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One traveler tests positive

Posted on Apr 19 2021

One traveler tested positive for COVID-19 through testing upon arrival last Thursday, April 15, raising the CNMI’s cumulative total to 162.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said the individual is asymptomatic and is in quarantine at the Kanoa Resort in Susupe. The CHCC Communicable Disease Investigation/Inspection team has initiated contact tracing for contacts with the highest risk of exposure.

CHCC also announced that they have successfully administered 35,000 COVID-19 vaccines so far. “We appreciate all the support and cooperation from the CNMI community,” said a CHCC statement.

Speaking at a news briefing last Friday, April 16, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres says the community needs to get vaccinated so the CNMI can achieve herd immunity and allow the CNMI to revive its economy.

“I got the right people around me to make right decisions. The success that we’ve had, it’s a community success, our success, and the leadership, I can’t thank [them] enough. It’s a chain link, and if one chain is missing, it’s not going to be as successful,” said Torres.

He also commended all first responders, government employees, private partners, as well as the community who have taken the vaccine.

Additionally, CHCC announced that it will be administering the Moderna COVID-19 for people who are 18 years and older at the Kagman Community Center in Kagman this Saturday, from 8am to 12pm. CHCC only has 200 shots available and encourages those who are interested to register by calling the CHCC Call Center at 682-7468 or register in person at the CHCC Call Center at IT&E Chalan Laulau or visit vaccinatecnmi.com.

In observance of the “National Take-Back Initiative,” CHCC encourages the community to turn in their unused or expired medication for safe, anonymous disposal. New or used needles and syringes won’t be accepted.

Those who want to turn in their unused or expired medication can turn it in on April 24 from 10am to 2pm at the CHCC Outpatient Pharmacy on Lower Navy Hill, Saipan, the Rota Health Center on Rota, or the Tinian Health Center on Tinian.

CHCC will also be doing free COVID-19 testing this Wednesday at Kanoa Resort from 1pm to 4pm. Those who want to get tested can register on vaccinatecnmi.com.

Justine Nauta
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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