A total of 250 people were tested during Monday’s mass testing with eight positives, Department of Public Health and Social Services spokeswoman Janela Carrera said.

Public Health held a round of mass testing on Monday at the Micronesia Mall and the Tiyan carnival grounds from 9 a.m. to noon. The agency was prepared to test 300 people at each site.

Both sites saw a total of 125 people, with the mall site resulting in five positives and the Tiyan site with three positives, Carrera said.

The testing is part of Public Health’s continued strategy against COVID-19.

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It’s been more than a week since the last mass testing was held, as Public Health focused its efforts on vaccinating health care workers last week.

Officials have stressed that while Guam has COVID-19 vaccines there is still a need to continue to test as many people as possible.

Carrera said testing allows Public Health to have a pulse on the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

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The mass testing used antigen tests, which provide results in 15 minutes and aren’t as invasive as the PCR test, which requires going deeper into the nose.

Guam recently received 30,000 antigen tests, which made recent mass testings possible.

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The PCR test requires processing at a lab for results and there is limited capacity on how many can be processed in a day.

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The antigen tests don’t require a lab and give results within minutes, preventing a backlog.

Public Health hasn’t announced when the next mass testing will take place, but urges residents to take advantage of the free testing when it’s available.

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