Grab-N-Go School Meals at F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School (FBLGMS) will be suspended until further notice beginning Thursday, April 30, 2020, after one school meals worker tested positive for COVID-19.
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the Guam Department of Education learned that a Grab-N-Go School Meals Program worker at FBLGMS tested positive for COVID-19. The worker had been tested as part of contact tracing on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, and was informed of the results on Wednesday. Prior to being tested, the individual had been working at the FBLGMS distribution site.
Immediately after learning of the worker’s health status, Superintendent Jon Fernandez suspended operations at the FBLGMS site to allow for deep cleaning of the campus over the next several days. All FBLGMS Grab-N-Go School Meals workers and volunteers will also be tested for COVID-19 by the Department of Public Health and Social Services as early as today.
“We are temporarily suspending operations out of an abundance of caution as we take the time to ensure the health and safety of our team, as well as our community,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said. “We are keeping this individual in our thoughts and prayers, and thank Public Health for the assistance in testing our team as quickly as possible.”
Daily precautions are taken at the Grab-N-Go School Meals Program distribution sites to safeguard health and safety of employees and participants. Not only are the schools cleaned and sanitized daily, but all workers and volunteers are required to wear a mask while on campus. Additionally, those handling food items are also required to use both masks and gloves. Further, the cafeterias are closed and follow all safety and sanitary procedures and practices. Unauthorized personnel are not allowed in the cafeteria food preparation area.
Grab-N-Go School Meals Program distribution will continue at the remaining 11 sites this week and the GDOE will continue to ensure that safety measures are followed at all sites. Participants are reminded to wear a mask when picking up meals and to stay in their vehicles and follow directions. Anyone feeling ill or with COVID-19 symptoms should not pick up meals from a Grab-N-Go distribution site. School meals are distributed at the following locations:
- Astumbo Elementary School
- Maria Ulloa Elementary School
- Wettengel Elementary School
- Agana Heights Elementary School
- B.P. Carbullido Elementary School
- George Washington High School
- John F. Kennedy High School
- Jose Rios Middle School
- Inarajan Elementary School
- M.U. Lujan Elementary School
- Southern High School
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, 145 cases have been confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 130 released from isolation and 5 deaths. The Joint Information Center reports fatalities of confirmed COVID-19 cases only. 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, including residential villages of confirmed cases, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/.
*Some cases traveled to more than one country
DPHSS COVID-19 Expanded Test Continues for All Residents Islandwide in Astumbo
DPHSS, in collaboration with the Government of Guam and federal and private partners, is expanding the COVID-19 testing drive-through/walk-in. The expanded testing by DPHSS is free. Residents are asked to bring their ID.
Today, Wednesday, April 29, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Astumbo Gym in Dededo.
Testing is open to any resident islandwide.
Thursday, April 30, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mangilao Senior Center/Mangilao Night Market, next to Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao.
Testing is open to central residents of Agana Heights, Asan, Maina, Barrigada, Chalan Pago, Ordot, Hagatna, Mangilao, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Sinajana, Tamuning, and Tumon.
Friday, May 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Agat Senior Center/DYA Haya Youth Center, near Mount Carmel Church.
Testing is open to southern residents of Agat, Inarajan, Merizo, Piti, Santa Rita, Talofofo, Umatac, and Yona.
Residents must meet the following criteria:
Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms
Multi-generational families in a household (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, adult children, their children) with COVID-19 symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you can also call your health care provider and get tested. If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the Public Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline Phone Numbers listed below to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians:
- (671) 480-7859
- (671) 480-6760/3
- (671) 480-7883
- (671) 687-6170 (ADA Dedicated Number)