CNMI renews state of public health declaration

CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres (PNC file photo)

In response to the global COVID-19 outbreak, CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres has signed Executive Order 2020-06, which renews the state of public health emergency and a continued declaration of state of significant emergency all over the Commonwealth.

The EO establishes response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning COVID-19.

Torres signed the EO recognizing that COVID-19 continues to “pose a significant and imminent threat of harm to the community, environment and people of the CNMI. So, emergency declarations are necessary to respond, quarantine and ensure the prevention of or containment of COVID-19.”

The CNMI Government first issued its COVID-19 emergency declaration (EO 2020-04) on March 16. This was further amended on March 17 and March 19, and by means of Directive 2020-005. Several memoranda were also issued to implement adjustments in the CNMI’s response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures.

With the renewal of the public health emergency declaration, Torres directed and instructed the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC), Commonwealth Homeland Security & Emergency Management Office (HSEM) and all other necessary Commonwealth agencies to undertake immediate emergency COVID-19 containment measures.

The CNMI Government announced its first 2 COVID-19 confirmed cases on March 28. Since then, a total of 13 individuals have been confirmed positive, including two who died because of COVID-19.

Here’s Executive Order 2020-06 in full:

200415 EO 2020-06 Renewal Public Health Emergency Declaration - Coronavirus (1)