“The individual is a 27-year-old female, asymptomatic, and is a contact of previously diagnosed individuals with Covid-19. Specimens were collected, processed, and confirmed positive at CHCC Laboratory” on Thursday.

As of May 21, 2020, the CNMI had a Covid-19 count of 22 with seven active cases, 13 recoveries, and two deaths.

According to the task force, the latest case was identified through contact investigation and community testing. 

“Cooperation of primary contacts who were interviewed led to the discovery of secondary contacts, which allowed for quick identification and isolation of this individual in coordination with community-based testing. 

“The individual is in stable condition, is safely isolated at Kanoa Resort, and is being closely monitored by CHCC medical teams. CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts (close family members, friends, and associates) of the new confirmed case.”

The task force said, “Contact tracing plays a key role in reducing the spread of infection within the community. Contact tracing tracks down anyone who might have been infected by a person who was recently diagnosed so those contacts can quarantine themselves and prevent further spread.  Contact tracing has helped slow or stop previous epidemics, such as the SARS and Ebola outbreaks. But it's never been more critical — or more challenging — than in this fight against Covid-19.”

As a reminder, the task force stated, “Even if you have tested negative for the virus, or have already been infected with the virus and recovered, it is essential for everyone in the community to continue to practice strict social distancing, and avoid public places as much as possible.”

The 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.”

Tests and ACS

CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said as of May 21, CHCC had collected a total of 3,764 specimens on Saipan, 137 on Tinian and 188 on Rota.

She said the community-based testing initiative on Tinian and Rota will continue this week.

As for the alternate care site or ACS at Kanoa Resort, task force chairman Warren Villagomez said it will be ready on May 25 and not on May 22 as earlier announced.

“This is due to the accommodation of the medical resources and medical equipment that need to be in the ACS, which will also have an intensive care unit and dialysis machines,” he said.

Villagomez said they are also making sure that the ACS conforms with applicable federal guidelines.

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