Expanded COVID-19 testing Wednesday and Thursday in Tamuning and Asan-Maina

the PCR test is still the gold standard, however, this is lab-processed and the results don't come out until three days later. (PNC file photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), in collaboration with the Government of Guam, the Mayors Council of Guam, private, and federal agencies, will continue expanded COVID-19 testing next week.

Testing is free and open to the public while supplies last. No symptoms are needed to qualify for testing. If your village is not listed, please proceed to a neighboring village for testing. Please bring an I.D., if one is available. The expanded testing schedule is as follows:

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing:

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Tamuning Elementary School

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Asan-Maina’s Mayor’s Office

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your health care provider. If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the Community Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline phone numbers listed below to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians, or call 311 and dial option number 1.

(671) 480-7859

(671) 480-6760/3

(671) 480-7883

(671) 687-6170 (ADA Dedicated Number)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Emergency Allotment Issuance for July 2020

DPHSS announced that the Emergency Allotments (supplements) of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the month of July 2020 were released July 17. These benefits were electronically loaded into the SNAP recipients’ EBT cards.

As a reminder, the law authorized the issuance of emergency supplemental benefits to households receiving SNAP up to the maximum allowable SNAP monthly benefit for a household’s size. Calculation is based on the number of eligible household members. Households that already received the maximum benefit for their household’s size will not receive an additional emergency allotment.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please call the numbers below or send an email to PublicAssistance@dphss.guam.gov.

BES North (Dededo) at 635-7488/635-7484/635-7439/635-7396/635-7429

BES Southern (Inarajan) at 828-7542/828-7534/828-7524

BES Central (RanCare) at 300-8853/300-8854/300-8850/300-8865

(Joint Information Center news release)