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Do your part, stay at home

By Staff | Mar 27, 2020

We applaud New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu for issuing a stay-at-home order amid COVID-19 concerns in an attempt to further reduce the spread of the virus.

The Telegraph had joined with key leaders – including Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess – in advocating for Sununu to take this precautionary measure in the interest of public safety.

Now that he has, we hope our fellow Granite Staters will use caution and common sense in adhering to Sununu’s guidelines. He has urged, “you should stay at your house unless absolutely necessary,” while permitting residents to get groceries or other necessities and to report to an essential job.

As of Thursday evening, state health officials announced 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the total number at 158 thus far in New Hampshire.

Total confirmed cases in the United States exceeded 82,000, causing the U.S. to surpass China and Italy and elevating our country to become the current epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Again, as we have stressed before, now is the time for education and information, not panic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remains the prime source for health-related COVID-19 updates in the country and may be accessed at cdc.gov.

The Telegraph at www.nashuatelegraph.com and via our daily print edition will continue to deliver vital local news about the impact of novel coronavirus.

We take our customers’ safety and that of our community very seriously. At this time, there are no restrictions regarding the delivery of mail, packages or your daily newspaper. These items require even less interaction or contact than grabbing food from a carryout location or drive-thru.

“There has never been a documented incident whereby the COVID-19 virus has been transmitted from a print newspaper, print magazine, print letter or print package, according to the world’s top doctors and scientists,” Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of International News Media Association, wrote earlier this week.

What top doctors and scientists also have conveyed is social distancing and hand washing both have been effective in trying to prevent the spread of the virus for which there isn’t currently a vaccine.

We encourage everyone do to their part in helping to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and thank Gov. Sununu for enacting a stay-at-home order, effective today through May 4.

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