Physicians advisory head walks back statements; says group supports move to PCOR1

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Dr Hoa Nguyen, the head of the Physicians Advisory Group

Dr Hoa Nguyen, the head of the Physicians Advisory Group says overall, they support Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s decision to move the Island from PCOR 3, all the way down to PCOR 1.

A rift seemed to be brewing between the Governor and the group of doctors that advise her, when Nguyen publicly said they didn’t support the decision to move from PCOR 3 down to PCOR 1, and instead wanted the Island to be at PCOR 2.

In an interview with K57’s Patti Arroyo Wednesday, Nguyen walked back some of his previous statements, saying he wants to make clear that the Physicians Group advises the governor and gives her recommendations, but ultimately, she makes the final decision. And, they will “support it.”

He said the group of doctors did advise the Governor to take Guam to PCOR 2, but he understands, “she has difficult decisions to make.”

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“Right now, as of today, I would say she is correct. Like I say, the only thing we can tell is we had a disagreement 2 or 3 weeks ago but as time goes, you look at as of today, we have to say she’s correct. If we went to PCOR 2 at that time, we’d be in a worse scenario than we are right now,” said Nguyen.

As for the beach and park closures, Dr. Nguyen said he supports reopening for responsible use by residents.

He says it ultimately comes down to people’s behaviour and following guidelines; if people are not gathering and are truly using them for individual exercise, then he suspects the Governor will open the spaces back up, and keep them open.

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Mai Habib is a radio and television broadcaster and journalist originally from Toronto, Canada. She worked at CTV News and CFRA in Canada for over 5-years, where she was a reporter, anchor and show host. After a brief stop in Canadian politics and the non-profit world, she's happy to be back at the news desk on Guam. Mai is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program and completed her Master's in International Affairs and Public Policy at Carleton University. She is excited to be reporting on Guam's current affairs, legislature and other topical issues.