Governor willing to adjust Guam quarantine rules in wake of new CDC guidelines

The governor believes direct dialogue with the legislature is more useful than introducing a bill to limit her powers. She called on senators to speak with her directly if they think she's overstepping her authority. (PNC file photo)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has released updated guidance on quarantining, shortening the recommended time from 14 days down to as little as 7 days.

The update was just released today Thursday, with the CDC saying that anyone exposed to COVID can quarantine between 7 and 10 days.

If you test negative at 7 days after exposure and have no symptoms, then you can stop quarantining. If you don’t get a test, then the recommended time is 10 days, and monitor for symptoms for an additional 4 days.

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The federal health agency does say that 14 days is still the gold standard, but that this update reflects scientific findings of the infection’s incubation period.

As to whether Guam will be changing its quarantining rules to reflect the update, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero says she’s willing to onboard whatever makes sense for the island.

“If we feel that that would continue safeguarding our community, then we will probably use it and apply it…but the fact is, you’ll still be quarantined and you’ll be quarantined around the time that the virus is known to be infectious and to be highly contagious. What will happen with us probably is we will test them and then if they’re negative and they pass the 7-10 days, then they’re probably cleared and if they’re positive they would have to be isolated,” the governor said.

The CDC also updated travel guidelines for the upcoming holidays.

They say people should get tested 1 to 3 days before traveling and 3 to 5 days afterward. Travellers should also reduce nonessential activities for 7 days after their trips.

The governor says Adelup is discussing the use of rapid tests at the Guam airport as well and how those 15-minute results could play into any updated quarantining rules on island.