1 passenger tests positive

3 die in Guam
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Posted on Nov 23 2020

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A passenger who traveled to Saipan last Nov. 17 tested positive for COVID-19 last Nov. 22, raising the CNMI’s total to 104.

According to a statement from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the individual was confirmed positive on their fifth day of testing. The individual has been safely in quarantine and was moved to the designated isolation area for monitoring.

CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the new confirmed case, including passengers on the same flight.

It has been 97 days since the CNMI community has had a recorded case of community transmission of COVID-19.

Another statement from CHCC stated that 76 passengers were swabbed last Nov. 17 and all were confirmed negative on their fifth day of testing. Last Nov. 19, a total of 94 incoming passengers were swabbed and everyone tested negative for COVID-19. Another 81 passengers were swabbed on their fifth day of testing last Nov. 19 and also tested negative.

According to CHCC, it takes an average of five to six days for an infected person with COVID-10 to start showing symptoms. Additionally, testing five days after the arrival will help find those who were not showing any signs of infections or who tested negative upon arrival.

CHCC emphasized that most positive cases are identified at the border but that shouldn’t mean everyone can let their guard down.

COVID-19 in Guam

The Joint Information Center in Guam announced three more COVID-19-related deaths over the weekend, raising their total number of fatalities to 106.

According to JIC, Guam’s 104th COVID-19-related fatality happened at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:36pm. The patient was a 57-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by COVID-19. She was admitted to GMH last Nov. 5 and was a known positive case.

Guam’s 105th COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 11am last Nov 21. The patient was a 59-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by COVID-19. He was admitted to USNH last Oct. 31 and tested positive upon admission.

Guam’s 106th COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 11:56pm last Nov. 21. The patient was a 51-year-old male with underlying conditions that were compounded by COVID-19. He was admitted to GRMC last Nov. 21 and tested positive upon admission.

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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