Guam COVID restrictions may be relaxed in time for the holidays

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A Public Health official this morning said the current COVID-19 restrictions may be relaxed just in time for the holidays.

Dr. Robert Leon Guerrero, Interim Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, said that with the COVID curve going down, island residents may be able to enjoy the holidays with fewer restrictions.

Of course, in the end, it’s all up to the governor, the doctor qualified, but barring any new COVID-19 spike, Dr. Leon Guerrero said some of the restrictions may be loosened.

“I think with the curve going down, and if you add on, hopefully, the immunizations of the five to 11-year-olds … I think the restrictions will probably be loosened as long as people continue to at least do the smart things, you know, like wearing masks and social distancing,” Dr. Leon Guerrero said during a media briefing on the latest DPHSS COVID-19 data surveillance update.

According to Dr. Ann Pobutsky, territorial epidemiologist, the COVID-19 seven-day rolling average positivity rate is plateauing at about 10%.

“The SDRA is slowly decreasing, with a drop in the weekly case rate by 7 this past week,” Dr. Pobutsky reported.

This latest COVID data surveillance confirms the trend of the previous report which showed that the slow, steady, and downward trend in COVID-19 cases is continuing, with the average weekly cases dropping.

The chairman of the governor’s Physicians Advisory Group also believes that the virus may be “plateauing” on Guam.

Dr. Nathaniel Berg said they are cautiously optimistic that the COVID-19 spread in the community may be slowing down.

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