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Novel Coronavirus Update

Update on the CNMI Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Initiative

Individuals can now register at www.governor.gov.mp/covid-19/testing

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to provide the following updates for the CNMI Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Initiative:

  • In partnership with the Mayor’s Offices, COVID-19 testing will now expand to include Tinian and Rota starting on Monday, May 18, 2020.
  • In addition, the registration portal for all islands will now be using the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force site at www.governor.gov.mp/covid-19/testing.
  • The Task Force, CHCC, and TurnKey Solutions optimized the Governor’s website to reflect the current testing schedule and locations as well as available slots. This information will be updated routinely.
  • Specifically, at Saipan International Airport, there are workstations available at Station 5 (located at the tour bus parking lot near commuter terminal) for community members who have not registered. Please note that even though you register at Station 5, your testing date will be based on the next available slot.
  • For businesses with 50 or more employees and for all government agencies, please contact the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force Hotline at 287-0046/0489/1089 for information on group registrations.

Community testing will help us to identify people who may be infected with the virus, especially those who may be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, so we can direct these people to the appropriate care, contain the virus, and prevent its spread using tools such as quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing. Community testing may also help us understand how widespread the virus is in the community.

Testing for COVID-19 is not mandatory. It is another tool to help the Task Force and CHCC detect and contain the SARS-COV2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19. The Task Force and CHCC note that it is important to remember that testing is only a tool to help combat the virus by better containing it.

Getting tested for COVID-19 does not improve response to the illness, nor does it reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting the disease. Our goal is to provide results as quickly as possible within a reasonable time-frame. People who are tested and have a negative result are still vulnerable to the virus.

STAY AT HOME, STOP THE SPREAD

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC reminds the public that the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other illnesses is to continue to practice social distancing, which means avoiding close contact with people in order to avoid catching the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on.

  • Please stay home as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary travel or exposure in public places.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10.
  • Avoid eating out at restaurants. Use drive-thru, take-out, or delivery options.
  • Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. People at high risk should stay at home as much as possible.
  • Create a household plan of action https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/checklisthousehold- ready.html
  • Ensure a 30-day supply of all medicines.

Continue good hand hygiene:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 second with soap and water, avoid touching your face, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.

Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you become symptomatic:

  • Stay home when you are sick and if you recently traveled to a place with COVID-19. Selfquarantine looks like:
    • Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Limit visitors

The CHCC appreciates the patience and understanding of the community at this time. To obtain general information about the CNMI COVID-19 response, please contact the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force Hotline at 287-0046 This number is available Monday to Sunday 7:00AM-7:00PM

For medical information about COVID-19, please reach out to the COVID-19 Infoline at the following numbers: 285-1542/1672/1352/1854 These numbers are available Monday to Sunday 7:30AM-8:00PM

For mental health support and helpful tips during a crisis please call the Mental Health Support Line at 285-1856/1857 These numbers are available Monday to Friday 7:30AM-4:30PM.

For more information about DIY face coverings, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

For more information about CHCC programs, please follow CHCC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at @cnmichcc, check out our website at www.chcc.gov.mp or call us at (670) 234-8950.

For information on the overall CNMI COVID-19 response, please follow @GovernorCNMI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This health advisory may be found online at http://www.chcc.gov.mp/pressrelease.html

CHCC Point of Contact:
Janet Guerrero / Portia Tomokane
(670) 234-8950 Ext. 3416

Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force Point of Contact:
Kevin Bautista
covid-19@gov.mp

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Northern Marianas College (NMC) is committed to ensuring that all persons have equal access to its programs, opportunities, and information resources, including those on its institutional website in accordance to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we work on bringing NMC’s website into full compliance. For immediate assistance, please contact Lucille Deleon Guerrero by email lucille.dlguerrero@marianas.edu or by calling (670) 237-6874.

If you wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on NMC’s website, including a complaint about the accessibility of a document, form, or statement, you may do so by contacting the NMC’s IT Department by email at it@marianas.edu. In your email please include the following information:

  1. The URL you are having accessibility issues with;
  2. The accessibility issue your are experiencing;
  3. Your name, phone number, and email address.

If you would like to file a formal grievance against the Northern Marianas College pursuant to the requirements of Section 504 and Title II, you may submit such grievance to the Office of the NMC President, P.O. Box 501250, Saipan MP 96950 or email nmc@marianas.edu.

You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) Office for Civil Rights. More information about filing a complaint with USDOE can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html.

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