Torres renews 2 emergency executive orders


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres renewed last Sunday Executive Order 2020-04, declaring a State of Public Health Emergency and State of Significant Emergency for the entire CNM due to imminent threat posed by COVID-19.

Torres also renewed Executive Order 2020-07, which ordered the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office, through the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and in partnership with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., to undertake necessary COVID-19 containment measures by means of the development of emergency directives to protect the health and safety of the public.

Executive Order 2020-07 was first issued last April 16.

Both executive orders 2020-04 and 07 will remain in effect for 30 days.

Torres first issued Executive Order 2020-04 last March 16, declaring a State of Public Health Emergency and a continued Declaration of a State of Significant Emergency, establishing response, quarantine, and preventive measures concerning COVID-19.

A total of 61 individuals have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the CNMI. Of those individuals, two have died.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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