Less than 24 hours after a group of six passengers tested positive for COVID-19, one more arriving passenger tested positive yesterday, raising the CNMI’s total to 69.
The new case was identified as a positive case through the CNMI’s travel screening and tested positive upon arrival. According to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. statement, the individual was safely transported to the designated isolation site at Kanoa Resort in Susupe for monitoring. Contact tracing for immediate contacts, including passengers on the same flight, has already begun.
Meanwhile, CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muña assured that the Sara Alert System that they have been using has been effective and that they have not received any concerns.
The Sara Alert System is not an app on a phone but simply a text or call system for individuals who will respond to a set of questions that involves their health. CHCC staff and contact tracers are the ones monitoring the individuals’ health and address if they need to be tested.
The Sara Alert System will be for a time period of 14 days and will alert health officials/public health staff if an individual missed their daily check. Additionally, since it’s a sense of trust between the individual and the contact tracer/public health staff, Muña stated that it’s not a violation of privacy. It’s solely just a matter of checking.
Muña said that people who are put into the Sara Alert System are usually those who are considered of risk and someone who just arrived on Saipan. People who are deemed as low risk but has been in contact with someone who has been identified as positive for COVID-19 will also be put into Sara Alert System for contact tracing.