The decision to postpone re-opening the island to tourism was prompted by the wide-spread of the recent positive cases of COVID-19.
Unlike the previous spike which occurred in one neighborhood cluster, last week’s increase in positive cases came from various different communities.
During her Saturday news conference Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said “this is why we must continue testing and continue our safeguards. The virus is still very much active in our community. Don’t let your guard down,” the governor stressed.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services will focus its COVID-19 testing in the next few weeks to the northern part of the island.
Lori Duenas, the Acting Director of Public Health, did not specify any numbers or specific areas. But she said that Public Health’s monitoring shows that many of the most recent positive COVID-19 cases are coming from the north.
“We’re monitoring locations and it’s consistently showing that many positive cases are coming from the northern part of the island,” Duenas said during Saturday afternoon’s news conference.
“Thus, we will increase testing in the north. In the next three weeks, we will focus on the north side,” Duenas said.