Lt. Gov. Tenorio also tests positive for COVID-19

Lt. Gov Josh Tenorio, who chairs the committee, said they are exploring resources to convert warehouses into non-congregate facilities. (PNC file photo)

Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio announced late last night that he, too, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero issued a statement following a positive test result. In that statement, she stated that Tenorio had tested negative for COVID-19.

After receiving the negative test result and following the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) protocol, Tenorio said he continued to monitor himself for symptoms, wore a face mask, and practiced social distancing.

“However, this afternoon, I began to exhibit mild symptoms, including a slight fever, chills, and a cough, and felt it was necessary to test again. Tonight, I received a positive result,” Tenorio said in a statement.

Despite exhibiting moderate symptoms of the virus, the lieutenant governor said he remains in good health.

He said he will continue his isolation pending clearance from his healthcare provider.

“Once we were informed of Governor Leon Guerrero’s status, all in-person meetings were canceled immediately, and most operations were shifted online,” Tenorio said.

He said these operations will continue uninterrupted. Contact tracing is ongoing, and testing is underway for staff identified as close contacts.

“To the people of Guam, we stay the course. We maintain our COVID-19 response—steadfast as ever. Governor Leon Guerrero’s condition has been improving daily, and government operations continue with all the safety measures in place. Tomorrow, we will take a series of steps to redouble our effort against COVID-19 and keep Guam safe,” Tenorio said.

He added: “We must practice caution. Wear your face mask around those outside of your household. Practice good hygiene. Maintain a social distance of at least six feet. The best course of action is to act as if you are infected with the virus. While Governor Leon Guerrero and I will get through this, more importantly, the people of Guam will too.”