11 DOC officers to be tested for coronavirus

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DOC Major Antone Aguon said they are not yet considering this a hunger strike for now.

A trace investigation has been conducted at the island’s prison identifying 11 correctional officers that need to be tested for the coronavirus.

The 11 DOC officers came in contact with the recruit who tested positive for the coronavirus last week and according to DOC Major Antone Aguon, the officers were identified on April 9 as part of the trace investigation conducted by Public Health.

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“As a result of their investigation, they’ve determined that about seven officers and four recruits may have had close contact with the officer that tested positive. So, as a result, around a dozen officers will be tested at a later time to be determined by Public Health,” Aguon said.

Aguon says that no inmates or detainees were identified in Pubic Health’s investigation as PUI’s.

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“They did go to the housing units that the officers were assigned and they did do questioning. Again, at the end of the day, their report was to test the 11 officers. So as of now, as far as I am aware, no inmate or detainee is scheduled to be tested or on a particular watch list,” Aguon said.

Initially, when the DOC recruit tested positive, all 38 recruits were advised to stay home and not report for duty out of an abundance of caution.

Aguon says they are hoping to bring back a majority of those recruits by the end of the week, once they are cleared by public health.

He adds that operations have not been significantly impacted.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.