CNMI to transform Kanoa Resort into a COVID-19 medical site by May 15

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The CNMI government, through its COVID-19 Task Force, is upgrading the Kanoa Resort facility to treat confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients while in isolation.

The CNMI government is eyeing a May 15 date to fully renovate the Kanoa Resort in Susupe into a COVID-19 medical site.

Earlier this week, CNMI Governor Ralph Torres received ventilators, UV lights, and medical supplies and equipment from Long Beach, California for the alternate care site and the CHCC laboratory.

The CNMI government, through its COVID-19 Task Force, is upgrading the facility to treat confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients while in isolation.

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“I know that our alternate care site is on its way. It won’t be done until the next few weeks. But we have ordered some equipment supplies that will be coming in every week to hopefully fill that requirement and have that facility up and running. May 15 is our target date,” the governor said.

Over the weekend, Torres met with Brigadier General Tracy L. Smith, Commander of the 18th Medical Command, to discuss a way forward on how the Department of Defense can best support the CNMI in its response efforts to combat COVID-19.

After their meeting, Torres led Smith and her medical planners to Kanoa Resort for an onsite assessment in preparation for the deployment of DoD medical resources to the CNMI.

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