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Covid-19 Task Force to use PIC if there is ‘spillover’ at Kanoa Resort or former Mariana Resort

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THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force will again use the Pacific Islands Club if there is “spillover” at the two quarantine sites, Kanoa Resort and the former Mariana Resort, task force chairman Warren Villagomez said.

He added that they rented rooms at PIC for those who arrived  Monday on a Jeju Air flight from South Korea that had 150 passengers. These are returning residents, he added.

“We had PIC for one day — we were able to do an RFP [request for proposals] as guided by the attorney general and CNMI Procurement,” Villagomez said.

Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said Kanoa Resort and the former Mariana Resort were full because they had to accommodate travelers who arrived on United Airlines flights Thursday and Saturday. There were more arrivals on Monday from the same airline.

Villagomez said the Kanoa Resort is a designated quarantine and isolation site.  The task force is using only one floor of the building to isolate persons under investigation or those who have confirmed positive cases.

The former Mariana Resort is a quarantine site for travelers, he added.

Muna said they still follow the same protocol: if newly arrived passengers have undergone a polymerase chain reaction test and it is accepted by CHCC; if, moreover, the epidemiological risk is low, they will be brought to a government-designated quarantine site where they will wait for the result of their arrival test before they are released to home quarantine.

Muna said, “Home quarantine  means staying at home.”

She added, “If you don’t have the PCR, then home quarantine is not an option and you would have to stay at a quarantine site at least five to seven days until we obtain the result of the fifth-day testing. These are the requirements for all residents and nonresidents.” 

Villagomez said nonresidents will have to pay for their hotel accommodation while they are in quarantine.

Muna said nonresidents are those  who do not live or intend to live on Saipan. These can include contractors and merchant mariners.

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