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NMI cumulative Covid-19 cases now at 30

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(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to inform the public that two additional persons have been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s cumulative case count to 30.

The latest people diagnosed with Covid-19 have no symptoms, but were placed under quarantine pursuant to the governor’s executive order for incoming travelers, and were identified as positive for the virus which causes the disease Covid-19.

Of the total 30 confirmed cases, 23% (seven cases) have been identified through testing at the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Quarantine Facility.

Through the Governor’s Task Force, many interventions are in place to protect the community from the spread of Covid-19 within the CNMI, and care for those who are diagnosed. Our recent cases, identified through the arrival screening and quarantine process required for all incoming international passengers, highlights the value of this border containment effort. Combined with immediate contact tracing, these interventions are key in minimizing the risk of exposure for Covid-19 to the community.

The CHCC and Governor's Task Force would like to inform the community of changes in how information on people who contract the Covid-19 virus is reported. In order to maintain privacy, from now on, we will only share information that is helpful for the public to assess the risk for Covid-19 transmission and its impact on the community, which may include: age range, method of identification (community testing, known contact of a previous case, or incoming travel), and how the new case affects the Community Vulnerability Rating for the CNMI.

The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC would like to assure the public that even with the additional cases, the CNMI Community Vulnerability Level remains at Yellow because of the high proportion of negative results among an increasing number of people being tested. We would like to encourage the community to continue to be cautious while in public settings. You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading Covid-19 by practicing 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.

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