COVID-19 pandemic in the Northern Mariana Islands

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COVID-19 pandemic in the Northern Mariana Islands
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Northern Mariana Islands
Index case Saipan
Arrival dateMarch 28, 2020
(1 year, 2 months, 2 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases170 [1]
Recovered32 [1]
Deaths
2 [1]
Government website
CHCC

The COVID-19 pandemic in the North Mariana Islands is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in March 2020.

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Background

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan, Hubei, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019. [2] [3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003, [4] [5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll. [6] [4]

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in Northern Mariana Islands  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
2020202020212021
MarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMarAprAprMayMay
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-28
2(n.a.)
2020-04-01
6(n.a.)1(n.a.)
2020-04-02
8(+33%)1(=)
2020-04-07
8(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-04-08
11(+38%)2(=)
2020-04-14
13(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-04-17
14(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-05-06
15(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-05-09
16(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-05-10
2020-05-11
19(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-05-16
21(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-05-21
22(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-06-02
23(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-06-03
24(+4.3%)2(=)
2020-06-04
26(+8.3%)2(=)
2020-06-07
27(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-06-08
28(+3.7%)2(=)
2020-06-09
29(+3.6%)2(=)
2020-07-03
30(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-07-11
32(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-07-14
35(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-07-15
2020-07-16
36(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-07-21
37(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-07-25
39(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-07-30
41(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-07-31
2020-08-01
43(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-08-02
44(+2.3%)2(=)
2020-08-03
45(+2.3%)2(=)
2020-08-06
46(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-08-07
2020-08-08
47(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-08-09
2020-08-10
48(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-08-14
49(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-08-17
52(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-08-18
53(+1.9%)2(=)
2020-08-29
55(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-01
56(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-05
57(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-06
2020-09-07
58(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-12
59(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-13
2020-09-14
60(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-17
61(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-18
2020-09-19
67(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-20
2020-09-21
68(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-09-30
69(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-10-04
72(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-10-05
74(+2.8%)2(=)
2020-10-10
76(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-10-15
79(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-10-16
2020-10-17
85(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-10-20
87(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-10-26
91(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-11-04
95(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-11-05
2020-11-06
97(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-11-09
99(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-11-16
101(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-11-22
102(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-11-30
104(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-12-07
107(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-12-08
109(+1.9%)2(=)
2020-12-09
111(+1.8%)2(=)
2020-12-18
113(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-12-21
114(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-12-22
2020-12-23
116(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-12-26
120(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2021-04-25
164(n.a.)2(n.a.)
164(=)2(=)
2021-05-10
170(+3.7%)2(=)
Cumulative cases reported in the Northern Mariana Islands to date

Sources The COVID Tracking Project

Municipality [lower-alpha 1] Cases [lower-alpha 2] [lower-alpha 3] Deaths [lower-alpha 3] Recov. [lower-alpha 3] Pop.Cases / 100kRef.
2 / 417023253,883315.50
Northern Islands Municipality 0000 [lower-alpha 4]
Rota 0002,5270
Saipan 16821248,220348.40
Tinian 2003,13663.8 [lower-alpha 5]
Updated May 10, 2021
Data is publicly reported by Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation [7] [8] [9]
  1. Municipality where individuals with a positive case reside. Location of original infection may vary.
  2. Reported cases includes presumptive and confirmed case. Actual case numbers are probably higher.
  3. 1 2 3 "–" denotes that no data is currently available for that municipality, not that the value is zero.
  4. Includes the islands of Farallon de Pajaros (Urracas), Maug Islands, Asuncion, Agrihan (Agrigan), Pagan, Alamagan, Guguan, Zealandia Bank, Sarigan, Anatahan, and Farallon de Medinilla.
  5. Includes the island of Aguijan (Agiguan).

On 28 March, the islands confirmed their first two COVID-19 cases. [10]

The first death from coronavirus in the CNMI occurred on March 30 at Kanoa Resort. [11] A second death was reported on April 7 at the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation (CHCC). [12]

On 13 April, the CNMI received 20,000 test kits from South Korea; this shipment is expected to be the first of three, totaling 60,000, to arrive. [13]

Prevention measures

Flights from China and Hong Kong were cancelled in early February, [14] leading to a drawdown in tourists to the island of Saipan and subsequently an economic crisis which triggered an austerity. [15] By March 12, a task force was in place to manage the austerity measures put into place. [16]

As a precautionary measure on March 17, Governor Torres shut schools and government offices. [17] The continuation of daily United Airlines' nonstop flights from Guam 120 miles away led to all arriving individuals suspected of coronavirus symptoms to be placed in quarantine at the Kanoa Resort. [18] Circa 16 March, governor Ralph Torres temporarily closed all schools and government offices. [17] A government task force has also been set up to monitor the situation. [16]

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