Antibody treatments at Mangilao center postponed after arrival of FEMA team delayed


The arrival of the three five-member teams who will be supporting Guam’s ongoing COVID-19 response has been temporarily delayed due to scheduling reasons.

The teams are now expected to arrive on Guam the week of September 24. These team members will assist in providing outpatient monoclonal antibody therapy.

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The teams are deploying to Guam as part of a request for assistance (RFA) made by DPHSS to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Two clinical laboratory scientists with the US Public Health Service arrived Friday and are assisting the Guam Public Health Laboratory.

Additionally, two other personnel have also deployed to Guam to assist in logistics. This week Health and Human Services Region IX Regional Health Administrator Commander Matthew C. Johns and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Regional Emergency Coordinator Commander Nick Munoz are on Guam to conduct COVID-19 site assessments and provide feedback to local and federal counterparts.

Monoclonal antibody therapy treatment at the Mangilao Senior Citizens Center, which was expected to begin Wednesday, September 15, has been postponed pending the arrival of the FEMA administration team.