13 residents found COVID-positive after Public Health rapid testing in Dededo

The Public Health teams went door to door, offering the testing to all residents. (Photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services conducted the second deployment of its rapid engagement team in the village of Dededo, Sunday.

Of the 139 swabs taken, 13 came back positive according to DPHSS spokeswoman Janela Carrera.

Carrera said Public Health teams visited NCS and Piga subdivisions in the northern village.

“We’re targeting three different apartment complexes at NCS. We actually have nursing teams in all three different apartments simultaneously. That way, we can try to complete the testing of all the residents as much as possible and complete it all in one day,” she said.

According to Carrera, the Public Health teams are going door to door, offering the testing to all residents living there.

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“We’re really excited to be here. You know we prepared and planned for this for weeks in advance. We scouted the area on foot. We passed out flyers ahead of time. That way, we can prepare the residents and they’re well-informed and aware that we were going to come out here,” Carrera said.

Public Health worked with the property managers of each of the apartment complexes. Through previous positive cases that DPHSS had seen in these areas as well as contact pricing, Carrera said that they may get some positive cases again.

“We just want to make sure that we can contain the spread,” she said.

Public Health will now regroup and analyze all the data, according to Carrera, who says they’ll discuss what’s next with the Mayors Council and the FSM Consulate.

“We’ll discuss where there may be other positive cases, hotspots, or high-risk areas and go from there. Then we’ll decide where our next rapid engagement team deployment will be,” Carrera said.