11th Port employee positive for COVID-19

Port General Manager Rory J. Respicio (PNC file photo)

The Port Authority of Guam issued a release Monday morning saying as a result of the Port’s Contact Tracing efforts they’ve identified another employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The latest case was originally identified as a close contact of the 10th positive Port employee. The employee was sent to the Department of Public Health and Social Services for testing on Friday. The other employees who were also identified as close contacts of the 10th case all tested negative for the virus.

The employee who tested positive had followed all Port Authority of Guam guidelines for COVID-19 and secured from the worksite immediately upon the onset of symptoms. Because this employee left work at the onset of symptoms, there are no additional employees who have been identified as possibly being exposed to the virus.

The latest positive case brings the Port’s total to 11 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. In total, the Port Contact Tracing Team has been able to identify 338 cases of close contact exposure with the 11 port employees and has coordinated testing for all exposures. Out of the 11 employees with positive cases at the Port, seven of them have returned to regular work status.

“We are keeping our Port strong family members who are sick in our thoughts and prayers every day and we look forward to their full recovery and return to work,” said Rory J. Respicio, General Manager of the Port Authority of Guam.

The Port continues to take every precaution necessary to combat COVID-19 including daily deep cleaning and sanitizing of the Port facilities, the installation of hand sanitizing stations and the establishment of the Port Clinic. As of today, the Port Clinic has had 28,700 visits by employees and tenants.

(News release from Port Authority of Guam)