PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On July 19th, 2022, the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) reported multiple cases of COVID-19 in the communities of the State of Kosrae and the State of Pohnpei.

Seven (7) cases of COVID-19 were reported in the State of Pohnpei.  Pohnpei State Government issued notice for all residents to avoid public gatherings as much as practicable; to wear a facemask at all times; to get vaccinated if not done so already, and to visit the Pohnpei State Hospital if one has any flu-like symptoms. To the knowledge of the FSM Government, all public services will remain open.

FSM government urged the public to remain calm.

Between July 16th and 17th, reports of several influenza-like illnesses were showing up in the community in Kosrae State. A medical team investigated, and upon going to a household of eleven (11) persons and testing them, all determined that ten (10) were positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, twenty-eight (28) people showed up at the Kosrae Hospital’s outpatient area. Of this group, twenty-five (25) were positive for COVID-19.

A repatriation flight to Kosrae State on Monday, July 18th, brought in one (1) passenger to Kosrae from Guam and three (3) from Pohnpei. Of these four persons, two (2) of them from Pohnpei State were found to be positive upon arrival into Kosrae.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the information within this release should be assumed to be out of date upon publication. It is the intention of the FSM Government to meet with all State Governments, and external partners at 9:00 am, Pohnpei Time, on July 20th, 2022, to determine the next steps.

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