COVID testing booths at Palau International Airport. Incoming passengers are required to take a covid-19 test upon arrival. The testing process seeks to catch and contain potential COVID-19 cases upon arrival. Due to Delta variant rapid incubation stage, Palau added the upon-arrival test in addition to Day 5 test.

The Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) announced yesterday that a traveler from a Sunday flight arriving from Guam was identified as a probable case of COVID-19.

IN a press release yesterday MMHS said that on August 29 COVID-19, health authorities and its borders partners launched testing of international travelers upon arrival  at the airport 

MMHS said one of the 120 inbound travelers tested using antigen at the airport was counted as probable cause. Health authorities said additional testing has been conducted and all results came back negative. 

“But out of an abundance of caution,” MHHS said the traveler will remain in isolation until confirmatory and evaluation testing has been completed after 24 hours.

Close contacts have also been advised to self-quarantine pending final results.

If the test conducted comes back negative, the traveler will be released from isolation.  

On August 20, two travelers who tested positive after arriving from Guam, were placed in isolation, and according to an MMHS press release on Sunday, the two individuals are still in isolation and remain asymptomatic. 

More than 80 percent of Palau’s population has been fully vaccinated. Lockdowns or school closure have been ruled out as health authorities said there is no suspected community exposures. (B. Carreon) 

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