CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Currier Museum of Art is getting over $717,000 to expand art therapy programs for veterans and their families affected during the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES Act money has been allocated by the state government through Swim With A Mission, a Bedford-based nonprofit that raises money for veteran service groups.

The museum's remote therapy programs, which began over the summer, will be enhanced. The museum also will renovate a 2,000-square-foot space for art therapy programs that permit social distancing and digital engagement.



As of Tuesday, a total of 8,731 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 53 from the previous day. Two new deaths were announced, bringing the total to 446.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from 34 new cases per day on Sept. 21 to 62 new cases per day on Oct. 5.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia or death.