Schools reopen amid a pocket of protests against Covid policies

Protesters stage a rally in Tamuning Sept. 25, 2021 to protest the government's vaccine policy.

By Phillip Cruz, Jr.

Schools are reopening and students going back to face-to-face learning today despite the Covid-19 surge.

“We know many of our students have been waiting to return to in-person instruction,” Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez said earlier. “At the same time, we are keeping our eye on the Covid-19 case numbers on island. Returning to campus in cohorts is our way of saying that we believe the right approach during our current high-risk situation is to temporarily reduce the number of students who can come to campus daily."

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on Sunday night reported a preliminary case count of 95 new cases of Covid-19 from 529 specimens analyzed on Sept. 25. Additional results are pending analysis and submission from other clinics and will be reported today.

To date, there have been a total of 14,374 officially reported cases, 184 deaths, 3,185 cases in active isolation, and 11,005 not in active isolation. As of September 24, the CAR Score is 25.7.

Guam residents, however, are divided over the government's policy as they process information. Some questioned the government-released information.

Dozens of protesters staged a rally at the ITC intersection in Tamuning raising opposition to the government's vaccine mandate.