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NMI government wants to extend Kanoa, PIC contracts

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THE governor’s authorized representative, Patrick Guerrero, said Monday during a press briefing on KKMP radio that requests have been made to extend contracts for  the quarantine facilities at the Pacific Islands Club and the alternate care site at Kanoa Resort.

He said the contract for Kanoa Resort will expire next Monday, while the contract for PIC will expire at the end of this month.

Guerrero added that he has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an extension of “the non-congregate shelter” side of the hotel for PIC.

He said the contract for PIC will either be changed or terminated depending on the changes to the quarantine procedures in the Commonwealth.

He said another request to the federal agency has a been made to allow for a 30-day extension for Kanoa Resort, up to July 15.

 First responders receive inbound passengers at the Pacific Islands Club three days a week. Photo by K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol

“We do look forward to an extension with the Kanoa contract, or a new contract, to continue occupying that space that we had just built out…as we look forward to making some changes to our quarantine and incoming process that have yet to be finalized. Maybe in our next briefing we can share more of some changes to our quarantine process,” Guerrero said.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, for his part, said that he visited the alternate care site at Kanoa Resort this past Saturday.

“I believe the facility is ready. I hope that early this week, we will be bringing in the equipment and start running those equipment, and perhaps also the beds. There is one more flight that will be coming in later this week. I believe soon, we will have all of the equipment, supplies, beds, and other parts of the center ready,” he said.

In regards to the costs of the extension of the Kanoa contract, Guerrero said, “I can’t say at this point, but I know it’s going to be different than the first runaround. Always in the best interest of the government and the taxpayers, we’re going to maybe even negotiate something that’s more reasonable for just the area that we’re going to be using. I can share maybe more next week when that new contract is in place.”

He added, “This week, we’re going to negotiate to figure out the [extension]. We are not utilizing many of the rooms that we thought we would in the beginning with isolating individuals. A lot of the confirmed cases that don’t need hospitalization are staying down there.”

He said “contact tracing, to my understanding, has not resulted in a lot of others having to check in at Kanoa for isolation. I guess with the increased testing capability that we have at [the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.], we’re able to actually test close contacts of individuals and release them, and then maybe come back and test them a few days later, and not having to necessarily isolate them especially when they’re not showing any symptoms.”

Guerrero said “this extension moving forward is going to be quite different from how we had a contract with them. The last 90 days were really for the whole facility as a quarantine or isolation facility. Now we’re going to be using the bottom floor that we renovated. We’re still discussing whether we’re going to renovate additional floors above that for mid-level non-ICU care, and how much of the facility do we actually need for just the confirmed cases and close contacts persons under investigation.”

 

 

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