Guam mom fighting to get her son out of quarantine

Leah Metra said she is frustrated with the inconsistency in policies and lack of communication from Adelup with regard to COVID-19 quarantine.

A local mom is fighting to get her son out of quarantine on Guam, saying he took a COVID-test before arriving on island that showed he’s negative.

Public Health officials, however, say that wasn’t the right test to take.

More than anything, Leah Metra is frustrated with the inconsistency in policies and lack of communication from Adelup with regard to COVID-19 quarantine.

Leah’s mother-in-law passed away on Guam earlier this month and her son and brother in law were flying back from California to attend the funeral.

In what they thought would exempt them from quarantine, the two went to an-LA area clinic to get a COVID-test for $250 each but were surprised that their negative test results were questioned when they landed on Guam.

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“But on the governor’s executive order, which we followed, technically it doesn’t really specify any particular test, so you should be able to honor this test. But their excuse was, ‘it’s Sunday night, Public Health would have to verify this and they’re closed’ … therefore you have to go to the quarantine facility,” Metra said.

The next day, they got a call from Public Health that they only accept the nasal swab test and the two men had done the blood test which only looks for anti-bodies to COVID that indicate a past infection.

Leah insists the type of test was not specified in any GovGuam document or the governor’s executive order.

She has since tried asking for the two to be tested here by Public Health to prove their negative results. But she said all she hears back is “we’re still waiting for approval.”

“At this point, how many more times do I have to call? Why couldn’t someone make the effort to call me so that I’m not ranting and raving all over the place … out of respect for what our family is going through,” Metra said.

Her son was moved from the Pacific Star to the Wyndham yesterday.

Metra says she’s fed up with the inconsistencies and flawed policy.

“They have people come through the airport … when they ask them why are you here, they’d say ‘for a funeral’ and then they would say ‘when’s the funeral’…whatever date they gave them, they would release them…without even asking if they had a test. What’s that? My son and my brother in law had a test,” Metra said.

She added: “It actually says one of the reasons you can bypass quarantine is if you have a death in the family. That’s very clear. So, doesn’t that mean we already qualify?”

Metra’s family was told it was because the grandmother’s funeral is May 29th and they have enough time to be quarantined and attend the funeral.

But she says her son tested negative and he should have been given the option to quarantine at home.

Metra is adamant about sharing her story because she wants Adelup to put a fair policy in place and to warn others with plans ahead for coming to Guam.

Adelup has since changed the wording in its public documents with regards to testing, making it clear that it’s a nasal swab they’re looking for.

In a statement to PNC, Adelup said all avenues have been explored by the quarantine review team and this includes Public Health, medical staff, social workers, and behavioral health staff in addition to quarantine management.

Adelup said the circumstances presented by Metra relative to her family members don’t qualify for transfer to home quarantine.