GovGuam working on COVID-19 isolation facility, emergency medical shelter

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Charles Esteves, the Office of Civil Defense administrator, told PNC his team is working on three fronts for internal capacity building.

GovGuam is working to beef up its own capacity on island in the continued fight against COVID-19.

Charles Esteves, the Office of Civil Defense administrator, told PNC his team is working on three fronts for internal capacity building.

First, is an emergency medical shelter, conducive to COVID treatment on island. Esteves says they’re unable to use the military tent already here since it’s not a negative-pressure facility.

The second priority was consolidating the quarantine facilities on island to just one, which was recently completed.

All quarantined passengers are now staying at the Dusit Beach Resort, previously the Outrigger. That came at a $1million-plus price tag for a 30-day contract.

And now, Esteves says they’re working on contracting a consolidated isolation facility, likely a hotel as well.

He says this facility would be for isolating asymptomatic COVID patients.

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“There are still some folks that are at GMH, they don’t have symptoms, maybe we can move them over to a non-congregate shelter and free up that space for someone who may have symptoms,” Esteves said.

There’s no word on when the successful bidder for the contract would be announced, as Public Health is still doing its assessments.

In addition, there are no agreed-upon terms or cost for the contract, as of yet.

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