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GovGuam still paying for unused hotel rooms for COVID-19 quarantine

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Pacific Daily News

The government of Guam continued to use federal pandemic-related funds to pay for unoccupied rooms in hotels contracted to be quarantine and isolation facilities, at rates of $90 and $120 a day, purchase orders show.

The governor in May said the agreements in facilities were changed so only occupied rooms would be paid for. Purchase orders from May through October note hotels got different amounts for empty rooms.

Unused rooms are paid for to ensure rooms are available and is a protective measure, said Jenna Blas, acting administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

“Securing the non-congregate shelter as a whole ensures there is availability when needed for COVID-19 positive persons. It is also a protective measure to ensure there are no other members of the community in that facility who are not either COVID-19 positive or assisting with the operations of the isolation facility in order to reduce exposure to others,” Blas said.

Blas also said this also applies to the quarantine facility.

The government of Guam continued to use federal pandemic-related funds to pay for unoccupied rooms in hotels such as The Bayview Hotel Guam and the Dusit Beach Resort. (Photo: Pacific Daily News)

Hotel rates

Dusit Beach Resort Guam is contracted to be the quarantine facility for incoming travelers. Core Tech Resort, which does business as Bayview Hotel Guam, is contracted to be the isolation facility for positive COVID-19 patients.

Dusit Beach Resort’s unoccupied room rate was $120 a day, according to an October purchase order. Bayview’s unoccupied room rate was $90 a day, purchase orders show.

When asked about the reasoning behind the different rates for unused rooms in the current facilities, at the Dusit Beach Resort and the Bayview, Blas said, “They’re two different locations.”

Purchase orders from May to October show $1.9 million was spent and allocated to Dusit Beach Resort, Bayview, Days Inn and Wyndham Garden hotels for quarantine and isolation facilities.

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