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Last day of community-based testing initiative set for Aug. 18 until further notice

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(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to announce that the last day for the CNMI Community-Based Testing or CBT Initiative on Saipan, Tinian and Rota will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

After Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2020, community-based testing will be suspended until further notice. The Solgent team from South Korea will be returning home on Aug. 20, 2020 and will no longer be assisting in running the laboratory specimens for CBT. The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC express their gratitude for their assistance over the last 90 days.  

Since April 28, 2020, the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative has tested 12,681 people for Covid-19 on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. This is approximately 24% of the CNMI’s population.

Saipan

11,290

Tinian

706

Rota

685

Total: 12,681

The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC remind the public that getting tested for Covid-19 does not improve response to the illness, nor does it reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting the disease. People who are tested and have a negative result, are still vulnerable to the virus.

The task force and CHCC continue to encourage residents within the Marianas to practice the 3 W’s — Wash your hands, Watch your distance and Wear a face covering.

The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force numbers are 287-0046, 287-1089, or 287-0489. These numbers are available Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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