Targeted COVID-19 testing starts this morning in northern Guam

Guam Public Health’s Rapid Engagement Team (PNC file photo)

Guam Public Health’s Rapid Engagement Team will start targeted, door-to-door testing in the northern part of Guam starting this morning. The team was mobilized in response to data showing there has been a disproportionate amount of covid spread and deaths in the FSM and Filipino communities in that region.

The testing will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. and will be conducted over the course of two days.

The team will start testing in the Gil Baza and Zero Down subdivisions in Yigo, which have a significant FSM population. There are about 50 to 70 homes in each subdivision.

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Yigo mayor Rudy Matanane told Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo this morning that it can be hard to tell how many people live in those areas because a large number of people will often live in a single house. 

The Rapid Engagement Team is working with village mayors and FSM community leaders to identify residents for their targeted testing program.