COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus — Information and Updates for Somersworth
Local, Regional, National and Global Resources regarding COVID-19
Please refer to public health officials for the most up-to-date informations and recommendations:
City of Somersworth COVID-19 Information
Official City Website COVID-19 info page — will be updated as situation evolves: https://www.somersworth.com/home/urgent-alerts/city-somersworth-community-advisory-coronavirus-covid-19-updates
Update from SAU56 on meals provided (breakfast and lunch) for *all* Somersworth students: http://www.sau56.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Student-Meals-Letter-Somersworth.pdf
Additional COVID-19 Updates from the City of Somersworth:
- 3/16/20 — Video of the Mayor’s Report from announcing suspension of many City meetings, updating on current situation: https://www.facebook.com/councilorparadis/posts/149009419905144
- 3/16/20 — Guidelines from NH on City Council Meetings (memo dated 3/16/2020): https://www.nhmunicipal.org/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/state_of_nh_guidance_on_rsa_91-a_1.pdf
- 3/14/20 — Video of the Mayor’s Community Forum on COVID-19, with Strafford County Public Health Network: https://somersworth.viebit.com/player.php?hash=j4kzXQLXt021
State & County COVID-19 Public Health Information
State of NH — COVID-19 information page: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
State of NH — Division of Public Health Services COVID-19 / Coronavirus Info: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm
Strafford County — Strafford County Public Health Network COVID-19 / Coronavirus Info: http://www.scphn.org/emergency-preparedness/
Additional COVID-19 Updates from the State of New Hampshire:
- 3/17/20 — Video of Governor’s Press Conference addressing COVID-19, specifically announcing unemployment updates ( https://www.nhes.nh.gov/ ) and an unemployment hotline: (603) 271-7700: https://www.facebook.com/councilorparadis/posts/149016076571145
- 3/16/20 — Governor orders restaurants to be delivery/pick-up/take-out only: https://www.fosters.com/news/20200316/gov-sununu-mandates-restaurant-closures-as-coronavirus-response
- 3/13/20 — Update: as of 5:25pm on 3/13/2020, a State of Emergency has been declared by NH Governor Sununu
Federal & Global COVID-19 Public Health Information
US Health Dept. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) — COVID-19 / Coronavirus Info: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization (WHO) — COVID-19 / Coronavirus Info: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
City of Somersworth Services:
Closed as of 3/18/20 — Message posted on Somersworth.com COVID-19 page:
In light of the current developments in dealing with the COVID-19 virus, the City of Somersworth has determined it is in the best interest of both the public and City staff to close the Somersworth City Hall to the general public effective March 18 until April 3. The City intends to maintain essential services and will have staff working through this situation. In order to conduct City business, the public is encouraged to do the following:
Paying Utility Bills, Property Taxes, other bills. Register motor vehicles:
- Utilize the drive-up window in the Tax Office
- Visit our website at Somersworth.com and utilize our on-line payment option
- Use traditional mail service
- For questions please call 692-9555
- Purchase blue bags, bulky waste sticker, etc.
- Utilize the drive-up window in the Tax Office
Building Permits, Electrical Permits, Assessing Requests, Abatements, etc.
- Obtain the permit from our website, and file by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Drop off plans, other information for Planning or Code by using the drive-up window in the Tax Office
- File abatements, exemptions, other Assessing information via e-mail to email@example.com
- For questions please call 692-9519 or 692-9520
Public Works -Trench Permits, Driveway Permits, Obstruction Permits.
- Obtain the permit from our website, and file by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Drop off plans, other information for Public Works Permits by using the drive-up window in the Tax Office
All offices will be staffed during normal business hours and may be reached by phone and e-mail. For a complete list of contact information for staff at the Somersworth City Hall please visit our website at www.Somersworth.com , our main line at 692-4262 or City Manager’s office at 692-9503.
Somersworth Public Library
- Currently closed as of 3/20/20 (were doing curbside pickup through 3/19)
- No late fines or fees will apply during the time the library is closed.
- Keep items at home or return to book drop
- You can access OverDrive (ebooks/audiobooks, magazines, etc.) with your library card! Find out how here: https://www.somersworth.com/somersworth-public-library/pages/nh-downloadable-books
SYC — Somersworth Youth Connection / After School Program
Check SYC Facebook Page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/somersworthyouth/
From SYC Facebook post dated 3/19/20:
Hello SYC Middle families! A few updates for you:
1. We will have a page on the SMS remote learning site when it goes online. With fun activities that support academics like Virtual Field Trips, Math Mania, Daily Kahoot and more, we hope to give your kids something that they can look forward to and reinforces classroom teachers.
2. Our goal is to touch base with SYC students to check and connect weekly to see how they are doing with school and anything else. We are getting a SYC Middle phone activated and will distribute the number once that is up if you would like to reach out. You can also contact Mr. Fisher by email at email@example.com
3. Please check back on Facebook regularly for updates as well as our new SYC website at the following link:
We hope you are staying safe and healthy out there, and look forward to seeing you all in person when we can!
Anyone in the State of New Hampshire can call 2-1-1 to be connected with local resources on the COVID-19 situation.
COVID-19 Personal Health Recommendations from Strafford County Public Health Network
As shared 3/11/2020 at a local info session
What to do if you have symptoms:
Call your doctor if you:
- develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19
- have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 (link to CDC travel info site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html )
Promote daily practice of everyday Preventative Actions, including:
- Stay home when you’re sick, except to get medial care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, the throw away the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects daily.
