COVID-19 testing expanded islandwide; additional tests scheduled this week

COVID-19 community testing (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero on Monday afternoon announced that COVID-19 testing will be open to everyone with symptoms of the disease.

The expanded testing program resumes Tuesday, Apr 28 at the Astumbo Gym again and continues through the end of the week at locations in Mangilao and Agat.

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And Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey said enough test kits are now on hand to conduct the expanded program.

“From April 28th to May 1st, people with COVID-19 symptoms can be tested. We encourage those with symptoms to stop by because they are among the most vulnerable.”

The testing schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 28:
-3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Astumbo Gym in Dededo.
-Testing is limited to residents of Dededo and Yigo.

Wednesday, April 29:
-3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Astumbo Gym in Dededo.
-Testing is open to any residents islandwide.

Thursday, April 30:
– 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mangilao Senior Center, next to Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao.
– Testing is open to central residents of Agana Heights, Asan, Maina, Barrigada, Chalan Pago, Ordot, Hagatna, Mangilao, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Sinajana, Tamuning, and Tumon.

Friday, May 1:
– 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Agat Senior Center, near Mount Carmel Church.
– Testing is open to southern residents of Agat, Inarajan, Merizo, Piti, Santa Rita, Talofofo, Umatac, and Yona.

Enough testing capacity

Department of Public Health and Social Services Director Linda DeNorcey said public health now has enough testing capacity to do the job …

“Where are we now in terms of the testing? Well, I’m happy to report that we got the arrival of 400, so we’re going to launch our other machine within the department. And we also have 696 more tests that arrived today. In fact, we’re sharing some with GMH. And our AVI-750 we have 317. So we already have 1,413. We’re expecting another shipment from the World Health Organization. So we’re looking at 6,100 altogether,” DeNorcey said.