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CNMI's Covid death count rises to 13; new tests detect 122 new positive cases

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

By Pacific Island Times News Staff


Saipan-- The CNMI reported its 13th Covid-19-related death, and 122 new positive cases from tests performed on Dec. 27 and 28, bringing the total number of cases is to 3,085 since March 28, 2020.


A total of five deaths have been reported this week. The patients tested positive for Covid-19 in December and were identified at CHCC. No further details will be disclosed, according to a government press release. “My deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the families of those in our community who have recently passed. This is never easy news to hear, or to share. I want to encourage anyone who is unvaccinated, to please get vaccinated. I also urge our community to continue to practice the 3 W’s by wearing your masks, washing your hands, and watching your distance. We are in this together, Marianas,” said Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres. “It’s difficult to lose a family member, especially during the holidays. Our sincerest condolences and sympathies go out to the families, and we will provide the necessary support,” said CHCC CEO Esther L. Muña. “We encourage everyone who’s eligible for a booster shot to get their booster shot. While we have the treatment available to help, vaccines are our best tool against Covid-19. We cannot emphasize enough how important vaccines are in this fight against Covid-19.”


Of the 122 cases, 13 were identified on Dec. 28 and 109 on Dec. 27; 28 were identified via contact tracing, 88 were identified via community testing, and 6 were identified via travel testing. The vaccination statuses of the 122 cases identified are pending verification.

said The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored. As of Dec. 29, there were 17 individuals hospitalized as a result of Covid-19. Of this number, 11 are unvaccinated, six are vaccinated; two are on a ventilator and one has been discharged.

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A total of 314 vaccine shots were administered on Dec. 29, resulting in 94.2 percent of the CNMI's eligible population being fully vaccinated, which affords the community more protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Since Oct. 28, there have been 2,794 new cases, of which 1,434 were identified via contact tracing, 1,296 were identified via community testing, and 64 were identified via travel testing.


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