GovGuam contracting additional hotels as quarantine facilities

On Tuesday morning, while he was in his room under quarantine at the Oceanview Hotel, KM told his wife he wasn't feeling well.

In anticipation of more incoming passengers, GovGuam is contracting additional hotels to use as 14-day quarantine facilities.

Adelup confirmed with PNC News today that the Garden Court and Oceanview Hotel is the latest to be leased as a quarantine hotel.  It is already providing rooms for 21 passengers.

In all four hotels are now in use as quarantine facilities. A fifth is being used to to isolate COVID-positive patients.

Earlier this week, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said they contracted the Santa Fe and Wyndham Garden for quarantining. But since those hotels became full by mid-week, the spillover passengers were housed at the Wyndham’s sister facility, the Grand Plaza.

The Santa Fe currently has 98 people, the Wyndham is full at 138, and the overflow 24 passengers are at the Grand Plaza, which is charged under the same contract as the Wyndham.

Around 110 Guam National Guard personnel are staffing all of the facilities after taking over operations earlier this week.

Brigadier General Johnny Lizama said: “It’s a force-support squadron mission, where we have lodging. We do lodging in deployed sites, so this is a similar scenario, where we can actually manage a hotel, such as our quarantine facilities and do all the logistical support to be able to do the day to day mission for them.”

He added: “And then we have a reception team that’s at the Guam International Airport that works in support of Public Health, which identifies who is going to be quarantined. And then we provide transportation to the hotels, the quarantine facilities.”

GovGuam has a fifth hotel on retainer, the Days Inn, that is used to isolate coronavirus-positive patients.

As of this morning, Adelup confirmed there were six people at that facility.

In all, almost 290 people are being held at the five GovGuam facilities.