Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has postponed the reopening of Guam to tourism following a spike in positive cases of COVID -19 this past week.
The governor is also extending the current health emergency for another 30 days through July.
“As a result of increased testing, we expect to increase positive cases and that’s exactly what has happened,” the governor said.
Of the 309 people tested Thursday by public health, 14 were found to be positive. Another positive case was identified by a private lab and 2 more confirmed cases were reported Friday morning, said the governor in her Facebook address.
“I am alarmed, and I am concerned about the increases that we are seeing over the last couple of days,” the governor said.
Just a few days ago, the Guam Visitors Bureau sent letters to their tourism counterparts in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, advising them that tourists from their countries would be welcomed back next Wednesday, July 1, and that if they provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19, then they wouldn’t have to spend 14 days in quarantine. Now, a new letter is being sent out postponing that welcome.
“To continue to be cautious and to continue to be conservative and to continue to make sure that we protect our community, I am pushing back on Guam’s re-opening date for our tourist industry. We are sending notices to our Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan markets. We will also be extending the public health emergency for another 30 days,” the governor said.
On Saturday, June 27, at 1 pm, following the latest testing results, the governor said she would hold another news conference to update everyone on the quarantine protocols and the latest number of positive and negative tests for COVID-19.
No new date for the re-opening has been set yet and the mandatory 2-week quarantine will remain in effect for all visitors arriving on Guam no matter where they’re coming from.
“Please protect yourselves, protect your family, protect your friends, protect our community by wearing your mask, adhering to social distancing, washing your hands, and sanitizing,” the governor said.
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