Governor Lou Leon Guerrero released a statement late last night stating that she has tested positive for COVID-19.
On August 5, 2020, the governor said she was informed that she had come into contact with a close relative who had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Both my husband and I were tested, and we received a negative test result. Even so, we were advised to practice precautionary measures for the next 14 days. In line with existing protocol, I wore a face mask, limited travel to essential functions only, and practiced social distancing,” Leon Guerrero said.
On August 8, the governor said she began to exhibit some symptoms. She was tested again Monday afternoon, Aug 10, and received a positive result Monday evening. The governor may have gotten the virus from her son, Joaquin Cook, who said in his Facebook page that he also tested positive for COVID-19.
“I have been in home quarantine since this weekend and will be isolated pending my recovery. I remain in good health despite exhibiting moderate symptoms of the virus,” the governor said.
She added that both Lieutenant Governor Tenorio and the Acting Chief of Staff both tested negative for COVID-19.
“Together, we are monitoring the budget talks, and I will continue to lead the fiscal and COVID response teams from home. Lastly, I implore everyone to use my experience as a reminder of just how serious and contagious this virus is. Help our island protect our loved ones. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing,” the governor said.
Upon learning that the governor tested positive for COVID-19, the Republican Party of Guam issued the following statement:
“The Republican Party of Guam extends its sincerest thoughts and prayers to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, First Gentleman Jeff Cook and their families following the announcement of the Governor testing positive for COVID-19. Governor, may you make a full and speedy recovery.”
CNMI Governor Ralph DLG. Torres also released a statement that reads in part: “Lt. Governor Palacios and our families together with the entire Marianas send our thoughts and prayers for Governor Lou and her family at this time. This virus affects all of us, and we need to do our part to slow the spread by helping one another as one Marianas. We need to take this seriously … As Governor Lou said, please use her experience and courage as a reminder to protect yourselves, your families, and our beautiful islands. Let us continue to be Marianas Strong.”
Congressman Michael San Nicolas, who has often butted heads with the governor, released the following message: “Please join me in praying for rejuvenating rest and a full recovery for our Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, and for all those afflicted with COVID-19. As Adelup works to manage these unfortunate circumstances please afford them additional patience. Let us also take a moment to remember and pray for those we have lost, the grieving families, those families worried over afflicted loved ones, and the general anxiety of our community. Lord send out Your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.”