SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 12, 2021) – A U.S. Army medical professional tested positive for COVID-19 following fifth-day testing by Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) staff, April 6. The Soldier was placed into isolation at the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) isolation facility in accordance with CDC guidance.
The Soldier, who has not experienced any symptoms, arrived in Saipan April 1, as part of a mission assignment to augment CHCC medical providers in their campaign to vaccinate CNMI community members. The Soldier was fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and received a negative COVID-19 test result before departing Hawaii.
No additional positive cases have been identified among the 12-member U.S. Army medical team in Saipan. However, out of an abundance of caution, the team is scheduled to depart CNMI and is in the process of being re-assigned for potential mission support to Guam.
The Soldier who tested positive for COVID-19 will depart CNMI upon completion of the required isolation period and release by CHCC staff.
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, through U.S. Army Pacific, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19.