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CNMI identifies 3 Covid cases in schools

Saipan--The CNMI identified three additional individuals confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the total Covid-19 count for the CNMI to 294 individuals since March 28, 2020.

The individuals were identified and confirmed via surveillance testing, performed in collaboration with the CNMI Public School System on Oct. 28.

The recently identified individuals have been quarantined and are actively monitored.

The CHCC Communicable Disease Investigation/Inspection team has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the newly confirmed cases, and this effort will continue until all probable cases are identified and tested.

The Covid-19 Task Force, CHCC and PSS are cooperating to ensure the health and safety of students and staff remain the top priority within the schools and community.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, PSS has been implementing precautions against Covid-19, with measures in place to respond to a positive case.

The immediate response, use of state-of-the-art tools, and techniques by the CHCC contact tracing and laboratory team allowed for rapid containment and protection for our community.

The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the CHCC reminded residents to continue practicing the 3 W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. All individuals are encouraged to take advantage of community-based and school-based testing to ensure the safety of all residents.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the CHCC will host a community-based testing event at Kanoa Resort, Friday, Oct. 29, from noon to 3 p.m.

While the CNMI has 83.5 percent of its residents fully vaccinated, that equates to approximately 10,000 residents who are unvaccinated—residents who are urged to get protected against Covid-19.

"Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, getting a Covid-19 vaccine helps keep you and your loved ones from getting seriously ill even if you do get Covid-19," the governor's office said. "More residents are signing up to get their third shot, and the CHCC is equipped to treat patients who become seriously ill from Covid-19."

“We have the tools in place to contain this as we have successfully done through the work of our Task Force, CHCC, and the partnership with PSS and the Board of Education,” said Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres. “We encourage the unvaccinated to get vaccinated and for our residents to take advantage of our community-based testing at Kanoa Resort on Friday afternoon. We will work to provide care for the individuals who have tested positive, and we must continue to look out for one another as one community.”

Esther L. Muña, the hospital's CEO, said, "data showed that although folks get Covid-19, the measures and treatment we have in place puts us in a good spot to fight the virus. Yes, our community is resilient, but our community looks out for each other. To the unvaccinated residents of the CNMI, we need your help in protecting our children and those who are not able to receive the vaccine.”

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