Kanoa Resort tapped as quarantine facility


Kanoa Resort has been added to the list of isolation facilities on the island that are being used for the 14-day mandatory quarantine of all people coming into the CNMI.

Beginning yesterday, all incoming passengers and crew disembarking and arriving into the Francisco C. Ada-Saipan International Airport or CNMI seaports are subject to a more stringent quarantine arrangement following protocols set by the Commonwealth Health Care Corp., with the resort in Susupe being one of the facilities arranged for their quarantine.


Two more persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus yesterday in Guam, raising the territory’s total number of positive cases to 29, and one COVID-19-related death.

According to the Joint Information Center statement issued at 8:30pm, the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services tested 37 individuals for COVID-19 on Monday, March 23, with two testing positive and 35 testing negative.

So far, a total of 190 tests have already been performed in Guam from March 12, 2020, through March 23, 2020. To date, a total of 29 cases have tested positive and 161 cases have tested negative for COVID-19, with one death. All 28 remaining confirmed cases are in isolation.


Kanoa’s sister hotel, Century Hotel in Garapan, was earlier used to isolate individuals away from CHCC, while awaiting test results from Guam.

These are individuals who initially fell under the COVID-19 person under investigation criteria defined by the Guam Health Laboratory, who were later found negative for the COVID-19 virus.

The CNMI COVID-19 Task Force has been arranging for temporary isolation facilities for travelers, through the business community, since mid-March, to protect the limited resources of the Commonwealth Health Center, as well as to not compromise its essential operations.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, last Friday, amended directive 8 of the second amended Executive Order 2020-04, making it mandatory for everyone traveling into the CNMI, including residents, who are coming from a country with an identified COOVID-19 outbreak, including Guam, Hawaii, and the continental United States, to be quarantined.

Those who are transiting to Rota and Tinian are also to be quarantined at a designated hotel, enrolled in the CHCC COVID-19 text-based illness monitoring system, and subject to monitoring and follow-up with CHCC based on surveillance protocols.

The COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC earlier asked the community to respect the individuals as they remain quarantined in the temporary isolation facilities.

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com

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