Public Health gearing up for next rapid COVID testing this weekend

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The Rapid Engagement teams can begin shifting focus after testing hundreds of construction employees in recent days.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services is getting ready to deploy its next Rapid Engagement COVID-testing clinic in the community this weekend.

Public Health’s Janela Carrera tells PNC News that while community spread numbers are down among new COVID cases reported, they are seeing an uptick in workplace spread.

She says that inevitably drives up household spread numbers since generally, people let their guard down when they return home.

To counter the rise in workplace spread, Carrera says Public Health is preparing to issue a business guidance document to help employers understand when to begin testing and quarantining.

She says ultimately, though, household spread is still the number one contributor to new COVID cases and that’s why they’re heading back out, specifically targeting the FSM community on Sunday.

“We’ve been scouting, we’ve been looking at different areas that we want to target. We’ve been working with the Dededo Mayor’s Office because the next place we want to target is Dededo,” Carrera said.

Carrera says the Rapid Engagement teams can begin shifting focus after testing hundreds of construction employees in recent days.

They will be mobilizing in the subdivisions of Piga and NCS, Dededo, on Sunday, November 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The mission of the RET is to visit three apartment complexes in NCS and one subdivision in Piga, and engage all the residents living there. RET nurses and support staff will visit residents in their homes and offer COVID-19 testing as well as other wraparound services, such as supplies and educational material.

The RET Mobile Command Post and Mobile Lab will be set up at the Astumbo Community Center next to the Astumbo Fire Station.

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