2 more port employees test positive for COVID-19

Port Authority of Guam administration building. (PNC file photo)

Port Authority of Guam General Manager Rory J. Respicio released a statement Monday afternoon, saying two more port employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Aggressive contact tracing efforts by the Port Authority of Guam, in close coordination with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), has led to the identification of two more employees positive with COVID-19. This brings the Port’s total to three employees affected by COVID-19,” Respicio said.

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The port GM said the three employees remain in home isolation and their work areas have been deep cleaned.

In addition, contact tracing and testing for the first two COVID-19 positives are done, which resulted in identifying the third COVID-19 positive through testing.

“Our team immediately conducted contact tracing for the third COVID-19 positive, identifying additional Port employees who may have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 and their testing was conducted by DPHSS this morning,” Respicio said.

The port has been working closely with DPHSS Acting Director Arthur U. San Agustin and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Suzanne Kaneshiro to coordinate testing of all employees, identified by immediate contact tracing efforts. To date, 126 Port employees have been tested by the DPHSS.

“The Port Authority of Guam remains completely operational, despite the daily challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic because we have been following Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s directives and the Center for Disease Control Guidelines for Critical Infrastructure Worker,” Respicio assured.