BREAKING NEWS: 2 new COVID-19 cases

Posted on Jul 12 2020

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has announced this morning that there are two more confirmed COVID-19 cases. According to Esther Muna, CHCC chief executive officer, they are both in the isolation Facility at Kanoa Resort in Susupe.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC said both CNMI residents diagnosed with COVID-19 were screened and swabbed for specimen collection on July 11, 2020, upon arrival at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, in compliance with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ executive order. One person did transit to Tinian, but immediately returned to Saipan for additional testing and monitoring.

The two new positive cases bring the CNMI’s current case count to 33 since March 28, 2020. Both are in stable condition and safely isolated at the Kanoa quarantine site and are being closely monitored. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (passengers on the same flight, close family members, friends, and associates) of the new confirmed cases.

Of the total 33 confirmed cases, 10 cases (30%) have been identified through port of entry screening procedures, in accordance with the governor’s executive order, Directive 8.

Additionally, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force had an issue with a recent individual who refused to be in quarantine at Kanoa Resort yesterday. It has not yet been confirmed if the individual has been fined the $400 that is stated in the directive.

More details to follow.

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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