Ongoing Local NH Community Resources
Where to purchase local food safely
Where to safely purchase local food amid coronavirus outbreak
“Many farmers’ markets are being canceled and ALL grocery stores are being inundated with demand. Want a safe and peaceful place to buy healthy food? We are using this page as a resource to help direct you to the closest and safest place to purchase food directly from the farmer. We will post updates below from our farmers and food producers as soon as we get them.” — Seacoast Harvest, a project of Seacoast Eat Local
Info & advice for NH small businesses & restaurants
NH Dept. of Business and Economic Affairs info page:
From Somersworth business owner Emmett Soldati:
How to support small local businesses in your area
MightSmall.io has just launched as a local resource for small businesses to enter updates on how they are getting creative with social distancing and quarantine best practices — small businesses can easily submit updates from their business to be added to the database as well. It will also offer help and ideas for small businesses to take their businesses more digital and find creative ways to stay active and present for their current/future clients who are practicing social distancing.
Restaurant Surplus Food Drive — Sunday 3/22 10am—2pm
Sunday 3/22/20 between 10am and 2pm, Teatotaller will be collecting goods for those in need. If you are a restaurant or food company with items to donate, please complete this form: https://mightysmall.typeform.com/to/OPj334 If you are a food bank or run an organization in need of food supplies, please complete this form: https://mightysmall.typeform.com/to/AWLMdB
Seacoast Gift Cards
This site is exactly what it sounds like! It’s a rapidly-updating list of links to gift cards for Seacoast-area businesses. Purchasing gift cards is one of the top ways small businesses, especially local restaurants and other shops that need to curtail businesses right now.
Local Journalism on Coronavirus
Fosters Coronavirus Coverage
See all of Fosters.com’s Coronavirus-related coverage — all COVID-19 news articles have had the paywall removed, so these articles are all publicly viewable without a login.
Meals for Students
Please review SAU56.org for the most up-to-date information
Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be made available for *all* Somersworth students, even those who do not qualify for free/reduced meals.
Update 3/27/20 from Dr. Robert Gadomski, Superintendent of Schools:
- The City will continue to provide breakfast and lunch through delivery locations for ALL students from Rollinsford and Somersworth.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.
- This is open to all students in all grade levels regardless of whether or not they qualify free or reduced meals.
- Meals will be distributed using Somersworth School District buses and Rollinsford District School buses provided by First Student. Each day buses will be parked in the designated locations below from 9:00-9:30 a.m. in order to distribute the meals. Meals must be picked up at a location identified for your community.
Somersworth Meal Pickup Locations
First Parish Church
Jules Bisson Park
Rollinsford Meal Pickup Locations
Rollinsford Town Hall
General Sullivan Entrance
For families who participate in the End 68 Hours of Hunger, food will be available for pick-up on Tuesdays and Fridays between 3:30pm-5:30pm at their food storage facility in downtown Somersworth (1 Market Street– Yellow Building on corner before large hill) until school is back in session.
View the full 3/27/20 update from the Superintendent here:
*Many* workers affected by COVID-19 are eligible to immediately receive unemployment payments. Watch the full press conference for more details: https://www.facebook.com/councilorparadis/posts/149016076571145 — notably, self-employed individuals, people needing to stay home to care for household members who are either sick or are home due to school/daycare closures are all eligible to apply.
If you have experienced even a partial reduction in hours/income due to COVID-19, you are also eligible to receive partil benefits.
The maximum benefit for NH unemployment is $427/week — depending on your eligibility and circumstances, the amount may be any amount up to that maximum. **Update after 3/28/20 Federal CARES Act, additional funding up to $600/wk is available, pending eligibility.**
If you have questions, call the hotline below.
File for Unemployment Online:
💻🗂🌎 — Go to: https://www.nhes.nh.gov/ and click the “File for Benefits” banner to go start your claim. — 🌎🗂💻
The dedicated NH unemployment hotline is (603) 271-7700
Mental Health & Substance Use
New Hampshire Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline:
NH AA Hotline: 800-593-3330
New Hampshire Narcotics Anonymous Hotline:
NH NA Hotline: 888-624-3678
Helpful articles & resources:
Small Businesses — Applying for disaster relief
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:
- Go to: sba.gov/disaster
- Find the section specific to the Coronavirus Disaster Relief Lending program.
- 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.
Resources for those at home
Staying occupied, sane, engaged and entertained during COVID-19 quarantine.
Online free or low-cost educational resources
- During the current COVID-19 crisis, JSTOR and their participating publishers are making additional content freely available to participating institutions where students have been displaced: https://about.jstor.org/covid19/
- Local bookseller (from Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH) Kelso McNaught is reading children’s books live on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biblio_reckah/ and saved for replay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelso.mcnaught.5/videos_by
- Need a tutor for your school-aged child? One academic consultant has offered to offer low-cost or no-cost (free for kids of nurses and doctors, notably) tutoring, academic support and college & admissions prep: https://www.leonardandrew.com/lac-blog/covid-19-update-lac-to-support-remote-learning
Free resources available through your Somersworth library card, as long as you’ve got a card:
- NH Dept. of Education COVID-19 Resources for Schools:
- EBSCO research databases (including newspapers, magazines, educational and business resources, etc): https://www.somersworth.com/library/pages/library-databases
- How to access OverDrive (ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines) with your Somersworth Library Card: https://www.somersworth.com/somersworth-public-library/pages/nh-downloadable-books
- Online Education Resource Guide (a Google Doc packed with links & tips)
Ways you can help
- If you have time, and sewing skills/supplies, join this locally-organized effort to make masks: Seacoast Mask Makers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1377403252447594/
Just for fun / Anti-stress
- 🐠🐟🐡 Live-stream fish and underwater sea creatures from Monterey Bay Aquarium: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
- ✍️📝🎼🎷Contribute to a virtual poetry reading — Portsmouth’s Beat Night is collecting audio and video to magically combine into a virtual Beat Night: https://www.facebook.com/events/205068714053736/
Last updated at:
Friday, March 20, 2020 2:41pm EST
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