One (1) Passenger Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the public that one (1) additional person has been recently confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.

The individual is a 30-year-old female, asymptomatic, and has existing medical conditions. She was a recent passenger of the May 28, 2020 United Airlines flight from Guam and originated from the US Mainland. Specimens were collected, processed, and confirmed positive at CHCC Laboratory today.

The individual, along with other passengers aboard the same flight have safely been in quarantine upon their arrival and are being monitored closely by CHCC medical teams. 

As of June 2, 2020, 23 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the CNMI, including five (5) active cases, 16 recoveries, and 2 deaths.

STAY AT HOME, STOP THE SPREAD

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC continue to encourage residents within the Marianas

to practice social distancing, which means avoiding close contact with people in order to avoid catching

the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on to others.

·      Stay home as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary travel or public places.

·      Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10.

·      Choose drive-thru, take-out, or delivery options, or outdoor seating, if available, when dining in.

·      Send only one healthy adult from the household run necessary errands, such as getting groceries or

·      picking up medications. Leave children, elderly, and other vulnerable people at home as much as

·      possible. When returning home from an errand, wash your hands before doing anything else.

·      Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick

·      from this illness. People at high risk should stay at home as much as possible.

·      Create a household plan of action https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/checklisthousehold-ready.html

·      Ensure a 30-day supply of all medicines.

Continue good hand hygiene:

·      Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.

·      Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.

Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you become symptomatic:

·      Stay home when you are sick and if you recently traveled to a place with COVID-19. Self-quarantine means:

o   Choosing a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.

o   Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

o   Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

o   Limiting visitors

The CHCC appreciates the patience and understanding of the community at this time. To obtain general information about the CNMI COVID-19 response, please contact the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force Hotline at 287-0046, 287-0489, 287-1089. These numbers are available Monday to Sunday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.

For medical information about COVID-19, please reach out to the COVID-19 Infoline at the following

numbers: 285-1672/1352. These numbers are available Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.

For mental health support and helpful tips during a crisis please call the Mental Health Support Line at

285-1856, 323-6560, 323-6561 These numbers are available Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. For the 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline, please call SAMSHA at 1-800-985-5990.

For more information about DIY face coverings, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

For more information about CHCC programs, please follow CHCC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at

@cnmichcc, check out our website at www.chcc.gov.mp or call us at (670) 234-8950.

For more information on the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, visit www.governor.gov.mp and please follow @GovernorCNMI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This health advisory may be found online at http://www.chcc.gov.mp/pressrelease.html and at

www.governor.gov.mp/covid-19.

Rumor Control – Stop the Spread of Misinformation

During crises like this, oftentimes the spread of misinformation is just as dangerous as the virus itself. The CNMI is reminded to only share official and verified notices, press releases, and advisories from the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC.

CHCC Point of Contact:

Janet Guerrero / Keanna Villagomez

(670) 234-8950 Ext. 3416

Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force Point of Contact:

Kevin Bautista

covid-19@gov.mp

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Torres-Palacios Administration Set on Streamlining and Modernizing Permitting Process

In an effort to address what is often a cumbersome and, sometimes, lengthy permitting process for businesses and investors, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Governor Arnold I. Palacios have prioritized a complete review and revamp of the process with the goal of creating a more understandable and easier way to do business in the CNMI.

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