COVID-19 community testing expands to Merizo

Community COVID-19 testing. (PNC file photo)

One new case of COVID-19 was reported today from a test that was done at Guam Memorial Hospital.

That raises the total number of confirmed cases to 183 since mid-March. 168 people have been released from isolation and are presumed recovered. Five have died and only 10 cases of the disease are active on Guam right now.

Meanwhile, the expanded community testing continues. Today, Public Health was down at the Merizo Community Center.

The National Guard was on hand to provide traffic control and security and a group of Guam Community College students were also on hand to help out.

Chief Public Health Officer Suzanne Kaneshiro said her team of public health nurses is moving from village to village providing free COVID-19 testing for all.

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You don’t need to have symptoms of the disease to get tested and no doctor’s referral is required.

“We asked all the mayors if they were interested and so this was one of the mayors who wanted to do it for his village. And we’re doing all the villages except maybe for a couple. So we have almost done all of them,” Kaneshiro said.

There will be no community testing done tomorrow or on Monday.

The community testing will resume in Piti at the Mayor’s Office on Tuesday from 9 am until 12 noon.