Weekly Update - April 9, 2021 - Nashua, NH
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Weekly Update - April 9, 2021 Dear Community Partners, As the chief public health strategist for the Greater Nashua Public Health Region (GNPHR), the Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) will continue to send weekly updates to inform our community on the current status of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the response efforts by the City of Nashua and Greater Nashua Public Health Network (GNPHN), and any additional updates related to the health and safety of our community. COVID-19 Data Update We continue to experience substantial community level transmission of COVID-19 in the City of Nashua. Substantial community level transmission is determined by three metrics established in conjunction with the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When any one of the metrics exceeds the set threshold, a community is designated as "RED" or substantial. Currently we are exceeding the thresholds set on one metric: new infections per 100k. Total Cases: All confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, either active or recovered. Active Case: A case that is currently sick or in isolation due to COVID-19. New Infections per 100k: Number of new cases within 14 days standardized by population size to compare across groups. This shows how quickly disease is occurring in the community or the incidence of disease. 7-Day Total Test Positivity Rate: Number of PCR and Antigen tests that are positive compared to the number of PCR and Antigen tests that are negative over the past 7 days. A rising positivity rate indicates a rising number of infections in the community. Public health officials are strongly urging everyone to stay home if you are sick (except to get medical care), avoid social gatherings, maintain physical distancing of six feet or more, wear face coverings, and wash your hands frequently. COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Continue in New Hampshire - #1 in Nation! New Hampshire is takes the lead as number one in the country in distributing its allocated COVID-19
vaccines. As of April 6th, New Hampshire has received 843,385 doses of vaccine and administered 796,674 of them, or 94.46%. If you are still looking to get your COVID-19 vaccine, the Nashua DPHCS / Greater Nashua Public Health Network is proud to announce that we will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, April 14th from 9am to 4pm in Merrimack, NH offering the single dose Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). The only requirements for this clinic are people who are 18+ and reside in New Hampshire. Sign up by clicking the button below! REGISTER FOR A VACCINE APPOINTMENT HERE Please note: This clinic is appointment only and there is no plus one options – you must sign up Since this is a single dose vaccine, this clinic is for first dose appointments ONLY You must be 18+ and live in New Hampshire Bring your ID (ex. Driver’s license, Passport, Non-Driver's ID) with you on the day of your appointment Dress according to the weather…it might rain and you may be standing outside for a brief period If you have already scheduled a vaccination appointment through the state website (VINI), but want to attend this clinic, you just need to cancel your appointment previously made through VINI. Individuals who are not able to attend our clinic or are 16/17 years old can register and schedule a vaccination appointment with the State of NH online at www.vaccines.nh.gov or by calling 2-1-1. We are encouraging all of our community members to be patient as they schedule an appointment. After vaccination, it is important for everyone to continue to be vigilant and practice public health recommendations in order for us to end this pandemic and keep our residents healthy and safe. At this time, continue to practice the following: Stay home if you are sick, except to seek medical attention Cover your mouth and nose by wearing mask in public settings Stay at least six feet away from people who do not live in your household Avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated places Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol in between If your organization interested in hosting a closed vaccination clinic for staff and clients OR your organization anticipates having extra vaccine: email Patty Crooker at firstname.lastname@example.org for further discussion. Public Health Week in Greater Nashua was a Success! For the tenth year in a row, the Nashua DPHCS, along with its many community partners, participated in National Public Health Week. This year's theme, "Building Bridges to Better Health”, had the goal of
