Guam has 11 positives and will wait for five days to see if numbers are low
In her May 21 press conference Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero announced that although the island will not return to Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1 due to the 11 positive tests for coronavirus on May 20, the opening of dine-in service at restaurants will be delayed until further notice as the governor and her task force evaluate data trends over the coming days.

Of the 11 positive cases, 10 are from a residential cluster identified in Yigo and the 11th case did not reside with the cluster but had been in contact with them. Linda Unpingco-Denorcey, director of the Guam Department of Public Health said contact tracing efforts to learn more about the cluster are still being conducted.

Dr. Felix Cabrera of the governor’s physicians advisory group said that although 11 positive cases in one day exceeds the five positive cases per day that has been established as one of the benchmarks to revert back to PCOR 1, Guam will only truly reach that benchmark if the number of positive cases becomes part of a sustained trend. Cabrera said Guam’s rolling average of positive cases remains well below the benchmark.

A mobile app the governor said in prior press conferences would be adopted by Guam Public Health to assist in monitoring patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be rolled out within the next week, according to Denorcey. Other technological resources are also being evaluated.

With more than 19,400 unemployed people on-island, Gov. Leon Guerrero encouraged small businesses to continue seeking help from grants and other economic relief programs.


In other news:

Money coming in
            According to the SBA as of May 21, some 27 Guam businesses received federal EIDL loans totaling $2.16 million/

            The Northern Mariana Islands had 10 businesses which received a total $453,800 EIDL funding.

            For the PPP loans, Guam saw 1,792 loans totaling $192.25 million and the NMI 336 totaling $34.9 million.


NMI governor appoints members to new economic council
            The Office of the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands announced the formation of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, and on May 21 its members. Business community members include Jerry Tan of Tan Holdings, chairman, Michael S. Sablan of Triple J Enterprises, Roman “Bo” T. Palacios of Joeten, Marcie M. Tomokane of Bank of Guam, and Alex B.K. Youn of I Love Saipan.


TR sails from Guam
            The troubled Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier left Guam the morning of May 21, leaving behind about 1,800 crew members in quarantine.


OPA rolling out audits
            The Office of Public Accountability has announced audits of the Guam Economic Development Authority, Guam Water Works Authority and the Port Authority of Guam. Audits can be found on its website.