Governor: ‘I will not hesitate to reinstate restrictions’

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero urged all residents to continue sticking to the basics of COVD-19 prevention. (FB photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero warned over the weekend that she may reimpose restrictions if the increase in COVID cases doesn’t let up.

“I will not hesitate to reinstate restrictions to continue protecting our island,” Leon Guerrero said in a post on her Facebook page.

Although the island has achieved Operation Liberate Guam, the governor said there are still thousands of Guam residents that are still unvaccinated.

“If you are eligible for the vaccine, please get your shots, protect yourself, protect the ones you love, protect our community,” Leon Guerrero said.

She warned that the Delta variant and its mutations remain a real and imminent threat and the COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be the greatest defense in recent days.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of positive cases. We also recorded our highest par score since the start of this year, based on the information provided by public health, we are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 transmission throughout our community, especially among our unvaccinated,” Leon Gerrero said.

As of Saturday, the governor said there are six hospital admissions between the Guam Memorial Hospital and the Guam Regional Medical City. And of the six admissions, five of these patients are not fully vaccinated.

“The vaccine’s success is not to be defined by preventing infection but is demonstrated through low hospitalizations, and the decrease of the severity of the illness,” Leon Guerrero said.

She added: “What our data also tells us is that we must go back to basics, wear your masks, wash your hands and watch your distance.”

While the administration has slowly relaxed restrictions, the governor stressed that she has continued to mandate the wearing of masks.

“I want to be very clear, COVID remains on our island. As we relax restrictions, we will see an increase in our positive cases to slow the spread and prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death. You must get vaccinated. This is how we can secure a safer community, and return to some sense of normalcy. In addition, I continue to mandate the wearing of masks indoors and outdoors, regardless if you are vaccinated,” the governor said.