COVID-19 touches Umatac for the first time; mayor urges villagers to stay at home


A handful of residents from Umatac tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time since the pandemic began, prompting the mayor to warn residents to heed the stay-at-home order.

Umatac Mayor Johnny Quinata was on the air with K57’s Patti Arroyo to discuss the importance of social distancing with the virus now reaching his village.

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“I just want to let the people from the north and central that I love them to come down here and enjoy themselves down here. Right now, this pandemic is rising and we’re trying to keep it low as possible and I’m happy that the governor is, you know, is doing her job and I want to make sure that the people are safe. That’s what the governor is trying to do and people have to understand that, that this is not a typhoon, this is a disease that keeps going and going. People have to understand that,” Quinata said.

The drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 testing in Umatac will happen on September 19. Public Health is reminding those who would like to get tested that pre-registration is required.

To receive individual COVID-19 test results, send a request to

Further instructions will be provided via email to patients before COVID-19 test results are sent.

Public Health has been coordinating with the Mayors Council of Guam for the community-based testing. The last test was done in Talofofo.