The Guam Memorial Hospital doctors who tested positive for COVID-19 have now been placed in isolation.
GMH administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas reassured that all the proper measures and procedures were in place and implemented to ensure the safety of the doctors, the GMH staff, and the public.
According to Perez-Posadas, the two doctors returned from off-island travel to India, which recently experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Following protocol, the doctors got tested before arriving.
“We were following protocol. They were cleared upon arrival, based on their PCR test results. They were cleared to report to work and so, yes, they were seeing patients, but they continued to wear their masks and follow all the infection control protocols,” Perez-Posadas told PNC.
Unfortunately, Perez-Posadas said the doctors started exhibiting the symptoms of COVID-19. Medical experts have said that the virus can escape detection if COVID-19 tests are conducted too soon after exposure.
So the doctors got tested again for the virus using the Abbott quick COVID test and the results came back positive.
They are now waiting for the results of their subsequent PCR test, which is considered a more reliable COVID-19 test.
But Perez-Posadas assured that after the doctors showed symptoms, they were immediately isolated.