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United Airlines flight brings in 66 passengers to Saipan

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THE last United Airlines flight to Saipan this month arrived Sunday with 66 passengers, all of whom are returning residents, Press Secretary Kevin Bautista said.


They have been placed under quarantine which means that there are now a total of 224 individuals at the two designated quarantine sites: the Pacific Islands Club and Kanoa Resort.
On Thursday, the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force transferred 116 individuals from Kanoa Resort to PIC to separate them from persons under investigation who remain at Kanoa Resort.
The group of returning residents who were placed under mandatory quarantine arrived on island on March 22. Their 14-day quarantine ended on Sunday, April 5. However, they remain under quarantine. Asked why, Bautista said the task force will issue a statement.
One individual who is among those whose quarantine period ended on Sunday said the task force asked them to stay for another day as their release could not be processed due to the arrival of the 66 passengers on Sunday.
Quarantined life
Brianna Hunter, who is studying English Language and Literature at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington state, returned to Saipan on March 26. Her mandatory quarantine will end on Thursday.
“I am doing okay. I feel great,” Hunter said. “I am looking forward to spend time with my family once the quarantine is over.”
She said she had to leave Washington state in haste. “I was actually in South Carolina for spring break to visit my family. I was only there for one day when I received an email from the university [informing me] that I wouldn’t be unable to continue staying there due to Covid-19. I had to fly back to Washington state the following day and collect my belongings from my dorm…. I got on a flight to return home the next day.”
Hunter said she was not surprised when, upon arrival on Saipan, she was informed that she would be placed under quarantine. “My family informed me about the possibility of being quarantined. I was willing to go through the necessary precautionary measures put in place to ensure that our community stays safe. I am thankful that these preventative measures are being taken.”
While under quarantine, she said she reads books, makes ribbon leis, and watches TV.
She said healthcare personnel “screen” her by taking her daily temperature and checking if she has developed any symptoms. For its part, the Community Guidance Center asks her wellness questions.
“My routine consists mostly of doing things that I normally enjoy, but spending time with my family — through video calls — is my favorite part of the day,” she added.

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