CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A member of Gov. Chris Sununu's office tested positive on Monday for COVID-19, but the governor was not determined to be a close contact.
The person hasn't been in the office since Dec. 2, and is feeling fine, the governor's office said in a news release.
The person woke up with a fever Thursday and began quarantining. Contact tracing found only one person who was in close contact. That person also was quarantined, the news release said.
Sununu said he and other staff in his office will continue to monitor for any symptoms.
“Transparency is paramount in public health crises, and this instance is no exception," Sununu said in a news release. “Like many other workplaces across the state and country, the State House is not immune. I would like to thank the member of my team for immediately quarantining and following all public health guidance, and wish them good health as they recover from COVID-19."
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many small business owners to rethink their strategies to stay afloat, especially as federal assistance has waned, the director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center said at a forum Monday.
Funds from the federal Paycheck Protection Program and state emergency grant programs assisted a number of small businesses early on, but now, that money's been spent and uncertainty remains. Businesses have had to get creative, finding new ways to market and connect with their customers, Liz Gray said during the forum hosted online by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.
Mary Ann Kristiansen, executive director of the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene, said that unlike larger manufacturers, smaller businesses don't have the resources to navigate challenges like workers who get sick, and analyzing likely trends. She said they need the benefit of personal connections with others to deal with their experiences during the pandemic.
“I think entrepreneurs are feeling really alone," she said.
Carla Vanderhoof, who runs an Exeter-based app development platform for business software, said since having to go remote instantly earlier this year, she's had to pivot her strategy and work on a different model for clients. She said they will better off, but the amount of pressure, combined with the economy being in question has “put us more at risk than we wanted to be at."
For Jay Curcio, a co-owner of The White Apron Catering in Dover, the pandemic has “flatlined" his business, and he doesn't see another model that will work for the long term. A healthy, safe environment for his employees and a vaccine are what he needs, he said.
“I need it to be like it was prior to COVID," he said.
More than 25,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, including more than 1,000 cases announced Monday that included results from several days earlier in the week. Two additional deaths were announced, bringing the total to 566 since the pandemic began.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from over 415 new cases per day on Nov. 22 to more than 610 new cases per day on Sunday.