NH STRONG news – STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE reports 3.13.2020
Executive Order 2020-04
An order declaring a state of emergency due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
WHEREAS, after beginning in December 2019, an outbreak of respiratory illness due to a novel
coronavirus ( a disease now known as COVID-19) has impacted more than 11 7 countries,
including the United States; and
WHEREAS, on January 23, 2020, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) activated its Emergency Response System to provide ongoing support for the response to
COVID-19 across the country; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of
International Concern on January 30, 2020, and the United States Department of Health and
Human Services declared a Public Health Emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak on
January 31, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the State of New Hampshire has been working in close collaboration with the
CDC, with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and with local health
departments since December 2019 to monitor and plan for the potential spread of COVID-19 to
the United States and the State of New Hampshire; and
WHEREAS, the Division of Public Health has been in regular communication with hospitals,
clinics and other health providers and has provided guidance to health facilities and providers
regarding COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on or about March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a
pandemic; and
WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020 the Division of Public Health and the Division of Homeland
Security and Emergency Management announced that 21 lNH has been mobilized to handle all
COVID-19 related calls from New Hampshire residents; and
WHEREAS, as of March 13, 2020, across the globe, there are more than 124,048 confirmed
cases of COVID-19, resulting in more than 4613 deaths worldwide; and

WHEREAS, as of March 13, 2020, there are 1,663 confirmed cases ofCOVID-19 in the United
States, including 6 in New Hampshire, and more than 275 New Hampshire residents being
monitored based on potential exposure to the virus, and officials expect the number of cases in
New Hampshire, the United States, and worldwide to increase; and
WHEREAS, New Hampshire has a strong federal, state and local public health and health care
delivery system that has effectively responded to prior events including the Hl Nl influenza
virus in 2009; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security and
Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center to support and guide
state and local actions to preserve public health; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a National
Emergency under the federal Stafford Act due to the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, experts anticipate that while a high percentage of individuals affected by COVID19 will experience mild flu-like symptoms, some will have more serious symptoms and require
hospitalization, particularly individuals who are elderly or already have underlying chronic
health conditions; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative to prepare for and respond to suspected or confirmed COVID-19
cases in New Hampshire, to implement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to
prepare to respond to an increasing number of individuals requiring medical care and
hospitalization; and
WHEREAS, if COVID-19 spreads in New Hampshire at a rate comparable to the rate of spread
in other countries, the number of persons requiring medical care may exceed locally available
resources, and controlling outbreaks minimizes the risk to the public, maintains the health and
safety of the people of New Hampshire, and limits the spread of infection in our communities
and within the healthcare delivery system; and
WHEREAS, experts indicate that COVID-19 is most commonly spread from an infected
symptomatic person to others through respiratory droplets, including:
• Through the air by coughing and sneezing;
• Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
• Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or
eyes before washing your hands.
WHEREAS, state and local health and emergency response organizations must use all available
preventative measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, which will require access to services,
personnel, equipment, facilities, and other resources, potentially including resources beyond
those currently available, to prepare for and respond to any potential cases and the spread of the
virus; and

WHEREAS, state and local officials, working with the federal government and the for profit and
not for profit private sector, must take all necessary and feasible steps to assist citizens who are
affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, including those unable to work because of illness or the
need to care for a family member, those out of work because their employers have temporarily
closed or reduced their hours, those unable to access necessary resources because of shortages, or
any other individuals suffering hardship because of the outbreak of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, I find that conditions of New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 4:45,
relating to the declaration of a State of Emergency, have been met; and
WHEREAS, under RSA 4:45, III(e), in addition to specifically enumerated powers, during a
State of Emergency the Governor has the authority to “perform and exercise such other
functions, powers, and duties as are necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of
the civilian population;” and
WHEREAS, under RSA 4:47, III, the Governor has “power to make, amend, suspend and
rescind necessary orders, rules and regulations” to carry out emergency management functions in
the event of a disaster beyond local control; and
WHEREAS, I find that the conditions caused by COVID-19 now require the combined forces of
the State, local government, the federal government, private business and private citizens to
appropriately respond; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christopher T. Sununu, Governor of the State of New Hampshire,
by the authority vested in me pursuant to part II, article 41 of the New Hampshire Constitution
and New Hampshire RSA 4:45, I do hereby declare a state of emergency to exist in the entire
State of New Hampshire as of 5:15 p.m. on March 13, 2020.
1. In preparing for and responding to COVID-19, all agencies of the state government use and
employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities or perform any and all activities consistent
with the direction of the Governor’s Office, the Division of Homeland Security and
Emergency Management, and the Division of Public Health. This shall include, if necessary,
the repurposing of state employees for tasks necessary to address the impacts of COVID-19.
2. All residents and visitors of the state are to heed the advice of health and emergency officials
with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.
3. Beginning at 11 :59 p.m. on Sunday, March 151
\ all assisted living facilities, long term care
facilities, nursing facilities, residential care facilities, as those terms are defined in RSAs 151-
151-H, or any other similar facilities providing residential care to elderly or infirm patients,
shall prohibit visitor access to reduce facility based transmission of COVID-19. This
prohibition shall not apply to medically necessary personnel, visitors for residents receiving
end of life care, or visitors necessary to provide for a residents psychosocial needs as
determined by a licensed medical care provider.

