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CNMI logs 2 new Covid-linked deaths

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Saipan-- The CNMI government on Monday reported two more Covid-19-related fatalities, raising the commonwealth's death toll to eight. Both patients died this month; one patient was unvaccinated and the other was vaccinated.

The patients, who tested positive for Covid-19 in December, were isolated after being identified at Commonwealth Health Center Corp.

The CNMI also reported 84 new Covid-19 positive cases out of 291 tests performed on Dec. 19, bringing the CNMI total to 2,506 cases since March 28, 2020. The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored.

Of the 84 cases, 67 were identified via contact tracing and 17 were identified via community testing. The vaccination statuses of the 84 cases identified are pending verification.

As of Dec. 19, there have been 1,559 recoveries made, 651 active cases, and five deaths of the cases identified since Oct. 28.

As of Dec. 20, there were 12 individuals hospitalized as a result of Covid-19 (7 unvaccinated, 5 vaccinated; 2 on a ventilator).

A total of 511 Covid-19 vaccine shots were administered on Dec. 20, resulting in 91.7 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 2,215 new cases, of which 1,205 were identified via contact tracing, 978 were identified via community testing, and 32 were identified via travel testing.

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