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NMI reports 50th Covid-19 case

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A WOMAN was confirmed positive for Covid-19 on Friday through a pre-operation screening test.

The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said the individual was scheduled for surgery  at the hospital and was neither identified through community-based testing initiative nor travel screening.

The individual has been moved to the designated isolation area for close monitoring.

Information about where the local transmission started is still unclear, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said, adding that “investigation is still ongoing.”

But CHCC said it has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the new confirmed case.

Variety was told that the patient was confirmed positive for Covid-19 after the surgery, and that the doctor and staff involved in the surgery are now in quarantine.

Asked for comment, Muna said, “The individual had surgery in the cleanest room in the hospital.”

However, she said the information circulating in the community is not “whole.”

“We have every [intention] to release [information about] what happened, but [we can’t] when investigation is ongoing. When we have all the details of what happened, we will release them,” she said.

Of the 50 total confirmed cases in the CNMI, 25 cases have been identified through port of entry screening procedures; 15 from known contacts; and now 10 through community screening.

Muna said the last community transmission was recorded on June 3, 2020.

“Along with the current proactive measures and guidance put in place within the community and at our borders, it is crucial that members of the CNMI community do not let their guard down and prevent the spread of the virus,” the task force and CHCC added.

 

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