FSM gets its first 3 COVID-19 PUIs; samples to be tested on Guam

FSM seal (PNC file photo)

Public health officials in the Federated States of Micronesia have identified its first three COVID-19 PUIs (Persons Under Investigation) this week.

The three PUIs — 1 from Pohnpei and 2 from Yap — have been isolated and currently undergoing treatment, according to the FSM Secretary of Health and Social Affairs.

Specimen samples have already been taken from the 3 PUIs. FSM health officials confirmed the samples will be sent today to DPHSS Guam Public Health Laboratory for testing.

“In response to the 3 confirmed cases on Guam and the 3 PUIs in FSM, we are enhancing surveillance at our airports, seaports, healthcare facilities and in our communities. The FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs is working closely with all States Department of Health Services, private hospitals and clinics to be ready to detect and respond if additional PUIs are identified,” FSM health officials announced.

The department said it will also work in close collaboration with the Yap and Pohnpei Department of Health Services in keeping the public informed on the status of the 3 PUIs.

The FSM government is currently finalizing its COVID-19 contingency plans across the FSM States.

“While COVID-19 is circulating in our region, the public is requested to remain calm, stay alert for signs and symptoms, continue practicing good hand and cough hygiene, and avoid large crowds, social gatherings, and meetings to help protect ourselves and our families from COVID-19 and prevent its spread to others,” FSM health officials said.

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