Both CNMI residents diagnosed with Covid-19 were screened and swabbed for specimen collection on July 11, 2020, upon arrival at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, in compliance with the governor’s executive order. One person did transit to Tinian, but immediately returned to Saipan for additional testing and monitoring.
Both were confirmed Saturday night and are in stable condition. They are safely isolated at the Kanoa quarantine site and are being closely monitored. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (passengers on the same flight, close family members, friends, and associates) of the new confirmed cases.
Of the total 33 confirmed cases, 10 cases (30%) have been identified through port of entry screening procedures, in accordance with the governor’s executive order, Directive 8.
Through the Governor’s Task Force, many interventions are in place to protect the community from the spread of Covid-19 within the CNMI, and care for those who are diagnosed. The recent cases, identified through the CNMI Mandatory Declaration Form and Covid-19 testing required for all incoming international passengers, highlights the value of this border containment effort. Combined with immediate contact tracing, these interventions are key in minimizing the risk of exposure for Covid-19 to the community.
As a reminder, beyond these border protection measures, it is essential for everyone in the community to continue to practice good hand-hygiene, wear a face-covering, social distancing, and limit time spent in public places as much as possible.
More details to follow.