JIC #90: Statement on the extension of a public health emergency

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Statement on the Extension of a Public Health Emergency

The Joint Information Center is aware of information circulating on social media with respect to a specific date and intent under which the public health emergency declaration may be lifted.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has consistently said that so long as the data remains favorable, restrictions would likely be lifted gradually.

This means that while certain restrictions will be relaxed, other mandates will remain in place—on a phased basis.

That will likely require a 30-day extension of the public health emergency which is set to expire on May 5. Details will be offered in conjunction with the Governor’s recovery plan next week. No action extending the public health emergency has been taken yet.

[EDITORS NOTE: In an interview on K-57 this morning the Governor said : “I’m targeting May 5 that’s the date that my public health emergency will expire, but I’ll just let you know that I will extend that public health emergency.”

“I’m not lifting all of the restrictions,” she said. “I’m only lifting restrictions I feel that are less risky to lift. Then we’ll move forward in May to look at what other restrictions we can lift.”

The Governor said the plan is to still lift restrictions as soon as safely possible. That plan  “is not on hold,” she said, “it continues to be moving forward.”]


One (1) additional case tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 through Diagnostic Laboratory
Services. Cumulative test results will be provided this evening once all tests from today are
finalized.

To date, 140 cases have been confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided, 126 recoveries and 5 deaths. The Joint Information Center reports fatalities of confirmed COVID-19 cases only. 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, including residential villages of
confirmed cases, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/ .

SNAP Emergency Allotment Issuance for April 2020

The Department of Public Health and Social Services announces that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotment for the month of April 2020 will be released tonight, April 24, 2020.

These benefits will be electronically loaded into the SNAP recipients Electronics Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS cards.

As a reminder, the law authorized the issuance of emergency supplemental benefits to households receiving SNAP up to the maximum allowable SNAP monthly benefit for a household’s size.

Calculation is based on the number of eligible household members. Households that already receive the maximum benefit for their household’s size will not receive an additional emergency allotment.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please call the DPHSS Bureau of Economic Security at the numbers below or send an email to publicassistance@dphss.guam.gov .

● BES North (Dededo) at 635-7488/635-7484/635-7439/635-7396/635-7429
● BES Southern (Inarajan) at 828-7542/828-7534/828-7524
● BES Central (Castle Mall) at 735-7340/735-7519/735-7256/735-7344/735-7375

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

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