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2 newly arrived passengers test positive for Covid-19

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TWO newly arrived individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said on Monday.

This brings the CNMI’s total to 75 cases since March 28, 2020.

The two new cases were identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through testing on arrival. They have quarantined and  moved to the designated isolation area for close monitoring.

In addition, CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the new confirmed cases, including passengers on the same flight.

Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez said as of Monday, there was no new community transmission on island.

He said the Task Force continues to test passengers upon arrival at the airport, “process everyone and put them on a five-day quarantine then test them on the fifth day.”

Villagomez said “the process is ongoing and is effective.”

Flu vaccine

While waiting for the Covid-19 vaccine, Villagomez said the task force is encouraging everyone to get the annual flu vaccine.

In a  press briefing on KKMP radio, he said CHCC is asking members of the community and  first responders to reach out to CHCC’s immunization program and avail themselves of the flu vaccine “before we receive our Covid-19 vaccine.”

As the task force continues capacity building, it is also working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in bringing back South Korean laboratory scientists to Saipan “so we can reinstitute more community-based testing on all the islands to continue the mitigation efforts against Covid-19, Villagomez said.

The Korean laboratory scientists had to “exit” the CNMI in August before the expiration of their 90-day visa.

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