DYA designates relocation area as more residents test positive for COVID-19

DYA facility (PNC file photo)

More DYA residents tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday just after two cases were confirmed over the weekend.

Six residents tested positive, bringing the total to eight.

There are currently 17 residents at DYA.

Of the eight cases, four are experiencing mild symptoms such as headaches, body aches, and fatigue.

They are under close supervision and monitored hourly.

DYA director Melanie Brennan told K57’s Patti Arroyo Tuesday morning that residents who have shown no symptoms were temporarily relocated to a separate smaller unit.

They were moved after the unit was decontaminated by the Guam Fire Department.

A social worker reached out to the guardians and parents of those who tested positive.

Brennan said residents who have tested positive have been isolated from the rest of the population as a precaution. DYA is currently operating as if all residents have the disease.

She said that in the midst of the pandemic, DYA has faced similar challenges to other correctional facilities.

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“We’ve kind of had a blueprint as to how to act. Initially, we designated a dormitory for quarantine, which is separate and apart. So for all new admissions, they would have to go to the specific site. We’re just really fortunate that at the beginning we tried to reduce the population overall. And I wish we could have reduced it more because now we’re kind of at a standstill,” Brennan said.

Brennan said that DYA is looking into hiring a community nurse aide and has arranged with Public Health to tour the facility to improve its COVID mitigation efforts.