COVID-19 test kits finally arrive; DPHSS validating kits before use


The Department of Public Health and Social Services has finally received its COVID-19 test kits from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Guam was supposed to receive the test kits earlier but the kits had to be re-manufactured because they were found to be defective.

The new test kits that arrived Tuesday can now be used to conduct diagnostic testing of the virus that causes COVID-19.

But before they are used, DPHSS still has to validate the efficacy of the new test kits and ensure their quality, reliability, and consistency of analytical results.

According to a news release from Adelup, the validation process is now underway at the Guam Public Health Laboratory. Once validation is complete, the laboratory will make testing immediately available.

DPHSS anticipates testing to commence before the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Adelup continues to assure residents that there are currently no persons under investigation (PUI) and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guam.

DPHSS said it continues to work with local and federal partners to address the threat of the virus that causes COVID-19 and that GovGuam continues to assess the situation as it evolves.