COVID-19 Condition 3

1-10 Cases


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Condition 3:

1-10 cases:  

First cases are confirmed on Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, or Yap

All teaching and other activities should be done remotely, wherever possible.

COM-FSM campuses close, with the exception of necessary student accommodation (National and FSM-FMI), and those deemed as ‘Essential Services’, including “contracted” staff who clean or provide an essential function.

Anyone on campus is required to wear a face-covering or mask.

Residence Halls (National) and dormitories (FSM-FMI) facilities may remain open to enable students to self-isolate, where necessary.

Where access has been approved for an Essential Service, use the minimum number of people to complete the task, after consideration of workplace safety and workload.

At-risk people (or those caring for/living with at-risk people) should not be asked to carry out any on-site activities.

Gatherings of people at tertiary facilities or is not allowed.

Where it is not possible to deliver teaching online, some facilities may remain open (eg. FSM-FMI). Any class, workshop etc. that remains open, must be limited to 10 people or less. Each such group is considered a ‘bubble’ and must not interact with any other student/staff bubbles.

Anyone who is not student/staff/faculty is not allowed on-site. Depending on their role contractors engaged by COMFSM may be considered as COMFSM employees for the purpose of delivery of their essential service.

Distance learning provision should remain available for all students Courses where close contact is unavoidable must remain online only.

For any on-site activities, appropriate infection control measures, such as social distancing along with maskwearing requirements must be met at all times.

Vulnerable people (or those caring for/living with vulnerable people) should not be asked to carry out on-site activities. See Chapter on Vulnerable people.

All teaching, meetings, and other usual on-site activities should be done remotely, wherever possible.

Classes/lectures are not allowed. Small classes, labs, workshops, tutorials, and meetings should be run remotely wherever possible.

Where remote delivery is not possible, certain activities may continue only with Presidential approval after meeting all 3 the following conditions:

  1. Strictly managed to ensure social distancing requirements are met
  2. Able to assure continuity of learning in the case of condition 3 occurring
  3. Provision of COM-FSM approved contact tracing measures.

Workplace-based learning (eg. placements in hospitals or elementary schools) that is onsite or faceto- face should not proceed.

Examinations and assessments should be conducted online wherever possible.


Residence halls (National) and dormitories (FSM-FMI, Yap) remain open to accommodate students who choose to stay or are unable to return home.

COM-FSM provides appropriate support to allow students to self-isolate, as required.

Residence Halls (National) and dormitories (FSM-FMI) effectively become a “bubble” – students are permitted to leave upon signing a waiver.

Close contact should be limited to people of the same ‘bubble’ (which may be a single floor in a halls of residence); common social and recreation areas should be closed (except those shared by a single ‘bubble’); and there should be split shift access to common areas for staff

Contract tracing measures must also be strictly enforced for student accommodation.

Students who left residential accommodation before or during Condition 3, to join a “bubble” with friends or family are not able to return to student accommodation.

Staff serving the essential needs of residential students are required to “move into” the bubble for the duration of Condition 3.

Student services, such as counselling and health services should continue to operate, with consultations delivered online or over the phone where possible. Where virtual, non-contact consultations are not possible (e.g. during a critical incident), face-toface consultations are allowed. On-site pharmacies are allowed to operate as an Essential Service, and medical staff may provide face-to-face consultations where necessary (e.g. flu vaccinations, unwell patients requiring a hands-on diagnostic etc.).

Bookstore (National) is permitted to open with restricted hours to support delivery of essential items to those living within the restricted areas.


Operations staff involved in the maintenance of ICT infrastructure, facilities management, and security services may go onsite, but only if there is no way to complete the task remotely. Relevant infection control measures, such as social distancing, must be maintained at all times.

Deep cleaning and additional sanitizing regimes should be implemented.

Senior administration (President, VPs, Deans, Directors) should work remotely, wherever possible, but are allowed to meet and work on-site if necessary, provided social distancing requirements are met.

Staff should only travel where it is immediately essential to delivery of teaching and learning or for effective management and governance functions. Any travel, for both students and staff, is subject to broader restrictions on personal movement by National and State governments.

Essential staff in business office will process payments and pay roll.

Gymnasium, recreation areas, Student Life, and student commons–place are closed (except in student accommodation, where common areas shared by the same ‘bubble’ may remain open).

Put up signs around campus stating that there must be no gatherings.

Additional computers may be moved into the Residence Hal restricted area. Libraries and computer labs may remain open where they are essential to education delivery and can be operated using closely monitored personal distancing conditions, and with recording of attendance to enable contact tracing.

Dining Hall (National) and canteen (FSM-FMI) is closed except to residents of student accommodation) but may operate for delivery or contactless collection, in compliance with relevant infection control measures.

 COM-FSM Follows the FSM Nationally defined five Conditions of readiness for COVID-19.

Conditions: FSM National | Chuuk State | Kosrae State | Pohnpei Yap State
Condition 5: All Clear
Condition 4: Zero Cases but Covid-19 Threat Exists 4b:"Threat detected' No cases on-island, but real threat identified.

4.a 'Evidence of Local Transmission in Hawaiil Guaml, Palau or Other FSM States'

Condition 3: 1-10 cases
Condition 2: >10-100 cases Established Transmission' 2nd generation of cases if multi-foci of local cases.
Condition 1:

>100 cases(widespread transmission on main island)

1b:. 100 cases (widespread transmission throughout State)

1c: 'Widespread Transmission on Yap Proper'

1b:'Widespread Transmission on Yap State'

1a:'Continued Spread Transmission throughout Yap State'

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