Hawaii clears Palau’s first COVID-19 PUI; RMI investigating another potential case


The Palau Ministry of Health (MOH) has received negative results from the Hawaii State Lab on the COVID-19 laboratory testing conducted on its first suspected case.

Palau MOH sent patient samples to two off-island laboratories for COVID-19 testing earlier this month. The samples were taken from a 73-year-old female health worker who flew to Palau from Oregon state.

ROC-Taiwan Center for Disease Control’s Ku-Yang Laboratory issued the first set of negative test results on March 7. Hawaii State Laboratory sent its findings confirming negative results to MOH on Sunday, March 15.

As of today, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Palau, according to MOH. 

Marshall Islands

Meanwhile, the Republic of the Marshall Islands-Ministry of Health and Human Services is currently investigating a suspected COVID-19 PUI in Kwajalein Atoll. 

According to the MoHHS, arrangements for off-island testing have been made to determine if it is a confirmed COVID-19 case. 

As of today, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Marshall Islands. The first suspected case of COVID-19 — a 66-year-old Majuro resident who returned from Washington state —was cleared by the Hawaii State Laboratory earlier this month.

Here is the latest advisory from Palau MOH: