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2 new Covid-19 cases; 1 from Tinian

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TWO  individuals, including one from Tinian, tested positive for Covid-19, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said Sunday. This brings the CNMI case count to 33 since March 28, 2020.

The individuals are CNMI residents. They were screened and swabbed for specimen collection on July 11, 2020, upon arrival at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

“One person did transit to Tinian, but immediately returned to Saipan for additional testing and monitoring,” the task force stated in media release. “Both were confirmed [Saturday] night and are in stable condition.”

CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the individuals are at Kanoa Resort, the designated isolation area for Covid-19 patients.

CHCC, moreover, has already initiated contact tracing for these individuals’ most immediate contacts: passengers on the same flight, close family members, friends and associates.

Over the weekend, CHCC launched its new online Covid-19 dashboard with comprehensive and real-time updates on cases in each precinct. (https://www.chcc.gov.mp/coronavirusinformation.php#gsc.tab=0)

As of July 12,  CHCC and the Covid-19 task force had tested 10,697 people, representing 21% of the CNMI population.

Of the 33 confirmed cases, 10 were identified through port of entry screening procedures; nine through community-based testing; and 14 through contact tracing.

Based on the CHCC Covid-19 dashboard, Precincts 1 and 3 have the most number of cases — both have 14 individuals confirmed positive of the virus. Precinct 2 has three; Precinct 4, one; Precinct 5, zero; Precinct 6, one; and Precinct 7, zero.

In related news, one of the returning residents who arrived on Saturday complained on Facebook about how they were treated by a doctor. The individual said he “tested negative [but] they are forcing me to stay with infected people.”

Asked for comment, Muna said, “We had an issue this morning…with someone refusing to quarantine, but he is in quarantine now.”

CHCC and the task force continue to remind the community that besides border protection measures, “it is essential for everyone…to continue to practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering, social distancing, and limiting time spent in public places as much as possible.”

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