By Pacific Island Times News Staff
108 of 1,349 test positive for Covid-19
Public, private schools report 14 new cases today
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) today reported 108 new Covid-19 cases out of 1,349 tests performed on Aug. 25.
The department also reported 28 hospital admissions at the Guam Memorial Hospital, Guam Regional Medical City and the U.S. Naval Hospital as of 6 p.m.
Of the total number of hospitalized patients, 28 are unvaccinated.
Of the 108 new cases, 48 were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 9,867 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 145 deaths, 930 cases in active isolation and 8,792 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 25.2.
To date, a total of 108,134 (79.34 percent) of Guam’s eligible population (residents 12 years and older) is fully vaccinated. This percentage includes 8,735 fully vaccinated residents between the ages of 12 – 17, as well as Guam's fully vaccinated adult population of 99,399.
Today, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed 10 positive cases for Covid-19 involving students, and five positive cases involving employees. Student cases were identified at Chief Brodie Memorial Elementary School, C.L. Taitano Elementary School, Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School, M.U. Lujan Elementary School, Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School, Wettengel Elementary School, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, Okkodo High, and two cases identified at George Washington High School.
Employee cases were identified at Agana Heights Elementary School, Astumbo Elementary School, B.P. Carbullido Elementary School, Daniel L. Perez Elementary School, and Okkodo High School.
In collaboration with the DPHSS, the education department has identified and notified teachers as well as parents of students who may have been in contact with the index case in order 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 Friday, August 27.
Four new Covid cases were identified at Catholic schools, as well as one parishier Santa Barbara Church.
The Archdiocese of Agaña announced a positive case reported by the pastor of Santa Barbara Catholic Church along with four additional cases at several Catholic schools today, Aug. 26.
Santa Barbara Church pastor, Father Dan Bien and his staff are working with the archdiocese and the DPHSS on contact tracing as part of their Covid-19 protocols after a parishioner notified them today of testing positive last night.
The parishioner attended 8 a.m. and noon Masses on Sunday, Aug. 21 and 6 p.m. Mass the following Monday. The person is isolating at home and persons who are classified as close contacts are being notified and guided regarding testing and quarantine.
The following schools also informed our Covid-19 liaison of individuals testing positive: Bishop Baumgartner Memorial -- 2 students; Academy of Our Lady of Guam -- 1 student; Dominican Child Development Center in Ordot -- 1 student
The total number of Catholic school students testing positive for the virus is now 23.
DPHSS is working with the Catholic schools on contact tracing and testing of all who may have been exposed to the positive persons. School administrators are following protocols to ensure the safety of their students and adults. Students who have tested positive are isolating at home and those with possible exposure are receiving guidance on testing and quarantine.