More than 140 Palauans are now stranded in Guam, the Philippines, and other locations, and just recently, Palau government officials held an online meeting with Governor Lou Leon Guerrero to discuss emergency plans to bring those who are stranded in Guam back to Palau.
During the virtual meeting, Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. and his team requested the Governor for assistance in ensuring that protocols are firmly established to keep the returning citizens COVID-free.
The Governor assured the officials that the Guam government will ensure that processes will be followed to keep the exposure risk at a minimum.
(video from the Office of the President, Republic of Palau FB)
“Of course, we have been in communication with them. Our public health has been in communication with your public health, not just talking about what our processes and protocols but also in helping out with some of the testing,” Governor Leon Guerrero said.
She added: “In relation to your returning residents that are here, I know that they are in a hotel. I know that they are quarantined. And our quarantine procedures are very strict. And we have qualified nurses that monitor our quarantine individuals.”
The stranded Palau residents include students and residents seeking off-island medical services. Palau plans to repatriate its stranded citizens on Guam by June 11 through a direct charter flight.