Mayors to help out in expanded COVID community testing

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Prompted by the increasing number of COVID positives on island, Mayors Council of Guam President Melissa Savares is encouraging the village mayors to work with Public Health in identifying cluster areas in their respective villages. (PNC file photo)

The Mayors Council of Guam is taking a proactive part in Public Health’s initiative to expand community-based testing at the villages.

Prompted by the increasing number of COVID positives on island, Mayors Council of Guam President Melissa Savares is encouraging the village mayors to work with Public Health in identifying cluster areas in their respective villages.

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Based on the latest JIC report, Guam’s COVID numbers are currently at more than 5,700. The figures include the whopping 181 new cases reported as of late night Tuesday.

At the council meeting this week, Savares told the mayors that Public Health needs the mayors’ help in curbing these numbers. Public Health’s focus for rapid testing has been in the north so far. But the mayors would have to assist in identifying other possible areas for outreach and testing.

“The mass COVID testing that’s being done –Public Health…the Governor’s now asking for more outreaches. Of course, we have seen cluster areas. So if you have a high number of cluster areas that you can identify in your communities, Public Health is ready to come out,” Savares said.

She added: “I know a lot are concerned because the numbers keep going up. We want to open up and get families together for the holidays but testing needs to get done.”

Savares says once scheduled, Public Health will bring out its mobile testing lab on site. It will be the same set-up as the Yigo community outreach — a drive-thru testing process.

Last month, Public Health’s Rapid Engagement Team held a community outreach and testing at the Gil Baza and Zero Down subdivision in Yigo in response to a spike in the FSM community there.

The team also took advantage of the opportunity to address social service and public assistance needs in the area.

All testing was voluntary.

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