CHCC: Covid-19 test results from Rota, Tinian negative

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COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna on Wednesday said, so far, the specimens from Tinian and Rota have tested negative for Covid-19.

CHCC and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force collected a total of 560 specimens from the two islands as of May 26 — 234 from Tinian and 326 from Rota.

On Saipan, 4,466 individuals or about 10% of the island population have already been tested, Muna said, adding that the tests are ongoing on the three main islands.

She noted that the percentage of the CNMI population tested for Covid-19 is higher than almost all of the other jurisdictions in the United States.

“We look at the negative results and the percentages, and we believe these are an acceptable range for us to lift some restrictions,” Muna said.

“Everyone is still encouraged to be tested,” she added.

Currently, CHCC is receiving about 200 swabs for testing each day.  Laboratory scientists from South Korea and the U.S. Army have provided CHCC with a microbiologist and four medical laboratory technicians to help process more tests.

Bringing the test to more community members remains a challenge for CHCC, Muna said, adding that they may ask the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority to bring individuals to the testing sites.

She said they are also considering sending CHCC health workers to the villages to test household members.

“We will be announcing our plans shortly,” said Warren Villagomez, chairman of the governor’s Covid-19 task force.

He added that the governor has also asked the Kagman Community Health Center to provide additional resources to the ongoing Covid-19 testing and prevention efforts.


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