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PO Box 256, Koror, PW 96940
Ministry of Health
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
DIRECTIVE NO. 13-21
AUTHORIZING ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE MEASURES TO PREVENT AND MITIGATE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
WHEREAS, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that was first identified in December 2019, and that occurs through human-to-human respiratory transmission and presents symptoms that are similar with influenza; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 presents a major threat to public health in the Republic, and is particularly dangerous to the elderly or those with respiratory or other underlying medical conditions; and
WHEREAS, as of May 4, 2021, there are over 153 million confirmed cases globally, including confirmed cases in every jurisdiction with direct air or sea transportation to the Republic and that new variants of the virus have been identified in numerous jurisdictions globally; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on February 11, 2020, and further characterized it as a Pandemic on March 12, 2020. The WHO and CDC recommend that all countries and territories implement aggressive measures to prevent and control the transmission of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the Minister of Health has certified the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as an unavoidable emergency in the Republic, channeling all efforts toward establishing adequate testing protocols, and appropriate facilities for isolation and quarantine of effected persons; and
NOW THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as the Director of Public Health of the Ministry of Health, I hereby authorize Isolation and Quarantine pursuant to 34 PNC § 102(m) and 34 PNC § 701 and the Ministry of Health Rules & Regulations for Isolation and Quarantine of Contagious Diseases to prevent import and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Republic of Palau, as follows:
Section 1. Isolation. The isolation of persons infected by COVID-19 is hereby authorized as follows:
Section 2. Quarantine. The quarantine of persons exposed to COVID-19 is hereby authorized as follows:
Section 3. Quarantine and Testing Requirements Applicable to International Travel into the Republic:
Section 4. Isolation Facilities.
Section 5. Quarantine Facilities.
Section 6. Delegation of Authority.
Section 7. Exemptions.
Section 8. Term.
Issued this 6th day of May 2021 at the Ministry of Health in Koror, Republic of Palau.
Director of Public Health
Ministry of Health
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