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Governor renews state of public health, significant emergency

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres renewed his declaration of state of public health emergency and continued declaration of state of significant emergency to establish response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning Covid-19.

The extension is for another 30 days.

Executive Order 2020-13 directs the CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management Office, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. to take necessary measures through emergency directives to contain Covid-19 and protect the health and safety of the Commonwealth.

“Covid-19 is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious illness and death, especially for the elderly and people who have underlying medical conditions. There is no confirmed treatment for Covid-19 other than quarantine, isolation and containment. The potential pandemic impact of Covid-19 cannot be understated. Action is necessary to protect the health and safety of our children, our senior citizens, businesses, and all other CNMI residents and visitors,” said the governor.

He added, “Covid-19 continues to pose a significant and imminent threat of harm to the community, environment and people of the CNMI and thus emergency declarations are necessary to respond, quarantine and ensure the prevention of or containment of Covid-19 in the CNMI.”

The  pandemic was first detected in Wuhan, China, and as of Sunday, nearly 8 million confirmed Covid-19 cases had been reported and over 429,000 people had died across the globe from this virus.

The United States declared a national public health emergency just two days after the Torres-Palacios administration issued Executive Order 2020-01, declaring a state of significant emergency regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, ordering CHCC to implement quarantine and preventive containment measures, and directing the secretary of Finance and the special assistant for management and budget to assess the fiscal impact of the outbreak on the government’s budget.

Every month since then, the  administration has issued a renewal of the declaration of state of significant emergency, and eventually declared a state of public health emergency and renewed that as well.

Since the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC announced in late March that individuals on Saipan were confirmed positive for Covid-19 infection, 30 had been confirmed positive with Covid-19, and of those individuals, two have died.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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