COVID-19 Information

This page will be regularly updated with important information from state and local authorities.  The links to the left contain press releases, relevant links, and announcements related to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.  Information is constantly changing and we are working diligently to keep the public informed.  If you have COVID-19 questions please call the state hotline 211.  If you have needs specific to Salem, please call the Town’s COVID-19 hotline at 603.890.2322 or email at salemcovidhelp@salemnh.gov

COVID-19 Community Hotline and Email >>  Your link to the Town of Salem Emergency Operations Center

Limited Access Procedures >>  Due to COVID-19, the Town of Salem has established several new protocols in the delivery of important services.

Recent Press Releases >> Please use links to the left for prior Press Releases

Town of Salem Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

The Town’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been operating in an “Enhanced Monitoring” mode since March 13, 2020. The Town EOC/EMD is operating 7am-7pm daily, which mirrors the State of New Hampshire EOC operational period and is closely monitoring the COVID-19 event and communicating with key Town staff and community stakeholders. We will continue to monitor the event and will develop/update/share information.
The Town’s Emergency Management Team is maintaining contact with the local hospitals, State Public Health officials, and other local health care partners in an effort to monitor the situation and resources.

General Information on COVID-19

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and is spread from person-to-person.  The symptoms of this virus include:
  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Dry Cough

Although the immediate health risk to those living in New Hampshire is considered low, there are simple steps that can be taken to prevent illness. This virus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets that are dispersed when an infected person coughs or sneezes, which means that the same precautions taken during flu season will also help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Protect yourself:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot- it is not too late to be protected from flu.
Protect others:
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are not feeling well.
Ensure community sanitation:
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.