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CNMI logs six new cases; contract tracing continues

Saipan-- Six more individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings the CNMI total to 318 cases since March 28, 2020.

The individuals were identified and confirmed through surveillance testing Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1, 2021. The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored.

Since Oct. 28, there have been 27 new cases, of which 19 were identified via contact tracing, seven were identified via community testing, and 1 was identified via travel testing. Of the newly identified cases, 24/27 (89 percent) reported experiencing symptoms.

A total of 2,505 Covid-19 tests have been conducted, which comprises travel testing and surveillance testing. 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. Officials said contact tracers will reach out to contacts who are deemed high risk. The associated risk of infection depends on the level of exposure, which will, in turn, determine the type of monitoring. Establishing the level of exposure can be difficult and requires investigation.

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