GIAA confirms 2 more positive COVID-19 cases; normal airport operations continue

A.B. Won Pat International Airport (file photo)

Through its swift internal contact tracing, voluntary quarantine, and testing protocols, the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA) has confirmed two additional airport employees having tested positive for COVID-19, one from late yesterday and another one today.

“Both employees were identified as close contacts of previously announced cases and had been in voluntary quarantine pending COVID-19 test results for the past few days. Internal contact tracing is being conducted on the newly identified positive cases,” stated John “JQ” Quinata, GIAA Executive Manager. “Out of an abundance of caution, our administrative offices have been closed since Tuesday, continued sanitization efforts have been undertaken, and normal airport operations have continued unimpeded. ”

Currently, the general public is not allowed to access the airport terminal. Only GIAA-authorized employees, those providing GIAA-approved essential services, and ticketed passengers are allowed into the terminal. Entry is controlled with only official designated entrances on the ground departure level and the basement arrivals level. 100% thermal screening continues to be in place at specified controlled entry points, while the mandatory use of face masks/coverings is strictly enforced. Signage throughout the terminal reminds patrons to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Mr. Quinata concluded, “We continue to do everything in our power to establish and maintain a safe environment at our only civilian airport—as our operations are essential to Guam’s connection to the world. As social distancing and the wearing of face masks are both practiced and enforced, and hand sanitizers are provided throughout the terminal building—we want to assure the traveling public that the airport continues these safety protocols to ensure continuity of operations.”