Sununu to announce reopening plan Friday

CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says he will announce plans for reopening the state economy on Friday.

As of Wednesday, New Hampshire health officials reported 2,054 coronavirus cases, an increase of 50 from the previous day. The death toll increased by six to 66.

Sununu has indicated he will announce an extension of the state's emergency orders to mid-May, while also allowing a "flex reopening" of regions of the state and keeping public health a top priority. He'll give details of those plans Friday.

Sununu says a key element of reopening is adequate testing and that public health officials are hoping to ramp up to 1,500 tests a day this week. He says the opening of five new testing sites in Claremont, Lancaster, Plymouth, Tamworth and Rochester adds greatly to the state's capacity.

The Governor says the percentage of positive cases continues to improve despite recent outbreaks at senior facilities in the Dover and Salem areas as well as a high number of cases across the border in neighboring Massachusetts.