4 additional GDOE employees test positive for COVID-19

GDOE headquarters in Tiyan. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) is working closely with DPHSS to conduct contact tracing after a confirmed COVID-19 case was identified at John F. Kennedy High School (JFKHS), Okkodo High School (OHS), and two COVID-19 cases were identified at the GDOE headquarters in Tiyan.

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the GDOE confirmed that four additional employees tested positive for COVID-19. Three of the four were identified through contact tracing. The contact tracing effort is ongoing and close contacts of the confirmed cases will be contacted directly by DPHSS.

A close contact is an individual who has come in face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-19 individual for at least 10 minutes or more and within six feet, or who has had direct contact with infectious secretions of the confirmed COVID-19 individual (e.g. being coughed on).

Areas of the school campuses and GDOE district office have been identified for cleaning and disinfecting. Under the current executive order, GDOE employees are teleworking and will not have access to these areas until cleaning has been completed.

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. 291)