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Free at-home COVID-19 tests available soon to NH residents

Free at-home COVID-19 tests available soon to NH residents
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New Hampshire residents will soon be able to get COVID-19 testing at home for free under new programs that are launched. Chris Sununu said Tuesday that one million free at-home rapid tests will soon be available. The tests will soon be available via the state Department of Health and Human Services website and will be delivered by Amazon. >> The latest coverage of the impact of COVID-19 from WMURSununu said the state recently received about 50,000 fast home costs that will be provided first to schools. Nurses can offer tests to students who are showing symptoms if their families request it, and the student can then be tested at home. Another program will bring 100,000 free at-home PCR tests to New Hampshire, Sunono said. These tests will be offered first to schools that request them, along with other community sites in the state’s public health networks. >> COVID-19 in New Hampshire: Important Information New testing options are part of the state’s initiative calling, “Say yes to testing,” the governor said. He noted that New Hampshire currently tests about 10,000 people a day, so the new options will help increase the overall testing capacity. ‘Booster Blitz’ aims to encourage booster Granite Staters and Sununu has also announced a new push to encourage eligible Granite Staters to get booster shots. New Hampshire will be holding a one-day “Booster Blitz” on December 11th at more than 10 locations across the state. Appointments will be made through the DHHS website, with a link and list of locations available next week, Sunono said. He said it would be similar to the large vaccination sites set up across the state early in the vaccination program, but that this would only be a one-day event. Boosters have been shown to increase vaccine efficacy to more than 90% — a level of efficacy seen before the delta variant was applied, said Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist. He was eligible. Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago and anyone who received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months prior is eligible for a booster dose. Dealing with its worst cases and hospitalization numbers for the epidemic. There are 350 hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, which is a new all-time high, Chan said, and active case numbers are down from Monday’s record high but still high at 7,627. Chan said the state is approaching on average of 1,000 new cases each day and has a positive test rate of about 9.5%. ** Town by Town: COVID-19 Case Data | Vaccination data ** –

New Hampshire residents will soon be able to get COVID-19 testing at home for free under new programs that are launched.

Governor Chris Sununu said Tuesday that one million free at-home rapid tests will soon be available. The tests will soon be available via the state Department of Health and Human Services website and will be delivered by Amazon.

>> The latest COVID-19 impact coverage from WMUR

Sunono said the state recently received about 50,000 fast-track home costs that will be provided to schools first. Nurses can offer tests to students who are showing symptoms if their families request it, and the student can then be tested at home.

Sununo said another program will bring 100,000 free home PCR tests to New Hampshire. These tests will be offered first to schools that request them, along with other community sites in the state’s public health networks.

>> COVID-19 in New Hampshire: important information

The governor said the new testing options are part of an initiative that calls on the state, “Say yes to testing.” He noted that New Hampshire currently tests about 10,000 people per day, so the new options will help increase overall testing capacity.

“Booster Blitz” aims to encourage granite reinforcers

Sununu also announced a new payment to encourage eligible Granite Staters to obtain booster shots. New Hampshire will be holding a one-day “Booster Blitz” on December 11th at more than 10 locations across the state.

Sunono said appointments will be made through the DHHS website, with a link and list of locations available next week. He said it would be similar to the large vaccination sites set up across the state early in the vaccination program, but that this would only be a one-day event.

The boosters have been shown to increase vaccine efficacy to more than 90% — a level of efficacy seen before the Delta formula took hold, said Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist.

Chan recommended that anyone 18 years of age or older be vaccinated if eligible. Anyone who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago and anyone who took the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago is eligible for a booster.

The push for reinforcements and new testing options comes as the state grapples with its worst case and hospitalization numbers for the pandemic. There are 350 hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, Chan said, a new high on record.

The number of active cases is down from Monday’s record, but remains high at 7,627. Chan said the state is approaching an average of 1,000 new cases each day and has a positive test rate of about 9.5%.

** Town by Town: COVID-19 Case Data | Vaccination data **

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