Guam disaster declaration approved; more test kits arrive; 7 COVID-19 patients recover

According to the governor, Adelup is also working with the military to get 1,000 more COVID-19 test kits.

Guam’s disaster declaration has been approved by the federal government, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero announced during a news conference today. *(Read the release from the White House below)

This paves the way for the federal government to provide additional financial assistance to Guam.

As far as tax rebates, the governor said there is a one-time tax rebate of $1200 per person.

“They will look at tax years 2018 and 2019,” the governor said.

According to the governor, the Trump administration has set aside $3 billion to territories and the insular areas.

“The apportioning will be based on population. Puerto Rico got the bulk. We got $111 million coming out of the U.S. Treasury,” the governor said.

There is also good news with regard to the coronavirus test kits.

Department of Public Health and Social Services director Linda DeNorcey said another shipment of test kits has arrived. And because they don’t need to check for accuracy like what happened during the first batch, these new test kits can be deployed immediately.

“So we have about 300 additional test kits now,” De Norcey said.

She added that DPHSS is working with U.S. Centers for Disease Control to get 1,000 more test kits.

According to the governor, Adelup is also working with the military to get 1,000 more COVID-19 test kits.

During the press conference, the governor also denied various rumors circulating around the island.

She denied rumors that Guam is being considered as a “repatriation” or “staging” site for U.S. mainland and military COVID-19 patients.

GMH administrator Lilian Perez-Posadas also denied that there’s a GMH doctor who has been stricken by COVID-19 and is now in serious condition in the ICU.

Adelup communications director Janela Carrera admonished everyone to only get their news from reputable sources.

The governor also announced the good news that seven home isolation cases have fully recovered.

“However, we are not out of the woods yet. But because we started early, we have more chances of flattening the curve. But we cannot let our guard down,” the governor cautioned.

She also asked the community to pray for the positive COVID-19 cases aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

“Remember, we also have family there. About 20 sailors there are sons and daughters of Guam.

READ the release from the White House approving Guam’s Disaster Declaration in FULL below:

President Donald J. Trump Approves Guam Disaster Declaration
Issued on: March 28, 2020

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the territory of Guam and ordered Federal assistance to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to territory and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for all areas in the territory of Guam impacted by COVID-19.

Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Robert J. Fenton as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the territory and warranted by the results of further assessments.