NH Lowers Pediatric Blood Lead Action Level to 5 mcg/dL and Changes Elevated Blood Lead Level (BLL) Test Confirmation Schedule

On July 2, 2021, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding NH's lowering of the pediatric blood lead action level to 5 mcg/dL

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • Effective July 1, 2021, NH RSA 130-A, Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention and Control, lowers the NH public health action level for children with elevated blood lead levels (BLL) to 5 mcg/dL; NH’s action level is now consistent with CDC’s blood lead reference level. 
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Mosquito-Borne Diseases Update, New Hampshire, 2021

On June 28, 2021, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding mosquito-borne diseases in NH in 2021.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  1. The first ever detection of Jamestown Canyon virus (JCV) in a mosquito has been detected from a batch of Aedes excrucians collected on 6/8/2021 in Bow, NH. During the 2020 season, one human case of JCV was identified in Bow. 
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NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance Summary - April 20, 2021

April 21, 2021

The Tuesday, April 20th meeting summary of the NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance:

  • Recap of the key takeaways from the week of April 13;
  • Discussion with NH Division of Public Health staff Beth Daly, Alok Patra and TW Hull on the new NH Immunization Information System (NH-IIS) that relaunched on April 15, including release of the HL7 messaging code this week and anticipated changes to the reporting requirements.
  • Statement release of and sign-on opportunity for “Objective Goals in NH for Continued COVID-19 Mask Wearing”.

Video (YouTube) of 4-20-21 NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance Meeting

Slide Deck of 4-20-21 NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance Meeting (PDF)

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NH Medical Society Statement on Continued Mask Wearing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 20, 2021

The New Hampshire medical community urges individuals, communities, schools and businesses to continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and NH Division of Public Health Services guidelines that highlight the efficacy of wearing masks in slowing the community transmission of COVID-19 in New Hampshire, in conjunction with other prevention measures, until:

1)  COVID-19 vaccination levels reach a community-wide immunity of at least 70%; and

2)  Community spread of COVID-19 continues at a "minimal" community transmission level as displayed by county on the NH COVID-19 data dashboards – less than 50 new infections per 100,000 population over prior 14 days, along with 7-Day PCR test positivity levels below 5%. NH DPHS Level of Community COVID-19 Transmission Definition

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NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance Summary - April 13, 2021

April 14, 2021

The Tuesday, April 6th meeting summary of the NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance:

  • Recap of the key takeaways from the week of April 6;
  • Reminder on relaunch of and required training for NH-IIS beginning Thursday, April 15;
  • Discussion with DHHS CMO Dr. Jonathan Ballard on transitioning from the predominantly state-run to a private open and closed pod COVID-19 vaccine allocation process utilizing physician and urgent care practices, hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, business health clinics and other healthcare settings having signed a COVID-19 vaccination state provider agreement.
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NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance Summary - April 6, 2021

April 7, 2021

The Tuesday, April 6th meeting summary of the NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance:

  • Recap of the key takeaways from the week of March 31;
  • Reminder on relaunch of and required training for NH-IIS beginning April 15;
  • Showcase of the Fidelity Investments Clinic (Merrimack, NH, campus) vaccine clinic with the Greater Nashua Regional Public Health Network; and
  • Update on transitioning from state-run to private healthcare COVID-19 vaccine allocation process in NH with both open and closed pods.
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NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance Summary 3-30-21

Legal Issues in Requiring or Incentivizing COVID-19 Vaccinations

March 30, 2021

The March 30th meeting of the NH COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance: recap of the key takeaways from the week of March 22, showcased the Fidelity Investments Clinic (Merrimack, NH Campus) vaccine clinic with the Nashua Regional Public Health Network; reminder on transfer to NH-IIS beginning April 1; and a panel discussion on legal issues surrounding the requiring or incentivizing COVID-19 vaccines with attorneys Ken Bartholomew, Robert Best and Lucy Hodder.

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