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Returning residents can be quarantined at Kanoa Resort for free, official says

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RETURNING residents have the option to be quarantined at Kanoa Resort for free, the governor’s authorized representative, Patrick Guerrero said.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force recently implemented a new quarantine procedure for arriving passengers on Saipan.

Persons entering the CNMI may be exempted from the quarantine provided that they self-quarantine themselves at their home; enroll in CHCC’s Sara Alert Symptom Monitoring System; and participate in the mandatory Covid-19 test five days after their arrival.

But Guerrero said the Kanoa Resort facility is still available for quarantine. “Residents are allowed to quarantine there at no cost if they choose or if they feel they might be jeopardizing their families’ health or if they don’t have enough space at home to practice social distancing,” he added.

As of Wednesday, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said there were two individuals quarantined at Kanoa Resort —  one was an active case while the other is a returning resident who opted to complete the 14-day quarantine period at the facility.

Earlier, passengers arriving on Saipan were required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at the Pacific Islands Club.

Guerrero said the government has terminated its contract with PIC, but will continue to utilize Kanoa Resort as an alternate care site and isolation facility for those whose health conditions needed to be monitored.

Today, Thursday,  CHCC will test 40 passengers who arrived on Saturday and were allowed to self-quarantine at their home.

“We continue to work closely with all the departments to ensure that safety measures are in place,” task force chairman Warren Villagomez said.

To address concerns regarding the end of mandatory quarantine for arriving passengers, Villagomez said they have implemented multiple layers of protective measures that include daily monitoring of people.

He said they obtain the names and addresses of the arriving passengers to ensure that these will be reminded about their tests.

Moreover, there will be serious consequences for those who do not follow home quarantine procedures, Villagomez said. “All we ask is your cooperation — stay at home, limit your movement and always wear masks and practice social distancing,” he added.

“This is a public health issue and we want to make it ‘friendly’ — we want cooperation from our community members, but we will make sure that our community is safe and we are working with the police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that newly arrived passengers comply with the home quarantine and testing requirements,” Villagomez.

Even without the mandatory quarantine for arriving passengers at a facility, Muna believes that people will continue to comply with safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“This is one of the reasons why  [self-quarantine at home has been implemented] because the people are taking personal responsibility to flatten the curve,” she added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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