CNMI’s COVID-19 cases now 30

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Two persons have been confirmed COVID-19 positive in the CNMI, bringing its cumulative case count to 30.

The CNMI Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) posted the latest numbers tonight.

The two positive cases have no symptoms but were placed under quarantine in compliance with the CNMI Governor’s Executive Order for incoming travelers.

Of the total 30 confirmed cases, 23 percent (7 cases) have been identified through testing at the CNMI Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force quarantine facility.

The recent cases were identified through the arrival screening and quarantine process required for all incoming international passengers.

According to the task force, this highlights the value of the CNMI’s border containment effort. Combined with immediate contact tracing, the task force said these interventions are key in minimizing the risk of exposure for COVID-19 to the CNMI community.

Changes in reporting procedures

The CHCC and the CNMI Governor’s Task Force also mentioned changes in the reporting procedures for COVID-19.

In order to maintain privacy, from now on, the task force will only share information that is helpful for the public to assess the risk for COVID-19 transmission and its impact on the community.

The information includes age range, method of identification (community testing, known contact of a previous case, or incoming travel), and how the new case affects the Community Vulnerability Rating for the CNMI.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC also assured the public that even with the additional cases, the CNMI Community Vulnerability Level remains at YELLOW because of the high proportion of negative results among an increasing number of people being tested.