One recent traveler in CNMI tests positive for COVID-19 on scheduled 5th-day test

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) is reporting that one recent traveler has been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, bringing CNMI’s current case count to 38 since March 28, 2020.

The traveler diagnosed with COVID-19 was identified through the scheduled fifth-day testing. The individual is safely isolated at the designated quarantine site at Kanoa Resort and is being closely monitored.

The CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (passengers on the same flight, close family members, friends, and associates) of the newly confirmed case.

Of the total 38 confirmed cases, 15 cases (39%) have been identified through port of entry screening procedures in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, Directive 8.

Through the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, many interventions are in place to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19 within the CNMI and care for those who are diagnosed.

The CNMI’s recent cases, which are identified through the CNMI Mandatory Declaration Form and the required COVID-19 testing for all incoming international passengers, highlight the value of this border containment effort.

Combined with immediate contact tracing, these interventions are key in minimizing the risk of exposure for COVID-19 to the community.

As a reminder, beyond these border protection measures, it is essential for everyone in the community to continue to practice good hand-hygiene, wear a face-covering, social distancing, and limit time spent in public places as much as possible.