JIC #108: Expanded testing will continue this week at senior centers and apartment complexes

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Expanded testing will continue this week at St. Dominic’s Senior Care Home in Barrigada
Heights on Tuesday, May 5, Guma Trankilidat in Tumon on Wednesday, May 6, and Hemlani’s Apartments in Merizo on Thursday, May 7.

These events are closed to the public.

Expanded Testing Results

From April 25 to May 2, 2020 the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS)
conducted expanded testings in the northern, central, and southern regions as well as targeted areas where infection may occur due to lack of access to health care and densely populated apartment complexes.

Nonessential Business to Remain Closed Until PCOR 2 

Guam remains in Pandemic Condition of Readiness (PCOR) 1. Nonessential businesses may
not operate until PCOR 2 has been declared. To declare a PCOR 2 status, the following criteria must be met:

  1. TWO WEEKS of consistent decline in the number of new COVID-19 positives
  2. Adequate hospital capability to TREAT new cases as they arise
  3. Capacity to TEST all people with COVID-19 symptoms; and
  4. Ability to contact TRACE efficiently and effectively

Further guidance from DPHSS is forthcoming. For more information on Chålan Para Hinemlo’, you can go to http://www.investguam.com/roadtorecovery/.

Guam DOL unemployment benefit updates

Guam Department of Labor (GDOL) sent a budget request of more than $924 million dollars to help those on the island impacted by COVID-19. On April 28 the supplemental budget request was sent to U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to implement the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program locally.

However, to receive the federal funds and get unemployment benefits to the people of Guam, agreements for both programs need to be signed. Currently the PUA agreement has been signed, but USDOL has not yet provided the FPUC agreement for Guam to sign.

As the department waits for USDOL to sign the FPUC agreement, approve the budget request and release the federal funds, GDOL is moving to stand up as much of the program as possible so when the payment is loaded, the department can get money out with minimal delays.

For more information, refer to the Guam Visitors Bureaus webinar featuring Director
David Dell’Isola:

https://www.facebook.com/guamvisitorsbureau/videos/344213233218716/?v=344213233218716 

Media seeking a complete copy of the budget submission can email Special Projects
Coordinator Hannah Cho at [email protected].

COVID-19 Count Correction

On Sunday, May 3, the Joint Information received information of two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.

On Monday, May 4, it was clarified that one of the positive cases reported the day prior had already been accounted for.

To date, there have been 149 cases confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 5 deaths and 125 released from isolation. Seven people previously released from isolation have returned to active isolation status.

As this is an evolving situation, information is subject to change with little to no notice.

COVID-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day. Cumulative test results will be provided this evening once all tests from today are finalized.

Cases are released from isolation when at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Some cases that were previously released from isolation have returned to active isolation status after re-testing positive for COVID-19 through follow-up testing. To date, no additional cases have been linked to people released from isolation.

Contractors License Renewal Deadlines 

The Contractors License Board 2021 License Renewal Application deadline has been moved
from June 30, 2020 to August 31, 2020. There will be no late fees applied until September 1, 2020.

You may visit www.clb.guam.gov to print out the 2021 License Renewal Application.
For inquiries, call 649-2214/2213.

Contacts:

For updated information on COVID-19 cases on Guam, including residential villages of confirmed cases, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your health care
provider.

If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the
Community Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline Phone Numbers listed below to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians, or call 311.

● (671) 480-7859
● (671) 480-6760/3
● (671) 480-7883
● (671) 687-6170 (ADA Dedicated Number)

For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.