Two new Covid-19 confirmed cases in NMI

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(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, his Covid-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Tuesday confirmed two new Covid-19 cases, bringing the CNMI’s total confirmed case count to 13.


Of the two new Covid-19 cases, both are males, a 55-year-old and a 61-year-old. Both are in stable condition and are being closely monitored by CHCC medical teams. These cases are suggestive of community transmission within a cluster of linked cases. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (close family members, friends, and associates) of these confirmed cases. To ensure community transmission is limited, CHCC will expand contact tracing efforts. CHCC continues to work with the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force to expand designated isolation areas to closely monitor the well-being of individuals with symptoms.
As of April 14, 2020, the CNMI has submitted 59 specimens for Covid-19 testing. Of these 59 specimens, 55 have been processed, resulting in 13 positive specimens, 42 negative specimens. CHCC awaits the results of four specimens.

The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC continue to encourage residents within the Marianas to practice social distancing, which means avoiding close contact with people in order to avoid catching the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on to others.

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