23 new positives; NMI total now at 431

Posted on Nov 19 2021


UPDATE: Twenty-three additional individuals have been identified and confirmed positive for COVID-19 through travel and surveillance testing on Nov. 17, 2021. This brings the CNMI total to 431 cases since March 28, 2020.

Since Oct. 28, 2021, there have been 140 new cases, of which 92 were identified via contact tracing, 38 were identified via community testing, and 10 were identified via travel testing.

Last Wednesday night, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced that nine more individuals were confirmed positive for COVID-19 through surveillance testing on Nov. 16.

Guam reported two more COVID-19-related deaths.

CHCC also reported that a total of 438 tests were conducted on Nov. 16 comprising travel and surveillance testing.

CHCC’s Communicable Disease Investigation/Inspection team has already reached out to those who were in closest contact with the new positive cases and that the team will continue its efforts “until all probable cases are identified and tested.”

In Guam, the Joint Information Center was notified of two more COVID-19-related fatalities

The 261st COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City on Nov. 17, 2021. The patient was a 40-year-old female, unvaccinated with underlying health conditions. She tested positive on Oct. 23, 2021.

The 262nd COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital yesterday. The patient was a 58-year-old male, unvaccinated with underlying health conditions. He also tested positive yesterday.

“The island is saddened with each tragic passing,” said Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. “To their loved ones, [we] will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. This pandemic has already taken so much. We must remain the course to not let it take anymore from our community.”

Joshua Santos | Reporter
Joshua Santos is a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and University of Florida Gator Grad with a passion for writing. He is one of Saipan Tribune’s newest reporters. Josh enjoys golf, chess, and playing video games with friends in his spare time. Reach out to him @rarebasedjosh on all socials.

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