The CNMI government’s COVID-19 Task Force has started implementing a 14-day mandatory quarantine for inbound travelers and returning residents to the commonwealth.
As of Thursday, a total of 84 individuals have been placed under quarantine at Kanoa Resort, according to the CNMI’s COVID-19 task force chairman, Warren Villagomez.
Villagomez said 45 passengers aboard a flight from Guam arrived on Saipan on Thursday morning and were placed on a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Villagomez added that the passengers were all returning residents.
Before placing the individuals on quarantine, Villagomez said the task force explained to them the governor’s directive. He said, “We provided them information or details about our efforts to safeguard the health of our island community.”
Villagomez added that the CNMI Department of Public Safety officers have been deployed to secure the quarantine area while Dr. John Tudela has been designated as the physician on-site.
The quarantined residents are screened regularly and according to Villagomez, “so far, there are no signs” of COVID-19.
The residents under quarantine are allowed to go outside their rooms for recreation as long as they observe social distancing.
The relatives, however, are not allowed to go inside the hotel.