Public Health looking to increase testing capacity through 2nd non-government lab

Department of Public Health and Social Services (PNC file photo)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services is working to get a second non-government lab to increase testing capacity, according to DPHSS acting director Art San Agustin.

San Agustin made the announcement during the governor’s press conference this morning.

He said Public Health is working with GSA for the purchase order of the new lab.

San Agustin said in terms of current lab capacity, they have the Guam Public Health lab, and they also have a contract with DLS.

He said as of this morning, around 1500 samples need to be tested for COVID-19 but he wants to assure the community that the integrity of the specimens are being preserved

Meanwhile, Public Health went through the community testing at the Guma Trankilidat in Tumon this morning and announced plans of shifting its COVID-19 screening efforts to focus on high-risk groups.