JIC #165: Arriving residents from International Hot Spots will have to quarantine at GovGuam Facilities

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JIC #165

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Guidance Memo 2020-11 Rev 1 provides further clarification on the voluntary quarantine requirements for all persons arriving in Guam.

As part of Guam’s effort to contain the introduction and spread of COVID-19, all persons entering Guam by air or sea from international hot spots or from international non-hot spots and domestic locations shall be subject to quarantine locations for a period of 14 days:

Arrivals from International Hot Spots

  1. ALL persons having originated from or traveled through international locations deemed to be “hot spots” shall be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a GovGuam qualified quarantine facility.

A “Hot Spot” is defined as a country/location with COVID-19 case doubling rate less than every 30 days.

A “Non-Hot Spot” location has a COVID-19 case doubling rate greater than or equal to every 30 days. Countries/locations hot spot status will ultimately be determined and updated by the DPHSS in consultation with the Governor and State Surgeon’s Physician Advisory Group.

Reference data sources from Johns Hopkins University, World Health Organization and other local government reports as compiled and regularly updated via The New York Times’ Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak at https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.html

  1. Considerations for alternate quarantine locations will be made in certain limited circumstances, where medical or other particular concerns are implicated.

  2. Obtaining a negative test result is NOT a requirement for hot spot travelers, nor will it alter the quarantine requirements

Arrivals from International Non-Hot Spots and Domestic Locations

  1. ALL persons traveling domestically or having originated from or traveled through international locations NOT deemed a “hot spot” shall be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a GovGuam qualified quarantine facility.

  2. Guam Residents shall be allowed to complete their 14-day quarantine at their home residence.

  3. Guam Non-Residents can present a valid diagnostic laboratory COVID-19 PCR negative test result for SARS CoV2, that is not more than one (1) week from the date of attempted entry into Guam, and shall complete the 14-day quarantine requirement at their personal residence or rental lodging.

All persons will be asked to sign a Voluntary Quarantine Acknowledgement and any persons who refuse to sign will be subject to Involuntary Quarantine.

Current residents of Guam, persons who are essential healthcare or other essential workers, or persons at the Guam Port Of Entry (POE) who traveled to Guam because of an emergency or personal hardship situation as determined and approved by Guam DPHSS, may be allowed to complete the 14-day quarantine requirement at their home residence or rental lodging location.

All non-residents are subject to 14-day quarantine at a GovGuam designated quarantine facility. Any and all costs associated with the quarantine and/or treatment of individuals who are subject to restricted entry into Guam pursuant Executive Orders 2020-04, 2020-11, 2020-14, and 2020- 16, shall be the responsibility of the individual and the carrier that the individual contracted with to travel to Guam.

In coordination with the Guam International Airport Authority, transiting passengers will be asked to remain in designated portions of the airport facility while awaiting connecting flights for less than 10 hours.

Compliance with voluntary quarantine regardless of location is subject to monitoring, verification, and enforcement. The knowing and intentional failure to follow any part of this order constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year or both (10 GCA, Chapter 19, §19604(c) Cooperation).

DPHSS Issues Guidance Memos 2020-14, 2020-15, 2020-16, 2020-17

Today, DPHSS issued Guidance Memos 2020-14, 2020-15, 2020-16, and 2020-17.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-14 expands the types of businesses and activities allowed to operate under Pandemic Condition of Readiness (PCOR) 2 to include food courts, gymnasiums and fitness centers for non-contact physical activities, and swimming pools and water parks, effective Monday, June 8, 2020.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-15 outlines the requirements for the opening and operation of food courts.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-16 outlines the minimum requirements for the opening of gymnasiums and fitness centers for non-contact physical activities.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-17 outlines the requirements for the opening of swimming pools and water parks.

Visit dphss.guam.gov/covid-19-jic-releases-executive-orders for more information.

For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

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