JIC #97: Statement on Public Health Emergency

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Statement on Public Health Emergency 

During several press conferences, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero indicated her intent to extend the public health emergency while lifting some restrictions implemented through the Social Isolation Directive and Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Guidance Memoranda 2020-01, 02, and 05.

Though the current public health emergency will be extended, it does not prevent relaxing any current restrictions, as shown through the lifting of road
closures.

A public health emergency declaration is still necessary as long as some measures remain to prevent further spread of the virus.

An executive order formally extending the public health emergency has not yet been signed.

DPHSS COVID-19 Expanded Testing 

DPHSS, in collaboration with the Government of Guam and federal and private partners, is expanding the COVID-19 testing drive-through/walk-in. The expanded testing by DPHSS is available at no cost to participants.

Residents are asked to bring their ID.

● Today, Tuesday, April 28, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Astumbo Gym in Dededo.
-Testing is limited to residents of Dededo and Yigo.

● Wednesday, April 29, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Astumbo Gym in Dededo.
-Testing is open to any resident islandwide.

● Thursday, April 30, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mangilao Senior Center/Mangilao Night Market, next to Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao.
-Testing is open to central residents of Agana Heights, Asan, Maina, Barrigada,
Chalan Pago, Ordot, Hagatna, Mangilao, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Sinajana,
Tamuning, and Tumon.

● Friday, May 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Agat Senior Center/DYA Haya Youth Center, near Mount Carmel Church.
-Testing is open to southern residents of Agat, Inarajan, Merizo, Piti, Santa Rita, Talofofo, Umatac, and Yona.

Residents must meet the following criteria:

● Multi-generational families in a household (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, adult children, their children) with COVID-19 symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you can also call your health care provider and get tested.

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

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

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.

To date, 144 cases have been confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 129 released from isolation 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/ .

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