By Pacific Island Times News Staff Late Friday evening, the 36th Guam Legislature voted to pass several measures, inclusive of two pieces of legislation that would amend certain provisions associated with Guam’s elections. Bills 173-36 and 174-36 were introduced by Sens. James Moylan and Joe San Agustin and came at the request of the Guam Election Commission. If enacted into law, Bill 173-36 would address several changes including eliminating the primary election contest for
By Pacific Island Times News Staff Guam reported five new Covid-19-related fatalities, bringing the island's death toll to 290. The 286th fatality was pronounced dead at the Chief Medical Examiner’s morgue on Jan. 15. The patient was a 63-year-old unvaccinated man with underlying conditions. He tested positive on Dec. 22. The 287th fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Jan. 27. The patient was a 57-year-old vaccinated man, with underlying healt
By Pacific Island Times News Staff Saipan- CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres tested positive for Covid-19 after being in close contact with a family member who was stricken by the coronavirus. "I received a Covid-19 antigen test administered by the Task Force on Sunday, Jan. 30th and was informed shortly after that I tested positive for Covid-19,” Torres said in a statement. Before Sunday, Torres said he took Covid-19 tests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which all returned negative
By Pacific Island Times News Staff The Guam Solid Waste Authority continues to face challenges with staffing shortages over the past few weeks due to Covid-19 surge, officials announced today. According to a press release from the agency, about 60 percent of the administrative staff were out due to Covid-19 related reasons. “It is unfortunate that the pandemic has continued to affect GSWA operations, however, we intend to keep the Customer Service center open during regular b
By Pacific Island Times News Staff Guam companies may be able to bring in more skilled foreign workers to the island to meet their labor shortage following the federal government's move to raise the cap on the H-2B visas this year. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is authorizing the issuance of 20,000 additional H-2B visas during the first half of 2022 to accommodate the labor needs of American businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. "With the emergence of Covid
By Pacific Island Times News Staff Saipan-- The CNMI continues to see a surge in Covid transmissions, reporting 128 new cases that brought the CNMI total to 4,692 cases since March 26, 2020. The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored.
Of the 128 cases identified on Jan. 27, officials said 74 were identified via contact tracing, 46 via community testing and eight via travel testing, A total of 17 cases were identified on Rota. As of Jan. 28, there were