32 new cases of COVID-19 in the CNMI; total now 604 cases

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Thirty-two (32) additional individuals have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. This brings the CNMI total to 604 cases since March 28, 2020.

The individuals were identified and confirmed through surveillance testing on Nov. 23, 2021. The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored.

Of the 32 new cases, 20 were identified via community testing, and 12 via contact tracing. The vaccination statuses of the 32 new cases are: 19 fully vaccinated, 8 unvaccinated, 3 partially vaccinated, and 2 were ineligible for vaccination.

The community is reminded to practice the 3 W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.

Since Oct. 28, 2021, there have been 313 new cases, of which 144 were identified via contact tracing, 158 were identified via community testing, and 11 were identified via travel testing.

A total of 622 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Nov. 23, 2021, which comprises travel testing and surveillance testing There were 463 tests conducted on Nov. 22.

The CHCC Communicable Disease Investigation/Inspection team has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the newly confirmed cases, and this effort will continue until all probable cases are identified and tested.

Contact tracers will reach out to individuals who are deemed high risk. The associated risk of infection depends on the level of exposure, which will, in turn, determine the type of monitoring. Establishing the level of exposure can be difficult and requires investigation.

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