25 individuals under quarantine at Kanoa Resort

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TWENTY-FIVE individuals who traveled off-island recently are under a 14-day mandatory quarantine at Kanoa Resort, Press Secretary Kevin Bautista, said, adding that these individuals were passengers of United Airlines and Skymark Airlines.

As of press time Tuesday night, it was not known how many of the individuals are local residents or tourists.

One of them, a local resident, told Variety that she returned to Saipan after she and other students were told that their college dormitory in the mainland U.S. would be temporarily shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

From the mainland, her flight had stopovers in Hawaii and Guam.

Upon arrival on Saipan on Monday, she said they were immediately escorted to Kanoa Resort, which will be their temporary home for two weeks while in quarantine. She said they will be screened every two days.

She was not able to see her parents, but she was allowed to talk to them on the phone.

As for their accommodations, she said they are comfortable and are treated well at the hotel. She added that they had steak on the first day of their quarantine.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has ordered a mandatory quarantine for all newly arrived travelers.

Century Hotel in Garapan has been identified as the first isolation area by the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

In an earlier interview, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said using hotel facilities for quarantine is not something new.

She said all over the world, especially in the U.S., governments are using hotels to quarantine individuals.

“They don’t want hospitals to exceed their capacities. In our case, our hospital has 76 beds only, so we have to be careful. We have to utilize external resources so we will not overwhelm the hospital,” Muna said.

Press Secretary Kevin Bautista, for his part, said the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force “has been diligently working with…airline partners and travelers to ensure the safety of both the travelers and our community from Covid-19. We are working this process as smooth as we can to meet the needs of our response. Mass care is a priority, and tenants at our designated facility are being fed three meals a day, monitored for symptoms through CHCC’s text monitoring system and medical professionals, while also ensuring that privacy is respected. Accommodations, such as delivery of food or personal items like a teddy bear from home, are being honored. These protective measures are important to stop the spread of Covid-19 into the CNMI.”

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