Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Nashua Residents urged to Stay at Home -This news alert has been posted in response to Governor Chris Sununu’s Emergency Order on March 26, 2020, requiring all New Hampshire citizens to stay in their home or place of residence unless they need to go out for essential needs and businesses, as well as other organizations that do not provide essential services to close their physical workplaces and facilities; cease all in-person operations as of 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 until May 4, 2020. The City of Nashua’s message is “STAY AT HOME. You have a critical role to play in preventing the spread of Coronavirus in Nashua. On Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., the State of NH closed all non-essential businesses through Monday, May 4. If you must leave your home for essential needs, stay at least 6 feet away from others and wash your hands often. Read the full alert...
Governor Sununu issued an emergency order requiring all employers that do not provide “Essential Services” to close physical workplaces until Monday, May 4, 2020. Businesses that will remain open include grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and hospitals, gas stations, banks and credit unions, takeout and delivery from restaurants, school lunch program deliveries, and other essential businesses. Businesses that will close include non-essential retail stores and malls, barbershops, hair salons, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors, movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, concerts, sporting events and festivals, and all state beaches along the Seacoast. The full list of essential businesses can be found here.
Resources & Guides
Nashua COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We have the answers to some common Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) questions asked by our community. Please be aware that public health recommendations may change and we are continuously updating this document. Click here to view the FAQ.
Hotline for Health-Related Questions
The Nashua DPHCS has created a hotline for residents to call to ask any health-related questions regarding COVID-19. The Nashua COVID-19 hotline is available seven days a week from 8am to 9pm If someone calls during off-hours, they can leave a voicemail and a DPHCS staff member will get back to them the next day.
What You Need To Know
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory illness. Novel coronaviruses, like COVID-19, SARS, and MERS, are coronaviruses that jumped the animal to human species barrier.
What are the symptoms? Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms of people with confirmed COVID-19 have primarily included fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Learn when to call 911 or your healthcare provider.
How is it spread? Similar to how flu and other respiratory illnesses spread, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through respiratory droplets, including:
- Through the air by coughing and sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; and
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.
Is there a treatment? There are no specific treatments recommended for infection with the COVID-19. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms, such as taking pain or fever medications, drinking plenty of fluids, and staying home and resting. Some patients who are very sick may need to go to the hospital to get care. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider immediately.
Prevent the Spread
The Nashua DPHCS recommends our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illness by the following:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
- Stay home unless you need to travel for essential needs (groceries, medications, medical supplies, caring for a loved one, or an essential job)
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Practice social distancing by avoiding crowds with 10 people or more and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using standard cleaning products, according to the product’s manufacturer label. Surfaces should be allowed to air dry.
COVID-19 can be spread from person to person before symptoms develop. We are now recommending to use homemade masks in situations where you are unable to maintain social distancing in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Homemade masks are NOT personal protective equipment. These masks will not protect you from COVID-19, but they will protect others from your respiratory droplets. If you wear masks in public, you must continue to practice social distancing and hand washing to properly protect yourself from COVID-19. Our full guidance can be found here.
Join the City of Nashua Social Media Challenge on Facebook!
In these difficult days, your friends at the City of Nashua want you to know we’re here for you and we’ll get through the outbreak of COVID-19 together as a community. In that spirit, our challenge to you all is this: We want to hear who are you staying home for and what’s keeping you motivated to stay healthy. Download our sign here and fill in the blank with your motivation for staying home and keeping healthy. Share a photo or video of yourself holding your sign on our Facebook page (The City of Nashua NH) - be creative, have fun! Daily virtual prizes will be awarded in the form of a trophy and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbon emojis. In addition, we’ll send you a certificate via Facebook Messenger. Your team of city leaders and community partners are working hard to keep everyone safe, happy and healthy. You can also share your support by sharing the hashtag #TogetherNashua.