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Report: New Hampshire Ranked Fourth Most Aggressive State in Action to Stop Spread of COVID-19

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2020

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Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statement after the release of a new report, which ranks New Hampshire as the fourth most aggressive state in action taken to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

"Today's study recognizes we are taking unprecedented and proactive steps," said Governor Chris Sununu. "Testing is ramping up. And we are working around the clock to slow and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 here in New Hampshire."

The ranking places New Hampshire among states like California, Rhode Island, Mayland, and New Jersey in terms of measures taken. Referencing New Hampshire's efforts, analyst Jill Gonzalez said:

"New Hampshire is the fourth most aggressive state in limiting Coronavirus exposure. It has administered one of the largest number of tests and has a very low share of confirmed cases — just above 3 percent. In addition, the state has restricted travel, closed schools, restaurants and bars, and has imposed a freeze on evictions, foreclosures and utility bill collections, in an effort to protect the population from getting infected."

Today's report follows earlier reporting from FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver, which also shows New Hampshire as one of the highest tests-per-capita states.