Guam Guard staff ordered to telework after 3 more test positive for COVID-19

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The Guam National Guard says everyone working at their Readiness Complex in Barrigada has been asked to telework until at least Monday, after three more staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Guam National Guard Spokesman Mark Scott responded to an inquiry regarding information that the Barrigada Readiness Center has been partially closed since noon yesterday.

Scott confirmed this was prompted by three more service members testing positive within their internal working population.

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“These service members are not from the (COVID Joint Task Force) JTF and they are not public-facing. They have been quarantined at home and contact tracing is underway.”

Major General Esther Aguigui has directed all National Guard employees on the Barrigada Readiness Complex who are non-COVID responders to work from home since yesterday.

According to Scott, deep cleaning and disinfection protocols began yesterday and are ongoing.

The closure does not affect operations at the gas station and Shoppette which remain open.

The telework directive remains in place until Monday, August 31, or until further notice, out of an abundance of caution, according to Scott.

Scott reports no changes to COVID-19 support operations as they make the switch to telework adding that missions will continue as planned.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.