CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative to resume operations

CNMI community testing (PNC file photo)

The CNMI Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force has announced that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative is resuming operations on May 12, 2020.

Individuals who have been placed on priority scheduling before testing suspended last week have been rescheduled for this week. For those who have been scheduled, should you not make it to your testing date, you will be placed on the waitlist to be rescheduled for the next availability.

Contact the CHCC Info Line at (670) 285-1672/1854/1352/1542 or through the new registration website which will be released soon to reschedule if you missed your testing date.

The new testing schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, Thursday, and Saturday

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please note that testing will only be available for registered individuals.

A new registration website will be made available to the public soon. The Task Force will announce the website soon to include new questions to assist residents in registering for testing.

The Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) remind the public that getting tested for COVID-19 does not improve response to the illness, nor does it reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting the disease. People who are tested and have a negative result, are still vulnerable to the virus.

The Task Force and CHCC continue to encourage residents within the Marianas to practice social distancing, which means avoiding close contact with people in order to avoid catching the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on to others.

Residents are urged to continue good hygiene such as washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, and avoid touching your face.