CHC: 1,797 tested for Covid-19, one new case confirmed

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AS of Wednesday, the cumulative number of specimens collected through the community testing initiative was 1,797, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.

Data also showed that 295 persons had been released from quarantine and 12 cases had recovered as of May 6.

Also on Wednesday, CHCC and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force announced that a presumptive case involving a 17-year-old male was confirmed positive for Covid-19, raising the total number of Covid-19 cases in the CNMI to 15. Of the 15, 12 have recovered and two have passed away.

In a statement, CHCC said, “The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) increasing in the CNMI, we know that everyone is concerned about controlling the spread of Covid-19 in our community. We are taking steps to reduce the risk to keep our staff, and you, our patients, safe.”

The governor’s task force said the 17-year-old male “does not exhibit symptoms of Covid-19.”

“After consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CHCC considers this case to not be part of a new infection chain and is not considered infectious,” the task force added.

Press Secretary Kevin Bautista told Variety that the community testing initiative uses tests that detect whether the Covid-19 virus is currently in an individual’s system.

“We’re assuming the virus is still out there and we’re still trying to identify more individuals through contact tracing,” he said. “We’re making sure we do our due diligence.”

Through the CNMI’s community testing initiative, residents receive their test results after 72 hours, with exceptions for individuals who require immediate results for travel or employment purposes.

The task force and CHCC continue to urge the community to remain diligent in reducing transmission of the virus by staying home, avoiding crowds, and washing hands often.

With Sophia Perez



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