Two Employees at GRMC Test Positive for COVID-19
Exposure Through Community Contact, Not at GRMC
(Saturday, August 22, 2020; Dededo, Guam) Two employees at Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) have tested positive for COVID-19. Both employees are currently in quarantine and contact tracing has determined both contracted the virus from outside sources and not at GRMC. Both employees have been home quarantined since first identifying their potential exposure.
The two cases were identified through GRMC’s drive-thru testing site. GRMC conducted a total of 48 tests over a three day period, beginning Tuesday, August 18. The first person was identified as one of the 20 positive cases resulting from those 48 tests. The second case was identified in testing conducted on Friday, August 21, 2020, also at GRMC’s drive-thru testing site.
GRMC is doing its due diligence and following the guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS). The areas of the hospital where the two employees work are currently being disinfected and sanitized. Disinfecting and sanitizing will be completed by Monday, August 24, 2020 and will not cause any disruption in services. Patients with appointments may feel safe to proceed to their doctor’s clinic.
We also would like to remind the public that GRMC is sanitized daily by the Advance Management, Inc. (AMI) team, who use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectant sprayer called the Evaclean™ Protexus Handheld Electrostatic Sprayers in conjunction with Evaclean™ PURTABS disinfectant cleaner. PURTABS is registered with the EPA as effective against emerging pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
GRMC reassures the public that our hospital is a safe healthcare facility. The safety of anyone entering our hospital is of the upmost importance to us. This is why we conduct daily disinfection spraying with EPA approved disinfectants, enforce the “no mask, no entry” policy and conduct screenings at the entrances.
GRMC sends our very best thoughts to our two employees and hope their recovery is quick. Frontline healthcare worker are always at risk of contracting COVID-19, but they still report for duty every day to provide care for our people. We have greatest respect for all healthcare workers and thank you for your dedication and service to Guam’s people.