Two staff test positive for COVID-19
PALIKIR, Pohnpei—Consul General Teresa Filepin of the Federated States of Micronesia in Guam asked for permission from the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday to close down the consulate temporarily, with consulate staff reverting to remote-only work.
The cause for the request is due to two of the consulate’s staff testing positive for COVID-19. Follow-up testing confirms that all other remaining staff are negative for the virus.
The request for temporary closure has been granted, and so the consulate is closed until further notice.
The practical effect for FSM citizens resulting from the temporary closure is that essential consular services, such as passport applications, will be indefinitely unavailable. Unless citizens are being directly engaged by the consulate for repatriation efforts, consulate staff will be unavailable to them. Conversely, all citizens who are presently engaged in pre-quarantine, or have been in direct communication with the consulate for forthcoming repatriation operations, can continue to expect the currently scheduled repatriation quarantines and flights to continue unabated. (PR)