NH to provide COVID-19 testing without referral

Published: May. 6, 2020 at 10:01 AM EDT
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New Hampshire is rolling out coronavirus testing that does not require a doctor's note.

Sununu on Wednesday said that a

will allow health care workers, anyone over 60, those with underlying health issues, and anyone with symptoms to schedule a test. Those signing up for the tests will have to attest to qualifying under the criteria. The portal will be made available on the department of health website starting Thursday.

As of Wednesday, New Hampshire health officials reported 2,740 coronavirus cases in the state and 111 total deaths, 19 of them in the last day.

Officials say a majority of recent deaths have come from serious outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

Sununu said despite the pain many are feeling in the Granite State's tourism economy, he is in no hurry to reopen for out-of-state visitors before it is safe to do so. He offered no timeline on when that might happen.

The New Hampshire Department of Education has released guidance to school districts about how to plan graduation ceremonies in light of the state’s prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Officials said schools should consider limiting audience size to a maximum of two guests per student depending on the ability to practice safe social distancing. The department said one option could be to have people stay in their cars, and graduates would exit in small, appropriately spaced groups, to get their diplomas.

Diplomas also could be distributed “drive-up” style, or participants could be spread out among classrooms within a school.

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