CDC changes recommendation for travelers, Guam still requiring 14-day quarantine

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    The CDC changed its recommendation for travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return, but Guam continues to require 14-day quarantine.

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    Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero announces 105 additional COVID-19 cases for the island of Guam and the stronger measures to be implemented to hopefully flatten the curve in the spread of the pandemic on the island.

    Pacific Daily News

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its recommendation for travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days, but Guam continues to require a 14-day quarantine.

    Krystal Paco-San Agustin, Adelup press secretary, said the administration is in contact with the CDC to see how the change may impact Guam’s approach to protect itself from COVID-19.

    « It is important to note that although the CDC provides guidance, it is ultimately up to the states and territories to implement regulations that are best suited and most appropriate for their community, » she said. 

    Meanwhile, Guam has consolidated its quarantine facilities into the Dusit Beach Resort, previously known as the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort. Guam had three quarantine facilities at the Wydham Garden, Oceanview Garden Court and Bayview Hotel.

    The CDC updated its travel requirements last week, advising travelers to « follow state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel. »Â 

    The agency also warned travelers to be flexible, as restrictions and policies may change. Travel the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, the CDC stated.

    While travelers can pose a threat to their family, friends and community for 14 days after being exposed to the virus, the CDC no longer recommends quarantine.

    Instead, « regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, »Â follow social distancing guidelines indoors and outdoors, wear a mask outside the home, wash hands often and look out for COVID-19 symptoms upon their return home, CDC advice states.  

    The recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the community has led to stricter quarantine requirements on Guam.

    On Friday, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero began requiring everyone entering Guam to be subject to quarantine at a government facility.

    The order is effective through Aug. 28. The governor has said depending on the numbers, she may continue the measures.

    The only exception is for people who have been deemed essential health care or critical service workers who also present a valid COVID-19 negative test result no more than five days prior to arrival on Guam. 

    A pre-approval letter from the Department of Public Health and Social Services acting director approving the person as an essential health care or critical service worker is needed.

    Leon Guerrero has said quarantine is an important tool for the island to stop the spread of COVID-19. More than 20 cases of COVID-19 have been found with travelers at government quarantine sites, which has stopped the spread to others.

    The Guam National Guard, in coordination with the Department of Public Works, on Monday was working to consolidate the government of Guam’s three designated quarantine facilities to the Dusit Beach Resort, the Joint Information Center announced in a release. 

    The new facility will provide the minimum 300 room capacity needed to sustain quarantine operations with the capacity to expand to as many as 600 rooms, the release stated. 

    The process of transferring individuals from their original quarantine facility locations to the Dusit Beach Resort began over the weekend.

    As of Monday, there were 256 individuals occupying 191 rooms in the three government-designated facilities: Wyndham Garden, Oceanview Garden Court, and Bayview Hotel. The consolidation of facilities was expected to be complete by Monday evening.


    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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