CNMI reports 4th and 5th COVID-related deaths

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Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) have confirmed the CNMI’s fourth and fifth COVID-19-related deaths. The patients were unvaccinated CNMI residents.

The patients tested positive for COVID-19 in November, were identified at CHCC, and were isolated. Currently, there are 1,104 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the CNMI with more to be announced soon.

The community is reminded to follow the 3 W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. Additional U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on how to protect yourself and others include: avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces; cover coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily; be alert for symptoms daily; and register to get tested for COVID-19 (at https://covidtesting.chcc.health).

The CHCC highly encourages unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated or get a booster shot against COVID-19 to help prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Data from small clinical trials show that vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infection is waning after the primary series, but protection remains high against severe disease and hospitalization.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, see your health care provider right away, or contact the CHCC Tele-Triage hotline at (670) 233-2067. The hotline runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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