Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has directed the closure of all public and private schools and colleges in the Commonwealth for the next 10 days in the wake of the confirmation of three COVID-19 cases that were detected in the community. Counting from today, Oct. 29, 2021, the 10th day will fall on Nov. 7, 2021, a Sunday.
In a memorandum he issued early morning today, Torres said the temporary closure of schools is being done to mitigate against community spread as contact tracing continues to be conducted by Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force.
Torres said his directive was done in consultation with CHCC and the task force, and the memorandum was issued to the CNMI State Board of Education, CNMI Public School System, Northern Marianas College, and the Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools informing them of his closure of all public and private schools.
It said that Torres has been in close communication with PSS and NMC leadership throughout this early morning to initiate a safe and efficient closure of schools and colleges.
“I want to personally assure the educational community, staff, parents, families, and students that we will do everything as a government to protect the Commonwealth as we have successfully done throughout the course of the pandemic. We have the tools in place to contain this,” he said in the memorandum.
An earlier news release from PSS stated that two of the new community transmission cases have been identified that impact the Chacha Oceanview Middle School and Francisco M. Sablan Middle School. CHCC has yet to state where the third case was identified.
“We remind residents to continue practicing the 3 W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. All individuals are encouraged to take advantage of community-based testing, which resumes later today at Kanoa Resort from 12pm to 3pm to ensure the safety of all residents. We also encourage eligible residents who are unvaccinated to get vaccinated to protect against serious illness,” Torres’ memo states.
It said the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC will provide updates “as this is an evolving situation.” (Saipan Tribune)