Palau’s Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) is informing the public that further testing confirmed that the two travelers who arrived on Palau on August 15, 2021, are positive for COVID-19.
The travelers and all known close contacts have been isolated and/or quarantined, and further contact tracing and monitoring are ongoing.
All known close contacts have tested negative of COVID-19; however, per protocol, they remain in mandatory quarantine for at least 10 days before undergoing further testing.
MHHS understands the public’s concerns, and asks for understanding and cooperation as the Bureau of Public Health continues its work.
Residents will be contacted if investigations reveal that they have been in close contact with said individuals. Close contact means within 6 feet from a person for about 30 minutes without protection (i.e., mask) and especially indoors or crowded places.
MHHS urges everyone to remain calm and to continue to practice preventive measures including getting vaccinated, proper and frequent hand-washing, respiratory etiquette, physical distancing and wearing masks when appropriate, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, staying away from others, and calling the hospital for advice if you are sick.
At this time, the MHHS Emergency Operations Center has been re-activated, and working with other agencies to monitor the situation closely and update the public as new information becomes available.
MHHS continues to thank the community for its support and understanding.
(Palau MHHS Release)