26 confirmed cases of Covid-19

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THREE more individuals tested positive for Covid-19.

Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna on Thursday morning said the first case was detected through the community-based testing conducted on Saipan.

In a statement, CHCC and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force said the person is a 39-year-old female, asymptomatic, and is being safely monitored in isolation. "The individual was identified through community-based testing and confirmed positive at CHCC Laboratory on June 3, 2020. At this time, the patient’s exposure to the virus is unknown. CHCC contact tracing teams are looking into the possibility of exposure through community spread of Covid-19."

On Thursday evening, CHCC and the task force said two additional people had been confirmed to have Covid-19.

“The individuals were passengers of the May 30, 2020 United Airlines flight from Guam and originated from the U.S. mainland. They were tested and confirmed positive at CHCC Laboratory on June 4, 2020.

“The two individuals are females — one 15-year-old and one 56-year-old—are asymptomatic, and are being safely monitored in isolation.

“CHCC contact tracing teams are still investigating the source of infection for the person confirmed positive for Covid-19 [on June 3], but have identified no links to previous infections.”

As of June 4, the CNMI had recorded 26 cumulative number of cases since March 28, 16 recoveries, two deaths and eight active cases.

CHCC and the task force said they “would like to assure the public that even with the additional cases, the CNMI Community Vulnerability Level remains at Yellow because of a greater number of negative results among an increasing number of residents being tested. We would like to encourage the community to continue to be cautious while in public settings.”

CHCC and the task force continue to conduct community-based testing on Saipan, Tinian and Rota. As of Thursday morning, they had collected specimens from 5,970 individuals on Saipan; 349 on Tinian; and 376 on Rota.

CHCC and the task force "continue to encourage residents 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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