Public Health ironing out kinks in documenting incoming travelers


The Department of Public Health and Social Services is ironing out the kinks in documenting incoming travelers based on Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s executive order regarding mandatory quarantine and the Superior Court of Guam’s appointment of legal counsel to all inbound travelers.

By the court’s order, the Alternate Public Defender (APD) is required to be present at all passenger arrivals to adequately inform them of their rights regarding quarantine upon entry to Guam.

In a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon, Public Health informed the court that moving forward documentation pertaining to the schedule of arrivals will indicate the quarantine locations for each traveler along with the arrival gate.

The clarification was brought up as the court addressed issues raised by travelers in an effort to get everyone on the same page, after a comparison of Public Healths forms used on September 25 and the 26th.

The September 26th form is more detailed in indicating home quarantine or government facility.

APD attorney John Morrison, meanwhile, reported that there were no travelers on the 25th that wanted to raise issues with their quarantine.

For September 26th travelers, issues remain for the Ikei family. Morrison reports that Thursday will mark day 14 of quarantine for part of the family while others were already released without issue.

Morrison says the only issue is whether their quarantine was the least restrictive measure utilized, clarifying to the court that it is not a new issue.

The government stated that a petition addressing travelers having traveled on September 27th would be filed today.

Superior Court Elyze Iriarte has scheduled the next hearing for Thursday at 1 pm.





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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.