Passengers from United flight forced into quarantine begin ‘testing out’ of GovGuam facilities

TAMUNING, Guam (May 18, 2020) – Guam Army National Guard Soldiers tag and sort luggage for COVID-19 quarantined individuals at a quarantine site in Tamuning May 18. Guam National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assisted the government of Guam with transferring COVID-19 quarantined individuals to a new facility. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by JoAnna Delfin)

Some of the 92 quarantined passengers from the Honolulu to Guam flight from last week have been released and some are still in GovGuam quarantine.

The United flight came in around 9pm last Wednesday and en route, DoD and Public Health officials in Hawaii informed officials on Guam of a service member on the plane who tested positive for COVID-19.

Krystal Paco-San Agustin, the Governor’s Press Secretary, confirmed with PNC News that passengers who were in possession of negative test results before boarding the plane in Honolulu and were not identified as high-risk were released on Sunday. 

Those who didn’t have test results and were so-called “low risk” (anyone outside of the three row vicinity of that confirmed case) were tested yesterday, Wednesday, on Day 7. They could leave quarantine if they were negative.

Paco-San Agustin said “high-risk” passengers, which is everyone sitting within 3 rows or closer to the positive patron, will quarantine for the full 14 days.

On Day 12 of their quarantine, Adelup said those people will be offered to test as well.

Typically with 14-day quarantine, residents would not to be tested as the quarantine itself would suffice. However, the Governor’s office says Public Health is adding this extra assurance since they were contacts to that positive case.

Paco-San Agustin could not confirm how many people have already been released and how many are still in holding at GovGuam or DoD facilities.