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Another newly arrived passenger tests positive for Covid-19; PCR test for outbound passengers now costs $300

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AN individual who arrived on Saipan Saturday tested positive for Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said.

The individual, who is now quarantined at Kanoa Resort for close monitoring, was identified by travel screening and was diagnosed through testing upon arrival.

The CNMI now has 60 confirmed Covid-19 cases since March 2020.

Of these cases, 57% or 34 individuals were identified through port of entry screening procedures; 17% or 10 cases were identified as  community contacts; and 27% or 16 cases were identified as known contacts.

PCR test fee hike

Also on Saturday, CHCC announced that the polymerase chain reaction or PCR test for outbound passengers now costs $300. The fee used to be $50.

In a text message to Variety, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said they do not require  outbound passengers to get a PCR test, but she advised them to check if the countries they are flying to require the test.

“Some countries require a PCR test before boarding the plane. China requires certain time for testing and a PCR test is required before transit in Korea,” she added.

Muna said the fee was increased to $300 from $50 to cover the expenses for personnel and laboratory services.

“When it was $50, there were only a few people a week requesting for the test], but now more people are asking for it and we can’t accommodate them without paying overtime for laboratory, nursing and other costs,” Muna said.

 

 

 

 

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