NH gets $61M for testing; virtual commencements planned

CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) New Hampshire continues to see new positive COVID-19 cases as it attempts to loosen some restrictions in the coming days.

State health officials say as of Wednesday there were 63 new positive cases bringing the state total to 3,299. There were eight new deaths, seven of them at long term care facilities.

Despite the new cases, Sununu says the state is ready to move ahead with loosening some restrictions. Restaurants across the state are gearing up for outdoor dining on May 18 and some lodgings will reopen on the 22nd.

Sununu says the state continues to make progress in meeting a daily goal of 1,500 tests.Masks are also being made available to businesses via a state portal. Sununu says they are taking delivery on up to 17 million masks this week alone.

Sununu also said the state has spent $6 million from a Long Term Care Stabilization Fund to provide $300 weekly stipends to frontline workers.

New Hampshire's congressional delegation says the state is getting over $61 million for coronavirus testing and contact tracing from federal relief funds.

New Hampshire colleges and universities are planning a variety of virtual celebrations for graduates while postponing in-person gatherings until the threat of the coronavirus subsides.

The University of New Hampshire postponed Saturday’s commencement ceremony, with no new date selected yet, but will be holding a celebration online that morning.

A similar event is planned at Saint Anselm College on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Colby-Sawyer College has rescheduled its ceremony for Aug. 8, while Keene State College’s new date is Oct. 3.

Dartmouth College pushed its in-person commencement to June 2021 but will host a virtual celebration June 14.

Also, the annual Jericho ATV Festival, which draws thousands of riders in the summer, has been canceled.