The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the public that two additional individuals have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.
Within the recently identified community cluster, a total of 10 individuals have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.
This brings the total COVID-19 count for the CNMI to 156 individuals since March 28, 2020.
These two additional individuals were identified through expanded contact tracing and testing on redundant platforms. Both are safely in quarantine and are asymptomatic. All positive cases and close contacts are isolated and in quarantine away from the community.
The immediate response by the COVID-19 Task Force and the use of state-of-the-art tools and techniques by the CHCC contact tracing and laboratory team allowed for rapid containment and protection for the community.
The COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC continue their expanded contact tracing investigation. Contact tracing will continue to identify high-risk contacts and to isolate them away from the community.
At this time, the COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC are not seeing a widespread community transmission. The concern right now is providing care to the individuals and potential individuals exposed to COVID-19. Early identification will help to protect our community.
As the COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC continue to investigate, the CNMI is reminded to be cautious when interacting with others outside of their immediate household. Take actions to protect yourself and your loved ones.
· Wash your hands. Watch your distance. Wear a mask.
· Practice proper hand-hygiene to minimize the spread of the virus.
· Get vaccinated for COVID-19 when it is available to you.
o Vaccination helps to prevent getting really sick from COVID-19 should you be exposed.
This is an evolving situation, and updates will be made available as the COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC continue to confirm results and information as part of this investigation.
The CNMI is reminded to watch out for misinformation and to follow updates directly from the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC). The spread of misinformation is just as dangerous as the virus itself.
Updates from the COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts @governorcnmi and @cnmichcc, as we as through CNMI media partners.
For more information visit the CNMI COVID-19 Dashboard https://arcg.is/1LX4mv1 and vaccinatecnmi.com.