Video message and transcription below:
Hafa adai! I wanted to check in with you and provide an update on our COVID-19 recovery.
Over six weeks ago, we lifted the last of our COVID restrictions.
Families and friends have since reunited, enjoying one another’s face-to-face company.
Large gatherings returned, including live concerts and major milestone celebrations like graduations and weddings.
With travel restrictions easing worldwide, we are welcoming tourists back to our shores, to our restaurants, our hotels, and our local businesses.
These have all been promising signs that life has resumed to normal—to life as we knew it pre-pandemic.
And while we’ve all breathed a sigh of relief—most of us without having to use our face masks—I cannot stress enough: the pandemic is not over yet.
Our latest data is showing an increase in new cases, and this was to be expected when we eased restrictions.
The increase in new cases has prompted many of you to ask if I will reinstate restrictions.
At this time, COVID hospitalizations remain manageable and because of this, our island will stay the course.
My medical advisors and I are keeping a close watch, and should the situation change, I am prepared to take the necessary steps to protect our progress, to protect our fragile health care system, and most importantly, to save lives.
You know what to do, Guam!
Stop the spread of the virus with the mitigation measures that helped us get to where we are today:
Stay home if you are sick.
If you are elderly or with underlying conditions, continue to wear a face mask, especially in large crowds. OR, if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please continue to do so.
Recognize the symptoms of COVID-19, including coughing, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, and trouble breathing.
Get tested and isolate if you test positive. Check your health care provider to see what treatments are available to you.
Most importantly, get vaccinated and boosted for maximum protection.
We’re all in support of continued recovery, and we must each do our part.