CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) A stay-at-home order is not in effect in New Hampshire, but hundreds of lawmakers are urging Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to put one in place.
Two hundred Democrats in the New Hampshire House signed a letter Wednesday asking the governor to immediately issue the order to help slow the spread of the virus. They say every day that passes without a stay-at-home directive makes it harder on health care industry, leading to loss of life.
"Closing nonessential businesses and ordering people to stay at home are bold steps critical to that effort. Please join the states across America, including our neighbors Massachusetts and Vermont, that have taken these critical steps to slow the spread of COVID-19," said the letter.
New Hampshire's health commissioner Wednesday said the number of coronavirus cases is expected to peak in the state sometime between the end of April and early May.
New Hampshire, as of Wednesday, has 137 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Lawmakers say the first death in the state this week emphasizes the urgency to make these decisions.