1 more DYA officer and 1 more GDOE employee test positive for COVID-19

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The Department of Youth Affairs (DYA) has been informed of an additional officer testing positive for COVID-19 following testing performed on Wednesday. This marks DYA’s fourth employee to test positive for COVID-19, and all remain on leave status.

At this time, there are no residents displaying any symptoms of the virus. DYA continues to follow guidance from DPHSS. The following precautions remain in place:

= All residents are to shelter-in-place.

= All appointments for residents will be conducted over-the-phone or virtually.

= Visitation for residents will continue to be conducted over-the-phone.

Parents of residents can contact 735-5033/5 to speak to a DYA Social Worker for further information.

Staff and resident temperature and wellness checks will continue to be conducted and recorded during each shift.

Wearing a face mask will continue to be required for all staff and residents.

Increased sanitation and disinfection of units will occur more frequently during each shift.

Incoming staff must wash their hands upon entry into the facility; both staff and clients will wash and sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day.

One GDOE Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed that one GDOE employee from C.L. Taitano Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. This case was identified through contact tracing efforts.

GDOE is working closely with DPHSS to conduct contact tracing and any close contacts of the confirmed case will be contacted directly.

Areas of the campus have been cleaned and disinfected as needed. Employees will not have access to these areas until cleaning has been completed. Hard copy packet and food distribution will continue uninterrupted.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

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