Naval Base Guam visitor control center to reopen following thorough facility disinfection

The NBG Front Gate (PNC file photo)

Effective Monday, Sept. 21, the U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Visitor Control Center (VCC) will reopen at a reduced operating capacity, following an inspection by Public Health Activity Guam.

The NBG VCC was thoroughly deep cleaned, de-fogged with disinfectant, and sanitized under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, NBG was notified that an employee at the VCC tested positive for COVID-19. All close contacts of the confirmed case were identified and are under quarantine or isolation for 14 days. VCC patrons have not been identified as close contacts to the positive case.

A close contact is an individual who has come in face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-positive 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-positive individual (e.g. being coughed on). The confirmed case and close contacts will not be permitted to return to the VCC until cleared by medical providers.

On Sept. 21, the following VCC services will re-open:

. Contractor Services
– By appointment only. Call 339-1095
. Guest Services: Houseguest Passes, Fingerprinting, Agent Letter
– By appointment only. Call 339-1095
. PSD I.D. Card Lab, Common Access Card (CAC) and I.D. Card Services
– By appointment only via RAPIDS.
For emergent VCC services, call 488-5496.

“As we have over the course of the last several months, we will maintain a rigorous set of mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19 at our facilities,” said NBG Security Officer Lt. Cmdr. Robert Files. “While we will reopen, we advise our patrons that there may be extended wait times at the VCC due to the reduction in staff. We ask that they be patient as we continue to provide these necessary services during this time.”

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.

“I have seen first-hand the strict protocols and mitigations put in place by the VCC and I remain confident they are taking all the steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19,” said NBG Acting Commanding Officer Capt. Hans Sholley. “Our approach against COVID-19 is proactive. We care about our Team NBG personnel and customers, and we are consistently evaluating the situation in real-time to ensure their safety and well-being is maintained throughout this pandemic.”

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.

(Naval Base Guam News Release)