Public health investigates faith-based organization for potential COVID-19 exposure

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Iglesia Ni Cristo seal

Members of a faith-based organization on Guam may be required to undergo  COVID-19 testing, according to the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services.

DPHSS Director Linda DeNorcey, during the online press conference on Sunday, specifically identified the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) as the organization whose members are being investigated for potential COVID-19 exposure by Public Health.

The Iglesia ni Cristo is a Christian sect with roots in the Philippines. The religious group has local congregations in Harmon, Mangilao, and Yigo. 

“There is a faith-based organization that we have identified and that is the Iglesia ni Cristo. And we are coming up with all the different areas that there has been a whole congregation so we will be getting that out very shortly,” DeNorcey said. 

According to DeNorcey, Public Health is currently gathering information but plans to give out a list this week. 

Meanwhile, DeNorcey is sending a message to the community to be very proactive. 

“If they are experiencing any symptoms don’t wait for any calls to be made. Just go ahead and see…You call first your  healthcare provider and go to the facility to be seen by your primary care doctor. And you exhibit symptoms, to please see them. From there, they will provide instructions, and if necessary, you will get a nasopharyngeal swab swab and then we will be able to get that swab and test them,” DeNorcey said.