Guam Reef Hotel employee tests positive after contact tracing with AFB Airmen cluster

The infected airmen were part of a unit deployed to Guam on May 25 and temporarily lodged at the Reef Hotel.

One civilian on Guam has so far been linked to the COVID-positive cluster of 35 airmen deployed to Andersen Air Force Base.

That individual is an employee of the Guam Reef Hotel, as confirmed to PNC News by Linda DeNorcey, the Director of Guam’s Department of Public Health and Social Services.

Public Health released the profiles of the two patients who tested positive on Monday this week saying, “one case was identified through community contact tracing of a recent cluster among service members deployed to Andersen Air Force Base.”

While the Joint Information Center release gave no further details on that patient, DeNorcey told PNC, they are “an employee from the Reef Hotel.”

Of the roughly 100 people tested on Monday 70 were Guam Reef Hotel employees.

The 35 military patients began testing positive while staying at the Hotel. The Reef has declined to comment on the matter. 

DeNorcey had previously confirmed that some of the airmen violated their Restriction of Movement orders (ROM) and visited several places and businesses in Tumon.

All 35 positive service members are currently isolated on AFB, and the rest of the unit was pulled from the Reef Hotel to medically-quarantine on the base as well.

The second person that tested positive on Monday, has been identified as a traveler from the Philippines currently in a GovGuam hotel quarantine facility.