4 more COVID-19 cases in NMI

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Posted on Oct 27 2020

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Four more newly-arrived travelers have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the CNMI’s cumulative number of cases to 92.

The latest positive cases were identified by travel screening and had their diagnosis confirmed via the standard fifth day of testing after arrival, according to a Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. statement.

The individuals have already been safely in quarantine and were moved to the designated isolation area at Kanoa Resort for monitoring.

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

The CHCC statement said that 12 people are currently in isolation and 78 others have been released after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Separately, Governor’s Authorized Representative Patrick Guerrero said at the media briefing last Oct. 22 that they haven’t been purchasing a lot of personal protective equipment since May when they took advantage of ordering in bulk, and that the CNMI has enough PPE’s for the next three to six months.

COVID-19 on Guam

Guam has had two more COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, raising Guam’s cumulative total of COVID-19-related fatalities to 72.

Guam’s Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 71st COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 2:07pm last Oct. 24. The patient was a 67-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by COVID-19. He was admitted to GRMC on Oct. 24 and tested positive upon admission.

Guam’s 72nd COVID-19-related fatality occurred yesterday at the GRMC at approximately 10:25pm. The patient was a 28-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by COVID-19. He was admitted to GRMC on Oct. 25 and tested positive upon admission.

Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero described the 28-year-old victim as “too young—far too young,” which means “no one is immune to this virus, that it has taken so much from not only the island, but everywhere around the world already, and it will continue to take if we do not remain vigilant.”

“You may not feel sick, but the choices you make could be the difference between life and death for those around you,” said Leon Guerrero.

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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