3 new cases of COVID-19 in the CNMI

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The CNMI Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announce that three (3) additional people have been recently confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.

These new cases, identified through contact tracing, are in stable condition and are safely isolated at Kanoa Resort. These cases are being closely monitored by CHCC medical teams. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (close family members, friends, and associates) of these new confirmed cases.

The three (3) new COVID-19 cases are all males, age 19, 25, and 27 years old, asymptomatic, and are contacts of previously diagnosed COVID-19 cases who reside in the CNMI. Specimens were collected, processed, and confirmed positive at CHCC Laboratory today.

It is not clear whether these cases tested positive because of current infections or if the tests are detecting viral debris of a previous infection from which they have already recovered. Contract tracing evidence indicates that these cases were most likely exposed through a small gathering of people from different households.

Even if you’ve tested negative for the virus, or have already been infected with the virus and recovered, it is essential for everyone in the community to continue to practice strict social distancing, and avoid public places as much as possible.

The CNMI’s COVID-19 count is now at 19 cases with five (5) active cases, 12 recoveries, and two (2) deaths.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the CHCC continue to make the best clinical and public health judgements possible with the tools that we have available to us, and ask for the community’s continued efforts to avoid contact with others, practice rigorous hand hygiene, and wear face coverings when in public places. These simple actions for prevention remain the best tools we have to keep ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable safe.