51 new cases in NMI
A total of 51 additional individuals were confirmed positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday, Jan. 19, while 53 more cases were identified on Tuesday, Jan. 18, bringing the CNMI total to 4,118 cases since March 26, 2020, according to separate Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. news releases last night and late Wednesday night.
Of the 51 cases identified last Wednesday, 23 were identified via contact tracing, 17 via community testing, and 11 via travel testing.
Of the 53 cases identified on Tuesday, 21 were identified via contact tracing, 28 via community testing, and four via travel testing.
All affected individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored. The vaccination statuses of the 104 new cases are pending verification.
Also, according to the CHCC new release, as of Jan. 19, 2022, seven individuals are hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, four of them unvaccinated. All three others are vaccinated. In an update last night, CHCC said that, as of Jan. 20, 2022, there were seven individuals hospitalized as a result of COVID-19: three unvaccinated, three vaccinated, and one partially vaccinated. One of the seven patients is on a ventilator.
So far, of the total number of cases that have been identified in the CNMI, as of Jan. 19, 2022, there have already been 3,648 recoveries, 449 active cases. and 21 COVID-19-related deaths.
On the vaccination front, a total of 184 COVID-19 vaccines were administered on Jan. 20, 2022, resulting in 98.3% of the CNMI’s eligible population being fully vaccinated.
A total of 503 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Jan. 19, 2022: 419 community-based testing; 48 at the COVID-19 Community Center (referrals only); 11 at the Tinian Health Center; and 25 at the Rota Health Center.
The CHCC continues to encourage the community to get vaccinated if they have not done so, or get their booster shot if they are eligible to help prevent severe illness, hospitalization, or death. Register for COVID-19 vaccines at www.vaccinatecnmi.com, or call (670) 682-7468.
To register for community-based testing, visit https://covidtesting.chcc.health. No code is required to register. If there are no dates showing, it means all spots have been filled. More dates will be announced. (Saipan Tribune)