Governor: Restrictions will be lifted, but gradually

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According to the governor, the lifting of restrictions will need to be gradual because there have been many cases of countries lifting restrictions suddenly and then getting re-infected again by COVID-19.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, in her Facebook video message Saturday morning, said the coronavirus restrictions currently in place on Guam will be lifted, but they will be done so gradually.

According to the governor, the lifting of restrictions will need to be gradual because there have been many cases of countries lifting restrictions suddenly and then getting re-infected again by COVID-19.

“We need to lift restrictions gradually so we won’t have massive infections again,” the governor stressed.

So far, the governor said the number of COVID-19 cases on Guam is relatively better than most other countries or states in the mainland suffering massively from the outbreak.

Over 4 days, from Monday to Thursday, Guam Public Health reported zero positive COVID-19 cases. On Friday they reported one positive case.

Test Results Over the Past Week

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.

On Friday April, 17,  32 were tested. 1 more sample was found to be positive raising to 136 the number of people on Guam who have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Saturday April 18, 7 tests were conducted by public health. None were positive. 136 confirmed.

The governor attributed these “sustained, low numbers” to the public’s cooperation with the social distancing and stay-at-home-restrictions.

“Because of you we are winning this war,” the governor said.

With the arrival of more COVID-19 test kits, the governor said more tests will be conducted using what she described and stressed as “FDA-approved” test kits.

“With more testing, we will have a better understanding of COVID-19’s community spread,” the governor said.

She added that the members of her recently formed recovery panel are now meeting to come up with the best strategies for economic recovery.

Just like the lifting of restrictions, the governor said the recovery of the island’s economy will be “gradual and controlled.”

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