Governor signs order extending public health emergency and providing COVID financial assistance

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Today, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order (EO) No. 2020-35, relative to extending the public health emergency and providing financial assistance to medical and health providers and families of COVID-19 fatalities.

EO 2020-35 extends the public health emergency originally set to expire on September 30 to October 30, 2020.

EO 2020-35 also creates the Healthcare System Stabilization Grant Program and the COVID-19 Bereavement Assistance Fund. Through the Guam Economic Development Authority, the  Healthcare System Stabilization Grant Program provides aid for Tier 1 and Tier 2 clinics and for other qualified medical and mental health providers. The program will end December 31, 2020.

The COVID-19 Bereavement Assistance Fund was created to assist the families of individuals who have died due to COVID-19 or COVID-19 related complications by providing one-time grants of $10,000.00 per decedent. This relief shall be distributed in accordance with program requirements, which shall include the following requirements:

  1. Identifies Guam residents who have died due to COVID-19 or COVID-19 related complications, as determined by the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority.

  2. Ensures that a proper recipient of the grant is identified, pursuant to program guidelines.

  3. Provides a system of reporting, including auditable certification to ensure accountability.

These financial programs are currently still in development and more information will be announced at a later date.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

(JIC Release No. 369)

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