CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials announced the first death from the coronavirus Monday.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan said at a news conference that the Hillsborough County man, who was over the age of 60, had multiple chronic health conditions and died over the weekend.

More than 100 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. About a dozen have been hospitalized.

Gov. Chris Sununu also said that Southern New Hampshire University will be the first of eight “clinical flex areas” set up around the state where COVID-19 patients who no longer need acute treatment can recover. The goal is to increase bed capacity at hospitals for those who are the most ill, he said.


Sununu also issued emergency orders allowing: local governments to hold meetings electronically and without a quorum; online notarization; pharmacists to sell hand sanitizer over the counter and out-of-state pharmacies to act as a licensed mail-order facility within the state; and out-of-state medical providers to provide care through telehealth.