Governor unveils recovery plan; extends public health emergency to May 30

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero this afternoon unveiled her plan to lead the island out of the current coronavirus crisis and back to economic health.

She’s calling it Chalan Para Hinemlo’ – The Road to Recovery.

At the same time, she also signed another Executive Order extending the current public health emergency.

“We remain in a public health emergency and today I will sign Executive Order 2020-11 acknowledging that this emergency continues,” the governor said.

The public health emergency declaration that was previously scheduled to end next Tuesday has now been extended for another 30 days from today until May 30th.

“That, again to reiterate, means the closing of all schools, mandatory social distancing, restricting entry into Guam, emergency measures concerning facilities and materials, and essential businesses and government agencies requiring their employees and patrons to wear face masks while on their premises. It also continues to require Government of Guam operations in a limited capacity. And it will continue the closure of public parks and beaches,” the governor said.

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The Governor went on to outline her four-stage recovery plan, each phase called a Pandemic Condition of Readiness, or PCOR for short.

We are currently in PCOR 1.

“PCOR 1 describes the maximum alert or the strictest measures implemented to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. These include the prohibitions and closures of non-essential activities, quarantining of inbound travelers, and actions meant to deter people from non-essential activity,” the governor said.

We may move from the current restrictive PCOR 1 condition to PCOR 2 on May 9th. But that’s just a target date, subject to change, and dependent on the maintenance of four conditions.

“One we must have two weeks of consistent decline in the number of new COVID-19 positives. Two, we must have an adequate hospital capability to treat new cases as they arise, three we must have the capacity to test people with COVID-19 symptoms, and four we must have the ability to contact trace efficiently and effectively,” the governor said.

Before the island can advance to the next stage, all four of those conditions must still be maintained but over a period of 28 days, not just two weeks.

That would take us into June before the next lessening of restrictions occurs, provided we hit the mark on May 9th.

“To achieve a PCOR 4 status, where restrictions are no longer necessary, a vaccine must be developed or there is sufficient evidence that mass immunity has occurred,” the governor said.

The prospect of either a vaccine or mass immunity is many months away.