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05/26/2020 COVID-19 Public Guidance - CNMI now on Community Vulnerability Level "YELLOW"

In line with approved guidance by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) and community-based testing data by the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres announced on Monday that the CNMI can now responsibly initiate the next phase in the implementation of its Economic Recovery Plan from Community Vulnerability Level “RED” to “YELLOW.”


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05/21/2020 One new COVID-19 case in the CNMI

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the public that one (1) additional person has been recently confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.


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05/16/2020 Two new COVID-19 cases in the CNMI

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the public that two (2) additional people have been recently confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. These cases were identified through contact tracing, are in stable condition, and are safely isolated at Kanoa Resort.


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05/15/2020 Update on the CNMI Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Initiative

Individuals can now register at www.governor.gov.mp/covid-19/testing. The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to provide the following updates for the CNMI Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Initiative:


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05/14/2020 Amendment to Directive 7 of the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives of 2020 reopening government offices

DIRECTIVE 7: All government offices will reopen to conduct regular government business. For the week of May 17 through May 23, government offices will be open four (4) hours from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. All non-essential government employees are directed to report to their work stations pursuant to the schedules provided by their supervisors. Non-essential employees will continue to be on administrative leave for the remaining daily hours that the government is not open.


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05/11/2020 Three new cases of COVID-19

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announce that three (3) additional people have been recently confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.


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05/11/2020 CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative to resume operations

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force would like to announce that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will resume operations tomorrow, May 12, 2020.


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05/9/2020 One new COVID-19 confirmed case in the CNMI

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation would like to inform the public that one (1) new individual has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the CNMI is now 16.


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05/7/2020 Temporary Suspension of Community-Based Testing Initiative

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force would like to announce that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will be temporarily suspended starting tomorrow, May 8, 2020 through Sunday, May 10, 2020.


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05/6/2020 Presumptive positive case is confirmed positive for COVID-19

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) officially announce that the 17-year-old male presumptive case announced yesterday, is confirmed positive for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the CNMI is now 15.


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05/1/2020 Office of the Governor: Reduction in Curfew Hours - Amendment to Directive 16 of the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives of 2020

On April 16, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-07 that authorized the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office, through the CNMI COVID-19 Task Force, in partnership with Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC), to undertake necessary COVID-19 containment measures by means of the development of Emergency Directives to be titled the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives of 2020 to protect the health and safety of the public.


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04/27/2020 Office of the Governor: CNMI to begin community-based testing for COVID-19

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Esther L. Muña announced on Monday that the CNMI will begin community-based testing for COVID-19 at the Saipan International Airport on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.


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04/18/2020 CHCC: One new COVID-19 confirmed case in the CNMI; First case to be confirmed at CHCC Laboratory

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announced on Saturday the confirmation of one (1) new COVID-19 case, bringing CNMI’s total confirmed case count to 14.


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04/14/2020 CHCC: Two new COVID-19 confirmed cases in the CNMI

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) confirm two (2) new COVID-19 cases, bringing CNMI’s total confirmed case count to 13.


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04/14/2020 Office of the Governor: CNMI acquires 60,000 COVID-19 test kits; receives first 20,000

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announced on Tuesday that the CNMI has received the first 20,000 COVID-19 test kits that it purchased from South Korea. The CNMI is set to receive a total of 60,000 test kits within the next week and will soon be able to conduct on-island COVID-19 testing based on testing strategy guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


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04/11/2020 CARES Act Will Benefit NMC Students

Yesterday, on April 10, 2020, Northern Marianas College received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Education that the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will provide approximately $1.8 million in grant funding to Northern Marianas College. Of this amount, about $920K is reserved for NMC students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.


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04/08/2020 CHCC: Three new COVID-19 confirmed cases in the CNMI

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) confirm three (3) new COVID-19 cases, bringing CNMI’s total confirmed case count to 11.


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04/07/2020 CHCC: Second COVID-19 patient passes away

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Governor's COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC), has confirmed that a second COVID-19 patient passed away today, April 7, 2020 at CHCC.


