CNMI reports first COVID case from Tinian — a sailor deployed from Guam

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

A sailor deployed to Tinian, CNMI from Guam as part of a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (Seabees) team has tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, September 1.

This is the first positive COVID-19 case reported from Tinian.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) made the announcement on Wednesday.

This brings the CNMI’s total case count to 57 cases since March 28.

The individual was identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through testing on arrival protocols.

Coordinated with the Navy

 According to the report from the CNMI COVID-19 task force, the Seabees team is conducting a survey for the Tinian port construction project.

So far, Navy officials have coordinated with Task Force officials to safely transport the confirmed individual and other identified known contacts from Tinian to Saipan.

The identified sailor has been placed into isolation, while the remainder of the team and two additional sailors identified as close contacts were placed into quarantine at the designated government quarantine facility at the Kanoa Resort for close monitoring.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC have coordinated with Navy public health officials for contact tracing efforts to keep the CNMI safe.