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COVID-19: Fund created for NH’s self-employed; Vt. prisoner tests positive

Published: 6/25/2020 9:29:05 PM
Modified: 6/25/2020 9:28:59 PM
Fund created to help self-employed in NH

A fund has been created to help sole proprietors in New Hampshire experiencing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday.

The Self Employment Livelihood Fund will offer amounts up to $50,000 to those mom-and-pop businesses that qualify.

He said it’s estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 individuals statewide are going through unemployment or identified themselves through applying for the Main Street Relief Fund for small businesses, which did not cover sole proprietors.

“There’s clearly a need there on the self-employment side,” he said.

People can apply from July 6 to 17.

Sununu also announced a $1.5 million fund to go to Volunteer NH, which supports and sponsors national service initiatives and provides training, recognition and a central site for volunteers and volunteer programs to strengthen communities.

NH hotels, campgrounds reopen further

Starting Monday, all hotels and campgrounds in New Hampshire will be able to operate at 100% occupancy.

Smaller inns and other lodging were allowed to reopen June 5 at full capacity, with larger venues at 50% capacity.

Sununu said there is “no direct evidence of severe breakouts of COVID-19 due to lodging.”

For out-of-staters, a quarantine-at-home rule for 14 days before arriving still applies.

Inmate at Vermont prison tests positive

Vermont is reexamining its intake policy for new inmates after several have recently tested positive for COVID-19 at state prisons, according to Secretary of Human Services Mike Smith.

A new inmate at the St. Albans prison has tested positive and has been quarantined, he said Wednesday. The inmate was tested June 19 and the result was negative, but a second test Monday was positive, according to the St. Albans Messenger.

The inmate’s contacts are being traced, Smith said. Because the inmate has been quarantined since arriving, a full testing of inmates and staff may not be needed, he said.

Meanwhile, testing is underway at the women’s prison in South Burlington and has been completed at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland, which both had new intakes test positive for the illness caused by the coronavirus. The inmates were from out of state.

The Department of Corrections is considering its intake protocols and may send new inmates to one or two facilities to be quarantined, Smith said.

New inmates pose the greatest risk at correctional facilities, he said. “We’re putting too many facilities at risk as we quarantine at individual facilities,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure our facilities are clear of this virus.”

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