CNMI government denies rumors of coronavirus

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A social media post has been circulating in the CNMI claiming that there is a case of novel coronavirus in the commonwealth, which CHC says is completely false. CHC is now investigating the source of the rumors.

The CNMI remains coronavirus-free, assures the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation after rumors of a suspected case in the island spread across social media.

A social media post has been circulating in the CNMI claiming that there is a case of novel coronavirus in the Commonwealth, which CHCC says is completely false.

CHCC is now investigating the source of the rumors.

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CHCC released a statement saying it would like to reaffirm to the community that public awareness of suspected or confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus is of the utmost importance to them, and that they have and will continue to make efforts to provide timely and transparent information.

The healthcare corporation did confirm that they are submitting a specimen for novel coronavirus testing to the CDC laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia. They said that while the patient does not meet the full CDC case definition of a person under investigation, and is considered a suspect of low priority, they are  taking a precautionary stance in order to protect the CNMI community.

Meanwhile, according to a report from the Marianas Variety, a woman believed to have visited the People’s Republic of China within the last 14 days was “removed” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection(CBP) from Saipan after her arrival on Friday at the island’s international airport.

CBP has banned the entry of vessels or aircraft into the CNMI if its passengers or any crew members have visited mainland China within the last 14 days.

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