CNMI confirms 50th case of COVID-19 through pre-operation screening at hospital

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

The CNMI Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announced on Friday, August 14, 2020, the confirmation of one (1) new COVID-19 case in the CNMI.

The individual was identified through a mandatory pre-operation screening for a scheduled surgery operation at the CHCC hospital and was not identified through the Community Based Testing initiative nor travel screening. The CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the new confirmed case.

The COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC will release other relevant information as soon as it becomes available.

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.

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

This case brings the CNMI to a total of ten (10) community screening transmissions. Of the total 50 confirmed cases, 25 cases have been identified through port of entry screening procedures in accordance with the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives, fifteen (15) from known contacts, and now ten (10) through community screening.

Of the 25 cases identified through port of entry, 20 cases originated from the US mainland, two (2) from a US territory, and three (3) 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.

(CNMI Governor’s Office News Release)