The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announced two (2) individuals have been confirmed positive for COVID-19, bringing CNMI’s current case count to 42 since March 28, 2020.
Both CNMI residents were identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through fifth day testing under CNMI arrival protocol.
The individuals have been safely in quarantine and were moved to the designated isolation area for close monitoring. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (passengers on the same flight, close family members, friends, and associates) of the new confirmed cases.
Of the total 42 confirmed cases, 18 cases (43%) have been identified through port of entry screening procedures in accordance with the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives.
Through the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, many interventions are in place to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19 within the CNMI, as well as care for those who are diagnosed. Proactive isolation of recent cases, identified through the CNMI Mandatory Declaration Form and COVID-19 testing required for all incoming passengers, highlights the value of this border containment effort. Combined with immediate contact tracing, these interventions are key in minimizing the risk of exposure for COVID-19 to the community.
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, social distancing, and limit time spent in public places as much as possible.
For medical information about COVID-19, you can reach out to the CHCC COVID-19 Infoline at the following numbers: 285-1672 or 285-1352. These numbers are available Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
For mental health support and helpful tips during a crisis please call the Mental Health Support Line at 323-6560 or 323-6561 These numbers are available Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For the 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline please call SAMSHA at 1-800-985-5990.
(CNMI Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force News Release)