CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An additional 11 million pairs of gloves will be heading to veterans hospitals and clinics around the country as part of an effort led by New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen to secure personal protective equipment for front-line workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie joined Kamen and members of the state's congressional delegation Friday in Manchester to accept the shipment.
Gov. Chris Sununu will take his third oath of office outside the Statehouse.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Jan. 7 inauguration ceremony will be held on the Statehouse plaza instead of in Representatives Hall to allow for social distancing.
Sununu is also doing away with the traditional series of inaugural balls typically held in January. Instead, private funds will be raised to host free, family-friendly outdoor events next summer, he said Thursday.
The new Legislature will be sworn in Dec. 2 at the University of New Hampshire.
Nursing home residents and staffers, essential health care workers and first responders will be the priority when a vaccine for the coronavirus becomes available, according to New Hampshire's vaccine distribution plan.
Beth Daly, chief of the bureau of infectious disease control, said Thursday the state also will prioritize vaccinating those populations in areas with the highest transmission rates for the virus.
The state will partner with primary care providers, hospitals and pharmacies in hopes of making the distribution as easy as the current process for obtaining a flu vaccine, she said.
More than 16,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, including 527 new cases announced Friday. One new death was announced, bringing the total to 507.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from 149 new cases per day on Nov. 5 to 401 new cases per day on Nov. 19.