Update on NMI community-based Covid-19 testing initiative

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(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to provide the following updates for the CNMI Community-Based Covid-19 Testing Initiative:

  • In partnership with the mayors’ offices, Covid-19 testing will now expand to include Tinian and Rota starting on Monday, May 18, 2020.
  • In addition, the registration portal for all islands will now be using the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force site at
  • The Task Force, CHCC, and TurnKey Solutions optimized the governor’s website to reflect the current testing schedule and locations as well as available slots. This information will be updated routinely.
  • Specifically, at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, there are workstations available at Station 5 (located at the tour bus parking lot near commuter terminal) for community members who have not registered. Please note that even though you register at Station 5, your testing date will be based on the next available slot.
  • For businesses with 50 or more employees and for all government agencies, please contact the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Hotline at 287-0046/0489/1089 for information on group registrations.

Community testing will help us to identify people who may be infected with the virus, especially those who may be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, so we can direct these people to the appropriate care, contain the virus, and prevent its spread using tools such as quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing. Community testing may also help us understand how widespread the virus is in the community.

Testing for Covid-19 is not mandatory. It is another tool to help the task force and CHCC detect and contain the SARS-COV2 virus, the virus that causes Covid-19. The task force and CHCC note that it is important to remember that testing is only a tool to help combat the virus by better containing it.

Getting tested for Covid-19 does not improve response to the illness, nor does it reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting the disease. Our goal is to provide results as quickly as possible within a reasonable time-frame. People who are tested and have a negative result are still vulnerable to the virus.

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