The Department of Public Health & Social Services team continues to move out of the Mangilao building, which has been deemed unsafe following an electrical fire last month.

“All the records are maintained and they’re keeping them preserved,” said Director Linda DeNorcey. “There was no fire, just smoke coming out.”

She said the fire caused some smoke damage and Guam Fire Department was able to arrive and work with the Guam Power Authority to shut off power and protect the building from further damage.

“The fireman said it’s a blessing ... because (the building) didn’t blow up,” she said. “It’s the lives of my staff. Nothing can replace that.”

In a press release on Tuesday, DPHSS announced that Environmental Health appointments and courses scheduled for Dec. 4 and onward were moved to either the Northern Community Health Center, or the Environmental Health Lab, also known as the Mosquito Lab, in Dededo. Participants are asked to call 300-9570 for rescheduling or for information.

According to the press release:

• The Processing Center Section can accept only new applications. Health certificates that expired on Nov. 27 and thereafter will be honored until renewal applications can be accepted for processing.

• Food safety health certificate training courses scheduled for Dec. 2-3 were postponed.

• Food safety health certificate training courses scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 4-6, will be held at 2 p.m. on those dates at the Dededo lab.

• Food safety health certificate training courses scheduled for the Dededo lab at 9:30 a.m. this week will remain as scheduled.

• All food safety health certificate training courses scheduled for next week will take place as scheduled, though they will be held at the Northern Community Health Center.

• For verification purposes, all attendees are requested to provide their Temporary Health Certificate, which reflects one of the scheduled courses noted above, or receipt of payments.

SNAP

DeNorcey said anyone with EBT cards and SNAP should now be able to access their benefits.

“We did that in a turnaround time of less than four days and got the approval from the federal government and we were able to transmit all the data electronically, with the help of (Office of Technology) who has been working diligently with Public Health to get that moving fast, so the benefits are going to be there,” she said.

She said the nursing area and other programs will be divvied between the Northern and Southern Clinics at the Castle Mall.

“In fact, if you go up to the Northern Clinic, we have all the internet connected. By this Thursday, we should have all the programs working,” she said, noting that includes the pharmacy software.

There’s a sign on the door at the Mangilao facility. Additionally, an employee is stationed at the main door at the Mangilao facility to answer questions or direct them to the right place.

Meanwhile, DeNorcey has beefed up security at the Mangilao facility, and Guam Police Department will be monitoring the building as well.

Vital Statistics

The Office of Vital Statistics will offer services limited to 2019 new births, marriages, deaths, and burial permits. Issuance of certificates is limited only to 2019 events of births, marriages, deaths, and burial permits. The Office of Vital Statistics is temporarily in the DPHSS Division of Senior Citizens in Castle Mall at 130 University Lane, which is the road leading to the University of Guam in Mangilao. For more information, call 735-7415 or 735-7421.

Authorizations for Medicaid, MIP

Authorizations for Medicaid and the Medically Indigent Programs will temporarily be processed at the DPHSS DPW Bureau of Health Care Financing Administration, also in the Castle Mall. Call 735-7237 or 735-7472. DPHSS will begin accepting prior authorization requests at 8 a.m. today at its temporary location in Castle Mall.

SNAP

The Division of Public Welfare Bureau of Economic Security accepts applications for eligibility services for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, cash assistance, Medicaid, MIP, and childcare development at the Northern Region Community Health Center in Dededo, Southern Region Community Health Center in Inarajan, and the Bureau of Management Support at Castle Mall in Mangilao.

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