Coronavirus numbers in New Hampshire have stabilized but the state still has “a ways to go,” before it reopens, Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday afternoon.
“This is not an open/close situation, it just isn’t, nor should it be,” he said. “We’ve always said public health has to be preeminent, has to be one of the key factors that we are looking at when we take any step.”
New Hampshire may take a phased approach to the loosening of the state's stay-at-home order at some point, Sununu said. He went on to say that certain geographic and demographic conditions may mean some people might remain on the stay-at-home order longer than others.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan cautioned that while coronavirus numbers have stabilized, they haven’t declined yet. He said people should continue to practice social distancing, stay home and only go out for essential items.
“When people are out, we recommend that they wear a cloth face covering if they are in public settings where they cannot avoid close contact, such as in grocery stores," Chan said.
The state, he said, is continuing to work aggressively to increase testing and its capacity.