COVID-19 - City of Lebanon Planned Response
What Is Being Done?
Last update to this site: 05/26/20 1246 hours.
The City of Lebanon is actively engaged with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and our local and regional partners with regards to the State and local response to the COVID-19 virus. Please review the following page for current updates and complete details.
Current Updates and Alerts
- 05/26/20: Continued Closure of City Buildings
- 05/13/20: Guidelines for Restaurants & Outdoor Seating
- 05/08/20: Downtown Street and Parking Closures
- 05/07/20: Guidelines for Restaurant Opening
- 04/30/20: Comcast Extends COVID-19 Response
- 04/29/20: DHHS Announces Expanded Testing
- 04/10/20: City of Lebanon Situation Report
COVID-19 Information and Resources
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has spread internationally and is now in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The NH DHHS has a website that contains updated information on COVID-19 which can be accessed here: dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm.
DHHS is in close contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and maintains links on its website to the CDC’s most recent information on the virus which can also be found here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include
- Shortness of Breath
If you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 contact your healthcare professional to see if you should be tested.
While the City is closely monitoring the progression of the virus and is planning for the potential spread in the Upper Valley region, we are asking everyone to concentrate their efforts on PREVENTION. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
Prevention measures that are accessible to almost everyone and should be practiced regularly include:
- Proper Hand Washing (If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
- Covering Your Cough
- Avoiding Touching your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
- Avoiding Close Contact with Anyone Who is Sick (Maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet)
- Staying Home When You Are Sick
- Regularly Cleaning and Disinfecting Frequently Touched Objects and Surfaces
- Following the *CDC’s Guidance for Travel.
*DHHS has put together a Self-Observation Guide for anyone returning to the United States from a country other than China with a travel advisory and strongly recommends you protect yourself and others by following the steps outlined in the Observation Guide.
During this time of uncertainty, we also ask that our community continue to follow CDC guidance regarding practicing responsible social distancing and personal prevention measures as well as the following recommendations for People at Serious Risk for COVID-19:
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
Avoid crowds as much as possible
During a COVID-19 outbreak an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible
The following Explanation of Public Health Monitoring and Movement Restriction Terms has been provided by the NH Department of Health and Human Services:
Movement Restriction of People Who Are Sick
Isolation means the separation of a person known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by public health order. People in New Hampshire who are under isolation are also under active monitoring.
Movement Restriction of People Who Are Not Sick
Quarantine means the separation of a person reasonably believed to have been exposed or potentially exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. Quarantine for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by public health order. People in New Hampshire who are under quarantine are also under some form of self-monitoring.
Monitoring of People Who Are Sick of May Have Been Exposed
Active monitoring means that state or local public health authorities establish regular communication with the person to monitor for symptoms of illness. This communication may include in-person visit, telephone call or any electronic or internet-based means of communication. In New Hampshire, this communication occurs daily.
Self-monitoring with supervision means public health authorities (or delegated entities such as employers) assume responsibility for oversight of self-monitoring for symptoms of illness. Under this monitoring, public health personnel check in with people who are self-monitoring with public health supervision at least once every three days during the 14-day period. Instructions for people who are self-monitoring for illness are available here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/self-quarantine-covid.pdf
Self-monitoring without supervision means people monitor themselves for symptoms of illness by taking their temperature twice a day and remaining alert for other symptoms. If symptoms develop, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or the health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed. These people are not under supervision by a public health authority. Instructions for people who are self-monitoring for illness are available here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/self-quarantine-covid.pdf
Self-observation means people should remain alert for symptoms without active temperature monitoring. If symptoms develop, they should take their temperature, self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed. These people are not under supervision by a public health department. Instructions for people who are self-observing for illness are available here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/self- observation-covid.pdf
Some of this information was adapted from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html
The following are resources available to help guide NH businesses, employers, and employees dealing with disruptions due to COVID-19.
NH Emergency Order 5 - Individuals who are unable to work or who have reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have immediate access to unemployment benefits. Anyone in the following situations will now be eligible for state unemployment.
Please note that because of the unprecedented volume impacting their system for filing new claims, applicants are assigned a block of time-based on the first letter of their last name to file new claims. Claims and questions should be directed to nhes.nh.gov or call the Unemployment Assistance Hotline at 603-271-7700.
Additionally, please be aware that all NHWorks offices are currently closed to the public.
