By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan-- Twenty-three additional individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings the CNMI total to 431 cases since March 28, 2020. The individuals were identified and confirmed through travel and surveillance testing on Nov. 17. The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored. The community is reminded to practice the 3 W's: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. Since Oct. 28, there have been 140 new cases, of which 92 were identified via contact tracing, 38 were identified via community testing, and 10 were identified via travel testing. A total of 744 Covid-19 tests were conducted on Nov. 17, 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.