By Nancy I. Maanao
(Tumon, Guam) Gov. Ralph Torres delivered news moments ago that the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has reported its first death of a suspected COVID-19 patient, who was isolated as a person under investigation.
The man, who was 70, died in Saipan at the Kanoa Hotel.
It was just two days ago, when the Commonwealth government reported its first two cases. Those first two cases remain as the only two confirmed cases, according to Commonwealth Health Care Corporation CEO Esther Muna.
The man first presented to the CHCC on March 25. CHCC's medical director Dr. Beth Kohnen assured the public that the hospital was not contaminated and extensive measures are being taken to prevent contamination and spread.
"We may be having community transmission. Everyone needs to stay home. Everyone needs to wash their hands. It is not just in one village. Assume it is everywhere. Assume you have it. Assume everybody has it." - Dr. Kohnen
As for the condition of the two confirmed cases: "They're doing well," she said.
Curfew at 7 p.m.
Mr. Torres also has issued a curfew order for everyone except a few exceptions. The curfew begins tonight from 7 p.m. through 6 a.m. This curfew is a daily curfew.
The only exceptions to the curfew are law enforcement personnel, first responders, and private sector workers who are scheduled to work during the curfew hours.
Everyone else must remain in their homes during the curfew hours, or will be fined. The enforcement of fines will begin tomorrow.