The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association unveiled a new plan for rapid testing of employees today. A plan that could not only pave the way for the further easing of business restrictions but perhaps more importantly help contain the asymptomatic spread of the virus.

GHRA President Mary Rhodes explained the new Na La HomluI Isla-ta, or let's heal our island plan on KUAM's The LINK. It's a rapid testing program for asymptomatic employees.

“So once GHRA is notified by an employer that they want to be part of this program, the employers will get training and all the tools that they need in order to participate in this program,” she said. “This software, it doesn't matter which test is being used, it can actually track real live data, real-time. It can track serology, antigen, PCR testing. It takes all tests.”

 She said employers would be trained on how to upload their demographics ahead of the employee testing.

“The results come in about ten minutes, 10 to 15 minutes,” Rhodes said. “So immediately on that same visit the results would be uploaded to the digital contact tracing software, and as you can see once its uploaded public health would be able to see it via a secured cloud that they'll have read-only access to, the employee will also get notified and the employer group would have their own portal which is limited, they won’t have access to everything, they'll only see the reporting. “

GHRA is working with the American Medical Center and Public Health, and hopes to get more and more businesses to buy into the program. She said they also met with the governor as federal subsidies could be a key to an ongoing program.

“If we are able to get cares act dollars, this can really serve a greater purpose in testing regularly our government, public sector as well as private-sector employees who have continued to work this entire time through the pandemic,” Rhodes said.

GHRA also is working on a separate plan with the Guam Visitors Bureau to benefit the tourism industry.

The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association unveiled a new plan for rapid-testing of employees today. A plan that could not only pave the way for the further easing of business restrictions but perhaps more importantly help contain the asymptomatic spread of the virus.

GHRA President Mary Rhodes explained the new Na La HomluI Isla-ta, or let's heal our island plan on KUAM's link show. It's a rapid testing program for asymptomatic employees.

“So once GHRA is notified by an employer that they want to be part of this program, the employers will get training and all the tools that they need in order to participate in this program,” she said. “This software, it doesn't matter which test is being used, it can actually track real live data, real-time. It can track serology, antigen, PCR testing. It takes all tests.”

 She said employers would be trained on how to upload their demographics ahead of the employee testing.

“The results come in about ten minutes, 10 to 15 minutes,” Rhodes said. “So immediately on that same visit the results would be uploaded to the digital contact tracing software, and as you can see once its uploaded public health would be able to see it via a secured cloud that they'll have read-only access to, the employee will also get notified and the employer group would have their own portal which is limited, they won’t have access to everything, they'll only see the reporting. “

GHRA is working with the American Medical Center and Public Health and hopes to get more and more businesses to buy into the program. She said they also met with the governor as federal subsidies could be a key to an ongoing program.

“If we are able to get cares act dollars, this can really serve a greater purpose in testing regularly our government, public sector as well as private-sector employees who have continued to work this entire time through the pandemic,” Rhodes said.

GHRA also is working on a separate plan with the Guam Visitors Bureau to benefit the tourism industry.