Governor: Guam may yet see COVID-19 surge; testing is key

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Although just one more person tested positive for COVID 19 Sunday and two more were diagnosed with the disease yesterday, the governor warned that they, in all likelihood, contracted the disease 12 to 18 days ago, and we've yet to see the full-borne symptoms blossom in those who've been infected since.

During today’s news conference, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero took the time to warn island residents that the danger of infection remains and everyone should continue to practice social distancing and stay home.

“Our most recent tragedy indicates that we cannot decrease our vigilance. We cannot become comfortable and we cannot surrender. You are not invincible no matter how healthy and active you are. You are still at risk,” the governor said.

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Although just one more person tested positive for COVID 19 Sunday and two more were diagnosed with the disease yesterday, the governor warned that they, in all likelihood, contracted the disease 12 to 18 days ago, and we’ve yet to see the full-borne symptoms blossom in those who’ve been infected since.

“The pandemic will either accelerate beyond the capacity of the health care system or decrease to containable levels. As we have seen in other countries testing is key,” the governor said.

The governor said that the military has promised to provide some test kits and private testing is also available through Diagnostic Laboratory Services.

Linda DeNorcey, Department of Public Health and Social Services director, said: “As far as what we have left is 348 and this week I was notified that another kit was coming this way. By this week, hopefully, so that’s what we have so far.”

When PNC asked if DLS is testing, DeNorcey answered: “Yes we have a contract now with DLS. They are working with us where they can conduct the testing in Hawaii or through QUEST which is in California. So we already signed that agreement.”

The governor again reiterated that the best prevention is to stay at home.

“By staying at home and refraining from being in contact with someone outside your family unit, you cut off the virus’s chain of transmission. From what we know about COVID-19 and to forestall the future collapse of the healthcare system, these steps must be taken immediately and they must continue for several weeks. The good of all depends on the sacrifices of many,” the governor said.

As for the private testing by DLS, the governor emphasized that you still must go to your private physician or clinic. They will take a sample from you and send it to DLS which then ships your sample off-island to either Hawaii or California. The result is available within 2 to 3 days.

COVID-19 testing is covered under Medicare and Medicaid and MIP.

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