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04/06/2020 CHCC: First group of travelers to be released from COVID-19 quarantine facility this week

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the public that during this week (April 6-12, 2020), 118 individuals are completing their 14-day quarantine.


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04/02/2020 CHCC: Two new COVID-19 confirmed cases in the CNMI

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announce the confirmation of two new COVID-19 cases in the CNMI. These two new cases of COVID-19 include a 55-year-old male and a 31-year-old male. These two individuals have no recent travel history. Both are in stable condition and remain in isolation.


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04/01/2020 Office of the Governor: Update on Stimulus Checks

On March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act includes provision for a refundable tax credit, widely known as a “stimulus check” that applies to the CNMI and other US territories.


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04/01/2020 CHCC: Four new COVID-19 confirmed cases in the CNMI

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announced the confirmation of four new COVID-19 cases in the CNMI.


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03/30/2020 Updated Executive Order re: Curfew and Business Hours

Amendment to Directive 14 of the Second Amended Executive Order 2020-04 to promote social distancing and expand available store hours


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03/30/2020 Death of Suspected COVID19 Patient; New Curfew Rules

In a press conference held earlier today, the Office of the Governor and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announced that one patient suspected of having COVID-19 has passed away today, March 30, 2020. A specimen has been sent to Guam for testing. Official press releases will be shared on NMC email and other platforms.

As we pray for the family members of the deceased individual, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of staying home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Also, Governor Ralph Torres announced a new 7pm to 6am curfew for ALL CNMI residents with a few exceptions. More details will be shared once available.


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03/28/2020 CHCC: COVID-19 Specimen Update

Earlier this evening, two positive cases of COVID-19 in the CNMI were confirmed by Governor Ralph Torres and CHCC CEO Esther Muna. We will share official news releases once available. Continue to stay home and break the chain of transmission of the virus. Social distancing remains one of our strongest weapons against the outbreak.


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03/20/2020 CHCC: COVID-19 Specimen Update

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the public that the results of both specimens submitted to Guam Public Health Lab this week have been confirmed negative for COVID-19. While this is great news for our community, we all need to continue to be proactive with our personal prevention efforts - stay home - stay informed - stay healthy.


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03/19/2020 CHCC: Update on Specimen Sent for COVID-19 Testing

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to advise the public that the specimen sent for COVID-19 testing mentioned in a health advisory released on Friday, March 13, 2020 (CHCC-PR-20- 064) has been confirmed negative for COVID-19 by Guam Public Health Lab. We will continue to provide updates on our surveillance moving forward.


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03/18/2020 CHCC Health Advisory: CHCC COVID-19 Update for CNMI

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the general public that the CHCC continues to implement active surveillance for COVID-19 in the CNMI. As a result of our active and enhanced surveillance efforts, the CHCC has identified a surveillance case. CHCC is submitting specimens for testing to the Guam Public Health Lab based on the COVID-19 Surveillance Case definition.

A “Surveillance Case” is defined as a patient for whom a clinician has judged should be tested, but does not meet the COVID-19 Person Under Investigation (PUI) criteria as defined by Guam Public Health Lab, our current testing location. While the patient does not meet the CDC case definition of a COVID-19 PUI, the CHCC is taking a precautionary stance in order to protect the CNMI community.

This does not mean that the CNMI has a confirmed case.

In an effort to reduce community transmission, CHCC, per CDC guidelines and CNMI legal authorities granted to CHCC, has decided to isolate this surveillance case and identified household members. This decision was made in the best interest of protecting our island community.

To not comprise essential CHCC hospital operations and to protect CHCC limited resources, the Governor’s COVID-19 Taskforce has arranged for temporary isolation facilities through our business community.

The CHCC will provide further updates on this situation as they become available and request that the public respect the privacy of the surveillance case and household members.

STAY AT HOME, SLOW THE SPREAD

The Office of the Governor and CHCC would also like to remind the public that the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other illnesses is practice: Social-distancing, which means avoiding close contact with people in order to avoid catching the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on.

