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HAGÅTÑA (Office of the Guam Governor) — Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero issued the following statement on Monday evening:

“On August 5, 2020, I was informed that I had come into contact with a close relative who had tested positive for Covid-19. Both my husband and I were tested, and we received a negative test result. Even so, we were advised to practice precautionary measures for the next 14 days. In line with existing protocol, I wore a face mask, limited travel to essential functions only, and practiced social distancing.

“On August 8th, I began to exhibit some symptoms. I was tested again this afternoon and received a positive result this evening. I have been in home quarantine since this weekend and will be isolated pending my recovery. I remain in good health despite exhibiting moderate symptoms of the virus.

“Lieutenant Governor Tenorio and the acting chief of staff both tested negative for Covid-19. Together, we are monitoring the budget talks, and I will continue to lead the fiscal and Covid response teams from home.

“Lastly, I implore everyone to use my experience as a reminder of just how serious and contagious this virus is. Help our island protect our loved ones. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.”

CNMI Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, in a separate statement, said:

"Lt. Governor Palacios and our families together with the entire Marianas send our thoughts and prayers for Governor Lou and her family at this time.

 "This virus affects all of us, and we need to do our part to slow the spread by helping one another as one Marianas. We need to take this seriously. Wash your hands. Watch your distance when out in public. And wear a mask.

 "Please avoid unnecessary travel except trips to the grocery store and picking up food and medication. Please avoid contact with our manamko' and our loved ones with preexisting illnesses. They are most at risk to contract severe illness from the Covid-19 virus.

"As one Marianas, we remain resilient in the face of the worst storms and economic downturns, and we emerged stronger because we made the collective choice to work together and look out for one another. Lt. Governor Palacios, CEO Esther Muna, Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez, and our elected officials will continue to support our nurses, doctors, and first responders to protect you and your loved ones.

"As Governor Lou said, please use her experience and courage as a reminder to protect yourselves, your families, and our beautiful islands.

 "Let us continue to be Marianas Strong."

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