CNMI renews public health emergency after rise in COVID cases

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

CNMI Governor Ralph Torres has renewed the public health emergency order in the commonwealth following a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The new executive order extends the public health emergency declaration in the CNMI for 30 more days.

The CNMI has had more than 70 positive COVID-19 cases since late March, when the first positive case was identified by health authorities.

According to CHCC, more than 50 of the cases are travel-related and two of the recent cases were identified over the weekend through travel screening and testing on arrival.

After testing positive, they were placed in quarantine and isolated for close monitoring. CHCC also initiated contact tracing to include passengers who were on the same flight.

The CNMI Governor, in the EO, said that 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.