THINGS TO KNOW – May 28, 2020

Posted on May 28 2020


As of May 27, 2020. All information may change without prior notice. For corrections and additions to this list, send an email to or call 235-6397 or 235-2440.

CNMI Economic Recovery Plan

The Office of the Governor releases its CNMI Economic Recovery Plan, which lays out the CNMI’s phased approach and the CNMI COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Rating System. For details, click on link at

Q&A on PUA and FPUC

General questions and answers about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC, programs. For details, click on link at

Process for mass testing

Mass testing for COVID-19 is ongoing at the Saipan International Airport. The test is free. People interested in being tested for COVID-19 can request for an appointment for specimen collection on the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. website at or over the phone through the COVID-19 Info Line. For more information, see link at

Updated Government Resource list

The CNMI government has issued an updated government resource listing as of May 19, 2020, which includes all government offices and agencies that are operational and offering services to the public during the governor’s public health emergency. See Page 10 of today’s Saipan Tribune. For additional details, click on link at

SBA Fact Sheet

The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a “Fact Sheet for the CNMI” about the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Read it by clicking on the link at

FAQs: Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act

The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. For details, go to

FBI alert vs online scams

FBI issue an alert to the public to be on the lookout for scams that exploit the current COVID-19 pandemic. See FBI advisory at the link on

Press Release
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