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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Information & Resources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Mar 18, 2020
Press Release

 

Information & Resources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Thank you for visiting my website for up-to-date information on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. I will continue to be in contact with leaders across the state including hospital and government officials and I will closely monitor cases in New Hampshire. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.         

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) are the best resources to turn to during this public health emergency.

For New Hampshire-Specific Information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), visit:

In addition, New Hampshire residents can call 211 for answers to questions about COVID-19.


 

If you are on Social Security, here is some important information about the availability of Social Security Administration (SSA) staff:

Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service, with Online Services Remaining Available.

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  

SSA’s secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov.  Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone. SSA is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19.

If you need help from Social Security:                                                       

  • First, use the secure and convenient online services available at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices.  

  • If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office.  Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.

  •  If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, SSA will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead.  If you have a hearing scheduled, SSA will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing.  

  •  If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call the National SSA 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). The National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative.  A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.

Unemployment Benefits

Granite Staters who are seeking temporary unemployment benefits, including those who are self-employed, can apply online at www.nhes.nh.gov or call 603-271-7700.