(CHCC) — The Governor's Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. have confirmed the CNMI's first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C.
MIS-C is a rare but serious condition associated with Covid-19, in which different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs; and can affect children and adults.
The patient tested positive for Covid-19 in December 2021 (not 2020), then reported symptoms in January 2022 (not 2021 as earlier reported).
Children, adolescents, or young adults who develop certain symptoms after having Covid-19 might have MIS-C.
Children and adults with MIS experience ongoing fever, plus more than one of the following:
Dizziness or lightheadedness (signs of low blood pressure)
If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
Confusion or unusual behavior
Severe abdominal pain
Inability to wake or stay awake
Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
Fifty-three additional individuals have also been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the CNMI total to 3,751 cases since March 2020. The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored.
Of the 53 cases identified on Jan. 11, 2022:
21 were identified via contact tracing, 20 via community testing, 12 via travel testing.
As of Jan. 12, 2022, there were 10 individuals hospitalized as a result of Covid-19:
5 unvaccinated, 5 vaccinated; 1 on a ventilator
A total of 190 Covid-19 vaccine shots were administered on Jan. 12, 2022, resulting in 97.3% of the CNMI's eligible population being fully vaccinated.
The vaccination statuses of the 53 cases identified are pending verification.
A total of 378 Covid-19 tests were conducted on Jan. 11, 2022:
307 community-based testing
71 at the Covid-19 Community Center (referrals only)
Of the cases identified since Oct. 28, 2021, as of Jan. 11, 2022:
431 active cases
17 Covid-19-related deaths
There have been a total of 20 Covid-19 related deaths since March 2020.
Since Oct. 28, 2021, there have been 3,460 cases:
1,680 were identified via contact tracing
1,643 via community testing
137 via travel testing
If you have concerns regarding a possible exposure to a positive case, call our contact tracers at (670) 285-1942, 286-1710, or 286-1711.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, etc.), see your provider or call the CHCC Tele-Triage hotline at (670) 233-2067.