JIC #160: Emergency food distribution resumes next week

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The TEFAP Disaster Household Distribution (DHD) resumes next week.

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE), State Agency for the Emergency Food
Assistance Program (TEFAP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food
Nutrition Service (FNS), in collaboration with Pacific Unlimited Incorporated and Matson,
Guam, will be issuing USDA ‘Families to Farmers’ food boxes and Disaster Household
Distribution food commodity bags for FREE at three locations next week.

The program is available to all families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The final two DHD distribution dates are June 9 and June 11.

Recipients will receive one bag of TEFAP-DHD food commodities and one Farmers to Families food box of fresh fruits or vegetables.

Food commodities include items such as fresh apples and oranges, beans, rice, canned fruits, sauces, tuna, salmon, pork, beef and chicken.

Distribution will take place on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 :
● Mount Lam Lam in Agat-Umatac from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
● Dededo Farmer’s Market from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 :
● Tiyan Upper Baseball Field from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
● Yona St. Francis Church from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

A total of 5,000 bags of commodities will be distributed for the week on a first come, first
served basis, while supplies last . Distribution may end early if all available resources are
distributed before 10 a.m.

Participants are asked to follow the following program guidelines:

● Please be patient;
● Follow instructions and have valid identification ready;
● Wear a mask at all times;
● Remain in your vehicle;
● Proceed with caution; and
● Follow traffic directions and signage.

TEFAP closed June 15-19; Normal TEFAP Operations Resume June 23 

TEFAP operations will be suspended from June 15-19, 2020 in order to replenish commodity resources and to transition back to operations at the Piti warehouse.

Normal TEFAP operations will resume at the GDOE Piti warehouse beginning on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

The TEFAP distribution program is available to economically vulnerable families that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Normal TEFAP food commodities distribution will take place every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. using a drive-through food to trunk system at the GDOE warehouse in Piti. Participants are reminded to continue to follow all safety guidelines.

For more information, please call the GDOE Food & Nutrition Services at 300-2491.

Expanded COVID-19 Testing Continues 

DPHSS, in collaboration with the Government of Guam, the Mayors Council of Guam, private, and federal agencies continue expanded COVID-19 testing.

Testing is free and open to the public. No symptoms are needed to qualify for testing. If
your village is not listed, please proceed to a neighboring village for testing.

Please bring an I.D., if one is available.

The expanded testing schedule is as follows:

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing:

Friday, June 5: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Sinajana Mayor’s office
○ Free and open to Sinajana residents
Monday, June 8: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at DPHSS Central Public Health Center Barrigada
○ Free and open to Palau residents
Tuesday, June 9: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at DPHSS Southern Regional Community Health Center parking lot, Inarajan
○ Free and open to Inarajan residents
Wednesday, June 10: 9 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Mongmong Church
○ Free and open to Mongmong-Toto-Maite residents
Thursday, June 11: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Merizo Senior Center
○ Free and open to Merizo residents
Tuesday, June 16: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Piti Mayor’s Office
○ Free and open to Piti residents
Wednesday, June 17: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Santa Rita Senior Center
○ Free and open to Santa Rita residents
Thursday, June 18: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the St. Anthony Church grounds, Tamuning
○ Free and open to Tamuning and Tumon residents
Tuesday, June 23: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the GPD Police Koban Parking Lot (next to
Barrigada Community Center)
○ Free and open to Barrigada residents

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 and dial option number 1.

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

DRT guidance for motorists whose driver’s license has expired

Department of Revenue and Taxation (DRT) have issued the following guidance in Volume 3 of the DRT COVID-19 Services Series for expired driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations:

For driver’s licenses which expire from March 16 through July 31, 2020, all late fees will be
waived as long as renewal is done by August 3, 2020. Driver’s licenses which expired prior to March 16, late fees for the period from March 16 – June 30, will be waived as long as renewal is done by July 15, 2020. Any other late fees will apply.

Any vehicle registrations which expire in March, April, May, and June 2020 will be extended
through July 31, 2020. Late fees will be waived for the period as long as renewal is done by
August 3.

For vehicle registrations which expired prior to March 2020, late fees will apply.

For more information on Volume 3 of the DRT COVID-19 Services Series , visit
https://www.guamtax.com/frontpagenotices/covid19/2020_DRT_COVID-19_Services_Series_Volume_3.pdf

The Guam Police Department (GPD), working with DRT, will allow motorists with Driver’s
Licenses expiration dates reflecting between March through July 31, 2020, to travel on the
roadways without incident.

GPD will also allow motorists with vehicle registrations reflecting expiration dates between March through June 30, 2020, to travel on the roadways without incident.

Any expired driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations that expired prior to March 2020
will not be included in this exemption and a citation may be issued. This is subject to change at any time, in accordance with DRT guidelines.

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

Test results

Guam Memorial Hospital this morning (Thursday) reported an additional positive case of COVID-19.

That person was diagnosed at Guam Memorial Hospital which conducted a polymerase chain reaction or PCR test which identifies the presence of the coronavirus. The person had recently traveled and was identified while staying in a government quarantine facility.

This latest case raises to 179 the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 diagnosed on island since the outbreak began in mid-March.

Yesterday, on Wednesday night, only one case tested positive out of 247 tests that were conducted.  This case was identified through community testing and the person did did not report contact with another confirmed case.

Of the 179 cases confirmed to date, 162 have been released and are presumed to have recovered. 5 have died. 12 active cases of COVID-19 remain.

COVID-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day.

Cumulative test results are provided every evening once all tests from today are finalized.

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

For updated information on COVID-19 cases on Guam, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard and Situation Report at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/.

Reopening of DPHSS Tuberculosis Control Processing Section 

Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program’s Processing Section, which issues TB clearances for school and work, began operations on a limited basis on Monday, June 1.

The TB Control Program Office is located at the Northern Region Community Health Center (NRCHC) in Dededo. The hours of operation are 8 am – 11:30 am, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on a first-come first-served basis. Operations are limited to processing a maximum of 30 clients with completed documents.

Clients must line up at the designated area in the front of the NRCHC. The DPHSS TB staff
will assess client documents and provide a queue number that will serve as a pass to enter the facility.

Clients must bring their photo identification and a birth certificate if getting a clearance
for a minor child.

The Latent TB Questionnaire and Health Certificate Application Form is available in the front
of the NRCHC and available for download at www.dphss.guam.gov.

Applicants that are feeling ill or experiencing any COVID-19-like symptoms are not to enter the premises.

Wearing of face masks is mandatory and proper social distancing will be implemented.

For more information, contact the TB Control Program office at 687-4388 or email
[email protected].