Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey says that safeguards are in place to ensure that the Hong Kong basketball team coming to Guam next week is healthy and free of contamination from the novel coronavirus.
The Bank of Guam Men’s National Basketball Team is hosting the Hong Kong Men’s National Team in a FIBA qualifier next Thursday at the UOG Field House.
Although citizens of mainland China are banned from coming to the U.S., residents of Hong Kong are exempt.
DeNorcey told the Pacific News Center that screening procedures are in effect in Hong Kong and here on Guam.
Any traveler showing symptoms of the disease will be assessed by public health and placed in quarantine if necessary.
“Customs border protection has the ability for locating the origin of where they’re coming from. So if they come from mainland China or they have been associated with someone who is known to be diagnosed and they also have any symptoms that are related, then measures will be taken. Yes. Absolutely. They won’t be able to be allowed to enter here unless they are U.S. citizens,” DeNorcey said.
Unlike the cruiser liner that was refused docking rights on Guam last Friday because it was carrying 800 passengers from Hong Kong, the Hong Kong basketball team has only 12 players and 4 coaches.
Guam has no reported cases of the novel coronavirus.