5 COVID cases identified at four GDOE schools

GDOE headquarters in Tiyan. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) is working closely with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) to conduct contact tracing after a confirmed COVID-19 case was identified at Marcial Sablan Elementary School, Simon Sanchez High School and John F. Kennedy High School. Two COVID-19 cases were also identified at Astumbo Middle School.

Over the weekend and on Monday, August 24, 2020, the GDOE was notified that five total employees from the aforementioned schools tested positive for COVID-19. Four of these employees were identified and tested as part of contact tracing efforts. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at the GDOE to 14. Contact tracing efforts are 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 at each of the campuses have been identified for cleaning and disinfecting. Under the current executive order, GDOE employees are teleworking and will not have access to campuses 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. 287)