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COVID-19 Update for March 24, 2020

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CLAREMONT, NH As numbers continue to rise in NH, we want to stress social distancing.

Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. We ask that all members of the community practice social distancing whether out for a walk or in the grocery store.

Census

Name one thing that you can do that can help Claremont without leaving the comfort of your couch? Hint? It happens every 10 years. Give up? THE CENSUS! For the first time ever you can fill it out online, as well call or mail. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. Begin your census response today: https://my2020census.gov/

Department of Public Works. We have had calls recently inquiring about the city water quality. The EPA recommends Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. “The presence of COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water suppliers is low”.

100% of Claremont’s water source comes from the Whitewater Reservoir. The Whitewater watershed is 4.3 sq miles of forested properties. Most of the source watershed is owned by the City Water Dept or in conservation easements. The 2015 State Board of Health, Special Reports on Water Supplies states "A recent analysis indicates water of excellent quality, probably unsurpassed by any surface source in the state." " In reality, it is spring water, which gushes out of the woody, rocky slopes in Corbin park".

If any changes take place or new information becomes available, we will forward guidance to you. If you have unanswered questions please review EPAs messaging about COVID-19 and drinking water (https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater).

Free E-books for Children

The Fiske Free Library has links to free e-books for children on its catalog page. Tumblebooks Library and Junior Library Guild have made their ebook collections free for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. Go to http://bit.ly/fiskefree to access these and other educational resources compiled by the library staff. Additional resources will be added as they become available.

Parks & Recreation All of the city parks are open. We ask that you enjoy them but please adhere to social distancing protocols. The Parks and Recreation Department is currently working on ways to interact with the community through social media! Be on the lookout for posts meant to entertain, build community and to help people continue to exercise and take part in recreation opportunities during these times.

Message to New Hampshire companies and manufacturers from the NH Department of Business & Economic Affairs:

Call For Covid-19 Supplies

New Hampshire companies and manufacturers with the capacity to meet the critical demand COVID19 is placing on the nation’s healthcare centers can now connect with the State of New Hampshire for coordination.

The State seeks companies that can donate or produce lab, testing or diagnostic supplies, personal protection equipment (PPE), or medical expertise.

New Hampshire companies are nimble, innovative and ready to produce for critically needed supplies in the fight against COVID19, said Gov. Chris Sununu. This portal will help us assess the capabilities of companies and make sure their products reach the medical professionals who need them.

Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) Commissioner Taylor Caswell said he wants to hear from companies that can immediately produce PPEs, including N95 and medical face masks; surgical gowns; face shields; ventilators; latex gloves, and swabs.

I’ve already heard from dozens of companies who are ready to adapt and adjust their operations to provide the protection, equipment and knowledge base to stop the spread of COVID19, he said. I am confident our companies can make a significant contribution to this effort.

On www.nheconomy.com/covid19, companies will find a link to a list of the needed products and links to the Center for Disease Control guidelines for their production. BEA will work with companies to coordinate and facilitate distribution.

 

The City has created a COVID-19 page at http://www.claremontnh.com/residents/COVID-19.aspx. We will be listing cancellations of events as they come in as well as state and federal government information.

If you have a specific question about the virus, or if you would like more information, please visit the DHHS website at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm or the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. You may also call 211 to ask questions regarding COVID-19 or the State of New Hampshire’s response to this outbreak.