CDC puts Guam at ‘very high level of COVID-19’; advises against travel to Guam

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The Guam Visitors Bureau and the Guam Airport are already working on plans for the reopening of tourism so that once the decision is made, Guam can hit the ground running. (PNC file photo)

The CDC has classified Guam as a “Level 4” for travel, as it relates to COVID-19, its highest risk-level.

According to the CDC, Guam is now at a “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19” status. Travelers visiting the agency’s website are told to avoid all travel to the island, and that travel here increases their chances of getting and spreading the virus.

On the air with Newstalk K57 today, Krystal Paco San-Agustin, the Governor’s Press Secretary, said “we’re at a CAR Score of 15… I understand why they’d label us high risk.”

She continued: “As we achieve a lower CAR score, the CDC may reassess and potentially change our risk level. At this time, risk remains high and we recognize that which is why quarantine for incoming travelers remains in place.”

In early August, the CDC recommended that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Guam because of COVID.

At that time, the Governor wrote a letter to the federal agency saying that Guam is not high-risk and that we had the capacity to deal with any surge in cases.

Current guidance on the CDC website also says:

  • If you must travel:
    • Before you travelget tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip. Do not travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, or are sick. Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information.
    • During travel, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.
    • Before traveling back from Guam, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before travel. Follow all destination and airline recommendations or requirements.
    • After you travel, get tested 3–5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days after travel.
      • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days.
      • If you had a known exposure to COVID-19 while traveling, delay travel, quarantine from other people for 14 days after your last known exposure, get tested, and monitor your health.

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Mai Habib
Mai Habib is a radio and television broadcaster and journalist originally from Toronto, Canada. She worked at CTV News and CFRA in Canada for over 5-years, where she was a reporter, anchor and show host. After a brief stop in Canadian politics and the non-profit world, she's happy to be back at the news desk on Guam. Mai is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program and completed her Master's in International Affairs and Public Policy at Carleton University. She is excited to be reporting on Guam's current affairs, legislature and other topical issues.