2020 Timeline: Covid response in the Marianas, US, World

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January 1:

The World Health Organization sets up an Incident Management Support Team one day after the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reports a cluster of cases of “pneumonia” (to be later identified as Covid-19) in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

January 14:

Chinese leadership determines that the novel coronavirus could become a pandemic. Still, Wuhan hosts tens of thousands of people at a mass banquet.

January 17:

The USA’s Center for Disease Control implements public health entry screenings at New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), and Los Angeles (LAX) airports.

January 20:

The CNMI implements passenger screenings at Saipan International Airport to block any tourist with coronavirus from entering.

January 21:

The CDC confirms what was thought to be the first case of Covid-19 in the United States. A later autopsy would reveal that the first person to contract Covid-19 was actually a woman in California, not a man in Washington State.

January 23:

Chinese authorities order the lockdown of Wuhan.

January 28:

Governor Torres issues executive order suspending travel from mainland China to the CNMI.

January 29:

Governor Torres issues executive order 2020-01 declaring a state of significant emergency, ordering CHCC to implement quarantine and preventative containment measures.

The White House announces the creation of its Covid-19 Task Force “to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus.”

January 30:

The World Health Organization declares the Covid-19 outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

January 31:

The Trump administration declares the coronavirus outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency, ordering the quarantine of Americans who have recently visited affected areas of China.

February 7:

CNMI Executive Branch announces 64-hour work schedules and cost-containment measures, to be implemented on March 15.

Government of Guam denies entry to cruise ship MS Westerdam fearing infected passengers.

February 11:

The WHO announce the formal name for the new coronavirus: Covid-19.

China reports its highest daily death toll yet: 103, pushing total fatalities above 1,100.

CDC confirms 13th case of coronavirus in the mainland United States.

February 21:

CDC announces that a Covid-19 global pandemic is likely.

February 23:

Italian officials enforce a lockdown of schools, businesses, and restaurants in a dozen towns after reports of an outbreak of Covid-19 and two deaths.

South Korean President Moon Jee-in announces highest level of alert after South Korean Covid-19 cases climb past 340.

February 24:

Dow drops 1,000 points.

February 27:

Governor Torres requests banks to grant deferments for residents during economic downturn

March 3:

U.S. reports over 100 cases of Covid-19.

Italy: 2,500 cases

South Korea: 5,186 cases

China: 80,261 cases

March 5:

Governor Torres declares price freeze on fuel, food, clothing, lights, generators and batteries, appliances used for storage and preparation of food, and construction tools.

March 6:

Trump signs $8.3 billion coronavirus spending package bill.

March 7:

The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide surpasses 100,000.

March 10:

Governor Torres announces the first press conference of the CNMI Covid-19 taskforce.

March 11:

The WHO officially announces Covid-19 is a global pandemic.

US cases: 1,281

South Korea cases: 7,755

Italy cases: 12,462

China cases: 80,921

March 13:

In Guam, Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport begins checking arrivals for fever.

President Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion in disaster funding.

Washington State closes its schools, as does the Los Angeles Unified School District.

CNMI hotel occupancy dips to its lowest point in recorded history.

March 15:

Department of Community and Cultural Affairs ceases programs, postpones Flame Tree Arts Festival.

Guam confirms first three cases of Covid-19.

March 16:

Guam closes public schools and prohibits the gathering of over 50 people in a single room. International arrival traveling from areas affected by Covid-19 are subjected to a mandatory quarantine.

Covid-19 infections and death numbers outside of China officially surpass those inside China.

March 17:

Governor Torres declares state of public health emergency in the CNMI.

March 18:

Governor Torres issues Covid-19 Guidance for Marianas – Stay at Home, Slow the Spread.

March 19:

Cases of Covid-19 reach 200,000 globally.

U.S: 13,747

South Korea: 8,565

Italy: 41,035

China: 81,156

Guam: 12


March 19:

Governor Torres implements curfew hours for minors: 7 p.m.-6 a.m.

Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero issues executive order shutting down nonessential businesses and gatherings.

March 20:

New York State issues stay at home orders.

President Trump approves Governor Torres’s March 3 request for federal assistance to combat Covid-19.

March 22:

Guam suffers its first Covid-19-related death. Governor Leon Guerrero declares a state of emergency.

March 23:  

Governor Torres issues enhanced social distancing directives, ordering many businesses to be open to the public only from 6am to 1pm, as well as the 14-day quarantine of all individuals entering the CNMI, the closure of all public parks, and the prohibition of large public gatherings on the beach.

March 24:

Over 400,000 Covid-19 cases are reported globally. WHO Director-General: “It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases.

The Tokyo Olympics are postponed.

Three sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt test positive for Covid-19, with dozens to follow in the coming days.

President Trump tells Fox News he hopes to reopen the country by Easter.

The CNMI receives $366,900 in federal assistance for PPEs and hygienic supplies for first responders.

