U.S. Congressman Michael F.Q. San Nicolas
COVID-19 Local and Federal Information
(Last Updated on April 3, 2020)
HOW TO REACH OUR OFFICE
Federal, state and local officials have advised that social distancing is critical when preventing the spread of COVID-19. As such, staff in the Congressman’s D.C. and District offices are now tele-commuting. Our offices remain fully committed to serving the constituents of Guam during this difficult time. Constituents can still receive assistance by calling either District or the D.C. office or by submitting a message through our website. For the D.C. office we can be reached at (202) 225-1188 or for the district office we can be reached at (671) 475-6453.
Meetings and other business will be conducted by phone or video. Constituents can also access information, request a meeting, and/or file casework requests through this website --- sannicolas.house.gov/contact
---Resources for Guam constituents on COVID-19 will be regularly updated below---
Each one of us has a crucial role to stop the spread of COVID-19, and in doing so, follow the advice and preventive measures outlined from the Centers for Disease Control and Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (Guam DPHSS).
At this point, all Guam constituents are encouraged to practice social-distancing, avoiding group gatherings (including restaurants, bars, playgrounds) whenever possible. Though this is especially true for the elderly and the immunocompromised, everyone should follow this guidance - regardless of age.
For older residents with pre-existing medical conditions, please consider limiting excursions away from home of any type. For more information on prevention for those who are at higher risk for severe illness click here .
GUAM HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY
If you or a family member is sick or is experiencing influenza like symptoms, please contact your primary care physician or hospital before attempting to go to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room. If you have an immediate medical related concern or questions and do not have access to a physician, Guam Department Public Health and Social Services has an informational hotline about COVID-19. Registered nurses will address your questions and concerns from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the DPHSS hotline numbers at 480-7859, 480-6760, 480-6763, or 480-7663. To reach a medical professional for triage, the hotline number is 687-6170, which is also a dedicated ADA phone number.
If you are experiencing overwhelming stress, depression, anxiety and fear from COVID-19, DPHSS established counseling hotlines to provide live crisis counseling. Phone numbers to reach DPHSS counselors are 988-5375, 683-8802, or 686-6032 daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
MILITARY AND VETERAN MEDICAL CARE
Veterans who are seen at the Guam Veteran Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) can call 475-5760/5761 Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 24hour line 1-800-214-1306 to convert their appointments to virtual, Telehealth, Veteran Video Connect, speak with a Telephone Advice Nurse, or order their prescriptions (must be registered with Guam CBOC). For updated information, the Veteran Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System is accessible at www.hawaii.va.gov or www.publichealth.va.gov.
Military personnel, retirees, veterans, and their family members who are primarily seen at a military hospital or clinic for routine appointments, procedures, and/or emergencies are encouraged to call Andersen Air Force Base at 366-9355 (WELL) or U.S. Naval Hospital Guam at 344-9202 to speak to their healthcare provider before proceeding to the hospital/clinic. U.S. Naval Hospital has an Emergency Operations Call Center 24hour Hotline at 333-2772 or 333-2775 to speak with a registered nurse here MHS Nurse Advice Line.
USNH established a 24hour drive-thru Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) clinic located at Building 61, Farenholt Drive across from the hospital. The clinic is designed to prevent further exposure to patients and staff, which a thorough screening process will be conducted if you are experiencing influenza like illness or COVID-19. Please click following for more information with AAFB and USNH.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS
First, know the symptoms: For confirmed COVID-19 cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.If you have no symptoms but were in direct contact with someone who tested positive or who exhibits the symptoms above: It’s a good idea to enter into a precautionary quarantine. You should not wait to get tested before doing so - due to the currently limited availability of tests. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
If your symptoms are mild: Do not go to the ER. Stay home, self-quarantine and call your doctor to monitor symptoms. This is critical to keeping emergency rooms from becoming overloaded. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. You should not wait to get tested before deciding to self-quarantine - due to the currently limited availability of tests.
If your symptoms are severe:
- Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g. high fever, difficulty breathing).
- Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
- If available, put on a facemask before you enter the healthcare facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
- Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by the local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.