building connections to make our communities a healthier and safer place for all. In the midst of the most challenging public health crisis of our lifetimes, it's more important than ever to celebrate the efforts of public health, and that is exactly what we did. During National Public Health Week, the Nashua DPHCS and collaborating partners raised awareness of public health, promoted healthy behaviors with a walking challenge, and, of course, had fun! We celebrated the power of prevention, advocated for healthy and fair policies, shared strategies for successful partnerships, and championed the role of a strong public health system. Public Health Week in Greater Nashua was kicked off on Monday, April 5th by the City of Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, accompanied by the Director of Nashua DPHCS, Bobbie D. Bagley. Mayor Donchess read a proclamation declaring April 5 to 11, 2021 as Greater Nashua Public Health Week and Director Bagley closed out with remarks. We encourage our community to watch the recorded video here! On Monday, we also joined our Community Partner, Lamprey Health Care, to celebrate their award of $3M through the American Recovery Plan from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lamprey provides health care to many low-income individuals and many uninsured clients. These funds are vital to continuing the mission of this great community health care center. A mobile health unit was purchased with Cares Act funds. Thank you for being a committed partner to Public Health! To keep the celebration going, on Wednesday, April 7th, we recognized the hard work and contributions of Nashua DPHCS Staff during Public Health Staff Appreciation Day. We invited our community partners to join us at the Nashua City Hall Steps at 11 AM as Mayor Jim Donchess hosted a recognition ceremony. This was a great event and we are so thankful for all of our dedicated Public Health Staff and Community Partners! Check out the recorded ceremony to the right. Throughout the rest of the week we: hosted outreach tables at various community organizations, including our regional YMCAs, Greater Nashua Mental Health, United Way of Greater Nashua, Nashua PAL, Revive Recovery, Harbor Care, Adult Learning Center, Revive Recovery, and the Nashua Public Library; promoted public health education along with activities and virtual events on our website; posted daily social media content; and sent a press release to local media outlets to showcase the work conducted by Nashua DPHCS during the pandemic. Join us for more fun next year from April 4 to 10, 2022 as we continue the celebration!
2021 NH Governor's Conference on Volunteerism Volunteer NH is continuing to take COVID-19 safety precautions and will once again host a virtual Governor's Conference on Volunteerism. This free, online event will be held from Tuesday, May 11 to Friday, May 14, 2021. his year, they are proud to offer a series of 20 Zoom sessions over 3 days, plus a trivia contest to close out the conference on day 4! This years conference theme is 'Moving Forward Together: Embracing Change'. REGISTER HERE Nashua Rotary Donates 4,000 Face Masks to Public Health! Rotary Club (Nashua West) is part of the Million Mask Challenge, and has been distributing surgical face masks around the Rotary district. This week DPHCS received 4,000 surgical face masks that we will be sharing with our clients at the weekly COVID-19 testing clinics. Thank you Nashua Rotary for helping us provide the community with needed face masks to be protected from COVID-19 spread. At right, Director Bobbie Bagley receives the generous donation! Video Series: NH Public Health Lead Public Service Announcements All children are at risk for lead poisoning. Get your child tested for lead at their 1 year check-up and again at 2. It’s easy, convenient, reliable, and covered by insurance. You’ll get the results before you leave. We also offer free child blood level testing! For more information, visit our website. Check it out by clicking the video on the right!
Get Tested during STD Awareness Month April is STD Awareness Month and April 11 to 17 is STD Awareness Week. If you are sexually active, or planning to be, getting tested is one of the most important steps you can take to protect the health of you and your partner. The ONLY way to know for sure if you or someone else has a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), or Hepatitis C (HCV) is to get tested. Get Yourself Tested is a campaign encouraging young people to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV to protect their health and that of their partners. STDs affect people of all ages, yet these diseases take a particularly heavy toll on young people. False assumptions about STDs (how they’re spread, prevented, and treated) are everywhere, and it can be especially hard for people to get the facts. Making sure that you have the correct information about STD prevention and testing has never been more important! Know The Facts STDs impact young people the hardest. In the U.S., half of all new STDs are in people under 25 years old. If you are sexually active, you can lower your risk of getting an STD by using a latex condom the right way from start to finish every time you have sex. Almost all STDs that can be spread via condomless vaginal sex can also be spread through oral and anal sex without a condom. You can’t tell if someone has an STD just by looking at them. Many STDs don’t cause any symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to get tested. Even if you use birth control, you should still think about STD prevention. Birth control methods like the pill, patch, ring, and IUD are very effective at preventing pregnancy, but they do not protect against STDs and HIV. Get Yourself Tested STD tests are quick, simple, and usually painless. For example, rapid HIV tests can provide results from just a swab inside the mouth in only 20 minutes. Not all medical checkups include STD testing. Unless you ask to be tested, you can’t assume you have been. Ask your medical provider which STDs you should be tested for. Talk to your partner about when you were last