 OR EMAIL RECDESK@NEWMARKETNH.GOV

 

Please leave a message with your needs and contact information so we may reach out

 

NEWMARKET COMMUNITY CHURCH FOOD PANTRY WILL EXTEND HOURS

 

Effective March 17th the Newmarket Community Church Food Pantry hours will be extended as follows:

  • Tuesday 12-2 and 4-6
  • Thursday 12-2 and 4-6
  • Saturday 10-12

 

 

 

UPDATED INFORMATION ON POLICE STATION ACCESS

 

As we work to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Newmarket Police Department facility will be closed to the general public and all venders. We will still be providing police services, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

  • If you need to report a crime, request police services or would like to speak with a police officer please call dispatch at (603) 659-6636.
  • If this is an emergency, please call 911.
  • If you are requesting a copy of a police report or accident eport please call our records department at (603) 659-8505.
  • No overnight parking passes will be issued until further notice. We remind you to please respect private property parking lots. Officers will still be enforcing the handicapped parking restrictions.
  • Prescription drop off is suspended
  • Fingerprinting for employment services suspended
  • For pistol permits, please contact records at (603) 659-8505.

 

The men and woman of the Newmarket Police Department thank you for your assistance as we all work together to “flatten the curve” of this virus. We are all in it together!

 

 

STATE AND NATIONAL EMERGENCIES

 

On Friday, March 13, Gov. Chris Sununu issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for New Hampshire. Gov. Sununu said the COVID-19 risk in New Hampshire remains low, but the new restrictions are necessary to remain proactive in preventing the spread of the virus. The order spans 21 days and bans nearly all visitors to the state’s nursing homes and residential elder care facilities. Out-of-state travel for school groups is prohibited. Non-essential out-of-state travel for state and municipal employees is also prohibited. The executive order can be viewed here: NH State of Emergency Executive Order.

 

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, March 13 in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The declaration is intended to make additional federal funds available. The proclamation can be viewed here: Proclamation Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak.

 

WATER SHUT OFF NOTICES SUSPENDED

 

During this time, the Town will not be shutting off water to those who did not pay their bills

 

RECREATION FACILITIES AND PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

The Newmarket Public Library and all Recreation facilities, including the Sunrise Sunset Center, is closed. The closure follows the guidance of state health officials and Gov. Chris Sununu. The governor also issued an order March 15 that closes all public schools through April 3.

 

As a reminder, Newmarket's public schools will remain closed through April 3 on the order of Gov. Chris Sununu. Students at the University of New Hampshire will also transition to remote and online learning this week. Regular UNH classes are scheduled to resume April 6.

 

NON-ESSENTIAL MEETINGS WILL BE CANCELLED

 

We will be cancelling non-essential board and committee meetings. Please visit newmarketnh.gov for the latest information.

 

COAST BUS CONTINUES TO OPERATE AT SCHEDULED

 

At this time, they have no plans to suspend any services and all services are running on a normal schedule. They have increased the frequency and thoroughness of sanitizing and disinfecting of vehicles.

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 3

 

At a press conference on Sunday, March 15, Gov. Chris Sununu announced he was ordering the closure of all public schools through April 3. During that time, all schools are expected to implement remote learning.

 

March 18 was the first remote learning day.

 

Junior Senior High School

 

Junior Senior High School students should be receiving electronic invitations to Google classrooms developed by their teachers. Teachers who had already been using Google classroom will continue with their same page. All students should “enroll” in their Google classrooms by tomorrow morning, the official beginning of remote learning. Teachers will be working remotely each day. 

 

Elementary School

 

Teachers at the Elementary School have prepared Home Learning Packets with learning activities and supplies. These packets, along with any resources you requested, will be available for pick at the front entrance at NES tomorrow morning between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM.

 

Virtual School Office Hours

 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays                 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Tuesdays and Thursdays                                  12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

 

All faculty will be available online during these hours to provide direct support to parents and students. Faculty will do their best to respond to emails within a day (24 hours). 

 

Parent/Student Support Request

 

In addition to Virtual Office Hours, parents and students can request the following support by completing the following help request form: LINK

 

Support available includes meals (breakfast, lunch, 68 hour program, food pantry), technology, psychologist, nurse, counselors, social worker, school supplies, administrative help, delivery vs. pick up or anything else not listed here.

 

The school district will respond to requests for support daily.

 

Sample Home Remote Learning Schedule: LINK

 

Parent Talking Points for Students: LINK

 

School Breakfast and Lunch Program.

Orders for our school lunch program should be placed through the parent/student request link. Parents pick-up will take place between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM at NES, using the parent drop off road behind the building. 

 

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

 

The NH  Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) has started this page to keep employees and businesses update. It includes links to New Hampshire Employment Security and available services. Individuals will need to file for unemployment each week of temporary unemployment and this can and should be done online here or by calling 603-271-7700.

 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus Disaster Relief Lending Program 

 

Loans for up to $2 million can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

 

Eligibility: small businesses without credit available elsewhere. Interest rate 3.75% (non-profits, 2.75%).

 

Repayment: To keep payments affordable, loan repayment options up to a maximum of 30 years.

 

Get a head-start as the program is being authorized by following these steps: 

  1. Go to: sba.gov/disaster
  2. Find the section specific to the Coronavirus Disaster Relief Lending program.
  3. Create an account and upload your information so that once the formal declaration is processed by SBA, yours will one of the first applications to be considered.

 

STATE OPENS 2-1-1 CALL CENTER

Gov. Chris Sununu, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management, announced that 211NH is now active and can handle all COVID-19 related calls from New Hampshire residents. All residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1.

 

Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Please use the following websites for information:

·       CDC Site on COVID-19

·       The NH Department of Health and Human Services Site

·       Ready.gov

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Newmarket Health Officer at (603)659-3617 extension 1311, the Newmarket Police Department at (603)659-6636, or the Newmarket Fire Department at (603)659-3334.