Guidance for Businesses, Landlords, and Employers
The CDC has provided the following interim guidance is to help businesses and employers, help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- The President’s Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread
Temporary prohibition on evictions and foreclosures
NH Emergency Order 4 - Landlords will not be allowed to start eviction proceedings for those unable to pay due to their financial situations. To do so would be against the law. All judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions will also be prohibited during the state of emergency
Temporary authorization for take-out or delivery of beer or wine
NH Emergency Order 6 - Temporary authorization for take-out or delivery beer or wine. All restaurants, diners, bars, saloons, private clubs or any other establishment that have both a restaurant license and on premise license from the New Hampshire liquor commission shall be temporarily authorized to allow for takeout or delivery of beer or wine.
Small Business Loan Information
NH SBA Declaration - On March 18, 2020, Governor Chris Sununu announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved New Hampshire’s application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, which will help small businesses overcome the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
NH small businesses can now access and apply for Economic Impact Disaster online at SBA.gov.
Additional information from the SBA includes:
The City of Lebanon is taking the following precautionary measures to help protect against the possible spread of COVID-19 at polling locations during the March 10, 2020 Municipal election.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are being made available to voters at all polling locations.
- Our election officials will be following CDC guidelines for election workers at polling locations.
In accordance with CDC guidelines on Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities, we ask that the public refrain from entering public areas or attending public events if they:
- Are ill or experiencing flu-like symptoms (i.e. cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.);
- Have been in close proximity to anyone who is ill;
- Have been to infected area in the past 2 weeks.
The NH Secretary of State’s Office also issued the following press release on March 9, 2020 at 4:00pm:
For more information about the City of Lebanon March 10 Election, please visit LebanonNH.gov/Election.
The CDC has provided the following interim guidance intended to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K-12 schools prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff. Administrators are individuals who oversee the daily operations of childcare programs and K-12 schools, and may include positions like childcare program directors, school district superintendents, principals, and assistant principals.
- NH DHHS Updated Information for School Communities (03/06/2020)
- Pandemic Flu Checklist: K-12 School Administrators
- Pandemic Flu Checklist: Childcare Program Administrators
- Schools and Childcare Programs
- Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
- Interim Guidance for Administrators
- FAQs for Administrators
The CDC has provided the following interim guidance intended for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States. A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as concerts, festivals, conferences, worship services, and sporting events.
The CDC has provided the following interim guidance is to help community- and faith-based organizations (CFBOs), whose members may include vulnerable populations, plan for community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages CFBOs to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their local communities.
If You are Sick or Symptomatic
If you are experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath and have concern that this might be COVID-19, please call your Primary Care Provider for a risk assessment. If your provider establishes the need for COVID-19 testing, they will coordinate directly with your state department of health. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call an urgent care clinic near you and ask for an evaluation.
General COVID-19 Questions
If you are a NH resident who has general questions about COVID-19, please call 2-1-1. If you are experiencing difficulties with dialing 2-1-1, please call 1-866-444-4211.
When you call 2-1-1, you will reach a phone menu where you will need to select the "COVID" option to reach a live operator. Please expect to wait patiently for many minutes to reach an operator.
Report a Suspected Case
If you need to report a suspected case of COVID-19 (via exposure or travel), please call NH DPHS at the following numbers. Please leave a message with the operator or voicemail and wait patiently for a return call within a few hours.
- 603-271-4496 (office hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm)
- 603-271-5300 (after hours only)
Outbreaks involving COVID-19 continue to evolve quickly. It is important that you stay informed of new information as it becomes available. The links to DHHS and the CDC will remain active on this page and any new information available to the City will be shared here.
To receive updates as they are posted to this page, please subscribe to our LebAlert service at lebalert.regroup.com.
The following are local resources provided by outside agencies relating to COVID-19:
Should an outbreak occur that requires a large public safety response, the Emergency Operations Center will be open and information will be provided on what is being requested of the public.
Questions regarding the information contained herein can be directed to Chief Christopoulos at email@example.com.
NH Agency FAQs
The following are frequently asked questions and information provided by NH agencies.
- NH DHHS FAQs - this page has been created by the NH Department of Health and Human Services for those who have questions regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19.
- NHDES Response to COVID-19 - this page has been created by the NH Department of Environmental Services as a clearinghouse for information related to any changes in NHDES program activity including FAQs for NH Public Water Systems.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQs
The CDC has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 which are broken down into the following categories:
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 Basics
- How It Spreads
- How to Protect Yourself
- Symptoms & Testing
- Healthcare Professionals and Health Departments
- COVID-19 and Funerals
- What CDC is Doing
- COVID-19 and Animals
For more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit CDC.gov/COVID19.