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3 new Covid-19 cases in NMI; 62nd Covid-19-related fatality on Guam

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THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. reported on Thursday evening that three additional individuals had been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings to 80 the total number of Covid-19 cases in the CNMI since March.

On Guam, the Joint Information Center was notified that the island’s 62nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 5:55 p.m., Thursday. The patient was a 58-year-old male. He was admitted to GMH on Sept. 14 and was a known positive case.

“Our days have been too full of sorrow, and tonight our minds cannot rest as we mourn the passing of the 62nd individual to Covid-19. To his family and friends, please accept our heartfelt condolences and sympathies,”  Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said in a statement. “As has been said before, those with a why to live can bear almost any how. Every single day we must reaffirm our commitment to keeping each other safe. We not only wear our masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene for ourselves but for our loved ones as well.”

As for the three new cases reported by CHCC on Saipan, they were identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through testing upon arrival.

CHCC said the individuals have been safely in quarantine and were moved to the designated isolation area for close monitoring

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

Of the CNMI’s 80 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 54 were travel-related and 26 were community acquired.

Seven persons were in isolation as of Oct. 15, 2020, CHCC stated.

On Guam, the Joint Information Center reported on Thursday that 86 additional individuals tested positive for Covid-19.

“To date,” the center added, “there have been a total of 3,427 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with [62] deaths, [1,071] cases in active isolation and 2,294 not in active isolation. Of those cases, 3,143 are classified as civilians and 284 are military service members.”


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