Man who died in quarantine was not COVID-19 positive

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The Department of Public Safety reports that the man who was found dead at a quarantine site had tested negative for COVID-19 and was scheduled to be released on the day he was found dead.

According to DPS spokesperson Adrian Pangelinan, the 22-year-old male found dead in his room at the former Mariana Resort and Spa quarantine facility in Marpi was scheduled to be released last Monday, the same day when he was found lifeless.

DPS confirmed yesterday that the man’s death was self-inflicted.

Further investigation revealed that the victim was an unvaccinated individual from the island of Guam who arrived on Nov. 23 and was therefore held in quarantine pending his test results.

“The victim tested negative and was scheduled to be released on the day he was found in his room. It was revealed that the manner of death was suicide,” Pangelinan said.

According to police reports, DPS responded to a report of an unresponsive male individual at Mariana Resort at around 2:08pm last Monday. Members of the COVID-19 Task Force performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the individual until help arrived. The victim was then transported to the Commonwealth Health Care Corp. where he was pronounced dead by an attending physician.

Although the man’s next of kin have already been notified, DPS will continue to withhold the victim’s information at the request of the family.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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