New executive order mobilizes all island medical resources in fight against COVID-19

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

The latest executive order issued by Governor Lou Leon Guerrero yesterday creates a COVID-19 Unified Response Action Team.

It’s been given the acronym C.U.R.E.

It is led by the Governor’s Medical Adviser and State Surgeon Dr. Mike Cruz.

The C.U.R.E.  team has been empowered to make use of all medical facilities on island to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The order creates three tiers of medical care.

Tier three designates Guam Memorial Hospital as the primary medical facility for the treatment and care of COVID-19 cases. Guam Regional Medical City will be the primary facility for all non-COVID-19 cases.

“We will be using the Guam Regional Medical City for non-COVID-19 medical care. This will allow for the Guam Memorial Hospital to focus its efforts on COVID-19 related cases,” the governor said.

As a result, planning is underway to transfer the GMH maternity unit along with other GMH medical units over to GRMC.

Tier 2 designates FHP, the American Medical Center and the Seventh Day Adventist Clinic as Urgent Care centers for non-COVID-19 medical care.

And Tier 1 includes all other licensed medical health care facilities.

The governor said that as a condition of their licenses all health care facilities and health care providers on Guam will be required to assist in the vaccination and treatment of any individual seeking care.

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The governor also announced that she has temporarily suspended the open government law at the recommendation of the Guam Attorney General.

“The reasoning for this is simple. Public attendance at government meetings will make it difficult to ensure compliance with the social distancing directive. Additionally, there are issues which may require immediate attention for which compliance by public notice may not be possible,” the governor said.

“Our healthcare professionals are working tirelessly but even heroes have their limits. We are grappling with the strong possibility of provider burnout and staff shortages. Our bed capacity is near its limits and we must prepare now for a surge in new cases,” the governor said.

As of 11 AM Tuesday 19 were in home isolation, 7 were hospitalized at GMH, 2 people were at the Skilled Nursing Facility, and one person had passed away.

The condition and location of the 3 new cases reported Tuesday night has not yet been disclosed.