Public Health mobilizes rapid engagement team to begin door-to-door testing in north


The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise on Guam and the latest numbers show some communities are hit harder than others.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services says there has been a disproportionate amount of COVID spread and deaths in the FSM and Filipino communities.

The latest data shows concentrations in these communities in the northern part of the island in particular.

In response, Public Health has mobilized a Rapid Engagement Team to focus on that region.

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Public Health spokesperson Janela Carerra told PNC that they are beginning their assessment today and hope to engage residents starting tomorrow.

The team will work with village mayors and FSM community leaders to identify residents for targeted testing. Then they will go door-to-door to conduct the tests.

She says although community outreach efforts will start in the north, they will reach out to other hard-hit regions and communities as they emerge.

Carerra says as the number of cases continues to rise, it’s important for the island to not become desensitized and to continue safe practices even as they may become frustrated with government restrictions.

“I’ve got people telling me, ‘I was just invited to a barbecue this past weekend.’ You’ve got to stop doing that. Stop going to your friend’s house. That’s how this virus spreads,” Carerra said.