4. As necessary to assist local governments and for the protection of public health, state
agencies shall enter into contracts to arrange for the procurement of materials, goods, and
services needed to assist in preparing for, containing, responding to, mitigating the effects of,
and recovering from the spread of COVID-19. Applicable provisions of the Governor and
Council Manual of Procedure and the Department of Administrative Services (DAS),
Administrate Rules, Adm 600, including but not limited to travel, advertising, and
competitive bidding requirements, may be suspended with approval of the Governor to the
extent necessary to address the effects of COVID-19.
5. Any out-of-state personnel, including, but not limited to, medical personnel, entering New
Hampshire to assist in preparing for, responding to, mitigating the effects of, and recovering
from COVID-19 shall be permitted to provide services in the same manner as prescribed in
RSA 21-P:41 and any other applicable statutory authority with respect to licensing and
certification regarding mutual aid during emergencies for a period of time not to exceed the
duration of this emergency.
6. Any state-owned properties that DAS, in consultation with the Division of Public Health and
the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, determines are suitable for
use to assist in preparing for, responding to, mitigating the effects of, or recovering from
COVID-19 shall be made available to the Division of Public Health and/or the Division of
Homeland Security and Emergency Management for this purpose, notwithstanding any state
or local law that would restrict, delay, or otherwise inhibit such use.
7. All non-essential out-of-state travel by State and municipal employees for official business is
hereby suspended. The Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the
Division of Public Health, shall develop procedures and protocols for employees returning
from out-of-state travel. No out-of-state travel for State Employees for State business may be
deemed essential without the prior written approval of the Governor.
8. State and local government bodies are permitted and encouraged to utilize the emergency
meeting provisions of RSA 91-A to conduct meetings through electronic means while
preserving, to the extent feasible, the public’s right to notice of such meetings and ability to
observe and listen contemporaneously.
9. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management shall provide assistance to
local governments to address impacts from COVID-19, if appropriate and necessary.
10. To ensure hospitals and other health facilities are able to adequately treat patients who may
be infected with COVID-19 or who are legally isolated as a result of COVID-19, and to
prevent overburdening of existing resources of hospitals and health facilities, the
Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services may waive any of the
licensing or credentialing requirements of RSA Chapter 151 and accompanying regulations
with respect to any hospital or health facility. Any waiver shall include alternative measures
that, under the circumstances, will allow the facilities to treat legally isolated patients while

protecting public health and safety. Any waivers granted pursuant to this paragraph shall be
posted with the hospital or health facility’s existing license.
11. The Commissioner of Health and Human services, in consultation with the State Fire
Marshall, shall have the authority, on a case by case basis, to waive licensing requirements
for day care facilities to allow for temporary provision of child care by ( 1) employers for
children of their employees; (2) licensed day care facilities in situations where temporary
exceedance of maximum enrollment may be necessary; and (3) any other circumstance in
which the Commissioner determines that waiver of licensing requirements is necessary and
will not adversely impact child safety. The State Fire Marshall shall have the authority to
waive, on a case by case basis, the requirements of the provisions of the fire code related to
child centers, consistent with the provisions of this paragraph.
12. Healthcare providers shall report persons they decide to rest COVID-19 to the Department of
Health and Human Services by phone or by completion of a case report form. Instructions for
reporting will be made available on the State’s COVID-19 webiste.
13. To support consistent practices across New Hampshire, the Department of Education, the
Department of Labor and the Department of Safety, in coordination with the Division of
Public Health, shall continue to provide updated and specific guidance relating to preventing
and mitigating COVID-19 to schools, employers, employees, first responders and community
care facilities.
14. All school sponsored out-of-state travel for students and teachers in New Hampshire public
schools is suspended.
15. To promptly respond for the protection of public health, state entities are, notwithstanding
any other state or local law, authorized to share relevant medical information, limited to the
patient’s underlying health conditions, age, current condition, date of exposure, and possible
contact tracing, as necessary to address the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak with state,
local, federal, and nongovernmental partners, for the limited purposes of investigation and
control, and treatment and coordination of care.
16. The Department of Business and Economic Affairs shall survey businesses within New
Hampshire to determine the economic impact of losses for the emergency period as
compared to the same period of the preceding year for the purposes of applying to the U.S.
Small Business Administration (SBA) for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
17. The Department of Employment Security is directed to develop recommendations for
specific actions the State can take to ensure that individuals unable to work in the following
situations related COVID-19 are able to access state unemployment benefits: (1) individuals
quarantined due to confirmed or potential exposure; (2) individuals needing to care for
themselves due to related illness; (3) individuals needing to care for an ill family member;
and (4) individuals needing to care for a dependent. These recommendations shall be
submitted to the Governor’s Office for follow up directives.

18. Pursuant to RSA 4:45 and RSA 4:47, while this Order is in effect, additional temporary
orders, directives, rules and regulations may be issued either by the Governor or by
designated State officials with written approval of the Governor. All further temporary
orders, directives, rules and regulations issued pursuant to this Order shall be in writing and
published on the Governor’s Office website.
Given under my hand and seal at the Executive
Chambers in Concord, this 13th day of March, in
the year of Our Lord, two thousand and twenty,
and the independence of the United States of
America, two hundred and forty-four.