  • Please stay home as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary travel or exposure in public places.
  • Work or do schoolwork from home whenever possible and reasonable.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10.
  • Avoid eating out at restaurants. Use drive-thru, take-out, or delivery options.
  • Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick
  • from this illness. People at high risk should stay at home as much as possible.
  • Create a household plan of action https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/checklist-household-ready.html
  • Ensure 30-day supply of all medicines.

Continue good hand hygiene:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 second with soap and water, avoid touching your face, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.

Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you become symptomatic:

  • Stay home when you are sick and if you recently traveled to a place with COVID-19. Self- quarantine looks like:
    • Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Limit visitors

The CHCC appreciates the patience and understanding of the community at this time. To obtain information about COVID-19, please reach out to the CHCC COVID-19 Infoline at the following numbers: 285-1542/1672/1352/1854 These numbers are available 7:30AM-7PM.

For more information about CHCC programs, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at @cnmichcc, check out our website at www.chcc.gov.mp or call us at (670) 234-8950.

This health advisory may be found online at http://www.chcc.gov.mp/pressrelease.html

03/17/2020
(8:30PM)
NMC Frequently Asked Questions (Student Update: March 17, 2020, 8:30pm)

General Questions
Will NMC's campus on Saipan, Rota or Tinian be open?

To ensure the safety of students, students are asked to stay home. NMC campuses on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota will remain off limits to all students at this time and until further notice. Continue to monitor your student email for updates.


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03/17/2020
(5:50PM)
CHCC: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Decision Making for CNMI Residents - COVID-19 Q: I’m worried about COVID-19 in the CNMI. What should I do?

A: If you feel well, practice good hygiene and social distancing. Laboratory testing for COVID-19 is only available for extreme cases. There is no voluntary testing in the CNMI for people who are feeling well.

How to practice good hygiene: Wash your hands for at least 20 second with soap and water, avoid touching your face, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.

How to practice social distancing: Stay home if possible, and stay away from large gatherings. Avoid close contact with others such as kissing, hugging, or shaking hands. Avoiding close contact with people helps you to avoid catching the virus yourself and passing it on. Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can pass on the virus to someone who may be more vulnerable.

Q. I’ve recently travelled to Guam and want to get tested for COVID-19. Where can I go?

A. If you don’t feel sick, practice good hygiene and social distancing. There is currently no testing available for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you feel unwell, but don’t have a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or don’t have difficulty breathing, stay home and take care of your symptoms.

If you feel unwell, and have a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or have difficulty breathing, call your primary care provider or see a medical professional for screening in front of the CHCC main entrance beginning Wednesday, March 18th at 9am. This screening does not include laboratory testing.

If you have been contacted by a Guam public health official to let you know that you have been exposed to an individual that has been confirmed positive for COVID-19, then you should follow strict home quarantine if you feel well, and notify CNMI health officials by calling (670) 236-8209. If you have symptoms, call your primary care provider.

Q. Can I get a test for COVID-19 in the CNMI?

A. No. No laboratories in the CNMI are capable of testing for COVID-19 as of March 16th, 2020.

Currently, Guam, which is the closest location for COVID-19 tests in the CNMI, will only accept tests from seriously ill, hospitalized patients who have a very high possibility of exposure and who meet the surveillance and epidemiology criteria. CNMI and Guam authorities collaboratively decide which cases are high priority to be tested.

Patients with no or mild symptoms will not be prioritized for testing.

Q. What treatment is available if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

A. There is no cure for the virus which causes COVID-19. Treatment for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 is limited to managing symptoms while the illness runs its course. If symptoms are mild, home management of symptoms is sufficient. Many people do recover fully from the virus.

Q. I have an upcoming trip planned next week. Should I go?

A. Travel is strongly discouraged at this time.

Q. Should I have my employees work from home?

A. If telework is a viable option for your business, yes.

Q. Should I require my employees to get a medical clearance before coming to work?

A. No. There is no “medical clearance” available for the COVID-19 virus. If an employee is sick, allow them to stay home or seek medical care, if needed. Requiring employees who do not feel sick to get a “clearance” from a medical professional does not reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and overwhelms our health care system.

