25 of COVID-positive cases in the CNMI detected at port of entry

CNMI community testing (PNC file photo)

Twenty-five of the 49 COVID-19 positive cases in the CNMI were detected upon arrival through port of entry screening procedures, according to the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 task force.

The latest addition to the CNMI’s COVID-19 positives flew in on Monday and was identified upon arrival.

Of the 25 confirmed cases identified through travel screening, 20 cases originated from the US mainland, two from a US territory, and three from a foreign country.

During the Governor’s media briefing on Tuesday, Esther Muna — the CEO of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation — assured that protocols are in place to protect the community.

“We are tightening our borders by ensuring that individuals that do come in, even with a PCR, we do have a specific time of hold until a result of the arrival testing is received (of negative results). And we continue to work with our team — with the task force — to test, quarantine, isolate and trace,” Muna said.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC remind the CNMI community to continue to practice good hand-hygiene, wear a face cover, social distancing, and limit time spent in public places as much as possible.