COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said community members who may have symptoms associated with Covid-19 should go to the hospital or call the tele-triage so they can be screened for the virus.

She said early detection and getting treatments can prevent hospitalization.

Muna said there are medications available in the CNMI that can reduce the risk of severe illness of patients infected with the Delta or Omicron variants of Covid-19.

The medications include antivirals, which are given orally, while among the treatments available are monoclonal antibodies, she added.

Muna said some therapeutic medicines are not yet available on island, but they will be delivered soon.

“There [is] currently a shortage [of medicines] as all know that the nation is experiencing a surge,” she added.

20th death

On Sunday evening, CHCC and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force reported the 20th Covid-19-related death.

CHCC said there were also 49 additional positive cases, bringing to 3,647 the total number of Covid-19 cases in the CNMI since March 28, 2020.

Of the 49 cases, 30 were identified through contact tracing, 13 were diagnosed through community testing, and six were determined through travel testing.

CHCC said it was still verifying the vaccination statuses of these individuals.

As of Jan. 9, 2022, there were 12 individuals who were hospitalized as a result of Covid-19 infection. One-half of the patients were unvaccinated, the other half were vaccinated, one was on ventilator, and one was discharged.

CHCC continues to encourage community members to get vaccinated or to get their booster shot to help prevent severe illness, hospitalization or death.

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