Q. My prescription has run out, and I need to renew it. What should I do?

A. Call your primary care provider to see how you can get your prescription renewed.

If you are on Medicaid, Medicaid has approved medication fills for up to 90 days during this emergency.



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03/17/2020
(12:00PM)
COVID-19 Update (March 17, 2020 12:00pm)

As we monitor the latest news about the pandemic, know that Northern Marianas College remains committed to ensuring the safety of students and employees as the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate and rapidly evolve.

To prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, the College is restricting any gatherings and face-to-face interactions on its Saipan, Tinian, and Rota campuses by transitioning face-to-face classes to a virtual environment.

As announced earlier, drills in the virtual format will be conducted for all face-to-face classes beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Saturday, March 21, 2020. Students should sign in to the virtual drills from home on the days and time the class was originally scheduled. Each drill session will last approximately 30 minutes.

Virtual drills will help everyone become comfortable with the virtual environment. It also helps us assess, identify challenges and make improvements. Our goal is to have all classes resume on Monday, March 23, 2020 in a virtual format.

To prevent gatherings and increase social distancing practices, students SHOULD NOT gather in public spaces (cafes, restaurants, etc.) to access or perform college related assignments or for other reasons.

Please review the announcements from the Learning and Student Success leadership in detail. More details, including online support resources like tutoring services, will be provided about the transition to virtual formats.

Continue to Exercise Proper Hygiene

It's important to emphasize that the best way to prepare for an outbreak is to stay informed with the latest information you need to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect those who are most vulnerable. Strictly adhere to the following hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Rather than into your hand, cover your cough or sneeze with a bent elbow or handkerchief or into a tissue. Throw used tissue away immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Dynamic Situation

The spread of the coronavirus continues to expand and rapidly escalate in various parts of the world. The situation is dynamic and quickly evolving. The information we share today may need to be updated in days or perhaps hours. Some of the timelines we identify may need to be moved up depending on circumstances that emphasize student and employee safety and well-being. Ensure that you continue to monitor OFFICIAL resources with the latest information:

As emphasized, the College's primary concern remains the health and safety of our students and employees. While we face another unprecedented event, I continue to have confidence in our team as we work together to identify and implement innovative and creative solutions and responses to the pandemic. If you have any question or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your advisors or instructors if you are a student and the HR department if you are an employee.

Thank you and please be safe.

03/15/2020
(9:30PM)
COVID-19 Update (March 15, 2020 9:30pm)

NMC Students and Employees:

Effective immediately, the Northern Marianas College is suspending all face-to-face classes through March 17th. Transition of a majority of face-to-face courses to online platforms will occur on Wednesday March 18, 2020 while the remaining classes will transition by March 23, 2020. A complete schedule will be provided by Monday, March 16, 2020.

NMC classes which are conducted entirely online will continue as scheduled.

NMC Leadership Team members, department heads and department chairpersons are asked to attend a leadership / management team meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the NMC Board of Regents Conf. Room at 8:30am or attend via Zoom (invite will be in email). Members of NMC’s Pandemic Planning Task Force, Facilities Team are also asked to attend. Details will be sent via email.

All other employees are not to report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020. Additional information will be communicated through NMC email. Please be sure to be in contact with your supervisors.

03/15/2020
(8:07 AM)
COVID19 Update / Transitioning to Online: Message from the Interim President

Hafa Adai and Tiroow NMC Students and Employees:

This message is lengthier than usual; please take a few minutes to review the email thoroughly.

Northern Marianas College continues to monitor COVID-19 information as it becomes available. The COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious public health concern we have seen here in the CNMI and around the globe. Already, U.S. President Trump has declared a national emergency, which activates federal resources and funds to combat the spread of the virus.

Preparing for an Outbreak

As of the time of this email message, there have not been any confirmed cases of the virus here in the CNMI, but that may change at any time. The best way to prepare for a possible outbreak is through knowledge and preparation, not panic.

The College is in close communication with both the Commonwealth Health Center Corporation (CHCC) and other agencies to ensure that we have the latest and most accurate information available.

