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Negotiations ongoing for PIC, Kanoa contracts

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THE governor’s authorized representative, Patrick Guerrero, on Monday said negotiations are ongoing for the potential extension of the 90-day government contracts with the Pacific Islands Club and Kanoa Resort.

PIC serves as a quarantine facility for newly arrived passengers while Kanoa Resort functions as an alternate care site for confirmed Covid-19 cases.

“Negotiations are going on this week because not only are [the contracts] nearing expiration toward the end of this month, but also the governor’s directive on the mandatory quarantine is going to be addressed in the next few days on how we continue, or if there are any changes  that will determine whether or not we still need these facilities to serve as quarantine sites,” Guerrero said in a press conference aired on KKMP radio.

 

The government’s 90-day contracts with the Pacific Islands Club and Kanoa Resort — the designated Covid-19 quarantine sites — will expire soon. Photo by K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol

On Friday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the CNMI had just received more personal protective and medical equipment to add to the Commonwealth stockpile.

The governor said the construction of the alternate care site at Kanoa Resort, which was scheduled to be completed by May 22, was experiencing some delays but nearing completion.

As for the personnel needed for the operations at the quarantine or isolation facilities, Guerrero said it is an interagency effort.

“Although we are pulling a lot of different employees from different departments, not every cabinet member is serving necessarily on the task force and providing support, but we do need them. We do need to rely on the highest level of management for this type of pandemic. There’s no playbook, so we need everyone’s support at the highest level to make high-level decisions for our frontline workers to better prepare them and better secure sites,” he added.

There are approximately six Federal Emergency Management Agency staff on the ground, he said, and between six and eight Department of Defense staff working at the hospital.

“We have not requested too many warm bodies, so to speak, from our federal partners because we have been able to do a lot of the work on our own here. I think that’s something that the governor is very proud of and something that the entire community should really take pride in. We’ve been able to do what we need to do to best prepare for this disease on our own,” Guerrero said.

 

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