GDOE asking for guidance on false positive COVID cases

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education is asking the Department of Public Health and Social Services for guidance on how to proceed in case another false positive case happens again among GDOE staffers.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said he agrees with Dr. Tom Shieh and his patient — JFK employee Shaunna Camacho (the false positive case) — that there must be procedures in place in case of another false positive within GDOE to prevent disruption in the schools.

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“The PCR test is what’s referred to as a gold standard because of its high rate of accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity. In this case, the individual was negative even if she might have tested positive on a rapid test. Two subsequent PCR tests have confirmed a negative result,” Fernandez said.

Guam Public Health spokesperson Janela Carrera said that she can’t go into specifics to protect patient information privacy rights. But she said GDOE has its own COVID-19 protocols in place.