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‘Continue observing social distancing rules’

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday requested community members to continue observing social distancing rules, wearing face masks and practicing good hygiene.

“I [also] want to ask the people of the Commonwealth to continue to pray for [Guam] Gov. Lou [Leon Guerrero] and Lt. Gov. Josh [Tenorio],” who have both tested positive for Covid -19.

“This is a reminder, again, that [Covid-19] is very much in our region [and] very much still happening around the world. We can never put down our guard. I know that we’ve done an excellent job of making sure that our government, our private partners, [and] our community continue to work hand-in-hand to fight the same pandemic together. [But] please, let’s continue to practice our social distancing, making sure that we wear our masks in the community, and just be aware that it’s a serious matter. I know that sometimes we tend to forget, but this is just a reminder that we should treat it, again, as we did in February or March or even April.”

The governor likewise thanked members of the community for their vigilance. “We would not be where we’re at without the support of our community,” he said during a press briefing on KKMP radio.

“We’ve always treated Covid as a priority, a high risk. The government [continues] to work with our first responders, our nurses, our doctors, our firefighters, our police officers, [and] various different departments,” he said.

The governor noted that every inbound passenger has been tested for the virus regardless of whether or not they have a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test.

He said he has just received an update from Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna regarding discussions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has categorized the CNMI and other U.S. affiliated Pacific islands — including those without Covid-19 cases —  as “high-risk” locations.

The governor noted that the CNMI has one of the highest percentage of community testing in the nation, as well as one of the lowest rates of positive Covid-19 cases of which approximately half have been from inbound passengers.

He said that on another list, the CNMI is categorized as “low risk.”

“If our numbers are [low], but yet we’re being considered high-risk, what then is a low number to consider low-risk?” he asked.

“I think if you look at the numbers around the world… we’re very safe.”

As of Saturday, the CNMI had reported 50 confirmed cases since March and two deaths.

The U.S., on the other hand, had 5.37 million confirmed cases and 169,000 deaths.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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