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NH Announces 9 New Coronavirus Deaths, 6 in Long-Term Care Facilities

About 80% of the state's total COVID-19 deaths have occurred at nursing homes and assisted living facilities

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New Hampshire announced nine new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, six at long-term care facilities.

So far, about 80% of the state's total COVID-19 deaths have occurred at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Gov. Chris Sununu also announced that the state's testing capacity has increased to the point that anyone who wants to get a coronavirus test should be able to.

"We want folks to go get a test," he said. "If you want a test, go get it, even if you're asymptomatic. It's very, very important. We're really encouraging everyone to step up and get a test. Now that we have that resource at our fingertips, there's no reason not to."

Sununu said he believes New Hampshire "is now on the back end of things," but he also said he would be "shocked" if there isn't a second surge at some point, whether that's in two or three weeks or in September or October, as the economy continues to reopen.

As of Monday, Granite Staters are now able to go to the beach for recreational activities like running, walking, swimming and surfing. Parking lots are limited to 50% capacity, and sitting, lounging, and sports are prohibited.

A New Hampshire police office is paying it forward by donating her weekly first responder stipend to various businesses and individuals in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Small beaches on lakes and ponds that are town-owned or in the state parks system are already open, but state officials are asking people to not sit on blankets.

Fitness centers like aerobics, yoga, gymnastics, dance, and martial arts have also been allowed to reopen to small-group classes only. Facilities must comply with social distancing guidelines of 8 to 10 feet between individuals, follow cleaning and disinfection protocols and keep capacity to 50%.

The state guidance does not yet allow for the general use of gym equipment, unless through a one-on-one personal training class.

Other businesses allowed to reopen this week if they choose are acupuncturists, massage therapists, tattoo shops, tanning salons and nail salons. Each business must follow cleaning and disinfection guidance and all staff must wear cloth face coverings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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