This information is shared, when appropriate, with the campus community through the NMC website where there is a section specifically dedicated to COVID19 updates. I also urge you to download the NMC myProa mobile app so you can receive push notifications that include important announcements. The myProa app is available on the Apple Store or the Google Play Store at no cost.

We also continue to build awareness about proper hygiene practices, expand NMC’s cleaning services to increase cleaning and sanitizing of high traffic areas on campus, and engage other agencies and partners to help us prepare for an outbreak. We are considering postponing large events, preparing employees from designated administrative departments to work from home, and taking other necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus. Additionally, I have instructed that all institutional sponsored travel be suspended. More details about this travel suspension will be sent out separately.

To pull all these plans and activities together, I have appointed a Pandemic Planning Task Force that include Leadership Team and faculty members to help lead other preparation planning activities. This team is led by Cyndi Deleon Guerrero, VP for Learning and Student Success, and Patricia Coleman, Interim Dean for NMC CREES.

Moving Face to Face Classes to an Online Platform

The College has engaged stakeholders from all different levels of our community, to include administrators, faculty members, department chairs, and students, in developing a course contingency plan to begin the transition of face-to-face classes to an online platform utilizing Moodle with Zoom features. Instructors should already begin the process of preparing for this transition to online classes.

We recognize that not all instructional content can be transitioned quickly or easily to an online environment, and we are identifying alternative plans for those courses or elements of courses. We also recognize that some instructors and students may need additional assistance in accessing online content.

Virtual drills will be conducted to engage our campus community with the use of Moodle with Zoom integrated features. We ask that you participate in the virtual drills. The drills aim to enhance and expand your technological skills in the use of online and virtual learning platforms and ensure a smooth transition to an online virtual format.

Instructions on how this will take place and virtual drills schedule will be sent on Monday, March 16, 2020. Virtual drills are scheduled to occur between Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and March 25, 2020, with varying schedules depending on your current course scheduled meeting time.

More information about this transition to online will be shared by the leaders of the Learning and Student Success (LSS) Division.

What You Can Do

In addition to preparing to move to an online environment, make certain that you are also doing what you can do to minimize the spread of the virus. Again, I want to emphasize that the best way to prepare for an outbreak is to stay informed with the latest information you need to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect those who are most vulnerable. Strictly adhere to the following hygiene practices:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Stay home when you are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Rather than into your hand, cover your cough or sneeze with a bent elbow or handkerchief or into a tissue. Throw used tissue away immediately.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Dynamic Situation

The spread of the coronavirus continues to expand and rapidly escalate in various parts of the world. The situation is dynamic and quickly evolving. The information we share today may need to be updated in days or perhaps hours. Some of the timelines we identify may need to be moved up depending on circumstances that emphasize student and employee safety and well-being. Ensure that you continue to monitor OFFICIAL resources with the latest information:

Commonwealth Health Center Corporation

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC Travel Advisories

Our primary concern remains the health and safety of our students and employees. While we face another unprecedented event, I continue to have confidence in our team as we work together to identify and implement innovative and creative solutions and responses to the pandemic. If you have any question or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your advisors or instructors if you are a student and the HR department if you are an employee.

Together our PROA family will get through this.

03/13/2020 CHCC Implementing Infectious Disease Diagnostic Tool: BioFire

Part of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s (CHCC) ongoing efforts to protect the CNMI community involves the surveillance and monitoring of infectious diseases. Regular surveillance allows the CHCC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Program, under the Public Health and Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP), to rapidly respond to disease outbreaks based on confirmed or suspected cases, in order to mitigate the effects on the population and break the chain of transmission.


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03/13/2020
(5:30 PM)
Northern Marianas College: TRAVEL SUSPENSION

Over an abundance of concern for the safety of students and employees, Northern Marianas College is suspending all College-sponsored travel by faculty, staff, and students for all travel activity occurring through April 30, 2020 (Exemptions to this suspension may be granted by the Interim President for extreme situations). The suspension of travel will likely be continued after April 30, 2020, and an additional advisory from NMC will be issued to confirm the suspension after this time period.

