Although there has been little evidence so far of community transmission in the CNMI, its tally of positive COVID-19 cases had been slowly going up—oftentimes one at a time—mostly from passengers arriving from Guam, a situation that Gov. Ralph DLG Torres finds “very alarming.”
Speaking at a recent radio news briefing, Torres said the COVID-19 infection rate in Guam is “very alarming” and that he wants to see how the CNMI can help its neighbor. Guam has over 2,000 positive cases and over 30 fatalities.
“And that’s just 130 miles south of us!” said the governor, adding that, as the CNMI continues to fight COVID-19, he urged the Commonwealth to also look at ways on how to help “our brothers and sisters in Guam.”
Torres again expressed gratitude to the CNMI community for believing in his administration, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and its operation, first responders, the hospital’s chief executive officer, Esther Muña, COVID-19 Task Force chair Warren Villagomez, and the business sector, as the Commonwealth continues to fight the pandemic.
“And I always said it, we’re all fighting COVID-19 together, not against each other. That’s one of the reasons, the strongest reason, for us that we [have] the lowest [infection rate],” said Torres, noting that CNMI has had only 61 positive cases so far and that more than half are arriving passengers.
“It is important and I acknowledge and thank again the community because without…everyone[’s cooperation] we would not be as safe as we are here today,” the governor said.
He said it’s not a perfect system, but the people are all fighting against COVID-19, which is the strongest message and practice that the CNMI has since the onset of the pandemic.