CDC offers Guam worst journey rating
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed the travel ranking for Guam from medium to high risk due to COVID-19 in just one month and changed the travel ranking for Guam to very high – the worst ranking.
- Guam only had travel restrictions for the east two days ago to reopen tourism.
- The governor of Guam had just announced that social gatherings were allowed for up to 100 people.
- Recently, COVID-19 clusters have been identified that are increasing the number of cases and causing the CDC to give Guam the worst possible travel ranking.
Just two days ago, on May 15, Guam eased its post-travel restrictions to reopen tourism. A “very high” or Level 4 rating from the CDC means “Travelers should avoid any trip to Guam.”
Guam had 100 new COVID-19 cases in the past 28 days and recently recorded 3 COVID-19 deaths in 3 days. The 3 deceased had not been vaccinated.
Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said Tuesday this change in Guam’s travel risk rating should be viewed “not as a setback” to island recreation and tourism, but as a reminder that basic COVID-19 mitigation measures are in place must be maintained.
The governor waived post-travel government quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers and those who went from zero to few COVID-19 cases, and allowed social gatherings for up to 100 people based on recent advances in Guam’s efforts.
But the CDC downgraded Guam’s ranking again just two weeks after changing it from “moderate” to “high”. The previous change was the result of the recently identified clusters. “We know only too well how a single positive case can multiply into a cluster and what negative effects this has on families, schools and companies. Please do your part to protect one another and protect Guam, ”she said.