Governor hints at easing some restrictions in the wake of zero positive test results

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has named a recovery team to guide her on lifting social distance restrictions and getting the island's economy back on its feet.

On the heels of yet another report from Guam public health that nobody tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero this morning hinted at the possibility of easing some of the current social distancing restrictions.

In her daily Facebook post on the status of the coronavirus outbreak on island, the Governor said: “There will be some information coming forward about plans to maybe look at the possibility of recovery.”

“That will be coming,” said the Governor without providing any further details.

The Governor also confirmed that she was on the conference call this morning with President Trump who announced his own 3-phase plan to ease restrictions and get the U.S. economy moving again.

In that conference call, ABC News reports, Trump presented guidelines to the state and territorial governors which he said they could use to ease restrictions in their own jurisdictions at their own pace.

The Governor said the president “pushed out his ‘Open America Again‘ guidelines” and “we are going to be looking at that.”   She said the guidelines may be used by her administration “to guide us … in terms of possibly lifting restrictions.”

“Some good news,” said the Governor at the start of her remarks.

Of the 135 Guam residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, the Governor announced: “We now have 97 recoveries.”  That leaves just 33 active cases of COVID-19 within the civilian community as of today.

“Yesterday we had zero positives from public health,” said the Governor.  “That is a good sign,” she said. Public Health reported only 11 people were tested Thursday.

That was the fourth straight day in a row that testing conducted by Guam Public Health found no positive cases, out of  106 tests that were conducted. One case was diagnosed clinically, and DLS found another.

On Monday, April 13, 33 samples were tested by public health, none were positive. 1 case was clinically diagnosed. 134 confirmed.

On Tuesday, April 14: 30 tests were conducted, public health found no positives, DLS found one. 135 confirmed.

On Wednesday, April 15, 32 tested by public health and GMH. None were found to be positive for COVID-19.  The number of confirmed cases remains at 135.

On Thursday April 16, 11 were tested, none were positive. 135 confirmed.

Expanded Testing

In the face of the a number of days of zero positive tests, and the rising number of recoveries the Governor said, “we are also going to be expanding our testing.”

“We will be doing more tests for more people in our population,” she said. “More will come in terms of the details,” she said.