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The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announce that two individuals have been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s current case count to 42 since March 28, 2020.
Both CNMI residents were identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through fifth day testing under CNMI arrival protocol.
The individuals have been safely in quarantine and were moved to the designated isolation area for close monitoring. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (passengers on the same flight, close family members, friends, and associates) of the new confirmed cases.
Of the total 42 confirmed cases, 18 cases (43%) have been identified through port of entry screening procedures in accordance with the CNMI Covid-19 Emergency Directives.
Through the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, many interventions are in place to protect the community from the spread of Covid-19 within the CNMI, as well as care for those who are diagnosed. Proactive isolation of recent cases, identified through the CNMI Mandatory Declaration Form and Covid-19 testing required for all incoming passengers, highlights the value of this border containment effort. Combined with immediate contact tracing, these interventions are key in minimising the risk of exposure for Covid-19 to the community.
Beyond these border protection measures, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC remind everyone in the community to continue to practice good hand-hygiene, wear a face-covering, social distancing, and limit time spent in public places as much as possible.
SOURCE: MARIANAS VARIETY/PACNEWS
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