1 individual in CNMI confirmed for COVID-19 through contact tracing

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

The CNMI Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announced on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, that one individual has been confirmed positive for COVID-19, bringing the CNMI’s case count to 54.

The individual was identified through contact tracing of a recently confirmed case, Case No. 50. The CHCC continues to investigate these cases. CHCC indicates that these findings underscore the value of rapid field investigation, which relies heavily on truthfulness of the community.

The individual has been moved to the designated isolation area for close monitoring.

The CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the newly confirmed case.

Along with the current proactive measures and guidance put in place within the community and at our borders, it is crucial that members of the CNMI community do not let their guard down and prevent the spread of the virus.

Of the total 54 confirmed cases, 10 cases have been identified as a community contact, 16 cases identified as a known contact, and 28 cases have been identified through port of entry screening procedures in accordance with the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives.

Of the 28 confirmed cases identified through travel screening, 20 cases originated from the US mainland, five from a US territory, and three from a foreign country.

As a reminder, beyond these border protection measures, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC remind everyone in the community to continue to practice good hand-hygiene, wear a face-covering, continue social distancing, and limit time spent in public places as much as possible.