A total of 110 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed from surveillance testing on Dec. 12-13, 2021, bringing the CNMI total to 2,018 cases since March 28, 2020.
The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored. As of Dec. 13, 2021, there have been 884 recoveries made, 840 active cases, and 3 deaths of the cases identified since Oct. 28, 2021.
As of Dec. 13, 2021, there are 12 individuals hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 (eight unvaccinated, four vaccinated; zero on a ventilator); and three were discharged from the Alternative Care Site and one from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.
Of the 110 new cases, 21 were identified on Dec. 12, and 89 were identified on Dec. 13; a total of 53 were identified via contact tracing, and 57 were identified via community testing. The vaccination statuses of the 110 cases identified are pending verification.
A total of 693 COVID-19 vaccine shots were administered on Dec. 14, 2021, resulting in 91.6% of the CNMI’s 12-years-old and older population being fully vaccinated, which affords the community more protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Since Oct. 28, 2021, there have been 1,727 new cases, of which 929 were identified via contact tracing, 779 were identified via community testing, and 19 were identified via travel testing.
A total of 709 COVID-19 tests were conducted from Dec. 12-13, 2021, which comprises travel testing and surveillance testing but does not include DFEMS testing.
The CHCC Communicable Disease Investigation/Inspection team has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the newly confirmed cases, and this effort will continue until all probable cases are identified and tested. (PR)