8 positive cases of COVID-19 among DOC population; 3 more GDOE employees test positive

Department of Corrections (PNC file photo)

In light of recent positive cases of COVID-19 among its employees, the Department of Corrections (DOC), in coordination with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), began mass testing of the prison population.

On November 6, 2020, 203 were tested and results yielded 8 positive cases, one male and seven females, all of whom are in isolation. Testing for the remaining DOC population will continue at the Adult Main Facility in Mangilao on November 9 and the Hagåtña Detention Facility on November 12.

Three GDOE Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) received notification that three GDOE employees tested positive for COVID-19. These cases were identified at Tamuning Elementary School, Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School and B.P. Carbullido Elementary School. Two of these 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 campuses have been cleaned and disinfected as needed. Hard copy packet and food distribution will not be interrupted.

GBHWC Crisis Hotline

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) has a Crisis Hotline that is available 24/7 at (671) 647-8833/4. For those feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, or are needing to talk to someone, GBHWC has experienced providers available and ready to assist the community with any heightened stress and anxiety experienced as a result of COVID-19.

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.