The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) tested 33 individuals for COVID-19 on Monday, April 13, 2020 with conclusive results. Zero tested positive through DPHSS and 33 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, with one additional case that was clinically diagnosed.
Because test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day, the cumulative total from all labs will be reported on a nightly basis. Updated results will be provided this evening, once all tests from today are completed.
Preliminary Profiles of Confirmed Cases
Profiles of the 134 COVID-19 cases include three clinically diagnosed cases, reports of 11 confirmed positive cases received from the U.S. Naval Hospital that were tested by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, and four confirmed positive cases through Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS).
To date, there are a total of 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 58 recoveries and 5 deaths. As this is an evolving situation, information is subject to change with little to no notice.
*Some cases traveled to more than one country
CQA Requires Declaration of Items Related to COVID-19
The Customs and Quarantine Agency (CQA), at the request of DPHSS, requires the completion of the Mandatory Customs Declaration Regarding the Importation of Items Related to COVID-19 form (attached).
DPHSS, under Title 10, Chapter 19 § 19502, may exercise, for such period as the state of public health emergency exists, the following powers concerning materials, to inspect, control, restrict, and regulate by rationing and using quotas, prohibitions on shipments, allocation, or other means, the use, sale, dispensing, distribution or transportation of commodities to include, In Vitro Diagnostic Tests, Personal Protective Equipment, Medical Devices and Supplies, Anti-Toxins, Serums, Vaccines, Immunizing Agents, Antibiotics, other Pharmaceutical Agents and/or Ventilators. The intent, at this time, is not seizure but to track these items as they arrive as well as guard against the importation of counterfeit items. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings regarding the importation of unauthorized counterfeit COVID-19 test kits. In an effort to protect our community, Customs officials require consignees to complete the form, which is then collected and forwarded to the DPHSS for disposition/action.
§ 19505 further states,
(b) Rationing. If a state of public health emergency results in a Guam-wide or threatened shortage of any product, 19505(a), under (a), whether or not such product has been purchased by the public health authority, the public health authority may control, restrict, and regulate by rationing and using quotas, prohibitions on shipments, allocation, or other means, the use, sale, dispensing, distribution, or transportation of the relevant product necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the People of Guam. (c) Priority. In making rationing or other supply and distribution decisions, the public health authority may give preference to health care providers, disaster response personnel and mortuary staff.
Furthermore, § 19506 states,
The government of Guam shall pay just compensation to the owner of any facilities or materials that are lawfully taken or appropriated by a public health authority for its temporary or permanent use under this Article according to the procedures and standards set forth in § 19805 of this Chapter. Compensation shall not be provided for facilities or materials that are closed, evacuated, decontaminated or destroyed when there is reasonable cause to believe that they may endanger the public health pursuant to § 19501.
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. 2020-06 re Mandatory Customs Declaration Regarding the Importation of Items Related to COVID-19