JIC #195: Social media reports of places visited by the Andersen 35 are ‘unverified’

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JIC #195

The Joint Information Center is warning the public not to share “unverified messages circulating on chat groups and
social media” that purport to identify local businesses that were frequented by the Andersen AFB 35.

Guam Public Health is currently doing a contact trace investigation of the places visited by the 35 airmen who are part of an unnamed unit initially lodged at the Reef Hotel in Tumon.

Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey has said that some members of the unit violated their restricted movement orders while they were at the Reef and visited various businesses in Tumon and elsewhere on island before they were diagnosed as having the disease.

DeNorcey this morning confirmed that one Reef Hotel employee has come down with a confirmed case of COVID-19 since the unit was pulled out of the hotel and sent back to base where they remain in in quarantine or isolation now.

JIC release No. 195 reminds the community “to only share verified, official information with others to avoid the spread of misinformation.”

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) is actively conducting contact tracing of recently confirmed cases.

Information relating to the findings of their investigations, including the recently identified cluster, will be released once available.

Expanded COVID-19 Testing Continues 

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

Testing is free and open to the public while supplies last. 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:  

● Thursday, June 25, 2020, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the parking lot between the St. Francis
Church and the St. Francis School

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)

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

Testing results

One more person has tested positive for COVID-19 through Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS).

The infected person reported no contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 that they knew of.

To date, there have been a total of 226 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5 deaths, 174
released from isolation, and 47 active cases.

Of those cases, 184 are classified as civilians and 42 are military service members. 35 of the military cases have been recently identified among a unit deployed to Andersen Air Force Base (AFB).

COVID-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day. The
cumulative total from all labs will be reported on a nightly basis, unless unavailable.

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/.

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