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 travel, get 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.