Governor: No change in quarantine protocol, for now

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

There will be no change in Guam’s current COVID-19 quarantine protocol, at least for now, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said in a news conference during the virtual proclamation of National Public Health Week.

This despite the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline, which stated that people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can travel safely in the U.S. without getting tested or self-quarantining.

According to the governor, they discussed this latest CDC ruling just this morning and agreed to keep Guam’s current protocols in place.

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“You know, those CDC guidelines also defer to what the states and territories are implementing as their protocols. So we will continue to require negative PCR,” Leon Guerrero said.

She did say that she might change the current quarantine protocols on May 1, which is the date set for Guam to reopen to off-island travelers, although this is dependent on getting half of Guam’s population vaccinated under Adelup’s “Path to Half” initiative.

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“We will continue with our current protocol until May 1. On May 1, we will probably change our quarantine protocols, and it would be more likely that we would require negative PCR tests, and then they can go home or go about their business. But they would be required to be on Sarah alert, and also COVID alert,” Leon Guerrero said.

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