Dededo mayor agrees to extend use of Astumbo Gym for COVID-19 testing

Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares. (PNC file photo)

The Astumbo Gym in Dededo, the site of the expanded COVID-19 testing last Saturday, will be holding more tests this week.

Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares told K57’s Patti Arroyo Monday morning that the Department of Public Health and Social Services called to ask if they can hold more clinics in the area.

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“Can we do two more at the Astumbo Gym as a drive-thru this week, and I agreed, we can do that. We’re going to expand that to the northern communities. Because we had everything already set up there, they asked that we continue doing that at the gym, on Tuesday and Wednesday. And then, they’re going to Mangilao on Thursday and then Agat on Friday,” Savares said.

The Governor had previously stated that she was looking for at least two weeks of data from community-testing to better gauge how soon her administration can lift restrictions.

On the air with K57 last week, the Governor said Public Health is expecting 2,000 to 3,000 test kits on Guam by tomorrow.

The Governor’s announcement of expanded testing follows the launch of the pilot testing program last Saturday at the Astumbo Gym.

52 people were tested Saturday for COVID-19 and none were positive.

A lot is at stake with the data collected from the community-testing centers. The Governor says much of her decisions around lifting social isolation restrictions rest on the results of the expanded COVID-19 testing.

The first of these tests started in Astumbo Saturday where 42 people drove-thru to get swabbed while another 10 walked up. None of the 52 people swabbed tested positive for COVID-19.

Nurses had canvassed the Sagan Linahyan and Lower Astumbo area last week to hand out passes to people who have any symptoms and warranting a COVID-test.

Janela Carrera, the governor’s director of communications, said they’re using lessons from Saturday’s pilot project to expand the testing on Guam.

“As we continue to have more resources, more testing capacity, you know the Governor she really wants to expand this. She really wants to conduct more testing. Because prevalence and testing are key to be able to open our government, our island,” Carrera said.