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Officials want study of safety in long-term care facilities

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A measure that would set up a committee to study safety in long-term care facilities in light of the coronavirus pandemic has the support of a New Hampshire legislative committee.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee recommended passage Tuesday. The measure now goes to the full Senate.

The panel would study safety, including the risk of suicide, of residents and staff, in the facilities. It would scrutinize the acquisition and inventory of personal protective equipment; policies on infection control; the adequacy of staffing and testing capacity; and the support and communication from federal and state government agencies.

More than a dozen nursing homes or other long-term care facilities have experienced coronavirus outbreaks in New Hampshire, and their residents make up the majority of those who have died of the virus in the state.

Other developments in New Hampshire:

HIGHLAND GAMES CANCELED

The largest gathering of Scottish clans in the Northeast has been canceled because of the coronavirus.

Organizers said the 45th annual New Hampshire Highland Games scheduled for September at Loon Mountain won’t happen this year.

In addition to music, dance, pageantry and Scottish culture, the event has included competitions in traditional Scottish strength and agility tests, such as the stone throw, hammer throw and caber toss.

“It is hard to imagine a fall without the Games, but Scots ARE resilient,” organizers said in a statement.

RACE-NO FANS

The Claremont Motorsports Park plans to hold its first race Friday, without fans.

The Eagle Times reports the raceway will host the season-opening event for Granite State Pro Stock Series, a traveling circuit that competes at speedways across New Hampshire, including Claremont. The company will stream the event via a live pay-per-view broadcast.

The event ends a six-week delay to Granite State Pro’s season-start, due to state government restrictions placed on large gatherings because of the pandemic.

Each car is limited to a certain number of crew members, and the speedway must keep each crew station at least six feet apart in the pit area.

THE NUMBERS

As of Monday, 4,685 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 39 from the previous day. The number of deaths remained 245.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

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