10 police officer trainees test positive for COVID-19

Guam Police Department (PNC File photo)

On Monday, November 30, 2020, the Guam Police Department was made aware of 10 police officer trainees of GPD’s Police Officer Training Cycle have tested positive for COVID-19.

GPD management was informed last week that a trainee’s relative had tested positive for COVID-19 and the trainee started feeling sick and appeared symptomatic for COVID-19. The trainee was afforded a COVID-19 test which later came back positive.

Out of an abundance of caution, all trainees of GPD’S 11th Police Officer Training Cycle were tested, in which nine additional trainees were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. All 10 trainees are currently in home isolation with the remaining trainees in home quarantine as per the guidance of the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

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As a result of the confirmed COVID-19 cases, all academic instructions administered by the Guam Community College will be done remotely, as academic instructions previously held at the Hakubutan Building have been suspended.

Prior to the trainee testing positive to COVID-19, GPD has taken precautionary measures in assuring the safety of all trainees. The training center located in the Hakubutan Building has the space available for the recommended 6-feet distancing. It is also equipped with an air purifier.

All trainees are required to wear protective face masks and the use of available hand sanitizing agents to include daily temperature check. Prior to and during class, the training center is routinely sanitized.

In addition to the 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases, one officer assigned to the Dededo Precinct Command has also tested positive for COVID-19. The officer is currently in home isolation.

The Guam Police Department is working closely with DPHSS in contact tracing with GPD personnel who may have been in close contact or exposed to the confirmed cases.

This brings the total confirmed cases within the Guam Police Department to 32.