Governor Leon Guerrero Signs Executive Order 2020-16
Today, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order (EO) 2020-16 relative to allowing additional activities during Pandemic Condition of Readiness (PCOR) 2.
EO 2020-16 extends the public health emergency originally set to expire on May 30 to June 30, 2020.
Guam continues to be in PCOR 2. Under PCOR 2, limited activities are permitted to operate under moderate restrictions. All allowed activities must continue mitigation measures including social distancing of at least six (6) feet and posting of appropriate signage; frequent cleaning of all surfaces; mandating the wearing of face masks unless engaged in physical exercise or eating; and permitting/encouraging teleworking. Older residents and those with pre-existing conditions are encouraged to limit excursions of any type. Any place of business, place of worship, or public accommodation shall operate at no greater than 50% occupancy or ten (10) people, whichever is greater.
Effective at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020, social gatherings or congregations shall be limited to no more than 25 people regardless of whether the individuals are of a single household unit.
Effective at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020, all Government of Guam (GovGuam) parks and beaches shall be open to the public.
Effective June 1, 2020, all GovGuam offices, agencies, and departments will recommence public operations. Employees who have yet to be recalled to their workplaces will be expected to return. To the extent possible and where appropriate, agencies will encourage teleworking by employees. GovGuam agencies will abide by the applicable Public Health Guidance in their operations.
Effective June 1, 2020, Category 3 of the COVID-19 Response Differential Pay Plan expires.
All public and private schools on Guam serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students remain closed for educational purposes. The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) will be sending out further guidance regarding operating status to schools and central office employees.
DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-10
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) released DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-10 relative to the following additional businesses and organizations allowed to operate during PCOR 2:
- Eating and Drinking Establishments to include dine-in services (with the exception of food courts and bars and taverns) where such establishments shall operate in accordance with the DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2020-09: Minimum Requirements for Dine-In Restaurants. Salad bars, buffets, and self-service operation of any kind are prohibited;
- Places of Worship at no more than the percent of occupancy rate as identified in current or future Executive Orders and face coverings required to be worn at all times. Vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with comorbidities and/or are immunocompromised are highly recommended to stay home and/or take extra precautions;
- Non-Profit Organization operations limited to similar business activities that are already authorized in this or previous DPHSS Guidance Memoranda; and
- Noncontact Physical Exercise Lessons/Classes to include crossfit, yoga, pilates, and dance.
Businesses and organizations identified may proceed to operate after industry-specific or organization-specific plans are developed and submitted with COVID-19 prevention and control measures outlined in DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-07.
Eating and Drinking Establishments to include dine-in services shall operate in accordance with the DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-09 and incorporate the same in such industry-specific plans submitted to the DPHSS. The plans are to be emailed to PCOR2Plans@dphss.guam.gov.
For additional questions, please contact the Division of Environmental Health at 300-9579; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Profiles of Earlier Confirmed Cases
COVID-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day. Cumulative test results will be provided this evening once all tests from today are finalized.
To date, there have been 171 cases confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 5 deaths, 143 released from isolation, and 23 active cases. As this is an evolving situation, information is subject to change with little to no notice. For updated information on COVID-19 cases on Guam, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard and Situation Report at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/.
*Some cases that were previously released from isolation have tested positive through follow-up testing
**Some cases traveled to more than one country
TEFAP Distribution Closed Next Week; Three Sites to Reopen June 9
GDOE will temporarily suspend commodity distribution from June 1-5, 2020. The temporary break in commodity distribution is needed to replenish supplies at distribution locations, secure needed equipment, and resolve logistical challenges in order to support the program's expansion to a third southern distribution site. TEFAP-DHD at three sites is expected to take place every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of June, beginning on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The three distribution sites will be announced at a later date.
Emergency Food Distribution Program Continues Friday
GDOE, State Agency for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS), in collaboration with Pacific Unlimited Incorporated and Matson, Guam, will be issuing USDA Families to Farmers food boxes and Disaster Household Distribution (DHD) food commodity bags at two locations on Friday, May 29, 2020:
- Tiyan Upper Baseball Field from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Dededo Farmer’s Market from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Only 2,000 boxes will be distributed at each site on a first come, first served basis. Distribution may end early if all available resources are distributed before 10 a.m., while supplies last.
Recipients will receive one bag of TEFAP-DHD food commodities and one Farmers to Families food box of fresh fruits or vegetables. Food commodities include items such as fresh apples and oranges, juices, beans, rice, canned fruits, sauces, tuna, salmon, pork, beef and chicken.
The public is encouraged to monitor future announcements as commodities distribution sites and dates may change in the future. Additionally, participants should follow the following program guidelines:
- Please be patient;
- Follow instructions and have valid identification ready;
- Wear a mask at all times;
- Remain in your vehicle;
- Proceed with caution; and
- Follow traffic directions and signage.
The Guam National Guard will also support the emergency food distribution starting Friday, May 28, 2020. The GDOE thanks the Department of Public Works, Guam Police Department, Office of the Governor, Mayors’ Offices, Airport Police, Port Authority of Guam, National Guard, and all community partners who have assisted with the TEFAP-DHD.
Expanded Testing for Homeless Population
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) in collaboration with GovGuam, private, and federal agencies continue expanded testing on Friday, May 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 125 Iglesia Circle, Dededo (old fire station). Please bring an I.D., if one is available. The testing is free and open to the unsheltered homeless population. Catered meals will be provided after testing.
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your health care provider. If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the Community Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline Phone Numbers listed below to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians, or call 311.
- (671) 480-7859
- (671) 480-6760/3
- (671) 480-7883
- (671) 687-6170 (ADA Dedicated Number)
For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.
Click Here To View DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-10
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