New Hampshire Hospital Association issued the followed statement following a recent surge of COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire and Governor Sununu’s announcement of a statewide mask mandate to begin Friday, November 20, 2020:

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New Hampshire, with today’s number of new cases being the highest recorded in a single day, we applaud Governor Sununu for implementing a statewide mask mandate to slow the rate of community transmission.  Until we have a vaccine, wearing a mask is one of the most simple and effective things we can do to keep the virus from shutting down our state and overwhelming our healthcare system. 

We are not powerless in this public health crisis. Recently, New Hampshire’s physician and nurse leaders from every hospital issued a joint statement urging residents to continue to adhere to the public health guidance known to slow the community rate of transmission of COVID-19.  New Hampshire residents can play a critical role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing everyday prevention measures like social distancing, wearing masks when in public, frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes. 

Our actions are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, and we must all remain vigilant and continue taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus. Doing so not only protects each other and our loved ones, but it also helps to keep our businesses open, our kids in schools and our economy thriving.