NH DHHS - 29 Hazen Drive to Re-Open on Wednesday January 18th;

Public Health Lab to Remain Closed

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Departments of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) and Environmental Services (DES) announce that the building at 29

Hazen Drive, Concord, NH will re-open for business on Wednesday, January

18; however, the Public Health Laboratories (PHL) will remain closed. The

building was closed today to employees and the public after frozen pipes

burst, causing damage and flooding to several areas of the building.

“All environmental services and public health employees that work at 29

Hazen Drive should return to work tomorrow,” said DES Commissioner Tom

Burack and DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “We appreciate everyone’s

patience as we work through this unexpected situation.” Staff who work in

the Radiological Health Program with offices in the Public Health Lab

should also return to work as work sites are being temporarily relocated.

Public Health Lab staff, however, will be contacted individually as to when

they will return to work.

The Public Health Laboratory will remain closed until further notice.

“Healthcare providers who send samples to our lab are being contacted to

make alternate arrangements for testing,” said Public Health Director Dr.

José Montero. “We will be working with our regional lab partners to assist

us with our day-to-day testing until our facility is operational again.”

The PHL sustained significant damage as a result of the pipes freezing and

bursting. The State’s Fire Marshal’s Office, Department of Administrative

Services, Division of Homeland Security, Department of Information

Technology, the Concord Fire Department, as well as DES and DHHS staff have

all assisted with clean up and ensuring all life-safety issues have been