THINGS TO KNOW – May 5, 2020


As of May 4, 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.

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

Commerce Department in operation

The CNMI Department of Commerce will continue to provide services to the CNMI business community via means of teleworking.
For direct support and services, the CNMI is advised to contact the support team via the department’s website at and indicate the attention to the respective division or section for the appropriate services. See DOC advisory at the link at

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

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

USDA takes steps to help

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Visit for more information. Or click on

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