CNMI logs 103 new Covid cases
Saipan-- One hundred three additional individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the CNMI total to 958 cases since March 28, 2020. There are currently 7 individuals hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 (6 unvaccinated, 1 vaccinated; 0 on a ventilator). Unvaccinated individuals are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and unvaccinated individuals spread the virus at a higher rate than vaccinated individuals, thereby increasing the spread and risk of serious illness toward other unvaccinated individuals. Vaccines are the best protection against the highly transmissible virus, and are readily available at the Multi-Purpose Center, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register for COVID-19 vaccines at www.vaccinatecnmi.com, or walk into the Multi-Purpose Center to request a booster shot. Individuals age 18 or older are now eligible to avail of a booster shot at the Multi-Purpose Center. The CHCC encourages unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated or get a booster shot against COVID-19 to help prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Data from small clinical trials show that vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infection is waning after the primary series, but protection remains high against severe disease and hospitalization. The newly identified individuals were confirmed through surveillance testing from Nov. 27 to 30. The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored. Of the 103 new cases, 50 were identified via community testing and 53 via contact tracing. The vaccination statuses of the 103 new cases are pending verification. A total of 401 Covid-19 vaccine shots were administered on Nov. 30, resulting in 86.9% of the CNMI's eligible population being fully vaccinated, which affords the community more protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Since Oct. 28, 2021, there have been 667 new cases, of which 319 were identified via contact tracing, 336 were identified via community testing, and 12 were identified via travel testing. A total of 865 Covid-19 tests were conducted on Nov. 30, 2021, which comprises travel testing and surveillance testing.