Adelup: Lockdown of island would worsen situation

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The administration's Director of Policy Carlo Branch (PNC file photo)

While the medical community is pushing for a lockdown of the island, Adelup says doing so may be more detrimental to the COVID-19 situation on Guam.

The airport and GovGuam will do whatever is necessary on the Governor’s order to keep residents safe but a lockdown of the island from the world is not the answer, according to Adelup.

The administration’s Director of Policy Carlo Branch says ceasing all flights to Guam could have potentially dangerous effects on the island.

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“What the majority has requested is understandable but I don’t know that they fully intend what they have requested. Shutting down all flights to Guam would mean the people that need medicine probably don’t get it flown in. It would mean that people that need certain groceries probably don’t get them and it would mean that medical experts, if you shut down every flight to Guam, probably don’t get here when we need them,” Branch said.

He also reiterated that the Governor doesn’t have the power to shut down the airport even if she wanted to.

“So when the governor denied a total and complete lockdown of all air travel to Guam, it is because she does not want to make the danger greater by denying those tools which would actually help us,” Branch said.

He added that the Governor has made it clear that the situation is continually evolving and as it does, the strategies and tactics utilized to address coronavirus will also change as new information is provided.

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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.