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ROUNDUP: Sununu Abdicates Leadership on COVID As NH Vaccination Rate Ranks Last in New England

While Chris Sununu is attacking other New England states for following CDC guidance in out-of-state radio interviews, and apparently focusing on planning his political future, New Hampshire’s COVID crisis has become one of the worst in the nation. And while Chris Sununu is promising a plan for HIS political future in the next couple of weeks, he doesn’t have a plan to deal with COVID. The state’s vaccination rate still ranks last in New England while New Hampshire was one of only five states to see cases increase by 10 percent two weeks ago, COVID hospitalizations “are surging in New Hampshire”, Coos County is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases, and Walmart in Gorham had to temporarily close to mitigate COVID cases among employees. The crisis has become so bad that Scott Schuler, a member of the Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Coordinating Board, resigned from their position, citing Sununu’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. NHPR: Citing the Executive Council's federal funding rejection, a member of N.H's EMS board resigned

  • Scott Schuler, a member of the Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Coordinating Board, resigned from their position after the Executive Council turned down $27 million in federal funding for vaccine work last week.

  • While the work is not directly COVID-19 focused, Schuler sees the connection to their role on the board and what they consider a failure of state leadership to support the public health system in fighting the pandemic.

  • “Throughout the pandemic, we've continued to see our executive state leadership and politicians downplay the importance of public health mitigation strategies,” Schuler said. “It was a totality of the missteps that have occurred throughout the entire pandemic and then even ultimately just losing respect for the integrity of the process and the people involved.”

  • “Five states saw Covid-19 cases increase more than 10% compared to last week, JHU data shows. Those states include Iowa, Oklahoma, Alaska, Vermont and New Hampshire.”

  • More than 200 people in New Hampshire are hospitalized for COVID-19 for the first time since early February, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services. There are 205 current hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the state, the most since Feb. 4, the last time hospitalizations were over 200. Active cases also continued to rise, with 4,849 known cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire, the highest since Jan. 31.

  • Hospitalizations in New Hampshire are up 33% in the last two weeks which, according to the New York Times, is the biggest 14-day increase of any state in the country. Currently, there are just under 200 patients hospitalized with the virus in New Hampshire.

  • The Walmart in Gorham closed down for a day and a half starting Tuesday afternoon so that staff could clean the facility after a number of employees tested positive for the coronavirus.


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