- Pacific Island Times News Staff
107 new Covid cases over the weekend; CAR score hits 9.3
Guam has identified 107 new cases of Covid-19 out of 1,926 tests performed from Aug. 13 to 15, the Joint Information Center reported today. The current Covid Area Risk score is 9.3, the highest Guam has ever hit since last year.
Guam has had a total of 245 new cases in the past week. The virus transmissions began raging after the government lifted the restrictions on July 30.
Of the 107 new cases identified over the weekend, 51 cases were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 9,018 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 143 deaths, 378 cases in active isolation, which include nine hospitalized patients with one receiving ICU-level care, and 8,497 not in active isolation.
The total number of positive cases were broken down as follows: Aug. 13: 55 cases out of 1,082 tests performed, with 30 cases identified through contact tracing; Aug. 14: 44 cases out of 676 tests, with 20 cases identified through contact tracing; Aug. 15: Eight cases out of 168 tests, with one case identified through contact tracing.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said last week she expected the Covid spike after easing the restrictions but took the risk just the same given that a large portion of the island's population has been vaccinated.
As of Aug. 14, a total of 105,605 or 77.48 percent of Guam’s eligible population (residents 12 years and older) have received either both doses in the two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or the single-dose series (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) of the Covid-19 vaccine.
This percentage includes 8,342 fully vaccinated residents between the ages of 12 – 17, as well as Guam's fully vaccinated adult population of 97,263.
The governor doesn't rule out reinstating the restrictions if hospital admissions reach a critical level.
Today, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed seven separate cases of Covid-19 involving students of Finegayan Elementary School, Harry S. Truman Elementary School, Maria Ulloa Elementary School, Upi Elementary School, Vicente Benavente Middle School and LP Untalan Middle School.
In collaboration with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), GDOE has identified and notified teachers as well as parents of
students who may have been in contact with the index cases to schedule testing.
Tested individuals will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by DPHSS to return to campus. Cleaning and disinfecting of areas of the campuses are taking place to ensure schools are ready for regular hours of operation on Tuesday, Aug. 17.