In support of Northern Marianas College’s commitment to the health and safety of its campus community, the College has announced that beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, the COVID-19 vaccination would be part of the health clearance requirements for students who are enrolled in face-to-face or in-person classes.

The vaccination requirement allows NMC to offer a fuller range of in-person campus experiences in the fall, including co-curricular activities and events. Additionally, vaccination remains the most effective way to protect those who are not able to receive vaccination (children under age 12 and those who are medically exempted) and to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. Further, the vaccine requirement furthers the CNMI’s goal of reaching herd immunity against the COVID-19 virus.

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COVID-19 Updates

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The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force announced that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

As of September 14, 2020, the CNMI has collected 19,345 specimens for COVID-19 on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. This is approximately 34 percent of the CNMI’s population.

Please continue to follow updates and announcements from the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Center (CHCC) on the next phase of community-based testing.

The Task Force and CHCC remind the public that getting tested for COVID-19 does not improve response to the illness, nor does it reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting the disease. People who are tested and have a negative result are still vulnerable to the virus.

Residents within the Marianas are encouraged to practice the 3 W’s: “Wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.”

For information on the CNMI’s response to COVID-19, please contact the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force hotline numbers at 287-0046, 287-0489, and 287-1089.