In an interview with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo this morning, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero spoke about extending Guam’s public health emergency.
Despite the recent relaxation of mandates such as indoor and outdoor mask-wearing and social gathering restrictions, Governor Leon Guerrero made it clear that it does not indicate that we are out of a public health emergency.
She said further that keeping Guam in a public health emergency could be used as a tool to reinstate the lifted mandates should COVID-19 data begin to trend upwards.
Governor Leon Guerrero states, “we’re very cautious, and we’re cautious about how we move forward with this, and we wanna make sure that we have things in place still… and act responsibly.”
Moreover, the Governor also reported that Governors of states and other territories were sent a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, reminding them that federally, the public health emergency remains, as it extends to July 15th
On the other hand, the Governor spoke about specific benefits at risk of being compromised without a public health emergency. Governor states and quotes, “There are benefits that we’ll be not able to provide if we lift public health emergency. For example, of course, the SNAP program– where we have an increase of monies for the SNAP program– National Guard, National Guard staging and establishment with still our vaccination, our boosting, and our contact tracing, and our testing– that’s still going on actively, and other things like Medicaid and Medicare.”
Destiny Cruz, PNC News First.