Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

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Information current as of August 18, 2022

To learn more about the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ school testing plans, visit their website.

Management structure for school screening

As the lead public health agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) is leading and implementing this effort. CHCC has created a website to ensure school partners receive timely updates from CDC and other scientific resources. CHCC hired COVID-19 Swab Data staff and a lead to implement testing and a technology vendor to develop a registration portal and conduct data management.

Support provided to school districts

CHCC has created a working group which includes representatives from CHCC ELC, CHCC Laboratories, CHCC Health Information Technology, a technology vendor, and partners in CNMI public and private school systems for COVID-19 Screening Test available within the CNMI (Saipan, Tinian, Rota).

CHCC Swab Data Team coordinated training of school representatives to administer Binax NOW Antigen to students and staff.  Each school received stocks of Binax NOW Antigen tests and developed their own testing criteria such as testing symptomatic individuals, recent travelers, individuals returning from sick leave, or those who participate in sports activities, etc.  Students and staff who test positive are sent home to quarantine and their results are reported to the CHCC Swab Data Team and CNMI COVID-19 Positive Self-Reporting portal.