LOCAL resident Mengrang Haruo says she is very grateful to the FEMA volunteers — men and women — who came to her house to fix her windows which were destroyed by Typhoon Yutu in Oct. 2018.

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Sunday said the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service has approved the requests of the CNMI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Nutrition Assistance Program for waivers to temporarily amend certain procedures and services due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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IF it’s true that the novel coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines, then the extraordinary measures being carried out in cities and states around the country are surely justified. But there’s little evidence to confirm that premise — and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a third coronavirus relief bill Friday afternoon and President Trump signed it into law. U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, who has been in Washington all week for the negotiations, reports tens of millions of dollars were added to help the Marianas in the final version of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or “CARES,” Act.

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“SADLY, 12 years of stress tests and economic crisis planning never considered the possibility of a pandemic. Let us get a better economic plan in place for the next one.” This thought, stated by John Cochrane in the last sentence of an otherwise unexceptional op-ed, no doubt is a thought that has occurred to many others.

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(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres expressed his gratitude to President Donald J. Trump and the U.S. Congress for delivering urgent economic support to the CNMI by enacting the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act into law on March 27, 2020.

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(Press Release) — Karidat will be closed to the public Monday, March 30, as it transitions its food assistance to curbside distribution.

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WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt applauds President Trump signing H.R. 1365, which makes technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act. This legislation, passed by the House and Senate, authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue payments to survivors of Guam’s occupation by Imperial Japanese Forces during World War II.

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WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech announced $858,924 in Technical Assistance Program or TAP emergency grant funding to the Pacific Island Health Officers Association to provide GeneXpert testing kits and a machine for the U.S. Pacific territories and Freely Associated States so that they may now conduct on-island testing during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

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HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center/The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services tested 23 individuals for Covid-19 on Sunday, March 29, 2020 with conclusive results. One tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and 22 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.

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WASHINGTON (The Wall Street Journal) — The State Department is further easing requirements on seasonal foreign worker visas, following agriculture industry warnings that a bottleneck created by coronavirus-related curbs could prompt a farm-labor shortage at the peak of spring harvest.

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(Office of the Governor) — Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, pursuant to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres's Executive Order 2020-05, Directive #8, all individuals entering the CNMI have been ordered to quarantine at a designated site for 14 days. Incoming travelers will also be enrolled into the Text Illness Monitoring system, which alerts Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. staff when enrollees report symptoms.

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