Task force, CHCC announce travel updates

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THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Wednesday announced updates in procedures for outgoing and incoming travelers.

Proof of a lab test for inter-island travel is not needed. The health evaluation looks for symptoms of Covid-19, but does not include a lab test.

The evaluation can be obtained from the Medical Care and Treatment Site in the CHCC parking lot during its operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

All outbound travelers are encouraged to be knowledgeable about entry requirements for their layover locations and destinations. This responsibility does not fall under CNMI jurisdiction, so neither CHCC nor the task force can guarantee that outbound travelers will or will not be subject to quarantine after their departure from the Commonwealth.

Should outbound travelers learn that their travel requires a health evaluation with lab test results, they are encouraged to allot time to obtain an evaluation prior to their departure date.

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged to cover expedited lab results, which will be provided within 24 to 36 hours after a scheduled appointment.

 

Transport vehicles are assigned a front liner to escort individuals to a quarantine site. Photo by K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol

To request a Covid-19 lab-confirmed health evaluation, individuals are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling the CHCC Covid-19 Info Line at 285-1542/1672/1352/1854. These lines are open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

While scheduling an appointment, individuals will be asked to either pay over the phone by calling 236-8319 or arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to make a payment in person.

On the day of the scheduled appointment, individuals are instructed to park on the CHCC upper level, then make their way to MCATS Tent #13. Upon check-in to their appointment, individuals will be required to provide proof of travel plans, a photo ID, and a receipt number that should have been given by a cashier upon payment.

Should individuals test positive for Covid-19, they will be placed under quarantine at either the Pacific Islands Club or Kanoa Resort.

Incoming travelers are not required to provide travel clearance. Travel clearance does not guarantee that an individual will not be subject to quarantine in the Commonwealth.

All incoming travelers will be immediately transported to a quarantine site for evaluation, then quarantined and tested within five to seven days of their stay and monitored daily for Covid-19 symptoms.

The task force and CHCC continue to encourage all residents and visitors to observe social distancing, practice good hygiene, and beware of the Covid-19 signs and symptoms.

To obtain general information about the CNMI Covid-19 response, call the task force hotline at 287-0046/0489/1089. These numbers are available Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For mental health support and helpful tips during a crisis, call the Mental Health Support Line at 285-1856 or 323-6560/1. These numbers are available Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For the 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-985-5990.

 

 

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