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Sen. Manglona: Social-distancing appears to be working

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SENATOR Paul A. Manglona said he is very thankful that almost everybody in the CNMI has been complying with the social-distancing and stay-at-home rules.


These rules appear to be working, but social-distancing is just half of the effort, the senator added. “The other half is expanded testing capability.”
He said this is why he is also glad to hear about the arrival on Monday of over 20,000 test kits from the federal government.
“It’s welcome news,” Manglona said, adding that the CNMI government can now test people who are not considered top priorities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top three priorities are:
Priority 1
• Hospitalized patients
• Healthcare facility workers with symptoms
Priority 2
• Patients in long-term care facilities with symptoms
• Patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms
• Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms
• First responders with symptoms
Priority 3
• Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms
• Individuals who do not meet any of the above categories with symptoms
• Healthcare facility workers and first responders
• Individuals with mild symptoms in communities experiencing high numbers of Covid-19 hospitalizations

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