2 DYA, 2 GDOE employees test positive for COVID 19

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On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the Department of Youth Affairs (DYA) was notified that two additional officers tested positive for COVID-19. One of the officers called in sick and has been on leave status. The other officer was identified through contact tracing and tested positive for COVID-19. Both officers are in home isolation.

On Monday, the Guam Fire Department assisted DYA with disinfecting efforts at the Youth Correctional Facility. At this time, there are no residents at the facility who are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. DYA personnel were tested today, and results are pending.

DYA continues to follow guidance from DPHSS, and the following precautions have been instituted on the premises:

= All residents are to shelter-in-place.

= All appointments for residents will be conducted over-the-phone or virtually.

= Visitation for residents will continue to be conducted over-the-phone.

= Parents of residents can contact 735-5033/5 to speak to a DYA Social Worker for further information.

= Staff and resident temperature and wellness checks will continue to be conducted and recorded during each shift.

= Wearing a face mask will continue to be required for all staff and residents.

= Increased sanitizing and disinfection of units will occur more frequently during each shift.

= Incoming staff must wash their hands upon entry into the facility; both staff and clients will wash and sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day.

Two GDOE Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed that two GDOE workers from Okkodo High School tested positive for COVID-19, to include one employee and one contractual worker. Both cases were identified through contact tracing efforts. The GDOE is working closely with DPHSS to conduct contact tracing and any close contacts of the confirmed cases will be contacted directly.

Areas of the campus have been identified for cleaning and disinfecting as needed. Employees will not have access to these areas until cleaning has been completed. Hard copy packet and food distribution will continue uninterrupted.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

(JIC Release No. 407)

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