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Novel Coronavirus Update

02/10/2020 CHCC Sends Low Priority Specimen for 2019-nCoV Testing

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to inform the general public that, after consultation with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CHCC is submitting a specimen for novel coronavirus 2019-nCov testing to the CDC laboratory in Atlanta, GA. While the patient does not meet the full CDC case definition of a 2019-nCov person under investigation (PUI), and is considered a suspect of low priority, the CHCC is taking a precautionary stance in order to protect the CNMI community.

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02/04/2020 CHCC Health Advisory: Coronavirus Update 4

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) is continuing to monitor the ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, and which has now spread across mainland China. Over the last few weeks, cases have begun to appear globally in locations including Southeast Asia, Europe, and the mainland US. There have been over 350 deaths, with the vast majority occurring in Wuhan and other parts of mainland China. Only one death has been recorded outside of mainland China, in the Philippines.

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02/03/2020 There are currently no cases of 2019-nCoV in the CNMI as of Monday, February 3, 2020 at 12:23PM

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first identified in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China in December 2019. There have been thousands of cases reported in Wuhan and other areas in China, and cases are being reported internationally including in the mainland US. Over 300 deaths have been reported in China, with one death reported outside of China in the Philippines.

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02/01/2020 CDC Update and Interim Guidance on 2019-nCoV Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was initially detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides a situational update and interim guidance to state and local health departments that supersedes guidance in CDC’s HAN 426 distributed on January 17, 2020.

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01/31/2020 Jan. 31, 2020 Health Advisory re: Coronavirus (Message from the Interim President)

NMC Students and Employees,

We are sure you are likely reading and following the news announcements regarding the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. Here are key takeaways from the Jan. 31, 2020 announcement from the Office of the Governor and the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation (CHCC):

  • The World Health Organization has declared this a public health emergency.
  • As of January 31, 2020, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus in the CNMI.
  • The spread of this illness can be combatted with good hygiene practices which include the following:
    • 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
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Continue to refer to the CHCC and other official news sources for the latest and most accurate information. Save the following CHCC link for specific information regarding the virus and related updates: http://www.chcc.gov.mp/coronavirusinformation.php

The College is following guidelines by official agencies and monitoring developments that could impact our NMC community. As always, NMC will also make announcements through College website and email (@marianas.edu) and NMC social media outlets. We will continue to share information when and where appropriate.

If you're concerned about your health or have health-related questions, please contact CHCC or your medical provider as soon as possible. Here are other informational resources:

01/31/2020 CHCC Health Advisory: Coronavirus Update 3

As of Thursday, January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) around the ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in late December 2019. As of this release, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in the CNMI.

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01/30/2020 WHO declares Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations to other countries, took place on Thursday, 30 January 2020, from 13:30 to 18:35 Geneva time (CEST).

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01/28/2020 No Coronavirus Case in CNMI

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC)would like to update the public on a rumor that was circulating yesterday that a novel coronavirus case has been confirmed on Saipan. As far as we can tell, this rumor originated from this memo out of Alpha Insurers in Guam. The CHCC can confirm as of this release that no confirmed or suspected coronaviruses cases have been identified on Saipan or anywhere else in the CNMI. We will update the public should any cases in the CNMI be identified.

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01/24/2020 CHCC Addresses Rumors Circulating About Coronavirus

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to address rumors that have been circulating in the CNMI community today indicating that protective masks should be worn prior to entering CHCC, and that a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case arrived on Saipan today. Five patients were treated at the CHCC this morning exhibiting symptoms reminiscent of 2019-nCoV, and who had recently traveled to an affected area. However, these patients’ illnesses were confirmed to be the flu, not 2019-nCoV.

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01/22/2020 Update on Coronavirus Outbreak

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to update the public regarding the ongoing outbreak of pneumonia that started in Wuhan, China.

What caused the outbreak?
The ongoing pneumonia outbreak is caused by a new type of coronavirus referred to as 2019-nCoV.

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?
Symptoms include fever, and symptoms associated with lower respiratory illness such as coughing, and difficulty breathing.

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01/17/2020 CHCC Monitoring Outbreak of Coronavirus

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to advise the public that we are monitoring the outbreak of illness in Wuhan, China. The disease has been confirmed to have been caused by a novel (new) type of coronavirus. There have been 41 confirmed cases in China and one death in a patient who had significant underlying medical conditions. No additional cases in China have been detected since January 3, 2020. However, as of January 16, two export cases of the disease have been confirmed in people who had recently traveled from Wuhan.

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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 [email protected] or by calling (670) 237-6874.

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