CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s summer camp operators are seeking updated guidance by March 1 in preparation for their next season.
Only four of the state’s 95 overnight summer camps opened last summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hoping to change that this year, the New Hampshire Camp Directors Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire and the YMCA presented their concerns Thursday to the governor’s economic reopening task force.
According to their presentation, a national study of more than 480 camps serving 90,000 children found very few cases of COVID-19, with about 100 confirmed cases. They said the rate of infection in camps was below the rate of community spread, even in areas with high infection rates, and that there was no greater risk of infection if camps accepted campers and staff from out of state.
New Hampshire’s summer camp industry employs more than 300 full-time, year-round staff. Before the pandemic, nearly 100,000 children participated each summer.
The organizations said camps need guidance soon so they have time to plan, hire and train staff, communicate with parents and enroll and prepare campers.
In other coronavirus developments:
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan is urging the Internal Revenue Service to address problems with the distribution of economic impact payments for individuals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hassan, a Democrat, said more than 100 constituents have contacted her office because they did not receive the full payments for which they were eligible.
In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, she said some Social Security recipients have not automatically received their payments, some married couples only received half the amount they were due and others who filed their 2019 tax returns on paper have not received their payments because their taxes have yet to be processed.
More than 64,000 people have tested positive for the virus, including 721 cases announced Thursday that included cases from several days. Sixteen additional deaths were announced, bringing the total to 1,022.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire decreased over the past two weeks, going from 755 new cases per day on Jan. 13 to 589 new cases per day on Wednesday.