Contact tracing conducted on COVID-positive doctors

Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services is continuing to conduct contact tracing in the case of the two Guam Memorial Hospital doctors who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a trip from India.

According to Chima Mbakwem, the acting DPHSS chief public health officer, Public Health has so far identified 46 suspected contacts that have already been screened, with seven identified as having prolonged contact with the physicians. Out of this seven, four have already been tested and they are negative.

Eleven GMH staff members were also identified as contacts but are deemed as low risk because the health workers are constantly adhering to the infection control protocols that have been put in place.

“That’s why we have a low to zero transmission within the clinic for now. In the hospital, there are more infection control protocols in place. But we’re still investigating the GMH doctors’ case and we’ll continue to give out information if there’s anything new. But right now, we’ve also been able to look at the timeframe between the symptom onset and their travel, and we determined that there is no need for us to test everybody on the flight that they were on,” Mbakwem said.