1 more tests positive in NMI

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Posted on Jul 22 2020

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One more incoming passenger has tested positive for COVID-19 on his/her scheduled fifth day of testing after arrival, boosting the CNMI’s total number of cases to 38.

According to a Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force statement, the passenger was confirmed positive on their fifth day test of scheduled screening. Protocol requires newly arrived passengers to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arriving and then another test on the fifth day after.

Right now, the passenger is isolated at the Kanoa Resort quarantine site in Susupe and is being closely monitored, the task force statement said, adding that the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is now conducting contact tracing for the patient’s most immediate contacts such as passengers on the same flight, close family members, and friends.

According to CHCC, of the 38 total confirmed cases, 15 cases (or 39%) were identified through the port-of-entry screening process.

Additionally, based on the CHCC website, of the 38 cases, two have passed away, four have been hospitalized, 15 are travel related, 14 are known contacts, and nine are community screening related. CHCC’s dashboard also shows that out of the 38 cases, 16 were in Precinct 1, the southern side of the island, 14 are from Precinct 3, and six are from Precinct 2.

According to CHCC geographic information system analyst Victoria Shirriff, the cases that are mapped out are where an infected person was staying within the last 14 days when they were diagnosed. This does not mean that the mapping gives anyone a “free pass” if their precinct has had no COVID-19 cases.

The CHCC’s dashboard also shows that out of the 38 cases, 22 are male and 16 are female, with ages ranging from ages zero to 80. The CNMI’s first two cases were from March 28, 2020.

COVID-19 in Guam

According to the Joint Information Center in Guam, the Department of Public Health and Social Services tested 186 individuals for COVID-19 last July 2. Eight tested positive and 178 tested negative. Of the eight newly confirmed cases, six were travel-related and identified while in quarantine.
To date, Guam has had a total of 327 confirmed cases, with five deaths, 235 released from isolation, and 87 active cases. Of those cases, 278 are classified as civilians and 49 are military service members.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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