Familial cluster released from quarantine

Posted on Mar 26 2021

The cluster of positive COVID-19 cases that became the CNMI’s first cases of community transmissions after 200-plus days has been released from the quarantine.

Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force chair Warren Villagomez said yesterday that the familial cluster went through the 14-day mandatory quarantine period. They were also closely monitored by health care providers.

Villagomez said a “community cluster” is a group of “close knit family,” which is why they prefer the term “familial cluster.” The familial cluster, according to Villagomez, was composed of 99 people in all who were identified by the contact tracing team as having had contact with the first positive cases. All in all, only 11 of these 99 tested positive for COVID-19

“But again, we are keeping all our team on high alert, making sure that enforcements are being done in the community,” he said.

Villagomez encouraged businesses and the community to keep practicing the three W’s, which are wearing masks, washing hand, and waiting at a distance.

As for the community-based testing, Villagomez was not able to clarify the schedule for CBT because they’re still in the process of finalizing the schedule, but testing on arrival and on the fifth day are still ongoing.

According to Villagomez, the CNMI is now getting four flights every week from Guam to Saipan via United Airlines. The four days are Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Villagomez earlier said they are working to make sure that passengers on any additional United Airlines flight would be accommodated at quarantine sites.

Justine Nauta | Correspondent
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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