ELC Enhancing Detection: CNMI Testing Plan   [open pdf - 490KB]

From the Document: "In 1978, the CNMI [Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands] Department of Public Health was formed under the executive branch of government. Over the next thirty years it came to operate the sole hospital and emergency department, provide 90% of outpatient care to the residents, maintain one of two dialysis centers on island and provide all behavioral, environmental, population health services. Our unique organizational structure allows us to focus on both public health and clinical care for the same target population. a) In response to the Governor's COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Task Force, the CNMI COVID-19 testing strategy is multiprong. We utilize high throughput machines, DialPlexQ Solgent and ABI 7500 Fast Dx, to support large scale testing in the community at locations such as our drive-thru airport testing. In addition, we utilize GeneXpert for rapid testing of smaller groups as part of our port of entry screening protocol, which is also implemented as a directive from the Governor. Lastly, we utilize the Abbott ID NOW as point of care in the hospital and outpatient settings."

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