Accuracy of Public Health’s COVID data comes under scrutiny


The accuracy of Public Health’s COVID infection rates came under scrutiny in court Thursday morning as the Governor’s Chief Medical Advisor took the stand defending the importance of travelers being quarantined in a government facility upon entering Guam.

Alternate Public Defender John Morrison, who represents COVID petitioners, questioned Dr. Felix Cabrera on the number of travelers who were noncompliant in June, when travelers were allowed to home quarantine instead of a government facility.

Dr. Cabrera stated that in June there were 190 non-compliance reports, meaning Public Health attempted to call those quarantined and 190 people did not answer the phone at least once during the home quarantine period.

Morrison questioned how accurate that data is, pointing out that just because a person doesn’t answer their phone doesn’t mean that they weren’t home and that the person could have been in the shower and missed the call. Cabrera agreed that could be a possibility.

He also agreed that the re-opening of some establishments and allowing gatherings of up to 50 people during PCOR2 were contributing factors to the surge in the positivity rates.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.