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Another newly arrived passenger tests positive for Covid-19

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THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Monday said one newly arrived passenger tested positive for Covid-19.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the CNMI to 69  since March.

The individual, who was diagnosed and tested positive upon arrival at the Francisco Ada/Saipan International Airport on Monday, is now quarantined at Kanoa Resort and is being closely monitored.

CHCC has also initiated contact tracing for the individual’s immediate contacts such as passengers on the same flight.

Of the total 69 confirmed cases, 43 have been identified through port of entry screening procedures; 10 as  community contacts; and 16 as  known contacts.

In related news, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez said he is sending a team this week to Rota and Tinian to train and educate  business partners there. “We want to make sure that they are consistent with the preventative measures that we do here on Saipan,” he added.

At the same time, the task force will inspect schools on Tinian and Rota to make sure that their classrooms are compliant with the government directives when they open for hybrid classes in October, Villagomez said.

Earlier, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said the Public School System plans to open its schools for face-to-face instruction for selected students in October.

“But everything is dependent on the executive order or the vulnerability level of our community,” Ada said. “Data shows that community vulnerability is at 1%, but we have to be mindful of asymptomatic [cases].”

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