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CHCC to ‘elevate’ healthcare services at Kanoa Resort

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THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. will bring other healthcare services to Kanoa Resort to elevate the healthcare CHCC provides to the more than 40 individuals who are quarantined at the hotel.


CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said they plan to utilize Kanoa Resort as an alternate care site that has pharmacy, laboratory, respiratory and other services.
She said the individuals at Kanoa Resort are considered “outpatients,” adding that they do not meet the criteria for admission into the hospital, but need to be isolated and monitored.
“We provide them health services. Our doctors and nurses are there 24/7 providing care and bringing medicine that needs to be given…. We check on them, get their temperature,” Muna said.
She added that when a person with symptoms is brought to the hospital’s emergency room, the doctors will order a mandatory isolation. If the doctor orders a Covid-19 test, a nurse will collect specimen for testing.
“While waiting for the test result we issue mandatory isolation and quarantine. So they are brought over to Kanoa Resort. But contact tracing doesn’t wait for the test result. Contact tracing begins as soon as somebody says ‘I have symptoms,’ ”Muna added.
As of April 11, 2020, CHCC there were 11 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the CNMI; two deaths; and 113 persons released from quarantine.

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