Testing options available for Guam residents returning

Department of Public Health and Social Services personnel, health professionals and volunteers collect information and swab samples from residents free COVID-19 testing at the Asan-Maina mayor's office in this, July 23 file photo.

Residents coming back to Guam from high-risk areas have more testing options before they arrive to avoid staying at a government quarantine site.

Previously, the Department of Public Health and Social Services was only accepting PCR COVID-19 testing.

However, Public Health is also accepting antigen testing, as well as Abbot ID Now testing, Dr. Janna Manglona said.

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“The ease of obtaining tests depends upon where you are located,” she said.

Serology testing or antibody testing is still not where it needs to be, she added, so Public Health isn’t accepting those tests. 

According to a Public Health advisory, the COVID-19 tests must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and must be presented upon arrival to Guam. The documents must show the name of the patient, date of birth, laboratory or clinic which performed the test, the type of test performed, the date the specimen was collected and the result of the test. 

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