Furthermore, because the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, Northern Marianas College is also strongly urging all students, faculty, and staff to reconsider personal travel to U.S. and international destinations.

Spring Break. As NMC’s Spring Break approaches, there may be anticipated or planned personal travel. To be clear, the College cannot restrict personal travel, however, the College strongly advises all anyone traveling to read all relevant travel advisories and other COVID-19-related notices that may impact your trip abroad.

Traveling through a country that is considered low risk today may quickly become high risk. It is possible that you will encounter issues when leaving or entering a country, or when returning to the CNMI. Additionally, screening activities for COVID-19 symptoms have been launched at numerous airports around the world, including the U.S. You may be directed by public health authorities to self-isolate for two weeks, and to monitor your health. You could even be quarantined by authorities.

Any NMC employee or student returning to the CNMI from off-island travel after visiting or transiting through any country, state, or territory with reported COVID-19 cases should observe a 14-day self-quarantine before returning to the campus. Additional details will be announced relating to those who return from personal travel.

At this time, the U.S. State Department has deemed a number of countries to be high risk and has warned against travel. That list may expand in the next few days or weeks. Visit the U.S. Department of State Travel Pages for the most recent updates and take the warnings into serious consideration. Additional travel advisories can be accessed through the CDC website travel advisory page.



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03/12/2020 Memorandum: Pandemic Planning Task Force (PPTF)

As we continue to monitor the escalating COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in the region and around the globe, Northern Marianas College is taking necessary steps that protect the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, community, and visitors. Planning activities to ensure the continuity of learning and student services are also being advanced.

To further these, I am creating a Pandemic Planning Task Force to vigilantly monitor this rapidly evolving situation and to continue developing a plan of action to protect our campus community.

The PPTF will report to the Interim President and the NMC Leadership Team regarding coordination with students and employees and with local and national agencies to prepare for a potential outbreak.

The following are hereby appointed to the PPTF:

  • Co-Chair Cynthia Deleon Guerrero, Vice-President, Learning and Student Success
  • Co-Chair Patricia Coleman, Interim Dean of Cooperative Research, Extension and Education Service (CREES)
  • Charlotte Cepeda, Dean of Learning and Student Success
  • Vincent Merfalen, Director of Facilities
  • Adrian Atalig, Director of Information Technology
  • Polly DLG. Masga, Director of Human Resources
  • Randy Yates, Faculty Senate President
  • Velma Deleon Guerrero, Acting Interim Director of School of Business/Faculty Representative
  • Miguel Dandan, OIA Coordinator
  • Christine Aldan, Program Manager for Prior Learning Assessment/Administrative Support

Please extend your cooperation as the PPTF take on these additional responsibilities.

03/6/2020 Suspected COVID-19 Case Confirmed Negative Through Additional Clinical Assessment”

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to advise the public that the suspected COVID-19 case mentioned in a health advisory released on Thursday, March 5, 2020 (CHCC-PR-20- 056) has been confirmed negative for COVID-19 through additional clinical assessment and extensive consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The patient presented with additional symptoms that are not consistent with COVID-19, and was diagnosed with a different upper respiratory illness.


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03/5/2020 COVID19 Suspected Case Sent for Testing in Hawaii

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the general public that, after consultation with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CHCC is submitting a specimen for COVID-19 testing to the laboratory in Hawaii. While the patient does not meet the full CDC case definition of a COVID-19 person under investigation (PUI), and is considered a suspect of low priority, the CHCC is taking a precautionary stance in order to protect the CNMI community.


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02/21/2020 Low Priority Suspected COVID-19 Case Confirmed NEGATIVE by CDC

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today that the sample from the low priority suspected COVID-19 case tested negative for the coronavirus.

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02/10/2020 CHCC Sends Low Priority Specimen for 2019-nCoV Testing

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the general public that, after consultation with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CHCC is submitting a specimen for novel coronavirus 2019-nCov testing to the CDC laboratory in Atlanta, GA. While the patient does not meet the full CDC case definition of a 2019-nCov person under investigation (PUI), and is considered a suspect of low priority, the CHCC is taking a precautionary stance in order to protect the CNMI community.