tested and suggest getting tested together. And if you have an STD, tell your partner. These conversations may seem hard to have, but open communication with your partner is essential to staying healthy and stopping the spread of STDs. These conversations may also bring you closer together. Here are some tips to help you start the conversation. If you test positive for an STD, work with your doctor to get the correct treatment We offer weekly testing clinics here in Nashua, available to people in the Greater Nashua Region! Our Mobile Outreach Clinics are held on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library Front Plaza (2 Court St., Nashua) and the First and Third Friday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Laton House (28 Railroad Sq., Nashua). We also have weekly clinics at Lamprey Health Care (22 Prospect St., Nashua) Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Learn More about STDs Here
EQUITY CORNER: My name is Evenson Pierre and I am from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where I was born Meet Evenson Pierre and raised. While my native language is Spanish, I NEW Community Health Worker! understand and speak Haitian creole because my parents are Haitian. I have been living in the United States since 2011 and I must admit that the transition from Puerto Rico to the United States was not the easiest one. The language, culture, and even the weather was very shocking in my early years here. Consequently, I relate well to families transitioning to life in the U.S. and how unsettling it can be. I received help and mentorship in order to settle into life here and I hope to “pay it forward” by providing these same things to new members of our community. My prior job experience has sharpened the characteristics and skills that will help me thrive as a Community Health Worker. Before joining DPHCS, I worked as Student Success Coach for City Year in an elementary school and as a Community Health Worker for a community clinic. As a Student Success Coach and socio-emotional coordinator, I worked very closely with diverse students that needed extra support in and out of the classroom by planning tutoring sessions, providing small group and one-to-one literacy and math tutoring, and facilitating sessions for small groups of students on building social-emotional learning skills. As a Community Health Worker, I worked under the clinic case managers; my role was to provide patients with food, clothes, and State resources such as SNAP and Medicaid as well referrals to Southern New Hampshire Services, NH Legal Aid, and referrals for children developmental disabilities. I am also a student currently, pursuing a major in psychology with a minor in communications. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I want to work with the community to breach the gap of inequalities and social injustice in our health system and society. Be 'Flood Ready' this Spring! Spring is the time of year when many things change - including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth, sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather, and sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of weather-related injury increases. In New England, it is important for us to prepare for storms and floods as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will. Planning ahead just makes sense! In New Hampshire, we prepare for spring flooding. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. and occur when there is a temporary overflow of water on dry land. Floods result from rain, snow, storms, or overflows of water systems, and can sometimes develop very quickly. Floods are a public health priority because entering or failing to evacuate flooded areas can lead to injury or death. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. Anyone in a flood warning should find shelter immediately because just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down, and 1 foot of moving water can sweep a vehicle away. To be prepared, homeowners should also obtain flood insurance, as floods are not covered in homeowner’s policies.
Additional Resources Nashua COVID-19 Hotline: 603-589-3456 Upcoming Events New Hampshire COVID-19 Website Harbor Care COVID-19 Testing Clinic April 12, 3 - 6 p.m. (45 High St., Nashua) By Appointment: 603-821-7788 Nashua COVID-19 Website DPHCS COVID-19 Testing Clinic April 13, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Elm Street Parking Garage Greater Nashua Data By Appointment: Register Here Dashboard SSANA April 12, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Between Temple St. & Cottage St., Nashua CDC COVID-19 Website (English) SSANA April 14, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. 29 Temple St., Nashua CDC COVID-19 Website (Spanish) STD/HIV/HCV Testing April 15, 5 - 7 p.m. Lamprey Health Care (22 Prospect St., Nashua) By Appointment: Register Here Vaccination Information PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 vaccines are NOT offered at our mobile immunization clinics listed in this section. For information about getting vaccinated against COVID-19, please visit vaccines.nh.gov or call 2-1-1. Food Resources (English) Full DPHCS Mobile Outreach Schedule
Food Resources (Spanish) Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services Greater Nashua Public Health Network www.NashuaNH.gov/DPHCS
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