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COVID-19 INFORMATION


Town Offices are closes Due to COVID-19 until further Notice.

Meeting & Hearings are being held as needed via the Zoom platform . Visit the Meeting/Hearings tab for more information

New or Transfer Motor Vehicle Registrations :
You must have an appointment, for New or Transfer Registrations. You will be allowed to enter the building to complete your transaction. Please stand off the cement pad, keep social distance from the door. You will be allowed to enter once the current appointment is finished. Please wear a mask. All renewals should be done online using the Ereg portal, locate the link at southhamptonnh.org
To set an appointment please call 603-394-7696 or email tctx@southhamptonnh.org



Renewal registrations still need to be done online.

USPS Mail Handling Statement on COVID-19 3/31/2020
Questions related to mail handling and COVID-19 should be directed to the USPS website: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/statements/usps-statement-on-coronavirus.htm


Deb Hobson  State Representative for our District 35 is available if residents have question about State funding for COVID-19 . She can be reached via her website Deb4nh.org

Links of Importance

NH DHHS Daily Update on COVID-19 Archive

DHHS COVID-19 webpage at https://www.nh.gov/covid19

CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Fraud Alert - click to view  

Consumer Protection & Charitable Giving Fraud Alert Flyer.pdf 

related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Information link about the use of plastic shopping bags.

General questions on COVID-19 please call   2-1-1
Callers will reach a phone menu, and then select the ‘COVID’ option to reach a live operator.  Callers should expect to wait patiently for many minutes to reach an operator. 

 If you suspect a case of COVID-19 (via exposure or travel) immediately report to the DPHS at these phone numbers: During the day, call 603-271-4496 (office hours from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) or 603-271-5300 (only after hours). Caller should expect to leave a message with an operator, or leave a voice mail, and wait patiently for a return call within a few hours

If you or a family member is feeling sick  (i.e. symptomatic with fever, cough or shortness of breath) to call your healthcare provider: If you don't have a provider, can call an urgent care clinic and ask for an evaluation.

March 24,2020

Dear South Hampton Residents, 

Here are a few updates regarding Town-wide questions and issues....  

The State is establishing new guidelines and directives by which all emergency personnel must adhere. The State's changing protocols regarding COVID-19 response address issues such as how to deal with corona contact, possible exposure, testing, and becoming infected. These new protocols must be learned and understood by our first responders. Both Police Chief Roy and Deputy Fire Chief Campbell have been in contact with the State on a daily basis and update the Selectmen as needed. 


There have been a few questions about making contact with Town inspectors - building, electrical, plumbing, and health. We recommend that if you are ready for an inspection, you have your contractor call the inspector associated with your project to discuss your situation. The Town, at this point, does not want to send out an agent who could possibly contract the virus or expose you to the virus. Remember, some people with the virus are asymptomatic. Some inspections (electrical, plumbing etc.) may be able to be given conditional approval by the contractor answering phone questions and supplying the inspector with digital photography. It is up to each individual inspector to determine a course of action. 


Please note that our trash/recycle hauler has reminded us of the following:

1) All trash and recycling has to be curbside in a barrel or container which does not expose the hauler to any possible virus. No loose, large items such as cardboard etc. may be left as a stand alone; all items must be in an acceptable container. Haulers do not want to come in direct contact with your trash or recyclables. Therefore, put your trash in a plastic bag inside of a barrel; however, no plastic bags are allowed in recycling.

 2) Facial tissue, napkins, paper towels, gift wrapping paper and tissue paper, wipe-ups, and soiled  paper and/or plastic plates and utensils - have never been acceptable as recyclable items. Please put all of these items in the trash, not in recycling containers. These items at the single source recovery plant cause major problems to the system and could possibly now expose plant workers to the corona virus. When properly put in the trash, the items are incinerated with very limited possibility of human contact.  

Finally, as a helpful hint - take care of your septic system. It is not recommended to flush a lot of disinfecting wipes down the toilet. Sanitizing wipes biodegrade very slowly, and, secondly, they are harmful to the micro organisms and bacteria that digest the organic material in the septic tank and leach field.  

We're in this together! Stay safe. Be well. 

South Hampton Selectmen

March 22, 2020

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update for March 22, 2020, on the new coronavirus, COVID-19. DHHS will continue to issue COVID-19 updates each day to provide media and the public with current information about the State’s efforts.

New COVID-19 Cases in New Hampshire   On Sunday, March 22, 2020, DHHS announced 13 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 78 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. The new cases are all adults, including nine males and four females. The 13 new cases reside in Rockingham (3), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (3), Strafford (2), Grafton (1), Manchester (1), Belknap (1), Carroll (1), and Sullivan (1) counties. This is the first positive case of COVID-19 identified in Sullivan County. Eight of the new cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. Five of the cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission has been identified in the majority of the counties in the State. Nine new cases are isolating at home. Two of the new cases are currently hospitalized and one was hospitalized and released; thus far, six patients out of the 78 positive cases (8%) have been hospitalized.  


