All hands on deck: 11 million pairs of gloves on way to veterans hospitals

  • New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (left) talks with Dean Kamen of DEKA Corporation as the Fed Ex MD-11 begins to unload 11 million pairs of PPE gloves that will be distributed throughout the country through a unique partnership between the Veterans Administration and the private sector that Kamen and Fed Ex helped forge. The plane landed from Singapore and a ceremony was held at the Fed Ex distribution center at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Friday, November 20, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Veterans Administration Secretary Robert Wilkie (far right) talks with Dean Kamen of the DEKA Corporation as New Hampshire National Guard troops help unload a shipment of PPE gloves at the FedEx facility at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Friday. Both Wilkie and Kamen are part of public-private launch of the VA New England Center of Innovation Excellence. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (left) talks with Dean Kamen of DEKA Corporation as the Fed Ex MD-11 begins to unload 11 million pairs of PPE gloves that will be distributed throughout the country through a first-of-its kind partnership Veterans Administration and the private sector that Kamen and Fed Ex helped. The plane landed from Sinapore and both New Hampshire Senators and the Veterans Administration Secretary Robert Wilkie were on hand for the launch of the VA New England Center of Innovation Excellence. The ceremony was held at the Fed Ex distribution center at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Friday, November 20, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Fed Ex workers unload MD-11 11 million pairs of PPE gloves that will be distributed throughout the country through a first-of-its kind partnership Veterans Administration and the private sector. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • New Hampshire National Guard troops help a FedEx employee load a pallet of PPE gloves to be distributed around the country to Veteran Administration health facilities as part of a partnership between the VA and the private sector including FedEx. The shipment from China of protective gear was flown to Manchester-Greater Boston Regional Airport from Singapore on Friday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Published: 11/20/2020 3:30:10 PM
Modified: 11/20/2020 3:29:57 PM

An additional 11 million pairs of gloves will be heading to veterans hospitals and clinics around the country as part of an effort led by New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen to secure personal protective equipment for front-line workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie joined Kamen and members of the state's congressional delegation Friday in Manchester to accept the shipment.

More school cases

Rundlett Middle School in Concord pivoted to remote learning Friday, after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Kathleen Murphy announced the new case in an email to the school community Thursday afternoon. Murphy wrote that initial reports indicate that several staff members will be in quarantine. A student in sixth grade at Rundlett has also tested positive. The student is in Cohort 1 and has not been in school since Nov. 16, according to a Friday email from Murphy. Based on attendance data, the DHHS has decided not to do contact tracing. Rundlett will remain in remote learning until Jan. 18.

A student at Christa McAuliffe School has also tested positive for COVID-19. The student is in Cohort A and has not been in school since Nov. 16, according to Murphy. Based on the attendance data, DHHS has decided not to do contact tracing. Concord schools have had 16 COVID-19 cases so far this year, 11 among students and five among employees. 

Maple Street School in Hopkinton closed Friday after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  Principal Amy Doyle announced the case in an email sent to the school community on Thursday afternoon, and said the school will be closed for cleaning Friday, in accordance with the district’s safety protocol. Staff and families whose students may have been in close contact with the affected individual were notified by the school. The school will reopen for hybrid learning on Monday. Hopkinton School District has had six cases so far this year, according to DHHS data.

On Tuesday, a student at St. Paul’s School tested positive for COVID-19 after a group of students was tested as part of the process to document the health of students who had holiday travel plans. But the student was asymptomatic, and tested negative the next day, according to a Wednesday update from Rector Kathleen Giles. St. Paul’s School has had four cases so far this year, according to DHHS data.

Outdoor inauguration

Gov. Chris Sununu will take his third oath of office in January, this time it will be a little chillier, as the ceremony will be held outside the State House.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Jan. 7 inauguration ceremony will be held on the State House plaza instead of in Representatives Hall to allow for social distancing.

Sununu is also doing away with the traditional series of inaugural balls typically held in January. Instead, private funds will be raised to host free, family-friendly outdoor events next summer, he said Thursday.

The new Legislature will convene on Dec. 2 at the University of New Hampshire for the first time since the November election.

Vaccine distribution

Nursing home residents and staffers, essential health care workers and first responders will be the priority when a vaccine for the coronavirus becomes available, according to New Hampshire's vaccine distribution plan.

Beth Daly, chief of the bureau of infectious disease control, said Thursday the state also will prioritize vaccinating those populations in areas with the highest transmission rates for the virus.

The state will partner with primary care providers, hospitals and pharmacies in hopes of making the distribution as easy as the current process for obtaining a flu vaccine, she said.

(Staff writer Eileen O’Grady contributed to this report.)




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