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(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:

Stomach pain

Bloodshot eyes

Diarrhea

Dizziness or lightheadedness (signs of low blood pressure)

Skin rash

Vomiting

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

Trouble breathing

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

New cases

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

3 discharged

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:

3,012 recoveries

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.

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