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:
- 5/20/20 — PSA Bi-weekly update May 20, 2020 from Mayor Hilliard: https://somersworth.viebit.com/player.php?hash=9W36Mz9Bc4XL
- 5/15/20 — Update on City Parks guidelines (gatherings of 10 or less allowed): https://www.somersworth.com/home/news/city-parks-regulations-guidelines
- 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
COVID-19 Overview Dashboard link: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/overview.htm#dash
COVID-19 Summary Dashboard link: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/summary.htm
Current Active Cases Dashboard link: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/active-cases.htm
Cumulative Positive Cases Dashboard: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/cumulative-cases.htm
New COVID-19 schools dashboard: https://nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/schools.htm#dash
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/
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 is currently open (masks required in the building), but the following are online/mail/drive-through options for doing various business with the City:
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
- Open as of October 2020 — limited number of visitors, call with any questions: 603-692-4587
- 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
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.
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 TO ALL CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER AT NO CHARGE!
All children are able to receive a free breakfast and free lunch everyday – no matter whether they are attending classes on campus or participating in remote learning. Meals can be served to children directly or adults caring for children at home. Children do not need to be enrolled in our schools to receive meals. Free meals are available to our community starting on Monday September 21st until December 31st through funding provided by the USDA. This program will continue to be available to all students even if we begin the transition to on campus classes. Once USDA funding ends the school meal program will return to our normal school year model.
Meals can be picked up at the following times & locations:
Monday through Friday 7:15-8:00 at the following locations:
AJN Homes (Bartlett St.)
First Parish Church (176 W. High St)
Lucky’s Market (Somersworth Plaza)
Jules Bisson Park
Monday through Friday 8:15- 8:45 at the following locations:
Memorial Dr. (at the Tennis Courts)
Maloney St., Sherwood Glenn
Franklin & Garden St. Intersection
Wildflower Circle Playground
Monday through Friday 7:30-11:00 at:
Idlehurst School (outside of the cafeteria)
Although there is no paperwork required to receive meals under this program, we strongly urge all families to submit paperwork to apply for the traditional free & reduced meal program. Not only will this allow your students to receive free meals after the special program ends, but enrollment in the meal benefit program helps the school district to secure additional funding (Title I, reduced utility rates, etc.). Meal benefit applications can be filled out and returned at any time this fall; please contact our food service director or your school’s office to request forms. Forms and instructions can also be found on our website at the following link http://www.sau56.org/sau56-3/resources/parent-resources/food-services/. If you have questions please contact Katie Krauss at 692-4450.
Additional food support info: End 68 Hours of Hunger, downtown Somersworth (1 Market Street– Yellow Building on corner before large hill)
*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/
- 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
Last updated at:
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:12pm EST
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