SAIPAN, 13 DECEMBER 2021 (MARIANAS VARIETY)—CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres, the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp announced on Saturday the islands’ sixth Covid-19-related death.
The individual was an unvaccinated CNMI resident who tested positive for Covid-19 in November. The individual was isolated, and admitted to the alternate care site at Kanoa Resort before passing away just this month.
“It will never be easy to deliver this news,” CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.
“We will provide necessary support to the family and will continue to provide the support our whole community needs,” she added.
She urged community members to “continue to wear your mask, watch your distance, wash your hands, and do other preventive measures. We need to start living ‘Covid-19 safe.’ Act as if you actually have the infection, and even when your test results come back negative, this is still great practice while we are in this pandemic.”
Governor Torres, for his part, said, “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones [of the deceased]. This is another reminder for our people who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated. Vaccines save lives from this unforgiving disease. We must also continue to protect each other by practicing the 3W’s”: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance.
Also on Saturday, CHCC reported that 260 cases had been confirmed positive for Covid-19 from 08-09 December, 2021, bringing the CNMI total to 1,774 cases since 28 March, 2020.
“The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored,” CHCC stated. “As of 09 December, 2021, there had been 567 recoveries made, 914 active cases, and 2 deaths of the cases identified since 28 October 2021.”
As of 10 December, 2021, CHCC said there were 14 individuals hospitalised as a result of Covid-19 (10 unvaccinated, two vaccinated, two partially vaccinated; 0 on a ventilator); and one was discharged from the Alternative Care Site.
Since 28 October 2021, CHCC said, there have been 1,483 new cases, of which 815 were identified via contact tracing, 649 were identified via community testing, and 19 were identified via travel testing.
A total of 1,463 Covid-19 tests were conducted from 08-09 December 2021, which comprises travel testing and surveillance testing, CHCC said…..PACNEWS