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

Official SAU56 website with school-related updates: http://www.sau56.org/ 

Additional COVID-19 Updates from the City of Somersworth:

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:

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:

City Hall

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 dcrossley@somersworth.com
  • 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 bbelley@somersworth.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 jgosselin@somersworth.com
  • 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
  • Expected to resume curbside options soon, as of 5/29/20
  • Currently closed as of 3/20/20 (previously 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/

Update: Last day of school was 5/29/20

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 bfisher@sau56.org
3. Please check back on Facebook regularly for updates as well as our new SYC website at the following link:

https://sites.google.com/a/sau56.org/sycsomersworth-org/home

We hope you are staying safe and healthy out there, and look forward to seeing you all in person when we can!

Call 2-1-1

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:

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
https://seacoastharvest.org/safe/

Info & advice for NH small businesses & restaurants

NH Dept. of Business and Economic Affairs info page:
https://www.nheconomy.com/covid19

From Somersworth business owner Emmett Soldati:
https://teatotallerteahouse.com/restaurant-resources-covid19/

How to support small local businesses in your area

Mighty Small
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.
http://mightysmall.io/

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.
http://www.seacoastgiftcards.com/

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.
https://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&profile=1000075

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
Market Basket
Noble Pines
First Parish Church
Key Auto
Lucky’s Supermarket
Jules Bisson Park

Rollinsford Meal Pickup Locations
Rollinsford Town Hall
Wentworth Greenhouses
General Sullivan Entrance
Garrison Players
Continental Restaurant

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:

http://www.sau56.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-meals-continuation.pdf

Unemployment Claims

*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

Additional Support

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:

  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.

Resources for those at home

Staying occupied, sane, engaged and entertained during COVID-19 quarantine.

Educational resources

Online free or low-cost educational resources

Free resources available through your Somersworth library card, as long as you’ve got a card:

Ways you can help

Just for fun / Anti-stress

Last updated at:

Friday, May 29, 2020 5:09pm EST

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