JIC # 158: Revised guidance easing import restrictions to resolve the PPE shortage

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-13

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 2020-19, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has developed this temporary policy for COVID-19 related commodities to address the shortage of these products in the market, which adversely impacts the public’s ability to protect themselves during this COVID-19 emergency.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-13 shall be effective immediately and shall terminate upon the declaration of Pandemic Condition of Readiness 4 or when the public health emergency is rescinded.

Consumer antiseptic rubs shall mean products that are intended to be used when soap and water are not available, and are left on and not rinsed off with water after application. This policy does not apply to antiseptic rubs for use by healthcare professionals in a hospital, clinic, or other healthcare settings. Antiseptic rubs used in healthcare settings must comply with local and federal laws, including the temporary guidance documents issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for these products.

In taking a similar approach as the U.S. Food Drug Administration (FDA), DPHSS does not

intend to take action against businesses or individuals who import, distribute, or sell consumer antiseptic rubs, provided that the following criteria are met:

1. The product is properly labeled in English or Chamorro.

2. Labels shall be clear, legible, prominent, conspicuous. and proportionate to the size of
the product, as determined by DPHSS.

3. The principal display panel (portion of the product most likely to be displayed,
presented, shown, or examined under normal and customary conditions of display for
retail sale) contains the following information:
a. Statement or common identity (i.e., “hand sanitizer”, “antiseptic,” “alcohol,”
“alcohol sanitizer,” “alcohol disinfectant,” “consumer antiseptic rubs,” or other
similar types of identity); and
b. Declaration or net quantity of contents expressed accurately in either U.S.
avoirdupois weight or fluid measure and/or the equivalent in metric units.

4. Alternate Display Panels should include the following on the label:

a. Name and place of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor.
b. Country of origin (ex: “Made in Korea”).
c. Uses (ex: “Consumer antiseptic rubs to help reduce pathogens that potentially
can cause disease” or similar language).
d. Adequate warning statements that shall include, but is not limited to the following:

i. For external use only.
ii. Flammable.
iii. When using this product, do not use in or near the eyes. In case of contact with                   eyes, rinse eyes thoroughly with water.                                                                    iv. Stop use and ask a doctor if irritation or rash appears.
v. Keep away from heat or flame.
vi. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison                 Control Center or dial 911, right away.

e. Directions for use statement that shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

i. Place enough product on hands to cover all surfaces. Rub hands together until dry.
ii. Children under 6 years of age should be supervised when using this product.

f. A statement of active ingredients shall be limited to ethyl alcohol or ethanol
(60% to 95%) or isopropyl alcohol (70% to 91.3%) or benzalkonium chloride.

Profiles of 2 earlier confirmed cases

JIC #158

One new case of COVID-19 was identified through contact tracing and is associated with a
significant cluster.

The other case recently traveled to the continental United States and was identified while staying in a government quarantine facility.

Both cases tested positive by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing at the Guam Public Health Lab and were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

To date, there have been 177 cases confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 5
deaths, 151 released from isolation, and 21 active cases.

Expanded COVID-19 Testing Continues 

DPHSS, in collaboration with the Government of Guam, the Mayors Council of Guam, private, and federal agencies continue expanded COVID-19 testing.

Testing is free and open to the public. No symptoms are needed to qualify for testing. If
your village is not listed, please proceed to a neighboring village for testing. Please bring
an I.D., if one is available.

The expanded testing schedule is as follows:

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing: 

● Thursday, June 4: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at GHURA Elderly Public Housing, Dededo
○ Free and open to GHURA elderly & public housing Dededo residents
● Friday, June 5: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Sinajana Mayor’s office
○ Free and open to Sinajana residents
● Monday, June 8: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the DPHSS Central Public Health Center, Barrigada
○ Free and open to Palau residents
● Tuesday, June 9: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the DPHSS Southern Regional Community Health Center parking lot, Inarajan
○ Free and open to Inarajan residents
● Wednesday, June 10: 9 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Mongmong Church
○ Free and open to Mongmong-Toto-Maite residents
● Thursday, June 11: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Merizo Senior Center
○ Free and open to Merizo residents
● Tuesday, June 16: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Piti Mayor’s Office
○ Free and open to Piti residents
● Wednesday, June 17: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Santa Rita Senior Center
○ Free and open to Santa Rita residents
● Thursday, June 18: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the St. Anthony Church grounds, Tamuning
○ Free and open to Tamuning and Tumon residents
● Tuesday, June 23: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the GPD Police Koban Parking Lot (next to
Barrigada Community Center)
○ Free and open to Barrigada residents

Medicare Counseling Re-Opening

The Division of Senior Citizens under DPHSS will resume one-on-one Medicare counseling to Medicare beneficiaries beginning June 9.

If you are a Medicare beneficiary, family member, caretaker, or person who would like to schedule an appointment or get more information on Medicare you may contact the Division of Senior Citizens through the avenues below:

  1. Phone call to: 735-7421 or 735-7415

  2. Email to: Biba.SeniorCitizens@dphss.guam.gov

For more information contact Chad Palomo at the Division of Senior Citizens at 735-7421/7415 or through email at chad.palomo@dphss.guam.gov.

Profiles of Earlier Confirmed Cases

As this is an evolving situation, information is subject to change with little to no notice. For updated information on COVID-19 cases on Guam, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard and Situation Report at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your health care

If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the
Community Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline Phone Numbers listed below to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians, or call 311 and dial option number 1.

● (671) 480-7859
● (671) 480-6760/3
● (671) 480-7883
● (671) 687-6170 (ADA Dedicated Number)

For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.