Many of the island’s frontliners will receive additional personal protective equipment (PPE) following the first shipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) earlier this week. Items include 160 Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR) and 495,000 3M 9502+ masks.
The items were received and are being distributed by the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD). The Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) is already in receipt of their allocated PAPRs—a total of 100 pieces. The remaining 60 PAPRs will be distributed among other agencies.
“Our partnership with FEMA and Health and Human Services (HHS) has been invaluable in our fight against COVID-19. With the additional PPEs, not only are our frontliners protected but we are reducing the risk of transmission of the virus to the people we serve and to the families they come home to,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.
“The continuous need for resources is one piece of COVID-19 response operations. Because we’re competing for resources with all States and Territories, the process can be lengthy. It is important we continue to coordinate the fulfillment of requested resources, especially for items not readily available on island,” said Charles Esteves, OCD Administrator.
“Guam’s been doing a great job in managing our supply and it’s really allowed us to build up our stockpile. Even as we build and diversify our supplies, we continue to monitor and enforce conservation. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that we use conservation strategies before supplies are low. The time to be careless or wasteful is never,” said COVID-19 Unified Response Effort (CURE) Task Force Medical Operations and Logistics Coordinator SGT Fernando Esteves.
The majority of the 495,000 3M 9502+ masks will be distributed to the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Northern Regional Community Health Center (NRCHC).
(News Release from the Governor’s Office)