CNMI extends state of public health emergency for 30 more days

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

To continue its response to the global COVID-19 outbreak, CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres has signed EO 2020-15, extending the enforcement of two previous directives by 30 days.

First, it renews the state of public health emergency and a continued declaration of state of significant emergency all over the Commonwealth.

Second, it also renews the order directing the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office — through the CNMI COVID-19 Task Force and in partnership with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation — to undertake necessary COVID-19 containment measures by developing emergency directives to protect the health and safety of the public.

According to the new EO, COVID-19 continues to pose a significant and imminent threat of harm to the community, environment, and people of the CNMI. So, the emergency declaration is necessary to respond, quarantine, and ensure the prevention of or containment of COVID-19 in the CNMI.

“By renewing the Declaration of State of Public Health Emergency and Continued
Declaration of a State of Significant Emergency embodied in Executive Order 2020-04, as
amended, and by renewing Executive Order 2020-07, I intend to direct the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management Office, and all other necessary Commonwealth agencies to undertake containment measures as necessary to meet the threat of COVID-19,” Gov. Torres said in the renewed order.

The CNMI Government issued its first COVID-19 emergency declaration on January 29. Several memoranda were issued afterward to implement adjustments in the CNMI’s response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures.