By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan--A vaccinated man with underlying medical conditions became the CNMI's third Covid-19 related fatality.
According to CNMI government, the patient tested Covid-19 in August and was identified on arrival through travel screening and quarantined.
The patient was admitted to the hospital while in quarantine, recovered, and was discharged early September. Shortly after, the patientwas readmitted to the the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. hospital due to complications related to Covid-19 pneumonia.
“It is always heartbreaking when we lose a patient to any disease after exhausting all efforts to help them recover. We share in the family’s grief and send our deepestcondolences as they try to find comfort and strength in these difficult times,” said CHCC Chief Medical Officer John Tudela.
“This virus continues to demonstrate how unforgiving and unrelenting it can be as it evolves and rages on globally. We cannot stress enough to the community how important it is for everyone to continue to be vigilant here and when traveling outside the CNMI to protect yourself and your loved ones. Our community fortunately has been spared from a surge so far, but we cannot let our guard down.”
Currently, there are 273 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the CNMI.
“It is never easy to hear news that we lost a member of our community,” said Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones during this difficult time, and we ask our community to keep them in their prayers. This should be a constant reminder for all of us to continue protecting each other during this pandemic. We will continue to keep our community safe.”
“We ask the community to join us in keeping the family and the deceased in our thoughts during this tryingtime,” said CHCC CEO Esther L. Muña.“The loss of a community memberaffects us all; we should look out and be there for each other. We will provide necessary assistance to the family.”