By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan- The CNMI reported its 20th Covid-19 related death and 49 new cases. The CNMI's Covid-19 count is 3,647 cases since March 28, 2020.
As of Jan. 8, there have been 2,898 recoveries made, 442 active cases, and 16 (1 to be added later) deaths of the cases identified since Oct. 28, 2021.
As of Jan. 9, there were 12 individuals hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 (6 unvaccinated, 6 vaccinated; 1 on a ventilator); and 1 was discharged.
The CNMI, which a 96.7 percent vaccination rate, announced new travel protocols.
Effective Jan. 10, quarantine length for unvaccinated travelers will be shortened to five days after testing out negative on day five.
Unvaccinated inbound travelers are required to quarantine in a designated government facility for five days, and will not be tested on arrival but will be tested before leaving quarantine.
All fully vaccinated inbound travelers will be tested for Covid-19 on arrival. This applies to children ineligible for a Covid-19 vaccine but are residing in a fully vaccinated household.
Fully vaccinated travelers will be tested at the port of entry and are allowed to wait for their test result in their home/lodging. While waiting for the results of their Covid-19 test, the traveler must quarantine at home or lodging until results are received. No fifth-day test is required for fully vaccinated travelers.
Any individual who tests positive for Covid-19 will be quarantined in the designated government facility for 10 days, starting after their test result date. Home isolation protocols are available if an individual can provide evidence that they can home isolate safely for 10 days, without putting others in the household at risk of infection.
If it is determined that the individual cannot safely isolate at home (e.g., they live with a family member who has underlying health conditions or is immunocompromised), isolation at the designated government facility will be ordered.