CNMI renews public health emergency; COVID-19 case count at 61 as of Monday

CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres (Image taken from the CNMI Office of the Governor's video)

CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres has renewed the state of public health emergency declaration in the Commonwealth.

To continue CNMI’s response to the global COVID-19 outbreak, Torres has signed EO 2020-19 extending the enforcement by 30 days.

The EO renews the state of public health emergency and a continued declaration of state of significant emergency all over the Commonwealth.

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.

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.

Positive cases

On March 28, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announced that individuals on Saipan were confirmed positive for COVID-19 infection. Since that date, a total of 61 individuals have been confirmed positive with COVID-19.  

The latest COVID-19 case was announced by the COVID-19 task force on Monday night. The individual was identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through testing upon arrival.

Of the total 61 confirmed cases, 35 cases have been identified through port of entry screening procedures, in accordance with the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives, 10 cases have been identified as a community contact, and 16 cases identified as a known contact.