The third confirmed COVID-19 positive case among its employees forced the temporary closure of the Department of Revenue and Taxation’s main facility this week.
But DRT says that with the island transitioning to PCOR2, they are still preparing for a possible reopening next week.
Last week, DRT reported its first confirmed positive case of COVID-19. Another case was later reported on Wednesday forcing the department to announce the closure of its administrative offices, drivers’ license, and vehicle registration branch.
DRT confirmed the third case yesterday and closed its main facility in Barrigada until further notice.
According to Dafne Shimizu, DRT Director, they have one trained contact tracer at the department who is working with Public Health to identify all close contacts of the positive case.
Meanwhile, as the Governor signs the EO announcing the move to PCOR 2, she assures that DRT, despite the setback, plans to open its doors possibly next week.
“We actually, over the last couple of months, have been gearing to open up. In fact, we are preparing to open up our doors in the next week so as we go into PCOR 2. We believe that this was important so we can make a good assessment of how we are going to operate in the next week and the weeks to come,” Shimizu said.
Shimizu says business license and real property tax services at Public Works is still open as well as their collection services at the Treasurer of Guam at the ITC building.
While other services remain closed, DRT continues to contact those with appointments to reschedule.
Meanwhile, mass testing for DRT employees is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 16.