Kanoa Resort is designated as a quarantine location.

Governor Lou Deleon Guerrero closes public and private schools on Guam.

March 25:

Four sailors with Covid-19 are evacuated from the USS Theodore Roosevelt to be treated at Naval Base Guam.

March 26:

U.S. reports more cases than any other country: 83,836. It also reports 1,000 deaths.

Covid-19 Cases worldwide:

South Korea: 9,241 cases

Italy: 80,589 cases

China: 81,782 cases

University of Guam shifts all courses online.

March 27:

President Trump signs $2 trillion CARES Act into law.

USS Theodore Roosevelt docks at Guam.

Covid-19 cases worldwide:

US: 101,657

South Korea: 9,332

China: 81,897

Italy: 86,498

Guam: 45

March 28:

U.S. death toll doubles in two days, surpassing 2,000.

CNMI reports first two cases of Covid-19, extends grocery store hours from 6am to 6pm.

March 29:

Governor Torres signs agreement to implement pandemic unemployment assistance for CNMI workers affected by Covid-19.

March 30:

Governor Torres extends curfew to all CNMI residents, closes all docks and boat ramps.

CNMI suffers first Covid-19 death.

March 31:

United Airlines agrees to suspend all passenger flights into and out of the CNMI effective April 6.

Guam confirms two additional Covid-19 cases.

USS Theodore Roosevelt reports over 100 cases, prompting Captain Brett Crozier to plead for assistance from the U.S. Navy.

April 1:

Four more cases are confirmed in the CNMI.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 doubles globally in only one week.

Governor Torres closes casino, all poker establishments, and all businesses engaged in recreational or amusement activities.

April 2:

1,000,000 Covid-19 cases reported worldwide.

President Trump approves Governor Torres’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the CNMI.

CNMI confirms two additional cases, bringing our total to 8.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly relieves USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain Brett Crozier of duty for requesting assistance from a “broad array of people” rather than sending his request up the chain of command.

April 3:

Governor Torres amends Enhanced Social Distancing Directive, reopening beaches and pathways for individual use, shoreline subsistence fishing.

April 4:

Governor Leon Guerrero announces residents will be banned from driving for non-essential reasons starting April 7, citing projections that at the current trajectory, Guam could suffer 3,000 casualties over the course of five months.

Governor Torres reopens boat ramps.

FEMA, HHS, and DoD ship 50-bed Federal Medical Station to Saipan, plus medical supplies and equipment

April 6:

Guam Department of Education Superintendent cancels classes for the remainder of the school year.

CNMI Office of the Governor announces that 118 individuals have completed their 14-day quarantine or will complete it over the course of the week.

April 7:

CNMI suffers second Covid-19 death.

Amid criticism from the House Armed Services Committee, Congress, and the media, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigns.

April 8:

After 76 days of lockdown, the city of Wuhan reopens.

April 9:

CNMI reports three more Covid-19 cases, bringing total to 11.

Guam clears land for 500 new plots at the island’s public cemetery, waives $500 burial fee.

April 10:

Over 2,000 people die of Covid-19 in the U.S., marking the deadliest day of the pandemic so far for America.

April 11:

US coronavirus-related deaths outnumber that of any other country in the world.

April 12:

The number of Covid-19 cases aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt reaches 585.

April 13:

A sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt dies of coronavirus.

April 14:

CNMI announces the acquisition of over 60,000 Covid-19 test kits.

CNMI confirms two more Covid-19 cases, bringing the number to 13.

April 15:

In the U.S., “liberation” protests against stay-at-home orders erupt in several states, including Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, and North Carolina.

The Department of Defense develop field hospitals on two military properties on Guam, adding 225 beds.

The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide surpasses 2 million.

April 17:

White House issues guidance for reopening states. Trump tweets “LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA.”

April 18:

Singapore sees record spike of 942 confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing total cases to nearly 6,000.

One new Covid-19 case is confirmed on Saipan, bringing our total to 14.

The Covid-19 death toll in Europe surpasses 100,000.

April 20:

Some U.S. states announce plans to reopen, including Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia.

April 21:

The number of Covid-19 cases exceeds 2.5 million globally.

The number of cases in the U.S. tops 800,000.

April 23:

Over 25,000 cases of Covid-19 are reported across the African continent, primarily in South Africa.

Governor opens CNMI Fiscal Response Summit.

April 24:

The U.S. surpasses 50,000 Covid-19-related deaths.

April 25:

The global death toll from Covid-19 reaches 200,000.

April 27:

142 cases confirmed on Guam.

April 19:

US Navy begins process of returning groups of sailors from off-base hotels to USS Theodore Roosevelt.

April 30:

Covid-19 cases:

US: 1,056,705

South Korea: 10,761

China: 82,858

Italy: 236,899

Guam: 145

CNMI: 14

Globally: 3,207,225



November 2020 pssnewsletter

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