I'VE been here at my apartment self-quarantined, except for the occasional trip to the grocery store, for some time over two weeks. At first it was difficult… Not the actual alone part, but the idea that I could not come and go as I pleased.

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LOCAL resident Mengrang Haruo says she is very grateful to the FEMA volunteers — men and women — who came to her house to fix her windows which were destroyed by Typhoon Yutu in Oct. 2018.

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BECAUSE of Covid-19 concerns, Cuki Alvarez has temporarily closed his Trench Tech Gym where he conducts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ classes. But through the use of the Zoom video-conference app, he remains in “touch” with Trench Tech members.

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LIKE most of us, I have a lot time on my hands and writing is my “hobby & quest to help society” and the many words of encouragement from commenters and people in the community are the main reason why I keep writing. This Covid-19 pandemic is literally a “black-swan event” that I studied in Economics that is unprecedented in modern times which is sweeping the globe with sickness & death and literally followed by social, economic and political firestorms. A Black Swan event is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation like Typhoons and it has potentially severe consequences. Black Swan Events are characterized by their extreme rarity, their severe impact, and the widespread insistence that are obvious in hindsight. Our Governor doesn’t seem to get it that “EVERYTHING” he does is now under the People’s microscope and he will be faced with the “widespread insistence of things that will be obvious in hindsight” that comes with Black Swan Events.

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(CNMI Office of the Attorney General) — The Office of the Attorney General has seen an increase in reports of stolen cars. These cases are largely crimes of opportunity by younger individuals acting in a group. In 2019, a total of 6 theft of vehicle charges were received by the Office of the AG whereas, in the first three months of 2020, the office has received 5 reported cases of stolen vehicles. Perhaps this is a good time to remind everyone how they can do their part to reduce the likelihood more cars are stolen.

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HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — The Department of Public Health and Social Services tested 34 individuals for Covid-19 on Thursday, April 9, 2020 with conclusive results. Three tested positive through DPHSS and 31 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.

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IMPERIAL Pacific International chief financial officer Ed Chen resigned last week amid the suspension of the casino's operation due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing lawsuits filed by former workers and contractors.

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HAGÅTÑA — My heart raced when the Joint Information Office released the latest Covid-19 tally last week. It listed the numbers of confirmed positives, negatives and inconclusive results. Where do I fall into these statistics? My heart was going tump-tump, tump-tump,tump-tump. The anxiety of waiting can be tormenting.

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(Office of the Governor) — In an effort to enforce social distancing and help prevent the spread of Covid-19, the CNMI State Medicaid Agency has announced that they have installed a new drop-box as a way for applicants to submit their applications and supporting documents during the global pandemic.

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(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation would like to update the public that CHCC will begin to utilize Diagnostic Laboratory Services in Honolulu, Hawaii for specimen testing of Covid-19 in addition to the Guam Public Health Laboratory. Specimens sent for testing will follow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 3-level testing strategy:

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(CNMI Judiciary) — On April 6, 2020, the local Supreme Court issued an order mandating that all documents filed in criminal, civil, traffic and small claims cases be filed and served electronically. The judiciary initially began accepting electronic filing in 2006 in limited civil actions.

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A KAISER Health News article by Markian Hawryluk states that in addition “to lung damage, many Covid-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest.” Hawryluk said this could “change the way doctors and hospitals need to think about patients, particularly in the early stages of illness. It also could open up a second front in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, with a need for new precautions in people with preexisting heart problems, new demands for equipment and, ultimately, new treatment plans for damaged hearts among those who survive.”

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THE islands’ oldest and most trusted news source is going online only temporarily starting Monday, April 6, due to safety requirements and the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic that is shuttering most small businesses in the Commonwealth.

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