Concord Coronavirus: Nazzy Hosts Virtual Prom For High Schoolers

Tony Schinella

CONCORD, NH — While school officials in Concord are trying to come up with an acceptable plan to have actual graduation ceremonies, pending state approval, at least one event will be held to celebrate graduations: a prom.

Intown Concord is partnering with Nazzy from 105.5 JYY to bring a "virtual prom" to all high schoolers in the JYY listening area — which is essentially Concord, the capital region, and middle and eastern parts of Merrimack County, according to the station's on-air coverage map.

"An Evening In The Clouds Stay-At-Home Prom" will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19. It is free but online registration is required.

"Nazzy has some special guests on board for this once-in-a-lifetime event," said Dawn Triconi, the executive director of Intown Concord. "Invite your special someone, dress up and let's dance the night away."

Nazzy, who often hosts a number of events in and around the city, is looking forward to the fun.

"I am so very excited to be working with Brian Waldron and Intown on this," he said "We all wanted to take care of the Class of 2020, to let them know that they were not going to be forgotten about! Now, let's celebrate, from home."

It's unknown at post time how they will replicate the fireworks though.

City Could Receive $1M In CARES Act Funds

Concord will be receiving money from the $1.25 billion in federal CARES Act funds after the state decided to award money to cities, towns, and counties Monday.

The city can access $1,016,415 in "flex" funds that can be used to offset money spent on coronavirus expenses, after filing reimbursements with the state. The money can't be used to backfill budgets or cover for declines in property tax revenue.

The full list of municipalities was released Tuesday on InDepthNH.org.

Hospital To Start Getting Back To Business

While new coronavirus patients are holding steady and lower than previous figures, Concord Hospital will begin working its way back into providing community members with needed services — including surgery for time-sensitive concerns and illness, according to officials.

"Concord Hospital is following the New Hampshire state governor’s orders to perform time sensitive surgeries where possible to create the best possible outcomes for patients," said Pamela Puleo, the chief advancement officer for the hospital.

Currently, there are five people hospitalized with COVID-19 with 81 positive tests during the past two-plus months of the pandemic. More than 1,700 other patients tested negative for the virus.

The hospital system has ordered another 1,972 tests as it continues to screen people at dedicated testing and screening sites. As of Monday, 1,137 people have been screened.

The hospital's COVID-19 Screening and Education Hotline, 603-789-9123, is still staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since its inception, staffers have fielded 506 calls.

Along with moving back to surgeries and other procedures, the medical group has reopened all of its practices and is also still continuing to conduct telemedicine and remote visits. To date, 16,694 virtual visits have been performed by staffers.

The hospital, however, is still seeking cloth masks and other donations and is also still requiring everyone in the building to wear a mask or other face covering. Donated supplies can be shipped to Concord Hospital Donated Supplies, c/o Ken Kroh, 250 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301.

Hospital staffers also thanked the Bow High School Honor Society and Jack Roberge for sharing cards of appreciation and letters of thanks to workers.

Nathan Wechsler & Company Accountants and Business Advisors provided lunch recently to the environmental services and respiratory therapy staffers.

"On behalf of the employees of Nathan Wechsler, we are pleased to provide a token of our appreciation for what Concord Hospital employees are doing to keep our community safe," the company said.

Granite State Lunchbox also delivered lunches last week to the hospital's lab team while D'Angelo's donated sandwiches to the supply chain staff recently, too.

CHS Teacher Appreciation

Parents of Concord High School students are raising money to buy teachers a T-shirt and gift to thank them for their hard work during the 2019-2020 school year.

Since the school doesn't have a parent-teacher organization, the Concord High School Teacher Appreciation Gift Fund was created to raise money toward the effort by parents. The fund's Cheddar Up site, at post time, had raised nearly $4,000 for the effort. Donations will be accepted through May 10 and the gifts will be delivered in June.

"It is the least we can do to say 'thank you,'" organizers said.

Preserving Small Business

Intown Concord is also putting together a "small business innovation" webinar on Monday to be held via Zoom.

The talk, in partnership with HRKNSScowork, will feature small business owners who are working proactively in the approach to weather the financial storm.

Intown Concord has also teamed up with the city and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce to create info pages within their websites to share the tools, events and programs that fit the needs of your businesses.

To register, signup here.

Learn More About The Spread Of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.

Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:

  • Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.
  • Anybody who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspect COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.
  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic medical conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Employers need to move to telework as much as possible.
  • There is increasing evidence that this virus can survive for hours or possibly even a few days on surfaces, so people should clean frequently touched surfaces, including door handles, grocery carts and grocery basket handles, etc.

Take the same precautions as you would if you were sick:

  • Stay home and avoid public places when sick (i.e., social distancing).
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

More information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services about coronavirus can be found here on the department's website.

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This article originally appeared on the Concord Patch