DPHSS shifting its efforts to target testing; Saturday’s community testing postponed

Community COVID-19 testing. (PNC file photo)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services will be shifting its COVID-19 screening efforts to target testing to focus on high-risk groups, contact tracing, symptomatic patients, travelers, and quarantined individuals.

According to the Joint Information Center, DPHSS decided on this new target-testing plan based on data garnered from mass testing from April 25, 2020, to July 30, 2020.

The DPHSS data showed that out of 6,808 people tested, only 42 were confirmed COVID-19 positive cases or less than 1%.

Of these 42 cases identified during mass screenings, 26 people had a household or community contact, 14 had no known contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 2 were travel-related.

Today’s testing at Guma Trankilidat can be considered a targeted test since the testing will be limited to residents of Guam Trankilidat, which is a community of senior residents.

Meanwhile, the community testing scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the St. Francis Church and School Parking Lot in Yona has been postponed. A new date will be announced at a later time.

According to DPHSS, it is reaching its capacity for storage space for specimens and will need more time to be able to run the remaining tests as efficiently as possible. DPHSS assures the public that specimen samples are properly stored and preserved.