Three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the CNMI

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CNMI Governor Ralph Torres, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation confirm three new COVID-19 cases, bringing CNMI’s total confirmed case count to 11.

Of the three new COVID-19 cases, two are male, ages 45 and 53, and one  is female, age 53.

These cases are being closely monitored by CHCC medical teams at the Kanoa Resort, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force identified quarantine location. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (close family members, friends, and associates) of these new confirmed cases. CHCC continues to work with the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force to expand designated isolation areas to closely monitor the well-being of individuals with symptoms.

As of April 8, the CNMI has submitted 45 specimens for COVID-19 testing. Of these 45 specimens, 37 have been processed, resulting in 11 positive specimens, 27 negative specimens, and one indeterminate result that will be retested. CHCC awaits the results of six specimens.

STAY AT HOME, STOP THE SPREAD 

Social distancing, which means avoiding close contact with people in order to avoid catching the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on.

● Stay home as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary travel or public places.
● Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10.
● Avoid eating out at restaurants. Use drive-thru, take-out, or delivery options.
● Only one healthy adult from the household should run necessary errands, such as getting groceries or picking up medications. Leave children, elderly, and other vulnerable people at home as much as possible. When returning home from an errand, wash your hands before doing anything else.
● Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. People at high risk should stay at home as much as possible.

● Create a household plan of action https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/checklisthousehold-
ready.html
● Ensure 30-day supply of all medicines.
Continue good hand hygiene:
• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face, cover
coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you become symptomatic:
● Stay home when you are sick and if you recently traveled to a place with COVID-19. Self quarantine means:
*Choosing a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
*Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water
are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
*Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
*Limiting visitors

The CHCC appreciates the patience and understanding of the community at this time. To obtain general information about the CNMI COVID-19 response, please contact the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force Hotline at 287-0046 This number is available Monday to Sunday 7:00AM-7:00PM.

For medical information about COVID-19, please reach out to the COVID-19 Info line at the following numbers: 285-1542/1672/1352/1854.  These numbers are available Monday to Sunday 7:30AM-8:00PM

For mental health support and helpful tips during a crisis please call the Mental Health Support Line at 285-1856/1857 These numbers are available Monday to Friday 7:30AM-4:30PM.

For more information about DIY face coverings, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

For more information about CHCC programs, please follow CHCC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at @cnmichcc, check out our website at www.chcc.gov.mp or call us at (670) 234-8950.

For information on the overall CNMI COVID-19 response, please follow @GovernorCNMI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This health advisory may be found online at http://www.chcc.gov.mp/pressrelease.html