Big turnout at Micronesia Mall COVID testing

COVID-19 testing (PNC file photo)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services’ COVID-19 mass testing at the Micronesia Mall today had a large turnout.

A continuation of Public Health’s mass testing program from last weekend, the free COVID-19 testing at Micronesia Mall started today at 8 am.

DPHSS spokesperson Janela Carrera said the reason they chose the mall and other heavily trafficked places were because of the low turnout of the first mass testings in Yigo, Tiyan, and Agat.

“We re-strategized and we wanted to offer locations more familiar to the public so we went to the malls and approached them and we thought, what better way to offer testing to the residents than to offer the tests in places where they shop,” Carrera said.

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Although testing did not start until 8 in the morning, by 7:30 am, cars were already seen lining up, stretching all the way to Fatima street.

With the CAR score still below 5 for the past 10 days, Carrera believes that the governor’s “Strive for 5” campaign is working.

“It’s really giving our community, the people of Guam, a goal to look forward to. You know, strive for 5, let’s get our CAR score down below 5. That kind of gave us a realistic goal to strive for,” Carrera said.

The testing uses the Abbot Binax rapid testing kits and the results are made available on site. This differs from the PCR test used in the past where results take 2 to 3 days.

The mass testing will continue tomorrow and Sunday at Micronesia Mall in Dededo, Guam Premier Outlets in Tamuning, and the Guam Judicial Center in Hagatna from 9 am to 12 pm.

No symptoms are required to be tested and Public Health asks residents to limit themselves to four people per vehicle and bring a photo ID.