Tinian COVID-19 mass testing going smoothly

Posted on May 26 2020

The COVID-19 community testing on Tinian is running smoothly, according to Mayor Edwin P. Aldan.

The testing, which began last Monday on the island, is not mandatory, but will help detect and contain the SARS-COV2 virus, which causes COVID-19. The testing is done at the Tinian Health Center, with the next schedules set on May 26 to 28, Tuesday until Thursday, from 9am to 4pm.

According to Aldan, there were about 50 residents who got tested on Monday, but the numbers went up at the end of the week. Based on the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. data, 191 specimens have already been collected on Tinian.

“The first day, we had 52,” he said.

He acknowledged that some people are scared of how the test is administered, which involves taking a swab from a person sinus through one’s nose but Aldan said he resorted to telling jokes to get people to register and go through the COVID-19 community testing.

The mayor is urging everyone on Tinian to register and get tested, which is free. “I urge the community to please come down to the health center and register, and come down and let’s go through this mass testing. It is very important for our community, it’s not only a sense of security for the community but also for our family.”

Aldan said that he, himself, has already gotten tested last Wednesday, and is now awaiting his result.

To register for testing, visit https://governor.gov.mp/covid-19/testing.

Iva Maurin | Correspondent
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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