Guam Guard helps transport COVID-positive patients

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Sgt. Jimmisaiah George, right, and Pfc. Joshua Herrero of the Guam National Guard's Joint Task Force 671, Task Force Response, stand by at the Bayview Hotel Isolation Facility in Tumon on Sep. 24. (Guam Guard photo)

Sgt. Jimmisaiah George, right, and Pfc. Joshua Herrero of the Guam National Guard’s Joint Task Force 671, Task Force Response, stand by at the Bayview Hotel Isolation Facility in Tumon on Sep. 24.

Working in support of the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, George and Herrero receive calls to transport COVID-19 positive individuals between various locations, including the Guam Memorial Hospital, government quarantine and isolation facilities, and the individual’s homes.

“It is nerve-wracking knowing we’ll be in close contact with a positive patient,” said Herrero. “But it does feel good knowing we’re helping out the island and doing our part. We just ask that everyone else do their best to do theirs as well.”

To help mitigate the risk of exposure, transport teams are required to wear personal protective equipment including N95 mask with additional surgical mask, two pairs of gloves, gown, eye protection, and face shield. The van is rigged with a plastic barrier, and is thoroughly sanitized after each transport mission.

(Guam National Guard News Release)

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