3 new Covid-19 cases

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THREE individuals who arrived on island last week have been confirmed positive for Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said on Wednesday.

This brings the current CNMI case count to 36 since March 28, 2020.

CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the three individuals were among the passengers who arrived on Saipan on July 9, Thursday.

Under the new protocol, the travelers are required to undergo two Covid-19 tests — one upon arrival at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan  International Airport, and another on the fifth day after their arrival.

Muna said the three individuals have been in isolation at Kanoa Resort since they arrived, and are asymptomatic.

The second Covid-19 test on July 14 confirmed that these three individuals have contracted the virus, Muna said.

“The individuals are in stable condition. They remain safely isolated at the designated quarantine site at Kanoa Resort and are being closely monitored,” the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force said in a statement.

For its part, CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts — passengers on the same flight, close family members, friends, and associates — of the new confirmed cases.

Of the total 36 confirmed cases in the CNMI, 13 cases were identified through port of entry screening procedures.

Isolation area

In  related news, Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez said they will soon use the former Mariana Resort as an isolation area, adding that there are over 120 individuals  currently quarantined at Kanoa Resort.

“Mariana Resort is standing by for any spillover. We will be using it possibly when an inbound flight arrives on Thursday [July 16],” Villagomez said.

Kanoa Resort is for isolation of persons under investigation while the former Mariana Resort will be used for quarantined guests, he added.

The former hotel will be operated with the help of the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, he said.

For their part, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs will provide  “wraparound services,” including security, while CHCC will oversee the health of the people in isolation, Villagomez said.

“We want to make sure that we standardize and customize the service that we provide. We have to be mindful that people in quarantine will possibly have health-related issues,” he added.

The former Mariana Resort can house about 180 individuals, Villagomez said.




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