Both Guam top leaders test positive

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Posted on Aug 14 2020

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A day after Guam’s Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero tested positive for COVID-19 last Tuesday night, Guam’s Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio also tested positive for the coronavirus last Wednesday.

In a statement Tenorio’s office released Wednesday night, he said that he initially tested negative for the virus. However, after a few days, he experienced mild symptoms that included a slight fever, chills, and a cough.

“This afternoon (Aug. 12), I began to exhibit mild symptoms, including a slight fever, chills, and a cough, and felt it was necessary to test again. Tonight (Aug. 12), I received a positive result,” said Tenorio. Before this, Tenorio said he followed all health protocols such as wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing, etc.

“Despite exhibiting moderate symptoms of the virus, I remain in good health. I will continue my isolation pending clearance from my health care provider,” said Tenorio. Additionally, all in-person meetings involving Leon Guerrero and Tenorio have been cancelled and shifted to online and will continue uninterrupted.

Tenorio also stated that a contact tracing is ongoing for immediate contacts such as family members, friends, and staff. Testing is also in the process.

“To the people of Guam, we stay the course. We maintain our COVID-19 response—steadfast as ever. Gov. Leon Guerrero’s condition has been improving daily, and government operations continue with all the safety measures in place. Tomorrow, we will take a series of steps to redouble our effort against COVID-19 and keep Guam safe,” said Tenorio.

Two government offices in Guam temporarily closed their doors yesterday after both offices received news that one employee tested positive for COVID-19. The two government offices are Guam’s International Airport Authority and Guam’s Department of Public Health and Social Services Division of General Administration Office.

According to GIAA executive manager John M. Quinata, they were informed last Aug. 13 of the confirmed positive case. “Although all employees have been diligent in complying with the wearing of facial coverings and practicing of social distancing in their work spaces, out of an abundance of caution, we will be temporarily closing our administration office until such time DPHSS contact tracing and investigation can take place and sanitization of the workspace is completed to ensure the safety and health of our employees,” said Quinata in a statement.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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