CNMI confirms 62nd COVID-19 positive case

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On Thursday, the CNMI COVID-19 Task Force announced that it has identified one COVID-19 positive case, bringing the total number of positive cases in the CNMI to 62.

The COVID-19 positive individual was identified through travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through testing upon arrival.

According to the task force, the individual was immediately quarantined and moved to the designated isolation area for close monitoring.

The Commonwealth Health Care Corporation initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts, including passengers on the same flight, close family members and friends.

According to the task force, of the total 62 confirmed cases, 36 cases, or 58 percent, have been identified through port of entry screening procedures. 10 or 16 percent of all cases have been identified as a community contact and 16 or 26 percent of cases were identified as a known contact.

Of the 36 confirmed cases identified through travel screening, 26 or 72 percent of the cases traveled from the U.S. mainland, 3 or 8 percent from a foreign country, and 7  or 20 percent from U.S. Territories.