NH data shows 'promising' trends; Sununu appoints recovery office director

Published: Apr. 9, 2020 at 12:50 PM EDT
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The COVID-19 death toll in New Hampshire continues to rise but officials say new data has potentially promising news.

Gov. Chris Sununu and state health officials provided the latest updates at a news briefing Thursday. There have been 819 confirmed cases and 21 people have died, but officials say there are some signs the curve is flattening.

Sununu says residents must continue keep their distance to keep that trend going. "They are huge sacrifices we are asking people to make but they are working. Initial data indicates that they are working and if we keep that up, if we can keep on that path, and it could be for an extended period of time, that is one of one of the best tools we can have at really reducing the viral suppression across the state. So we have to stay, we have to have the stamina," he said.

Sununu also announced New Hampshire Banking Commissioner Jerry Little will serve as director of the new Governor's Office for Emergency Recovery and Relief, which is charged the disbursement of $1.25 billion in federal aid.

"We will have a lot of conversations with stakeholders and with legislators to make sure that everybody understands where the money is going. We will put metrics in place to make sure that we can prove to you that the money went for the purposes it was intended for," Little said.

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