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One presumptive positive case in NMI

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(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.  on Monday evening announced a presumptive positive case. As the community is aware, the task force, in partnership with CHCC, has been conducting Covid-19 testing for the community at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

This presumptive positive case was identified as a result of community testing. This individual is now considered a person under investigation or PUI. The PUI is a 17-year-old male who presented no symptoms. Further evaluation is being obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  to make a final case determination. The PUI is now isolated at Kanoa Resort, and contact investigation has started. This PUI is being closely monitored by the CHCC medical team. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (close family members, friends, and associates) of the PUI.

Stay at home, stop the spread

The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC continue to encourage residents within the Marianas to practice social distancing, which means avoiding close contact with people in order to avoid catching the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on to others.

  • Stay home as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary travel or public places.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10.
  • Pick up food through drive-thru, take-out, or delivery options.

 

  • Only one healthy adult from the household should run necessary errands, such as getting groceries or picking up medications. Leave children, elderly, and other vulnerable people at home as much as possible. When returning home from an errand, wash your hands before doing anything else.
  • Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. People at high risk should stay at home as much as possible.
  • Create a household plan of action https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/checklist-household-ready.html
  • Ensure a 30-day supply of all medicines.
  • Continue good hand hygiene:

o  Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.

o Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.

For medical information, reach out to the Covid-19 Infoline at the following numbers: 285-1542/1672/1352/1854 These numbers are available Monday to Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

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