CNMI temporarily suspends community-based COVID-19 testing

CNMI COVID-19 community testing (PNC file photo)

UPDATE: By Saturday, May 9, the CNMI government confirmed another case, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 16.

The CNMI COVID-19 task force has provided updates on the number of confirmed cases and also announced the temporary suspension of the community-based testing service.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation and the governor’s COVID-19 Task Force announced on Wednesday that a 17-year-old male was confirmed positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the CNMI to 15.

Of the 15, 12 have recovered and two have passed away.

The governor’s task force said the 17-year-old male “does not exhibit symptoms of Covid-19.”

“After consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CHCC considers this case to not be part of a new infection chain and is not considered infectious,” the task force added.

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As of May 7, 2,336 individuals have been processed through 11 days of the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative. To date, this effort has identified one positive case.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force announced that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will be temporarily suspended starting today, May 8, through Sunday, May 10, 2020 due to the high turnout.

The task force said it is suspending further testing in an effort to ensure “a timely return of results.”