Mass testing temporarily suspended until further notice

Posted on Sep 18 2020

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force announced yesterday that the CNMI mass testing—called the Community-Based Testing Initiative—will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

As of Sept. 14, 2020, the CNMI has collected 19,345 specimens for COVID-19 tests on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. This is approximately 34% of the CNMI’s population.

The public is being encouraged to continue to follow updates and announcements from the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on the next phase of community-based testing.

The task force and CHCC remind the public that getting tested for COVID-19 does not improve response to the illness, nor does it reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting the disease. People who are tested and have a negative result are still vulnerable to the virus. Residents within the Marianas are encouraged to practice the 3 W’s: “Wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.”

For information on the CNMI’s response to COVID-19, contact the Governor’s COVID- 19 Task Force hotline numbers at 287-0046, 287-0489, and 287-1089. (PR)

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