As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, COVID-19 tests can now be ordered for free at home from Amazon for New Hampshire residents.
Governor Chris Sununu announced the partnership with Amazon and the National Institute of Health, the CDC, manufacturer Quidel and the state health department in a program called Say Yes! COVID test at his weekly coronavirus briefing on Tuesday. New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to offer free trials. It is also available in several counties in Washington state.
Quidel’s QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test can be ordered through the state’s COVID-19 website while supplies last.
“As the fall surge continues, quick, self-conducted tests can provide residents with another way to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” DHHS Commissioner Lori Shibinette said in a statement. “Routine tests offer the best chances of detecting COVID-19 at an early stage. The residents can wipe the front of their noses and find out the results of the test in ten minutes in the privacy of their own home. “
Tests are also available at many hospitals, emergency facilities, and pharmacies across the country. There is also a government testing facility in the Mall at Fox Run in Newington.
The state has not updated its COVID-19 dashboard since Nov. 24, when 1,011 positive cases were reported nationwide. Rockingham County has the highest number of recent cases in New Hampshire at 1,407 and Strafford County has the fourth highest at 728.
Yes to vaccinations, no to mandates
While Sununu is a big proponent of COVID-19 vaccines, he’s not a fan of mandatory vaccinations.
He has asked OSHA to clarify President Joe Biden’s mandate for companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccination against COVID-19. OSHA is tasked with enforcing the mandate as an occupational safety rule.
The 5th US Court of Appeals halted implementation and enforcement because they are “astonishingly too broad”. Sununu is concerned that if the suspension is lifted, OSHA will enforce the original schedule, which requires compliance by January 4, 2022. He asks for a two-month extension for implementation.
“In the absence of sufficient time, there is real potential that employers will not be able to meet requirements should the court overturn residence, including the draconian requirement that companies fire workers during vacation if they are unwilling or unable to leave to be fully vaccinated on the day of the Testing Emergency Temporary Standard Timeline, “Sununu wrote in his letter.
“Not enforceable in New Hampshire until further notice”
Sununu and Attorney General John Formella also announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services vaccine mandate has been suspended for healthcare workers in receipt of Medicare or Medicaid funding and is unenforceable in New Hampshire until further notice.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri approved an injunction along with nine other states that have filed lawsuits against the order.
“This order means that CMS cannot enforce its vaccine mandate against any facility in the state of New Hampshire until further notice,” Attorney General John Formella said in a statement. “We will continue to be a part of this litigation and seek ongoing legal remedies, and we will provide the public with further information on the progress of this litigation.”
The order prompted UNH to ensure that all staff and faculties on the Durham campus are fully vaccinated as the school receives $ 130 million in research funding.
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