Stories

The unintended consequences of Governor Sununu’s stay at home order has been far-reaching — from tens of thousands unemployed, tens of thousands with reduced income and hours, empty and nearly bankrupt hospitals, needed medical and dental procedures postponed, “non-essential” businesses on the brink of bankruptcy — and most in our state are unaware of the collateral damage that our fellow citizens are suffering. Please read and share these stories, and even add your own. 

Persistence doesn’t pay off?

This is the 3rd time I have opened my business. The first was lost due to domestic violence, and I would say the second was taken due to the residual effect of the same situation. This time I opened this business completely on my own. I am not a quitter. I have no intention of giving up. Working solo in this business, I don’t believe my business is at high risk for the Covid-19 virus. I am at risk of closing due to this shut down, as I am a self supporting individual. Jo-jo Clark Brookline, NH

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Lost job

I was employed as a housekeeper at Lovett’s Inn and Restaurant until March 9. The guests that weekend cancelled and then the inn was shut down and the restaurant could not serve food. Eventually they did take out, but not that much. Because of this shutdown, my coworkers and I have no job. This is a new business in an historic inn and this shutdown could put business owners under easily when they were doing so well and getting a lot of steady customers. So now I have no work to go to, I am not making money, and I

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Autistic child not receiving services

My one-year old daughter has been diagnosed with autism. Because of the stay at home order, her therapists have all closed their offices. They have deemed that due to my daughter’s short attention span (she’s a one-year old with autism) that she is not a candidate for tele-health. Because of this, my daughter is not receiving any services. I am a desperate mom of a special needs child who just wants to give her child the best opportunities to succeed in life. I am afraid that the longer this stay at home order is in place, the more my child

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My mom is dying

My mother was admitted to Elliot Hospital last week. She has dementia, low blood pressure, possible lung cancer, and diabetes. She does not have COVID-19. And neither do I. I have been unable to see her in the hospital. I rarely get to talk to her on the phone because she is sedated. They are denying that she is. I am not only her son. I am also her health care proxy and power of attorney. Even so, Elliot Hospital is denying my entry to see my own mother due to a virus that neither of us have. I contacted

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Music school owner: Remote learning challenging, students lost to financial hardship

I own a private music school in Merrimack. While I have been able to continue teaching in some capacity, remote learning is challenging for young children or children with special needs. I have lost students due to this issue. I have also lost students due to their own financial hardships. As much as people like to argue about “trickle down economics,” that is truly how it works. Students have lost their jobs, and therefore discontinued lessons, resulting in less income for me. I can no longer spend money on other foods and services, resulting in loss of jobs and income

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Need to work

My son and I are both out of work because of this virus. I work at a freezer warehouse through another company and they cut back staff due to virus. Chrisitna Hileman Derry , MA

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Single mom of 3, self-employed no more

Hi, I am a single mom with 3 kids, and I have my own skin care business and salon where I rent out space, but no one is working or paying rent. I have been without work since March 16, and was forced to close on March 27. No income coming in, have not received unemployment nor any response on PPP loan, nor have received stimulus money—so as you can imagine, it is tight over here. I have faith God will get us through, but we will need to re-open soon so that I don’t lose my business. I have

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The people in North country are suffering

In North country, we are suffering financially, mentally, emotionally, and health-wise. I am a business owner/sole proprietor who cleans major resorts and private residences, and although housekeeping/janitorial services may come under this “essential business” umbrella, that’s rather useless when the places you clean are no longer operating. I own a home, vehicles, have bills as most out there do, I have a family to support and feed plus a few pets that are a huge part of this family that also need to be supported. We have very, VERY small numbers way up here and few deaths, if any …

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Job loss, weddings cancelled

My fiance, who will “likely” be my wife within a couple of weeks lost her job last week. I say “likely” because every last thing is up in the air, so we “may” only be able to go to the Town Hall and make it official there. We aren’t even sure if that is possible at this time, so that is TWO major ways we are affected. The company she has worked for now for 2 years is about to go out of business because of this shutdown. Her income brought into this home was about $70,000 and the gov’t

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Hours reduced, but no state assistance left for me

My hours were reduced (but at least I am partially employed!). According to NH Employment Security (NHES) I qualify for unemployment. After submitting my claim each week and not receiving money I called NHES. Even though I qualify, because I’m working others need it more than I. Except that I now make about what McDonald’s workers get paid. John Murphy Manchester, NH

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