DHHS is also updating the county of residence for a case announced on March 20. DHHS has since determined that the county of residence was Grafton County rather than Coos County. The map issued today reflects this new information.  



Current Situation in New Hampshire  


New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
(updated March 22, 2020, 9:00 AM)

NH Persons with COVID-19(1)  78

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL (2)  889

Total Persons Tested at NH PHL (3) 2341

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 850 

(1) Includes specimens presumptive-positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.
(2) Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL). Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.
(3 ) Includes specimens sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity. 
NH DHHS Daily Update on COVID-19 Archive 

For more information, please visit the DHHS COVID-19 webpage at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm.

March 19, 2020

NH DMV TRANSITIONING TO APPOINTMENT ONLY SERVICES

Due to concern for the health and safety of its customers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles will transition to phone and online services starting Thursday and limited appointment only services starting Monday to allow for proper social distancing as defined by the Center for Disease Control. 


Walk-in operations at all locations will pause Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, to allow staff to train and prepare facilities for appointment based operations. Online, phone, and mail services will not be interrupted. 


Starting Monday, March 23, limited walk-in services will be available by appointment only and consolidated to five locations:
Concord,
Dover,
Manchester,
Newport, andTwin Mountain.


Starting Friday, customers can call (603) 227-4000 to schedule an appointment. Customers should take advantage of the DMV’s online services, including online driver license renewal, ID renewals, and online ticket pay at www.nh.gov/dmv.  

All driver license road exams are canceled until Friday, April 3, 2020.  

NH DMV 20-day plates as well as NH authorized dealer 20-day plates, issued on or after February 26, 2020 have been given an automatic extension through April 30, 2020. These extensions do not apply to vehicle registration renewals. Please visit your town website for vehicle registration renewal options.  

NH DMV non-commercial driver licenses and non-driver identification cards that are expired or set to expire between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are eligible for a 6-month extension. Customers should take advantage of this option by calling (603) 227-4020. An applicable renewal fee will be due at the time of the call. To learn more about 6-month license extensions, please go to www.nh.gov/dmv.  

Newton Transfer Station Closed       March 17,2020
Due to COVID-19 the Newton Transfer Station is Closed to South Hampton Residents.

March 17, 2020 

To South Hampton Residents,

  On March 16, 2020, the South Hampton Selectmen met with key public safety officials as well as heads of various Town committees. Our goal was to create a Town-wide plan to manage and prepare for the potential risks related to the Coronavirus outbreak. Although we are a small town with volunteer fire responders and limited police responders (not 24-hour service), we were able to formulate a plan that could benefit the entire community.  

The first topic we discussed was communication - who would be the Town’s spokesperson, who would communicate with county, state, and federal officials, and how all pertinent information would be disseminated. We decided that updated information about what is happening in our Town and the State could be posted on the Town’s official web page and Facebook page. The information will be updated regularly as the situation warrants. We hope residents will be able to digest everything, as this virus and its response is becoming a fast-changing, unpredictable event. 

Secondly, we discussed testing protocols and associated ambulance transportation. In NH, at this moment, it is recommended that if you believe you have severe symptoms of the coronavirus, call your primary care physician and let the physician do the diagnostics. Don’t go to the hospital, emergency room, or out patient clinics such as Urgent Care. There is confusion as to whether there are enough test kits available, so depending on the patient’s medical condition and history, doctors are selectively testing.

If you feel you have contracted the coronavirus and are too sick to drive yourself to your primary care doctor, the protocol remains the same - call 911 to assure the fastest response. Do not visit the fire station. The fire department’s non-emergency phone number is 394-0105.  

We also discussed and voted unanimously to close the Town Hall Offices and Library until at least April 6, 2020. If you need an automotive registration renewal, it can be done online. Use the NH EReg process. Visit www.eb2gov.com and follow the instructions. The process will be finalized by mail, so there will be no need for face-to-face visits with the Town Clerk. If you received temporary number plates after March 1, 2020, the DMV has extended the expiration date until April 30, 2020. New registrations will not be available until the Town Clerk’s office reopens. If you have an urgent need to discuss something with the Town Administrator, E-mail Angela Racine at admin@southhamptonnh.org . The Town Administrator has a VPN protocol and can keep vital functions of the Town running from her home office. All committees and boards will cease to meet until at least April 6, 2020. 

Finally, we have a plan in place which is mostly staffed by volunteers. We are going to do the best we can to help all folks in need. We ask for your help and support as this situation unfolds. We don’t know what lies ahead, but we feel assured that if we all adhere to the government’s guidelines, remain calm, and maintain phone, text, or email contact with our neighbors, we will get through this.  

South Hampton Selectmen

  John Gamble                 Ron Preston                  Lee Knapp