Covid-19 task force chair: Everyone’s compliant

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THE Governor’s  Covid-19 Task Force chairman, Warren Villagomez, on Tuesday shared updates regarding  the CNMI’s fight against the global pandemic.

During a press briefing on KKMP radio, he said he would meet with Bishop Ryan Jimenez to discuss All Saints Day and All Souls Day, Nov. 1-2, which are widely observed by members of the community to honor their loved ones who have passed away.

As for the Halloween celebration, he said  Gov. Ralph DLG Torres will  announce community precautionary measures on how to safely handle village activities, be they at home or out in the community.

He  said the goal is to make sure that the community adheres to all of the hygiene measures, as well as safeguard each other from Covid-19 infection.

Regarding the election process, Villagomez said he is working closely with Commonwealth Election Commission Director Julita Villagomez to make sure that the CEC complies with all the safety measures.

He said Sablan Top Line Company has been hired to sanitize and clean all of the early voting places.

The task force is also looking into hiring fumigators as well.

“Cleaning and fumigation are two different processes,” he said. “We want to make sure that we capture all of the crevices, and at the same time, when our staff are out at the site, the site gets fumigated and disinfected for the next day's process.”

All of these measures are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and are among the reasons “for the obvious success rates that we are all seeing here in the CNMI,” the task force chairman said.

Public schools

As for public school face-to-face instruction, he said the Public School System, which is conducting mostly online classes, “has been working closely with us…. As growth in public school activity [moves forward], we will be notified and updated on all of the school activities that are happening,” he said.

“Be assured that the Public School System is on top of its game plan in adhering to the Covid-19 measures.”


Business establishments are also compliant with the Covid-19 directives, Chairman Villagomez noted.

“Everyone’s been compliant. I had gone out myself [to conduct inspections]…. I’m very happy,” he said.

Right now, he added, the task force is carefully evaluating the threat levels on Guam and the rest of the Pacific-Asia region.

“Right now, we still feel that it’s pretty high around us,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said, the governor has been very proactive in addressing all of the social, mental, and behavioral impacts on the CNMI community.

“Things are smoothening out, but…we also need to be proactive in safeguarding our island community.”

He commended businesses for taking  extra precautions and heeding the recommendations of the task force, the Bureau of Environmental Health, the Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Control, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the Department of Public Works.

He expressed his gratitude to businesses for their cooperation, as well as to the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers  acting as a “solid liaison” with the business community in relaying information that is necessary to safeguard the general public.

The task force encourages community members to continue practicing the Three W’s: wash your hands, wear a mask, and watch your distance.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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