CHCC: 9 recovered from Covid-19

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NINE patients had recovered from Covid-19 virus as of Wednesday, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.

She added that the patients were released from Kanoa Resort where they were quarantined and monitored by a CHCC medical team.

“We have two latest positive cases that are active, but nine have already recovered. This shows that there is recovery and we just need to continue to monitor them and make that they are doing well,” Muna said in an interview, adding that there are still 11 patients who are being monitored.

Test kits

In related news, CHCC is in the process of calibrating equipment and may begin Covid-19 tests next week, Muna said.

On Monday, 20,000 test kits arrived from South Korea while 40,000 are expected to be delivered over the weekend.

Muna said the Covid-19 tests will be available at CHCC only, adding that the equipment has to be in the right room to ensure that the person doing the test is also protected.

With only 20,000 test kits available, Muna said will ensure that people who need it will be tested immediately.

“Once we have 60,000 kits then we can test everyone. Because we only have 20,000 at the moment, we want to make sure that there is a set of criteria for utilizing them,” Muna said.

According to the administration, the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC are finalizing a CNMI testing implementation plan based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services strategy:

Priority 1
Hospitalized patients and healthcare facility workers with symptoms

Priority 2
Patients in long-term care facilities with symptoms
Patients 65 years of age or 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

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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