CHCC: Covid-19 specimen sent for testing

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(CHCC) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is submitting a specimen for Covid-19 testing to the Guam Public Health Laboratory.

This specimen is being submitted for an individual who meets the surveillance case definition. A surveillance case is a patient whom a clinician has judged should be tested, but does not meet the Covid-19 person under investigation or PUI criteria. While the patient does not meet the CDC case definition of a Covid-19 PUI and is considered a suspect of low priority, CHCC is taking a precautionary stance in order to protect the CNMI community.

This does not mean that the CNMI has a confirmed case. CHCC will provide further updates on this situation as they become available

CHCC would also like to remind the public that best way to protect yourself and others from

Covid-19 and other illnesses is to practice good basic health and hygiene:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information, call the CHCC Public Health and Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program surveillance unit at 234-8950.

For more information about its programs, follow CHCC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at @cnmichcc, check out its website at or call 234-8950.

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