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02/04/2020 CHCC Health Advisory: Coronavirus Update 4

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) is continuing to monitor the ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, and which has now spread across mainland China. Over the last few weeks, cases have begun to appear globally in locations including Southeast Asia, Europe, and the mainland US. There have been over 350 deaths, with the vast majority occurring in Wuhan and other parts of mainland China. Only one death has been recorded outside of mainland China, in the Philippines.

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02/03/2020 There are currently no cases of 2019-nCoV in the CNMI as of Monday, February 3, 2020 at 12:23PM

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first identified in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China in December 2019. There have been thousands of cases reported in Wuhan and other areas in China, and cases are being reported internationally including in the mainland US. Over 300 deaths have been reported in China, with one death reported outside of China in the Philippines.

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02/01/2020 CDC Update and Interim Guidance on 2019-nCoV Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was initially detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides a situational update and interim guidance to state and local health departments that supersedes guidance in CDC’s HAN 426 distributed on January 17, 2020.

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01/31/2020 Jan. 31, 2020 Health Advisory re: Coronavirus (Message from the Interim President)

NMC Students and Employees,

We are sure you are likely reading and following the news announcements regarding the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. Here are key takeaways from the Jan. 31, 2020 announcement from the Office of the Governor and the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation (CHCC):

  • The World Health Organization has declared this a public health emergency.
  • As of January 31, 2020, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus in the CNMI.
  • The spread of this illness can be combatted with good hygiene practices which include the following:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Continue to refer to the CHCC and other official news sources for the latest and most accurate information. Save the following CHCC link for specific information regarding the virus and related updates: http://www.chcc.gov.mp/coronavirusinformation.php

The College is following guidelines by official agencies and monitoring developments that could impact our NMC community. As always, NMC will also make announcements through College website and email (@marianas.edu) and NMC social media outlets. We will continue to share information when and where appropriate.

If you're concerned about your health or have health-related questions, please contact CHCC or your medical provider as soon as possible. Here are other informational resources:

01/31/2020 CHCC Health Advisory: Coronavirus Update 3

As of Thursday, January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) around the ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in late December 2019. As of this release, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in the CNMI.

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01/30/2020 WHO declares Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations to other countries, took place on Thursday, 30 January 2020, from 13:30 to 18:35 Geneva time (CEST).

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01/28/2020 No Coronavirus Case in CNMI

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC)would like to update the public on a rumor that was circulating yesterday that a novel coronavirus case has been confirmed on Saipan. As far as we can tell, this rumor originated from this memo out of Alpha Insurers in Guam. The CHCC can confirm as of this release that no confirmed or suspected coronaviruses cases have been identified on Saipan or anywhere else in the CNMI. We will update the public should any cases in the CNMI be identified.

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01/24/2020 CHCC Addresses Rumors Circulating About Coronavirus

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to address rumors that have been circulating in the CNMI community today indicating that protective masks should be worn prior to entering CHCC, and that a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case arrived on Saipan today. Five patients were treated at the CHCC this morning exhibiting symptoms reminiscent of 2019-nCoV, and who had recently traveled to an affected area. However, these patients’ illnesses were confirmed to be the flu, not 2019-nCoV.

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01/22/2020 Update on Coronavirus Outbreak

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to update the public regarding the ongoing outbreak of pneumonia that started in Wuhan, China.

What caused the outbreak?
The ongoing pneumonia outbreak is caused by a new type of coronavirus referred to as 2019-nCoV.

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?
Symptoms include fever, and symptoms associated with lower respiratory illness such as coughing, and difficulty breathing.

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01/17/2020 CHCC Monitoring Outbreak of Coronavirus

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to advise the public that we are monitoring the outbreak of illness in Wuhan, China. The disease has been confirmed to have been caused by a novel (new) type of coronavirus. There have been 41 confirmed cases in China and one death in a patient who had significant underlying medical conditions. No additional cases in China have been detected since January 3, 2020. However, as of January 16, two export cases of the disease have been confirmed in people who had recently traveled from Wuhan.

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