Naval Base Guam visitor center closed due to COVID-19 exposure

The NBG Front Gate (PNC file photo)

Effective immediately, the U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Visitor Control Center (VCC) to include Contractor Services, Guest Services, and Common Access Card (CAC) and I.D. Card Services is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 exposure.

All appointments for the various services are canceled and will be rescheduled at a later time. During this time, the facility will be cleaned and disinfected and contact tracing will be conducted.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, NBG was notified that an employee at the VCC tested positive for COVID-19.

The contact tracing effort is underway and close contacts of the confirmed case will be notified directly. A close contact is an individual who has come in face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-19 individual for at least 10 minutes or more and within six feet, or who has had direct contact with infectious secretions of the confirmed COVID-19 individual (e.g. being coughed on).

For several months, the VCC has implemented social distancing measures, intensified cleaning and disinfection efforts, implemented screening procedures upon arrival, and enforced an appointment only system.

“We remain vigilant and proactive in enforcing all health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the NBG Visitor Control Center has put forth a very aggressive effort into ensuring the proper mitigation measures are in place,” said NBG Acting Commanding Officer Capt. Hans Sholley. “We have installed plexiglass at all stations where personnel and customers interact, there is a handwashing station prior to entering the building, along with a temperature check screening for all who come through the VCC’s doors, and we continue to enforce the wearing of masks for our all who work and utilize NBG facilities.”

In addition to stringent COVID-19 mitigations, an inspection of the VCC was conducted by Public Health Activity-Guam. The inspection indicated the proper protocols are being observed.

The confirmed case and close contacts will not be permitted to return to the VCC until cleared by medical providers. Areas of the VCC have been identified for cleaning and disinfecting and will be off-limits to personnel until those processes are complete.

The procedures are in accordance with Commander, Navy Installations Command and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

NBG leadership will continually monitor the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available. All persons are encouraged to monitor NBG social media for updates.

(US Naval Base Guam News Release)