COVID-19 Resources for Granite Staters
During the COVID-19 crisis, my staff continue to assist Granite Staters who need help dealing with federal agencies. To speak with a member of my staff call (603) 647-7500 or click here to open a case.
- NH & COVID-19
- Federal Payments to Help Granite Staters Through COVID-19 Crisis
- Health Care
- Paid Sick Leave
- Protect Yourself from Scams
- Protective Equipment
- Protect Your Health
- Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Survivors
- Small Businesses
- Student Loans
- Traveling Abroad
- Unemployment Assistance
New Hampshire has established a hotline for questions about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, which can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-866-444-4211. If you suspect that you are exhibiting symptoms, please call the hotline to get answers on steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you. Important Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources and precautions regarding COVID-19 can be accessed here.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has set up a page containing the latest information on COVID-19 in New Hampshire, as well as further resources on the state government’s response efforts.
Granite Staters can also find more information on testing sites and options for COVID-19 testing by clicking here.
Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided direct financial support in the form of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to Americans to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.
Under CARES, most taxpayers were eligible for a maximum EIP of $1,200 for individuals and heads of households and $2,400 for married couples filing jointly, as well as an additional $500 for every child.
If you have had trouble receiving your EIP, you can contact the IRS directly or the Taxpayer Advocate Service or, during the 2020 filing season, one of several Volunteers in Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) locations around New Hampshire.
People who are in need of health care coverage due to being laid off from the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible to obtain health insurance through a Special Enrollment Period using the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Depending on your circumstances, you could qualify for Medicaid coverage or tax credits to reduce the cost of monthly premiums.
Following the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, certain employers must provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. Guidance can be viewed here.
It’s important to stay alert and beware of scammers taking advantage of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many scammers call claiming to be representatives of the IRS or the Social Security Administration and request personal information. Federal agencies will not request personal information over the phone and you should hang up immediately if you receive such a call. For more information on how to protect yourself and others, visit the New Hampshire Department of Justice website here or the Federal Trade Commission website here.
If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide FEMA details on what you are offering.
To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation.
- This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.
If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email firstname.lastname@example.org. These manufacturers may also email FDA at email@example.com, which is closely monitored.
If you are a medical provider or other company in need of medical supplies, contact the New Hampshire Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management or submit a request at ESU@dhhs.nh.gov.
If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found on the FEMA website.
Department of Defense COVID-19 Taskforce
The Department of Defense (DoD) has established the Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) for COVID-19 initiative to respond to the logistical challenges presented by the pandemic.
They are seeking information from both government and non-government personnel who are interested in getting involved. All resources and solutions are welcome from industry, academia, Department of Defense personnel, venture capital firms, individual contributors and more. More information can be found on JTAF's website.
Members of the public can protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19 by adopting the following practices:
- Stay home when sick.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water in frequent intervals.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Practice social distancing – avoiding small, crowded areas such as restaurants and bars and keeping at least six to ten feet away from other people. Obey all official government social distancing rules.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces each day.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
Further guidance can be found on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unfortunately, the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 epidemic has opened the door to misinformation and falsehoods. FEMA has created a page dispelling many of the rumors relating to COVID-19 that have been circulating.
COVID-19 has also brought about the rise of coronavirus-related scams. Granite Staters must remain vigilant against coronavirus-related scams they may receive via phone or online and should never give out any personal information to suspicious sources. For more tips and to report scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s page.
For victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who need support, call the confidential 24/7 statewide New Hampshire hotline for domestic violence at 1-866-644-3574 and sexual assault at 1-800-277-5570.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The US Small Business Administration continues to take applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides 30 year loans at a maximum of 3.75% interest for for-profit businesses and 2.75% interest for non-profits, with deferred payments up to six months. You can apply for the EIDL program through this website.
Small Business Development Centers
The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides individualized advising and education, to NH businesses at no cost.? SBDC’s team of advisors can help businesses to incorporate state and federal relief programs into comprehensive business resiliency plan as well as plan for the future. The New Hampshire SBDC can be reached through this link.
Paid Leave Requirements
Following the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, certain employers must provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. Guidance can be viewed?here. Under COVID-19 relief legislation passed, small- to medium- sized businesses may be able to take advantage of refundable tax credits that cover the cost of providing paid sick leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. Further information can be read?here.
Rapid Response Program for Businesses Facing Layoffs
Businesses that face potential layoffs are also able to access the state’s?Rapid Response?program, which is a comprehensive and immediate initiative to respond to and mitigate layoffs and closures.
Further state resources for businesses including the form to request an?Essential Business?designation for exception from shelter in place orders can be found?here. Follow the state’s emergency orders?here.
Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which pauses student loan payments until September 30, 2020, and interest will not accumulate during this time. This payment moratorium was subsequently extended through December 3, 2020. Further information can be viewed on the Department of Education’s coronavirus resource website?here.
Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided for a national moratorium on evictions. That moratorium expired on July 24, 2020; however, since then, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) used its authority to extend an eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020. In order to receive this rental protection, you must sign a sworn declaration under penalty of perjury that you satisfy certain criteria and provide that document to your landlord or property owner. A copy of that form can be found here.
Additionally, the CARES Act placed a moratorium on foreclosures for homeowners whose mortgages are backed by a government entity such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Those moratoria expired on August 31, 2020; however, all agencies have extended them through December 31, 2020. If your mortgage is through the FHA, you can learn more about the foreclosure moratorium and other possible assistance here. If your mortgage is backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (you may have to ask your mortgage servicer to find out), you can learn more about the foreclosure moratorium and other possible assistance here.
Granite Staters should consult the State Department’s travel advisory page before making any travel plans. If you are stranded abroad, notify the State Department of your situation via their 24/7 hotline:
- Callers located in the U.S. and Canada: 888-407-4747
- Callers located overseas: 202-501-4444
Travelers abroad should also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides an additional $600 per week for all individuals filing in New Hampshire until July 31st. It also provides an additional 13 weeks of eligibility on top of the existing 26 weeks.
Residents, including those who are self-employed, can apply for unemployment benefits at?nhes.nh.gov?or call 603-271-7700.
New Hampshire veterans can visit the website of their nearest VA Medical Center for important information and updates related to COVID-19.