By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan-- The CNMI government today reported two coronavirus-related deaths as Covid-19 infections continue to spread, with a total of 507 new positive cases recorded in the past seven days.
The CNMI has logged in a total of five deaths since the outbreak began last year.
Currently, there are 1,104 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the CNMI with more to be announced soon, according to a press release from the CNMI government.
Officials said the two Covid patients who died today were unvaccinated CNMI residents. They had been in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 in November. “My condolences to the families and I wish them comfort, courage, and love in their time of sorrow. This is indeed tragic news to report and I am afraid it is only the beginning as this virus continues to spread in our community,” said Chief Medical Officer John Tudela.
“Knowing that there are still thousands of vulnerable people in the CNMI who are unvaccinated or undervaccinated is disheartening. I cannot fathom the grief that families will face and I can only comfort them in sharing that we will ensure that their loved ones do not suffer should their condition prove futile. I urge everyone to take our messaging seriously and start taking personal responsibility.” Currently, there are 1,104 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the CNMI with more to be announcedsoon. “Life is very precious, and it is never easy to announce the loss of a community member,” said Governor Ralph DLG. Torres. "I ask our community to pray for the families and loved ones during this difficult time. This is another reminder for all of us to encourage our unvaccinated to get vaccinated for all of us to continue protecting each other during this pandemic. Let's work together to keep our hospitalizations down. We will continue to keep our community safe.” “We send our thoughts to the families during this time and will provide necessary assistance,” said CHCC CEO Esther L. Muña. “Let us reflect on the effect of this unforgiving disease."
Officials drummed up their call on the remaining unvaccinated residents to get their shots or booster.
"Do this for protection from severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Also, please continueto practice the 3 W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance," Muna said. Consistently practicing these measures help you and others from getting infected with the virus.” The community is also reminded to follow additional U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on how to protect yourself and others: avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces; cover coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily; be alert for symptoms daily.