FEMA dispatches COVID treatment teams and lab personnel to Guam


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved requests for assistance (RFA) to support Guam’s ongoing COVID-19 response. The requests were made by the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on behalf of the Government of Guam.

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Arriving today are two medical technologists or clinical laboratory scientists to assist the Guam Public Health Laboratory (GPHL). Additionally, three five-member teams that will oversee and provide outpatient monoclonal antibody therapy are expected to arrive on September 13. Two personnel already deployed to Guam to assist in logistics will also continue through September 30.

“Like the rest of the world, we are embattled with the COVID-19 delta variant–a more transmissible strain that continues to thwart our response efforts and affect our way of life,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “While the surge in positive cases within our community is alarming, we are building capacity, and we continue to provide intervention in our collective efforts to diminish the variant’s impact on our fragile healthcare system and save lives.”

Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio added, “Every day for the last eighteen months and counting, our front liners have demonstrated tireless service to our island. Our administration will do what must be done to support them and ensure that their sacrifices aren’t for naught.”

To assist with Guam’s continued vaccination efforts, an RFA has also been made for 20 vaccinators to help the DPHSS Guam Community Health Centers and vaccination points of dispensing (PODS).